TIEC International Symposium 2012

1.Title of the Symposium

“What Works: Assessment Tools and Indicators for University Internationalization”


Stimulated by the five-year, “Strategic Fund for Establishing International Headquarters in Universities” (2005-10) project, jointly operated by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), Japanese higher education institutions now affirm and recognize the importance of the concept of “international strategies”. Recently, many universities strategically include their international activities and internationalization efforts as important components when considering their institution-wide medium- to long-term plans. Thus, for universities, not only analyzing and evaluating their internationalization strategies’ goals, objectives, and targets but also how best to achieve these initiatives have become pressing issues. Yet, measurement tools and indicators for the evaluation and assessment of universities’ internationalization efforts need to be further improved in Japan. In contrast, in Europe, through mutual assessment based on benchmarking between universities, self-assessment by means of on-line evaluation indicators, and the certification/recognition of internationalization linked to either accreditation or the rating of universities, overall assessments of institutional internationalization have been widely practiced. In the US as well, organizations for higher education such as American Council on Education (ACE) have carried out quite a few projects for measuring a university’s progress towards, or performance in, internationalization.
The purpose of this Symposium is both to familiarize participants with those current projects measuring, assessing, or evaluating the internationalization efforts of higher education institutions implemented in Europe and the US and to analyze the effectiveness of such projects from a comparative perspective. The Symposium also aims at deepening the discussion on how to evaluate Japanese universities’ advances towards internationalization.

3.Sponsors etc.






Monday, March 18, 2013, starting at 1:00pm (gate open 12:30pm)


International Conference Hall, Plaza Heisei, Tokyo International Exchange Center
Address: Tokyo Academic Park , 2-2-1 Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo Japan
3 minutes walk from "Fune-no-Kagakukan"station on "Yurikamome" line

15 minutes walk from "Tokyo Teleport" station on "Rinkai" line


Faculty members in international related departments of national, public, and private universities, researchers in international education and advanced education, Japanese students and international students, the public, members of the business community, members of the mass media, etc.

7.Admission and Application

Free admission
Pre-registration needed

8.Number of Participants



12:30pm- Registration
1:00pm- Overall Moderator: Dr. Takeshi Suzuki (International Collaboration Division, Meiji University, Professor of School of Information and Communication, Meiji University)
Opening Remarks
Mr. Katsuhiro Endo (President, Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) )
Dr. Etsuko Katsu (Vice President, Professor of School of Political Science and Economics, Meiji University)
Remarks from Guest
Mr. Osamu Aruga (Director, Office for International Planning, Higher Education Policy Planning Division, Higher Education Bureau, MEXT)
1:20pm- Introduction "Recent Trends and Issues of Institutional Review /
Assessment of Internationalization-Overview of comparative study"
Dr. Yuki Watabe (Assistant Professor, Organization for the Promotion of International Relations, Kyoto University Member of the House of Councilors)
Dr. Ayaka Noda (Assistant Professor, Department of Research and Development, National Institution for Academic Degrees and University Evaluation)
1:40pm- First Session
Keynote Speech 1 "Why and How Do We Need to Evaluate Internationalization in Higher Education?"
Historical background and current agenda for the review of internationalization
Dr. Hans de Wit (Professor Internationalization, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences and Catholic University Milan)
Keynote Speech 2 "Role of Institutional Review of and Advisory Service for University Internationalization" IAU Survey and ISAS
Dr. Eva Egron-Polak (Secretary-General, International Association of Universities (IAU))
Keynote Speech 3 "How to Measure What Counts: Capturing Facts, Perception, and Attitudes"
Analysis and findings of three projects (IMPI, memo, ERASMUS tender)
Dr. Uwe Brandenburg (Managing Partner at Centre for Higher Education Development (CHE) Consultant)
Keynote Speech 4 "Comprehensive Internationalization: An Integrated Approach"
Dr. Barbara Hill (Senior Associate for Internationalization, American Council of Education (ACE))
(3:20pm-3:40pm) Coffee Break
3:40pm- Second Session
Important Issue
Dr. Hiroshi Ota (Professor, Center for Global Education, Hitotsubashi University, Visitor Researcher, Research Institute of International Education (RIIE), Meiji University)
Panel Discussion
Dr. Hiroshi Ota (Professor, Center for Global Education, Hitotsubashi University, Visitor Researcher, Research Institute of International Education (RIIE), Meiji University)
Dr. Hans de Wit (Universiteit van Amsterdam)
Dr. Eva Egron-Polak (IAU)
Dr. Uwe Brandenburg (CHE)
Dr. Barbara Hill (ACE)
Dr. Akiyoshi Yonezawa (Associate Professor, Graduate School of International Development, Nagoya University, Visiting Researcher, Research Institute of International Education (RIIE), Meiji University)
Dr. Shingo Ashizawa (Professor, Organization for International Collaboration, Meiji University, Assistant Director, Research Institute of International Education at Meiji University)
5:00pm- Closing remarks
Dr. Masahiro Yokota (Director, Research Institute of International Education (RIIE), Meiji University, Professor, School of Global Japanese Studies, Meiji University)
(5:30pm-7:30pm) Networking Reception at Miraikan 7F Admission Fee: 3,000 yen
Simultaneous interpretation provided. Japanese and English
  • This symposium is subsidized by the Nakajima Foundation
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