While many facets of the U.S.-Japan relationship are growing stronger, university-level student exchange has diminished in recent decades. This is worrisome as the ties forged during international study often form the foundation for future relationships of strategic importance. During President Obama’s April 2014 state visit to Japan, he and Prime Minister Abe underscored the importance of student exchange and public diplomacy by confirming their governments’ commitment to further promote and expand bilateral exchanges and dialogues. Recent initiatives in this arena include expanding private sector support for US-Japan exchanges, improving university study abroad programs, and introducing more courses and programs taught in English at Japanese universities.
Drawing primarily upon interviews conducted with individuals involved with addressing these issues, including policy makers, university administrators, professors and students, Annette Bradford will describe the current status of these initiatives and examine barriers to their success.
Assistant professor in the School of Business Administration at Meiji University
Annette Bradford is an assistant professor in the School of Business Administration at Meiji University in Tokyo and an adjunct fellow at the Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies at Temple University Japan Campus. She teaches courses that enhance the international competencies of undergraduate students. Her current research concerns the internationalization of Japanese universities and the benefits these efforts can bring to national policy objectives. She holds a doctorate in Educational Administration and Policy Studies from the George Washington University.