The Humanities and Social Sciences in the Age of STEM: The Struggle of Japanese as a Linguistic Minority

  • Akiyoshi Yonezawa
Keywords: humanities and social sciences, Japan, the age of STEM, language, national finance

Abstract

The author analyzes the background of the recent disputes on the relevance of humanities and social sciences at national public universities in Japan. Based on the analysis, several themes emerge, including long term governmental policies to prioritize STEM fields, and the difficulties of identifying the values of the humanities and social sciences in countries that are linguistically isolated in the age of globalization.

Author Biography

Akiyoshi Yonezawa

Akiyoshi Yonezawa is professor and director at the Office of Institutional Research at Tohoku University, Japan. 

Published
2017-01-17
How to Cite
Yonezawa, A. (2017). The Humanities and Social Sciences in the Age of STEM: The Struggle of Japanese as a Linguistic Minority. International Higher Education, (88), 31-33. https://doi.org/10.6017/ihe.2017.88.9696
Section
Countries and Regions