Division of University Management and Policy Studies

Course Description

1. Program

The Department of University Management and Policy Studies was established at the Graduate School of Education in 2005 to offer theoretical and practical education on university management and higher education policy and to prepare outstanding scholars and leaders for this field. In the Master’s Program, students learn basic theories and knowledge and apply them to case studies. Through the writing of a master’s thesis, students develop into professionals who can bring broad perspective, professional skill, and practical decision-making to positions as university executives and administrators. The Doctoral Program provides students with the high-level research opportunities needed to be world-class scholars, executives, and senior managers who can lead university management and policy into the future.

2. Research

Faculty members conduct research and analysis on the current state of university management and policy in Japan and abroad and examine university reform. In addition to theoretical research, our faculty perform domestic and international case analyses, contribute to shaping national policies on higher education, and engage in global dialogue on critical issues in the field. Every year, the Department hosts many symposia and seminars to which many distinguished scholars are invited from overseas. We are also creating a network of senior managers at Japanese universities and are becoming a hub for international exchange among similar educational and research programs in the West and Asia.



Professor (Financial Management for Higher Education)

Universities are being called on recently to become more financially accountable within the declining population and growing competition. Finance and accounting are the basis on which each university conducts primary educational and research activities. Functionally, university accounting is similar to corporate and government accounting in terms of improvement of decision-making and accountability, and the need to adjust interests. But it also needs to take into consideration the unique activities and characteristic of universities, namely the joint production of education and research, and the medium-term connection between faculty members and students. I study the finance and accounting of universities from the aspects of both function and activities. I also conduct international comparative studies of governance, management and accounting in the public sector.

Naoyuki OGATA

Professor (Higher Education Policy)

Today universities face various challenges with the advent of universal access to higher education. Not only from the perspective of higher education policy but also from that of individual university management, the function and future of university education have become a matter of great interest, and efforts are underway to construct a quality assurance system and to promote educational reform. As higher education expands and economic recession prolongs, how should university education be connected to society or the workforce? What should be required of university education and faculty members in order to secure that connection? What kinds of measures are necessary to ensure this connection over the long term? I am undertaking research that includes discussion of these issues not only at the ideological level but also at the practical level.


Associate Professor (Historical and Comparative Higher Education)

My research interest lies in the historical and comparative study of higher education, particularly, American higher education. Although American higher education might be the model for higher education reform in other countries, I am interested in it because American colleges and universities are dynamic and have developed with great diversity. Their histories include many attractive themes for considering the question, “What are colleges and universities?” My research interest extends to diverse areas of higher education: undergraduate curriculum, academic governance, academic professions, and graduate education. I approach these areas with historical and comparative perspectives, which can help us broaden our thinking of higher education. I am looking forward to working with many students who believe colleges and universities are important to our society and culture.


Associate Professor (University Management)

With the developing knowledge society, the social role of universities is growing. At the same time, as the college-age population declines university management is becoming a major issue and many are pondering the need for change in university management and related policies. Researchers are not only required to conduct basic studies from a social scientific perspective and within a certain framework, but also present ideas with practitioners of university management with whom they will work closely. I conduct empirical case studies especially from the perspective of the decision-making patterns and accounting of universities, hoping to build a logical basis that can respond to practical problems.