Research evaluation in Japan: the case of the National University Corporations


This chapter investigates the evaluation system for higher education institutions in Japan. This evaluates research, but also teaching and other social services of the National University Corporations. Performance is assessed against goals (set by the universities) and expectations (of nominated ‘stakeholders’). After conducting a statistical analysis, we show that both assessments give similar results. Teaching and research evaluations are related. Neither evaluation is able to be used in resource allocation, as they do not provide data to compare to other universities in Japan or worldwide. We argue it is better to understand Japan’s innovative method ...

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