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University Staff Development Program

Customised programs for Japanese university administrative staff
Our University Staff Development Program uses Australia and the University of Sydney as examples to explore the critical elements of internationalisation of the higher education sector at both a strategic and operational level.

Established in 2014, the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) Top Global University Project provides support for Japanese universities to prioritise internationalisation of their workforce and university reform. The University of Sydney is committed to further developing partnerships with Japanese universities in both an academic and professional capacity.

In this program, participants meet with their professional counterparts from both Australian and Japanese universities to establish professional networks for mutual benefit. Topics covered include:

  • introduction to Australian higher education
  • university governance and strategic planning
  • rankings, research and support
  • attracting world-class academic staff
  • staff professional development and training
  • equity, diversity and multicultural working environments
  • strategies and approaches for international engagement
  • international student recruitment, support and student mobility
  • alumni relations and fundraising.

We are currently partnering with the following Japanese universities to deliver these staff development programs:

  • Hokkaido University
  • Kyushu University
  • Tohoku University
  • Keio University.

Testimonials from participants

“Coming from Japan, I was very surprised to see the diversity of backgrounds and cultures of the students and staff at the University of Sydney. It made me more aware of the importance of embracing and learning more from other cultures and people of different backgrounds. This made me realise that in order for our Japanese university to internationalise successfully, we need to be more open-minded in learning other languages and cultures.”

“The program was really efficient for me because I have worked in our university for a long time. I was very interested in every lecture. Also, I was impressed by the hospitality of the Office of Global Engagement. The experience must be one of my best things in my life.”

Staff Development Program brochure [English]

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Staff Development Program brochure [Japanese]

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  • Level 3, Administration Building (F23)

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