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ERIC Number: EJ865484
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Aug
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0305-0068
The Mobility of Universities
Tanaka, Masahiro
Comparative Education, v45 n3 p405-418 Aug 2009
This paper notes that universities are mobile. That is, models of universities are transferred or borrowed or move around the world and in the process of moving or being moved they tend to change or be changed from the kind of university they were--either in practice or as ideals at the point of origin. To explore these themes the article discusses the mobility of "the German university" with special reference to the creation of Japanese and American universities in the late nineteenth century. Different social actors undertook the "transfer" of the German university in both cases for somewhat different reasons, and the mobility took place at different speeds and with different kinds of struggles. The ways in which "the German university" was fitted into its new contexts was also different, and by the time the mobility process was well underway, it had become clear that it was not the same version of "the German university" which was being "borrowed" in the two places. In its new contexts, the new university later helped to shape the emergent systems of higher education in Japan and the United States and, much later, its political and social roles also diverged.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Japan; United States