A new fiscal and academic year has begun. At last.
From January to March, many of the Japan-related staff I know at universities around the world received visits from Japanese university delegations. (Who can guess why?)
But many private firms doing internationalization-related work were also kept extremely busy by Japanese universities: acquaintances of mine working at printing companies, for example, said they were inundated by orders for foreign language brochures. Freelance Japanese-English translators complained (gratefully) that they were kept busy around the clock translating all kinds of university documents, from regulations to student health questionnaires. “What is it about Japanese universities?”, one translator asked me, “do they deliberately save up all their international projects for the end of the fiscal year, or do they just have a lot of money to spend then?”. I suspect that those two possibilities are closely interlinked!
I know that the end of the next fiscal year is still a long way off, but for what it’s worth, here are a couple of suggestions for other ways that internationalization budgets could be used up next time:
Any other suggestions?