“more practical vocational education that better anticipates the needs of society”

From an article in Social Science Space entitled “Japan’s Education Ministry Says to Axe Social Science and Humanities” (and reported in the Times Higher Education Supplement)

At least 26 of Japan’s 60 national universities that have departments of the humanities or the social sciences plan to close those faculties after a ministerial request from the Japanese government.

This is consistent with remarks made by Japanese Prime Minister Abe in 2014, to the OECD:

Rather than deepening academic research that is highly theoretical, we will conduct more practical vocational education that better anticipates the needs of society.

The article quotes a statement by the Science Council of Japan expressing “profound concern” over the implications of this decision.  The University of Tokyo and Kyoto University will not comply with the directive, and

The president’s office of Shiga University told Nomiura that, “Democracy cannot be preserved if the ‘intellectual knowledge’ of humanities and social science studies is cast aside.”

Mathematics, even pure mathematics, is apparently spared for now, presumably only thanks to expectations of Golden Geese.

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  1. Pingback: Mathematics as art and/or science? | Mathematics without Apologies, by Michael Harris

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