Vocational Higher Education in Japan and Korea
UNESCO-UNEVOC Discussion Paper 4
The UNESCO-UNEVOC Discussion Paper “The Changing Status of Vocational Higher Education in Contemporary Japan and the Republic of Korea” provides an overview of vocationally-oriented higher education institutions in Japan and South Korea, known as senmongakko and jeonmun daehack respectively. These institutions were surprisingly competitive against universities in the 1990s and early 2000s, although they currently seem to be losing this competitive edge, mainly due to the increasing vocationalisation of the curriculum in the mainstream universities. Despite their significance for understanding the higher education systems in both Japan and South Korea, very little (and virtually nothing of an academic nature) has been published about the vocationally-oriented higher institutions. This Discussion Paper seeks to locate senmongakko and jeonmun daehack in a historical, comparative and organisational framework.
This paper appears as the fourth volume in the UNEVOC Discussion Paper series, which is part of the UNEVOC International Library of TVET – an extensive publications programme prepared by the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre.
Authors: Roger Goodman, Sachi Hatakenaka and Terri Kim
Published by: UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training
Year of publication: 2009
Number of pages: 24
The Changing Status of Vocational Higher Education in Contemporary Japan and the Republic of Korea (http://www.unevoc.unesco.org/fileadmin/user_upload/pubs/DP4_VocHiEd_JapSKorea.pdf) (PDF, 1125 KB)