Undergraduate Education for the 21st Century : What can we learn from graduates?
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The competencies and skills to be acquired in higher education are surely some of the hottest issues in the contemporary higher education policy across the world. In Japan, the Central Education Council proposed the concept of "competencies guaranteed by bachelor's degree" (学士力) to specify the qualifications to be fostered though undergraduate education. The authors believe that this governmental "top-down" initiative should be complemented by the "bottom-up" approach that involves a wide variety of stakeholders in higher education, including the direct beneficiaries of higher education, that is, its graduates in the academic year 2006-2007. In order to specify those qualifications and to improve undergraduate education as a whole, we conducted a survey of young Osaka University graduates. In this paper. we will examine their achievements of various qualifications through undergraduate education, and discuss their opinions about the qualifications to be fostered through undergraduate education.
大阪大学大学教育実践センター紀要 (6), 27-32, 2010-03-31