Topical Collection "Idea of the University"


A topical collection in Humanities (ISSN 2076-0787).


Collection Editor
Prof. Dr. Satoshi P. Watanabe
Research Institute for Higher Education, Hiroshima University, 1-2-2 Kagamiyama Higashi-Hiroshima, Hiroshima, 739-8512, Japan
Phone: +81 82 424 6232
Fax: +81 82 422 7104
Interests: higher education institutions; organizational management; staff development; university missions and functional differentiation

Topical Collection Information

Dear Colleagues,

Today's universities and colleges worldwide face growing pressures to respond to the diverse interests of various external stakeholders, typically found in commercial, societal, as well as political realms which often go beyond the boundary of any single country. On-going related agendas may include and range from preparing low-skilled youth for tomorrow's workforce to innovative creations and sustainable development of new ideas meeting societal and industrial needs, to achieving improved global visibility, as reelected in the world university rankings, through strategic implementations of national policies by the governments. Notably, these multifaceted challenges are similarly emerging in nearly every part of the globe, compelling every institution of higher education to establish itself as a distinctly identified knowledge base in order to stand out, and at the very least, maintain healthy institutional operation, in an increasingly competitive environment.

This collection provides an opportunity for discussion on transforming ideas of colleges and universities, in response to constantly changing and varied demands arising in the age of a knowledge-based society where knowledge is the key to winning the competitive edge in global markets.

Prof. Dr. Satoshi P. Watanabe
Guest Editor


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  • universities and colleges
  • institutional mission
  • globalization of higher education
  • higher education and community partnership
  • MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses)

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Humanities 2015, 4(3), 266-282; doi:10.3390/h4030266
Received: 13 May 2015 / Revised: 30 June 2015 / Accepted: 8 July 2015 / Published: 13 July 2015
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Humanities 2015, 4(2), 212-223; doi:10.3390/h4020212
Received: 25 April 2015 / Revised: 19 May 2015 / Accepted: 20 May 2015 / Published: 22 May 2015
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Humanities 2015, 4(1), 35-41; doi:10.3390/h4010035
Received: 13 November 2014 / Accepted: 13 January 2015 / Published: 28 January 2015
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Humanities 2014, 3(2), 210-231; doi:10.3390/h3020210
Received: 31 December 2013 / Revised: 13 March 2014 / Accepted: 22 May 2014 / Published: 26 May 2014
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Humanities 2014, 3(1), 88-101; doi:10.3390/h3010088
Received: 12 December 2013 / Revised: 14 February 2014 / Accepted: 3 March 2014 / Published: 11 March 2014
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Last update: 4 June 2014

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