Dr. Akiyoshi Yonezawa returned to Tohoku University in April 2016, and took a position as Professor and Director, Office of Institutional Research. He also serves as a Special Advisor to the President for Institutional Research and Effectiveness. He received a Ph.D in Education from Tohoku University in 2009, when he worked as an associate professor at the Center for the Advancement of Higher Education at Tohoku University. With a background in sociology, he mainly conducts research on comparative higher education policy – especially focusing on world-class universities, internationalization of higher education, and public-private relationships in higher education. He established his expertise in higher education policy and management though working experience at universities and public organisations including Nagoya University, the National Institution for Academic Degrees and University Evaluation, Hiroshima University, OECD, and the University of Tokyo. He is currently serving as a board member at the Japan Society of Educational Sociology, and at the Japan Association for Higher Education Research. He is a co-editor of the book series Higher Education in Asia: Quality, Excellence and Governance (Springer Book Series).
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