Center for the Study of International Cooperation in EducationHiroshima University

Activites of CICE



1. Research and development

International educational cooperation is a relatively new field of research in Japan. CICE has conducted research to open this frontier, in cooperation with researchers and research institutes both inside and outside Japan, and with a practical and developmental perspective so as to shed light on the actual operation of educational assistance projects as well as to enrich discussions on policies and methods of international educational cooperation. The research results are published in CICE-issued Journal of International Cooperation of Education, reports, working papers and other academic and professional journals in and out of Japan. Principal areas of research are:

(1) Development of international cooperation models in education
(2) Evaluation systems and methods for cooperation in education
(3) Policies and plans for educational development and cooperation in developing countries

Main Research Projects
  • “A Study on the Educational Development through Strengthening School Governance in the Reconstruction Process from the Nepal Earthquake” (2016~2018with KAKENHI)
  • “A study on Creating Muslimness from Madrasa education in Contemporary South Asia”(2015~2017 with KAKENHI)
  • “An International Comparative Study on School Improvement Practices at Lower Secondary Education in Developing Countries”(2013-2016 with KAKENHI)
  • “A Comparative Study on the Effectiveness of International Cooperation for Education Policy Reforms in Africa and Asia”(2013-2015 with KAKENHI)
  • “International comparative study of student self-esteem towards solutions for the problems of bullying, fostering self-motivation, and better school education” (2013-2015 with KAKENHI)
  • “Africa-Asia University Dialogue for Educational Development”: Joint education and research projects conducted through the network of researchers in Africa and Asia in collaboration with UNESCO, UNU and JICA and with the financial support from MEXT (2009-)
  • Research on the Educational Cooperation and Economic Development from the Perspective of Skills Development (2006-2008)

2. Policy Analysis and Recommendations

Policy debate for international educational cooperation in Japan is promoted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), research organizations and NGOs participate in the debate from the perspectives of policy implementers and service providers. Similar debate at the international level takes place in the various forums organized by UNESCO, UNICEF, World Bank, OECD, donor agencies, international NGOs, developing country governments and others. CICE intends to contribute to these debates at both national and international levels, especially through the following activities:

(1) Cooperation in the formulation of policies for international educational cooperation
(2) Convening of an annual policy forum on educational cooperation
(3) Participation in international conferences and consultations on educational cooperation

Illustration of Policy Analysis and Recommendation WorkHiroshima Peace Research / Educational Institutions Network (2012-)
  • Vice-Chair of EFA Steering Committee
  • Educational Policy Research on Equity and Inclusion in Asia-Pacific Region” by Official Development Assistance of the Japanese National Commission for UNESCO, MEXT (2012-)
  • Hiroshima Peace Research / Educational Institutions Network (2012-)
  • Hiroshima Prefectural Project for Peace Promotion, The Assistance Project for Cambodia Recovery (2011-)
  • Member, Evaluation Committee for Independent Administrative Institutions, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2011-)
  • Seminar on Development Issues: Promotion of the Sector Loan in Education at Ministry of Finance (2010)
  • Member of Evaluation Oversight Committee for the Mid Term Evaluation of EFA Fast Track Initiative (2008-2010)
  • Member, Networking and Consultative Committee on International Cooperation in Education Organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2008-)
  • Comprehensive Analysis of Evaluation Results: long-term technical cooperation for technical education for the Japan International Cooperation Agency (2007-2008)

3. Compilation and Dissemination of Knowledge and Insights

Exchanges of views and sharing of experiences among international cooperation partners are essential for improving the quality of educational assistance. As a national focal point for educational cooperation, CICE has organized many symposiums, seminars and workshops to promote such exchanges, taking full advantage of our partnership with government aid agencies, universities, research institutes and NGOs in and out of Japan. Efforts are also made for wide dissemination of the knowledge and insights gained through website, e-mail forum and publications.

(1) Compilation and provision of information and materials
(2) Organization of symposiums, seminars and workshops
(3) Dissemination of information through publication and electronic media

Illustration of Knowledge Compilation and Dissemination
  • Exchange Agreements with Universities and Institutions Abroad
    • University at Albany, State University of New York, USA (2013-2018)
    • Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia (2012-2017)
    • University of Education, Vietnam National University Hanoe, Vietnam (2011-2016)
    • Center for Educational Research and Training, University of Malawi, Malawi (2006-2015)
    • Kenyatta University, Kenya (2007-2016)
    • University of Cape Coast, Ghana (2014-2018)
    • Faculty of Education, Makerere University, Uganda (2013-2018)
    • National University of Educational Planning and Administration, India (2010-2015)
  • Organization of Symposiums and Seminars
    • Japan Education Forum (JEF) for Collaboration toward Self-Reliant Educational Development, jointly organized with MEXT, MOFA and the University of Tsukuba (Tokyo, 2004-)
    • Training Workshops on School Evaluation, jointly organized with the Hiroshima Prefectural Education Center (Hiroshima, 2003-2008)
    • Regular and occasional seminars (please refer to our website for seminar announcements)
  • Publication of Journal and CICE Series
    • Journal of International Cooperation in Education (1998-)
    • Occasional publication of CICE Series

4. Support of model project implementation

In response to changes in educational issues, in recent years international cooperation in education has continued to change in terms of both contents and methods. In order to conduct effective educational cooperation, CICE has developed various mechanisms to make the best use of knowledge and insights from Japan and abroad to be applied in practical actions and supported the formulation and implementation of innovative model projects in conjunction with CICE’s research and development work and its strategy and policy proposals. CICE is also promoting such activities as accepting researchers from developing countries, training young experts and enhancing public awareness in this field as follows:

(1) Support of implementation, evaluation and analysis of educational cooperation projects
(2) Building and management of human resource network for international educational cooperation
(3) Sponsoring of internship

Illustration of Model Projects Supported
  • Technical Cooperation Projects
    • Strengthening Basic Education (Mathematics and Science) in Ghana
    • Mpumalanga Secondary Science Initiative in the Republic of South Africa
  • Technical Training Program
    • Capacity Development for Policy Analysis Using Research Results and Field Knowledge for Education Quality Improvement (2012-)
    • Promotion of Non-formal Education in Asia (2007-2009)
  • Long-term Development Expert
    • Advisor to the Ministry of National Education, Indonesia (2001-2002)
  • Cooperation for Japanese Government’s Project Formulation
    • Study on Myanmar’s Education Sector  (2012)
    • Study for Project Formation on Basic Education Sector Program in Syrian Arab Republic (2011)
    • Special Assistance for Project Formation (SAPROF) for Sector Program Loan for Tertiary Education Improvement in Republic of Indonesia (2007)