Title: Influence of continuing engineering education on economic development in Japan

Authors: Prof. Yajiro Morita

Addresses: Dept. of Mechanical Systems Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Takushoku University, Japan

Abstract: The paper presents a brief historic review of Japanese economic and industrial development in connection with engineering education. Beginning with the late 16th century, Japan|s last 450 years are divided into three eras of unequal length. The general characteristics of continuing engineering education today in Japan strongly reflect the past history of 320 years| seclusion during which the nation|s homogeneity, the people|s loyalty to their leaders and tribe, the respect for hard work and wisdom, were built up. The paper touches upon some 80 years of Japan|s exposure to western technology and industry, including four wars against foreign countries. Lastly, the paper discusses the last 50 years of expansion of Japanese economy with changing demands on engineering education.

Keywords: continuing engineering education; economic development; Japan industrial development; societal characteristics; CEE; continuing education.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCEELL.1993.030280

International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning, 1993 Vol.3 No.1/2, pp.122 - 127

Published online: 14 Dec 2009 *

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