Briefing Paper

Towards Transnational Competence: Rethinking International Education A U.S.-Japan Case Study

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This study, supported by the U.S.-Japan Foundation and universities in both countries, focuses on the examples of the United States and Japan, two of the dominant economies of the late 20th century. It explores the respective national experiences and particularly the efforts of these two nations to promote international education. This will be vital for:

Economic Survival: the most dynamic and balanced relations between corporations are prevalent in those parts of the global system where there is mutuality in Transnational Competence.

Political Stability: those local and national governments which share the greatest depth and mutuality in Transnational Competence find it easiest to solve old problems and evolve new relations.

Preservation of Human Dignity: those parts of the world whose citizens excel in Transnational Competence are accorded the greatest respect by the global community.

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