Japanese Higher Education Policy in Korea (1910—1945)


  • Jeong-Kyu Lee Korean Educational Development Institute and The Hongik University




Colonialism, Educational History, Educational Policy, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Nationalism, Political Influences


The purpose of this article is to examine the impact of Japanese nationalistic thought on the administrative systems and structures of colonial and modern higher education in Korea, as well as to analyze Japanese higher educational policy in Korea during the colonial period (1910-1945). It begins with an examination of Shinto, a syncretistic Japanese state religion and the ideological basis of national education. The author investigates Japanese educational policy and administration during the colonial period, including the establishment of a colonial imperial university in Korea. He also reviews the administrative systems and organizational structures in imperial and colonial universities. Both beneficial and negative impacts of the Japanese colonial education system on current Korean higher education conclude the analysis.


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Author Biography

Jeong-Kyu Lee, Korean Educational Development Institute and The Hongik University

The author received a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Higher Education Administration at the Graduate School of The University of Texas at Austin in the United States of America. He is Associate Research Fellow in the Division of Educational Policy Research at the Korean Educational Development Institute, a Korean government-funded research institute, in Seoul, and Joint Professor at the Graduate School of Educational Management at Hongik University in Seoul, South Korea. His work has been published in a variety of national and international journals. His research interests are organizational culture and leadership, social and ethical values, and educational policy analysis.




How to Cite

Lee, J.-K. (2002). Japanese Higher Education Policy in Korea (1910—1945). Education Policy Analysis Archives, 10, 14. https://doi.org/10.14507/epaa.v10n14.2002