KIM Yangson

Associate Professor

  • Ph.D (Education), Seoul National University
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Major Professional Backgrounds

  • Hiroshima University, Research Institute for Higher Education, Lecturer (2017)
  • Korean Council for University Education, Research Institute for Higher Education, Senior Researcher (2016-2017)
  • Seoul National University, Education Research Institute, Researcher (2015-2016)
  • University of Lisbon, Instituto Superior Tecnico, Visiting Researcher (2013-2014)

Please refer to the following link for more research achievements. Yangson Kim (

Research Areas and Themes

  1. Academic profession 
  2. Internationalization of higher education 
  3. Higher education in the knowledge society 

My research area mainly focuses on higher education. There are three research themes on which I am conducting research projects. First, I explore how to make academia more dynamic and inclusive with minor groups of females, juniors, or international members in Japan and Korea related to the academic profession. I also collaborate with international colleagues to investigate similarities and differences among academics in countries other than Japan and Korea. Under this theme, academic activities and careers are the main topics with comparative perspectives. Second, the internationalization of higher education covers diverse issues and trends. International mobilities,  strategies, and internationalization policies are explored using quantitative and qualitative approaches. Third, knowledge production and distribution are the main topics under the theme of higher education in the knowledge society. The research focuses on which kind of knowledge has been produced in universities and how it has been distributed and contributed to the community.  

Research Areas and Themes of the Students

The topics on which I could provide supervision are as follows:  

Academic profession:  

Academic activities, academic identity, career development, faculty development (FD), diversified academic roles, diverse academic (female, junior, international) 

Internationalization of higher education:  

Comparative studies in higher education, student and faculty mobilities, higher education system and policy, university governance, ranking system 

Higher education in the knowledge society 

knowledge production and distribution, university ranking, role and function of university 

The main research topics of the supervising students are as follows:

  • A study on the factors that form the prejudice of Chinese students toward African international students
  • International students’ Learning in Japan University- Focus on the Change of Learning Conception-
  • Research on success factors of the job searching of foreign students in Japan – mainly targeting the Chinese foreign student of the master’s course
  • The Development and Future of Independent Colleges in China: An Empirical Analysis of Its Educational Effects

Message to Prospective Students

The International Education Development (IED) Program is a great opportunity to develop academic competencies and understand practical applications related to international education development. Please do not hesitate to join the program if you want to be an expert.