Professor Fujio Ohmori has been Professor at the Research Center for Higher Education, Kumamoto University since July 2003. From April 2004, he has been assuming an additional duty as Executive Advisor to the President of the university.
He worked at Japan's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT, i.e. former Monbusho) and other governmental organizations related to educational administration and diplomacy for approximately twenty years. The posts occupied by him include First Secretary (Education) at the Embassy of Japan in London (1992-96), Deputy Director of the ministry's International Affairs Planning Division (1996-97), the ministry's International Science Coordinator (1997-98), Director of Management at Gifu Prefecture's Board of Education (1998-2000), Counselor (Education) at the Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C. (2000-02), and Inspector (International Affairs) at the Higher Education Bureau of the ministry (2002-04).
He graduated from Kyoto University as a sociologist in 1982. Professor Ohmori's current research interest lies in sociological analysis of educational policy and higher education including international quality assurance, globalization and transnational provision, e-learning, and institutional strategy of pedagogy and management. He also teaches policy studies in general to both undergraduate and postgraduate students.
Professor Ohmori is one of the core staff who have initiated a new online programme of MSc in Instructional Systems, which is the first Japanese programme to train e-learning professionals at postgraduate level. Since April 2006 when the programme started, he has been one of the academic staff of the programme to teach e-learning policy.
・Kaneko, Motohisa, Yamamoto, Kiyoshi & Ohmori, Fujio, 2004, “Financial Management and Governance in Higher Education Institutions: Japan”, Reports of the OECD/IMHE-HEFCE Project on Financial Management and Governance of Higher Education Institutions, Paris: OECD.
・Kimura, Tsutomu, Yonezawa, Akiyoshi, & Ohmori, Fujio, 2004, “Quality Assurance and Recognition of Qualifications in Higher Education: Japan”, Quality and Recognition in Higher Education: The Cross-border Challenge, OECD:Paris, pp. 119-130.
・Ohmori, Fujio, 2004, “Japan’s Policy Changes to Recognise Transnational Higher Education: Adaptation of the national system to globalization?”, Observatory Reports, Issue 24, London: The Observatory on Borderless Higher Education.
・Ohmori, Fujio, 2004, “Japan and Transnational Higher Education”, International Higher Education, No.37, Boston: Boston College, pp. 13-15.