Akiyoshi Yonezawa, (Aki) Ph.D (Education, Tohoku University) is Professor and Director, Office of Institutional Research, Tohoku University. With a background in sociology, he mainly conducts research on comparative higher education policy – especially focusing on world-class universities, internationalization of higher education, and public-private relationships in higher education. He established his expertise in higher education policy and management though working experience at universities and public organizations such as Nagoya University, OECD, and the University of Tokyo. He is a board member at Japan Association for Higher Education Research. He is a co-editor of Book Series Higher Education in Asia: Quality, Excellence and Governance series (Springer Book Series).