This study could not have been realized without the help, guidance, and support of Professor David Phillips. From him I have learned far more than the ins-and-outs of our rich field and the complexities of transfer. I have also gained insights into a lost art in academia: how to inspire, cul- tivate, and mentor the next generation of scholars. For two years of this project I was a researcher at the University of Tokyo, a visit made possible through the generous support of the Japa- nese Ministry of Education. Helping me to not only secure those funds, but – more importantly always ready with constant insights into the pro- found changes underway in Japanese education was Professor Takehiko Kariya. He is, much like Professor Phillips, both a first-rate scholar and a genuine supervisor. Another acknowledgement on the ‘Japan side’ must be Professor Aaron Miller, also at once first-rate scholar, Japan ‘expert’, and friend. On the Nepal ‘side’ thanks go to the generous, constant support of Professor Stephen Carney who – without the least hesitation – brought me into his circle of connections in Nepal, as well as his world of ideas. Both of these dimensions were of critical importance for this project. He also needs to be acknowledged for believing in the potential and im- portance of such an unusual ‘comparison’ and repeatedly picking me up after it proved to be so much more of a challenge than I had originally imagined. Robin Shields is another scholar and friend who got me ‘in’...
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