ICIS-Institute for Cultural Interaction Studies
Inheriting and Developing the Results of the Global COE Program: World-Leading Center of Excellence in Cultural Interaction Studies
The Institute for Cultural Interaction Studies (ICIS) was set up in 2007 under the *MEXT Global COE program "Establishment of a Center of Excellence for Cultural Interaction Studies in East Asia". ICIS has enhanced educational programs and research activities for 5 years, in order to establish an international Center of Excellence for Cultural Interaction Studies.
In 2009, one of remarkable achievements was inauguration of the Society for Cultural Interaction in East Asia (SCIEA) undertaken by internationally renowned researchers, and SCIEA has grown into an international association with 455 members from 24 countries and regions.
88 graduate students currently study and 35 graduates with a doctorate in Cultural Interaction Studies have graduated since commencements of a major in Cultural Interaction Studies, Graduate School of Letters was launched in 2008, and of a major in Cultural Interaction Studies, Graduate School of East Asian Cultures, in 2011.
Furthermore, in 2012, Graduate School of East Asian Cultures has received a grant with the evaluation of highest grade "S" under the MEXT program **"A grant for the formation of a Center of Excellence for Graduate Schools"
ICIS is placed in the Institute of Oriental Occidental Studies after research groups were reorganized in 2012, with the aim of continuously expanding research activities and international networks attained from the Global COE program past 5 years. This enables ICIS to become an international research hub of Excellence for Cultural Interaction Studies, and ICIS will contribute to Kansai University's prosperity for the future.