Fostering Global Human Resources
Kansai University Internationalization Strategy TRIPLE-I 2014-2023
Kansai University has always been active in two-way international student exchange through various programs of the Division of International Affairs, undergraduate faculties and graduate schools. As the globalization of universities is becoming necessary today more strongly than ever before, Kansai University remains committed to the development of globally competent human resources armed with a mastery of specialized knowledge, outstanding foreign language proficiency, efficient communication skills, the ability to tackle cross-cultural issues and think and act beyond cultural boundaries, and the ability to understand and adapt to different cultures.
Meanwhile, for Japan's further development in this increasingly globalizing world, it is essential to improve the environment of English language education so as to better assist students in realizing substantial progress in their English language competence. Under the educational reform initiatives presented hereunder, by vigorously promoting the improvement of English language education at Kansai University, we aim to construct at the earliest possible time a mechanism that will enable all students to acquire basic foreign language and communication skills responsive to a globalized society.
At the same time, we will promote Intercultural Immersion Initiatives ("Triple-I Initiatives") to provide Japanese and international students with the opportunity to participate together on and off campus in a range of training and academic programs conducted in English so as to develop their communication skills, empathy, creativity, proactive attitudes, and cross-cultural adaptability.
As part of the assistance available to incoming international students and outgoing study abroad students, Kansai University's Center for International Education offers courses in Japanese language and Japanese studies, as well as providing pre-departure and post-arrival guidance. In addition, as one of its newly launched Global Initiatives, the university operates a Japanese Language and Culture Program, which offers four courses to meet the varied needs of international students: the Preparatory Course (Bekka); the Japanese Language and Culture Course, which can be taken for one or two semesters; the Short-Term Intensive Japanese Language and Culture Course, which runs for two to three weeks; and the Learning Assistance Course to support academic activities of international students.
Global Studies Courses
Global Studies courses are offered as part of the “Global Leaders for the Next Generation Program” at Kansai University. These courses have been developed to help students gain intercultural experiences and nurture global perspectives. In their freshman and sophomore years, KU students are expected to deepen intercultural understanding to prepare for either short or long-term study-abroad programs and for specialized study and/or research in their junior and senior years. These courses that will guide students toward true global citizenship include: International Liberal Studies; Global Frontier Subjects; Academic Preparation Subjects; International Cooperation Service Learning Subjects; Overseas Language Seminars; General Tutorial English; and Japanese Language Skill-up Subjects.
Kansai University concludes student exchange agreements with 104 of its 128 partner universities. Additionally, it offers 18 three or four week foreign language seminars in 12 countries covering seven languages during the spring and summer holidays.* As of November 2016