Kansai University has been at the forefront of COIL initiatives in Japan and has recently been awarded significant funding from Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) under the Inter-University Exchange Project –Supporting Exchange with U.S. Universities Using COIL-style Education–. As the successful recipient of this funding, Kansai University is launching a new Institute for Innovative Global Education (IIGE). IIGE will act as the platform for COIL initiative in Japan for this MEXT project. One of its main goals is to promote exchange between students in Japan and U.S. to strengthen relations between the two countries.
COIL Plus program in Kansai University includes short visits abroad for students at partner universities. COIL method enables the students to interact ‘virtually’ through the connected interface with their distant partners.