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 outgoing study abroad students, Kansai University's Center for International Education provides pre-departure and post-arrival guidance. In addition, the center offers courses in Japanese language and Japanese studies as well as a daily living support to incoming international students. 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 128 of its 167 partner universities. Additionally, it offers 13 three or four week foreign language seminars in 12 countries covering five languages during the spring and summer holidays.* As of December 2018.
Mi-Room (Multilingual Immersion Room) is a study space where you can experience cross-cultural communication and opportunities which improve various foreign languages proficiency, and you can consider the possibility of studying abroad into your campus life. Because teachers and GTAs (Global Teaching Assistants) conduct various sessions every day, you can make the most use of it to accomplish your own goal. Also, it is used as a communicating space for Japanese students and foreign students. While open the main area, you can come and go freely. It’s the intercultural exchange stage where students around the world get together.