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JIGE and ClassDo: transforming higher education and workforce development together

The Japan Hub for Innovative Global Education (JIGE) is pleased to collaborate with Singapore-based ClassDo, bringing together JIGE's ambitious vision to transform higher education, and ClassDo's innovative platform for creative skilling. Supported by significant funding and endorsement from Japan's Ministry of Education, and already in partnership with 35 universities worldwide, the global alliance will consistently share knowledge and lessons learned in its transformation. This collaboration also serves as a role model for other universities interested in developing similar programs.

JIGE and ClassDo: Transforming Higher Education and Workforce Development together

JIGE's mission to revolutionise higher education through innovative methodologies like COIL (Collaborative Online International Learning) and Virtual Exchange, finds a powerful ally in ClassDo.

This collaboration is set to:

  1. Streamline Educational Environments: ClassDo's integrated platform will liberate educators from technical busywork, enabling them to devote their full attention to their learners
  2. Promote Continuous Professional Development: provide re-skilling and up-skilling opportunities for both teaching and non-teaching faculty members in higher educational institutions to integrate new international pedagogies such as COIL and Virtual Exchange for creative skilling
  3. Expand Global Learning Opportunities: Allow faculty members in higher educational institutions to achieve goals for delivering global learning and cross-cultural experiences to a larger number of students through the newly acquired skills to teach effectively both in-person and remotely.
  4. Foster Capacity Building: Connect faculty members and students through capacity building opportunities to learn together

This partnership not only makes educational delivery more efficient and cost-effective, but also prepares institutions to handle the complexities of the AI era with creative skilling. Consequently, the JIGE program becomes a benchmark for universities aiming to create programs that foster a globally creative workforce in harmony with rapid AI advancements, rather than following traditional educational approaches that yield a repetitive workforce in competition with AI for jobs.

About JIGE

The Japan Hub for Innovative Global Education, also known as JIGE, is a collaborative educational initiative by three Japanese Universities (Kansai University, Tohoku University, and Chiba University) launched in 2023 with significant funding from Japan's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) under the Inter-University Exchange Project. JIGE aims at revolutionizing higher education and workforce development through innovative virtual, blended mobility, and internship programs.

About ClassDo

Singapore-based ClassDo is a "Future of Work" SAAS platform aimed at addressing the global skills shortage, by assisting educators globally to shift from repetitive to creative skilling. Awarded "Singapore’s IT Leader of the Year" for facilitating continuous learning during the COVID-19 crisis, ClassDo simplifies the creative learning process by integrating stakeholders, tools, methodologies, and delivery modes in a streamlined manner, while maintaining simplicity and ease of use. By eliminating technical complexities, the platform enables educators to focus on engaging learners through participative and personalized learning experiences, fostering the development of a future-ready creative workforce.

What is COIL and Blended Mobility

COIL (Collaborative Online International Learning) is a cost-effective way of offering international education, global learning, and intercultural experiences to UA students in all disciplines. Blended Mobility ("BM") refers to an approach to education that combines opportunities for online cross-border interaction, and with traditional place-based education.

Participating Universities

JIGE has brought together an impressive roster of universities from across the globe, including:


  • Japan: Chiba University, Tohoku University, Kansai University
  • Malaysia: Kebangsaan University (National University), University of Malaya
  • Philippines: San Pedro College
  • Singapore: Nanyang Polytechnic
  • Taiwan: Soochow University
  • Thailand: Panyapiwat Institute of Management

North America:

  • Canada: Western University, University of Waterloo, Regina University
  • United States: Clemson University, Cornell University, DePaul University, State University of New York Fashion Institute of Technology (SUNY FIT), Florida International University, University of Hawaii Kapiolani Community College, North Carolina State University, Northern Arizona University, Portland State University, Ohio State University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Hawaii at Hilo, University of Hawaii at Manoa, University of California, Pennsylvania State University, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Baylor University, University of Washington, University of Montana, Temple University, University of Alabama, University of Cincinnati, State University of New York at Stony Brook, The New School

South America:

  • Brazil: São Paulo State University Paulista (UNESP)


  • Spain: CEU Cardinal Herrera University

With the goal of cultivating a globally competent workforce, this diverse network of institutions underscores the commitment to creating a truly global educational experience, facilitating unparalleled access to knowledge, cultures, and opportunities, via a mix of innovative virtual, blended mobility, and internship programs.