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Kwansei Gakuin University selected as a Top Global University by MEXT

Public Relations Office        September 29, 2014

Kwansei Gakuin University selected as a Top Global University by MEXT

 For its initiative “Establishing the ‘Global Academic Port’ –an international hub for academic exchange,” Kwansei Gakuin University was selected as one of the 24 globalized universities expected to play a leading role in globalizing Japanese society to receive a Type-B grant from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) under the 2014 Top Global University Project.
 The Top Global University Project, which was launched this year, is a national project intended to increase the international competitiveness of Japanese higher education, with a focus on supporting leading universities that provide world-class education and research opportunities (Type A) and globalized universities that play a leading role in globalizing Japanese society (Type B). Out of 104 applicants, 37 universities were selected to receive a Type-A or Type-B grant, and of the 24 Type-B grant recipients, only two, including KG, are private universities in the Kansai region.

Comment by KG President Osamu Murata

KG President Osamu Murata

 Campus globalization is going to progress greatly at Kwansei Gakuin University. Since its establishment, KG has maintained the philosophy of intellectual and religious based on Christian principles and has featured a cosmopolitan environment. I am glad that KG was selected as one of the globalized universities expected to play a leading role in globalizing Japanese society to receive a Type-B grant under the Top Global University Project, especially in the year of its 125th anniversary. I am sure that this will further promote KG’s efforts to develop its students into world citizens who embody the school motto “Mastery for Service” and that KG will play a significant role in an increasingly globalized world. I will make further efforts to help KG continue to contribute to society.

Selected initiative: “Establishing the ‘Global Academic Port’ –an international hub for academic exchange”

 

■Objective: To develop students into world citizens who will embody the school motto “Mastery for Service” by improving the campus as the Global Academic Port, where Japanese and international students and faculty/staff members will visit frequently to collaborate

1. Introducing the Double Round Program applicable to all students

 KG will introduce its unique educational operation system called Double Round Program (Double Challenge Program in Japanese). Under this program, all students are required to take on an Away Program, which enables them to learn something different from what they learn from the Home Program, their majors and subjects in their own departments, for cultivating self-direction, toughness and understanding of diversity. As an Away Challenge, students are required to choose one of three programs such as ” International (studying abroad or other forms of international exchange),” “Hands-on Learning (practical learning experience in society),” and “Minor (systematic learning at another department).

2. Becoming Japan’s No. 1 university in the annual number of students sent abroad to study under partnership agreements

 KG aims to become Japan’s No. 1 university in the annual number of students sent abroad to study under partnership agreements with overseas universities, increasing the number from the current 900 to 2,500.

3. Offering the “Graduate Course in United Nations and Foreign Affairs Studies” and establishing a career support center in collaboration with MOFA’s Recruitment Center for International Organizations

 Some of KG’s graduate schools will jointly offer the “Graduate Course in United Nations and Foreign Affairs Studies” at Master’s level to systematically develop diplomats and staff of international organizations such as the United Nations and international NGOs. In addition, KG will establish a center to help students seeking careers as global leaders working in the international public sector, in collaboration with the Recruitment Center for International Organizations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan (MOFA).

4. Establishment of the quality assurance system to meet international standards

 As a research observer, KG participates in the Multi-State Collaborative (MSC), which is newly launched project in 2014 by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and the State Higher Educational Executive Officers Association (SHEEO) with nine state-university systems for developing new methods of learning outcomes assessment. Through the collaboration, we will utilize this innovative initiative in the United States for organization of our quality assurance system.

5. Establishing a comprehensive management system through governance reform

 KG will establish a comprehensive management system under which the president will double as vice chair of the board of trustees and take a leadership role in comprehensive university management by helping develop plans for education, finance, human resources, facilities, information and other areas. This system is expected to become a role model for other private universities.