Kwansei Gakuin University and Sophia University Enter into a Partnership Agreement

Public Relations Office        June 21, 2018

On June 20th, Kwansei Gakuin University and Sophia University (Chiyoda, Tokyo, President: Yoshiaki Terumichi) entered into a partnership agreement with the aim of realizing their common goal of advancing highly international education and research based on the Christian spirit, in order to contribute to their neighbors, society, and the world.

According to this comprehensive partnership agreement, there are plans to consider initiatives like “domestic student exchange” programs where students from each university could be temporarily dispatched to their counterpart and the credits they earned there would be mutually recognized, jointly implemented international volunteer programs for students, and interchange opportunities for researchers and faculty members through “cross-appointment” systems and other measures.

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Both university presidents

Both university presidents

Sophia University President Yoshiaki Terumichi said, “From this point forward the internationalization of society will continue, and amidst the industrial revolution that will occur, we are very aware that this will be a big test for universities, and that an era which we will have to face head-on is drawing near. We hope that having a strong partner there will show us one model for what a university should be in future.”

Speaking on his hopes for the future, Kwansei Gakuin University President Osamu Murata said, “I believe that going forward, the agreements between Tokyo universities and Kansai universities, and other such agreements with other regional universities, will cause rapid increases in activity, including regional revitalization. Both universities have been selected as Top Global Universities. In that sense, I hope that based on our shared traits as universities advancing internationalization, and furthermore, as universities providing education based on Christianity, we will be able to hold various information exchanges with regard to education and research, also including university management, as well as conducting learning and research in each field.”