Kumamoto University will be holding an event to celebrate our new building “College of Cross-Cultural and Multidisciplinary Studies”.

グローバル教育カレッジ棟Our new building “College of Cross-Cultural and Multidisciplinary Studies”, which was developed as a symbolic facility of Kumamoto University’s globalized education, will be completed in the end of March, and start operation from the new semester, April this year.


To introduce our new facility, we invite you to the opening event, as shown.



The Opening Event of “College of Cross-Cultural and Multidisciplinary Studies”
Trial Lectures and Facility Tour


You are able to experience the lectures (liberal art lectures conducted in English) given by faculty members of the College. Also, there will be the briefing session on global leader course, starting from FY2017, and the information corner on study abroad program for Kumamoto University students.


Date: Wednesday, April 6, 2016   14:30 – 17:00

Venue: College of Cross-Cultural and Multidisciplinary Studies


Part 1: 14:30-15:00

Classroom 1A:     Trial Lecture 1: Scientific Literacy          Masami Nakata
Classroom 1B:     Trial Lecture 2: Living in a Globalized Society          Joshua Rickard
Classroom 1C:     Briefing Session on “Global Leader Course”

Classroom 1D:     Information Corner on Study Abroad Programs


15:00-15:20  Coffee Break and Facility Tour


Part 2: 15:20-15:50

Classroom 1A:     Trial Lecture 3: Music and Mind        Chan Cheong Jan
Classroom 1B:     Trial Lecture 4: What is Globalization?         Kako Koshino
Classroom 1C:     Briefing Session on “Global Leader Course”
Classroom 1D:     Information Corner on Study Abroad Programs

-17:00  Facility Tour





Scientific Literacy    中田眞佐美 教授

Controversial science policy issues, such as nuclear power development, climate change, or genetically modified food, call for open and public debate. The need for the public to participate in the debate on such complex scientific issues implies an increasingly important role in science education in preparing scientific literate citizens.

 原子力発電、気候変動、遺伝子組み替え食品 など、科学者だけでなく一般市民が議論に参加しなければいけない科学的な事柄が増え続けています。ここでは、一般市民が科学的な事柄に関 する議論に参加するための科学リテラシーの必要性について話します。

Living in a Globalized Society   Joshua Rickard 特任講師

This class will explore different cultures and societies around the world and the various social relations that have developed through globalization. Through learning about different cultures and perspectives students will be exposed to different ways of viewing the world and understanding other societies.


Music and Mind   Chan Cheong Jan 特任教授

Hidden in the sound of music is a blend of human thinking and feeling. Taking the change of sound of a string instrument in Borneo Island, sape, as an example, we shall explore what is “authentic” sound and its meaning in our life. (Live performance demonstration included)


What is Globalization?   越野香子 特任准教授

Globalization means that people in different countries have common cultural experiences by watching a Korean drama as your favorite show or drinking Frappuccino as your favorite Starbucks menu or speaking in English as a common language. In this teaching demo, we will explore how globalization impacts our lives and pros and cons of becoming one society.


Date April 6 14:30~17:00

 College of Cross-Cultural and Multidisciplinary Studies

E7 building of Kurokami North campus)