KAFS 8th Session ’MAGNUM PHOTOS’ Film Screening

KAFS (Kumamoto Anthropology Film Society) holds the 8th session as follows.

Date/time: Friday, April 28 17:30-19:30

Place: Classroom 1A in the College of Cross-Cultural and Multidisciplinary Studies

Target: Open event for the community as well as KU students, faculty and staff

See the link below for the details;

Website of the Cultural Anthropology at Kumamoto University

Magnum is a co-operative of elite documentary photographers founded in 1947. Magnum photographers are best known for using powerful imagery of the human condition, conflicts, and major world events and using photojournalism as a tool to tell the stories of others.
This film is about the creative and in-depth documentary work that Magnum photographers engage in to produce some of the world’s most striking images.(Joshua Rickard)

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Lunch Live! english- TALKmon Special Edition ‘Musicmon’

The College of Cross-Cultural and Multidisciplinary Studies will have a lunchtime concert to welcome you back to school after the ‘Golden Week’ vacation, according to the schedule below.

Please come to the lounge area, bring your own lunch and enjoy the nice trio music by Sayuri on the marimba, Toku-san on drums, and Dr. Chan on the piano.

The regular english-TALKmon activity is canceled for the day.

-Date/time: Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 12:00-12:45
-Place: Lounge area, the College of Cross Cultural and Multidisciplinary Studies
-Target: Students and faculty, staff members of Kumamoto University

-Contact: The administrative office of the College of Cross-Cultural and Multidisciplinary Studies: glc★ (change ★→@)
Phone # 096-342-2092










Poster (PDF: 243KB)

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‘english TALKmon’ Schedule Term 1

The College of Cross-Cultural and Multidisciplinary Studies presents ‘english-TALKmon’ for the first term, according to the attached schedule. ’Lunchtime -TALKmon’ will be available

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KUMADAI Global Youth Campus Project, “Go Global Seminar”

The KUMADAI Global Youth Campus Project, “Go Global Seminar” was held on January 27, 2017 at the 100th Anniversary Memorial Hall of Kumamoto University, under the theme, “What kind of people can play a leading role in the global community?” This project aims to provide students from local junior high schools, high schools, and technical colleges with an early global education.


About 160 people, including students from high schools and universities, as well as people related to education in Kumamoto Prefecture, participated in the event and listened to lectures in English given by Prof. Marcelo J. Kuroda (Tulane University, New Orleans, USA) and Prof. Mark Williams (University of Leeds, UK), external board members of Kumamoto University’s globalization project.


Both Prof. Kuroda and Prof. Williams told the audience, based on their experience, that people who desire to play a leading role in the global community should enhance their ability to communicate with people from multiple countries and to understand their cultures through multicultural experience. In the question-and-answer session after the lectures, the professors gave clear advice to the high school students with a view to studying abroad, such as “Have courage, and just go abroad,” and “Communicate not with language but heart-to-heart with people.”


After the seminar, many high school students attended a brief session explaining the Global Leader Course, a new undergraduate course open in FY 2017.


Prof. Kuroda giving a lecture

Prof. Williams giving a lecture

A high school student asking a question



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Kumamoto University Global Advisory Board Meeting AY 2016

Kumamoto University Global Advisory Board Meeting AY 2016 was held on January 27, 2017 at Kumamoto University. This meeting was held to consult with external experts who are well versed in the current university situation and operational approaches taken by universities in and outside Japan regarding development and implementation of our global strategies, promotion of international exchange for students and researchers, and implementation of our slogan, “A Leading University Cultivating Global Leaders from Kumamoto,”*1 as a university selected for the Top Global University Project*2 established by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan. We will reflect their advice into our operational measures.


After an introduction from Vice President for International Affairs Kazuki Takashima regarding Kumamoto University’s efforts to promote globalization based on its concept, the participants, including President Shinji Harada, four Trustees, two related Vice Presidents, three Advisors to the President, and external members, discussed what has to be done to make Kumamoto University a more global institution. During the meeting, the external board members provided many valuable comments on the four policies*3 of Kumamoto University’s project concept, operational measures, and governance reform approaches, as well as advice on how to promote those projects from now on.


After the Advisory Board meeting, “Go Global Seminar,” an event of Kumamoto University Global Youth Campus, was held, in which Prof. Mark Williams and Prof. Marcelo J. Kuroda gave lectures for Kumamoto University students and local high school students.


Incorporating the comments and advice from external board members into our future approaches, we will further promote globalization projects by leveraging strengths unique to Kumamoto University, an attractive university open to the world.


External board members (honorifics omitted, Japanese alphabetical order)

・ Takanori Sonoda, Senior Fellow, the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation

・ Mark Williams, Professor, University of Leeds, UK

・ Marcelo J. Kuroda, Professor, Tulane University, New Orleans, USA

・ Yoshinao Mishima, President, Tokyo Institute of Technology

・ Miyoko Watanabe, Deputy Executive Director of the Japan Science and Technology Agency, Director of the Office for Diversity and Inclusion, Director of the Center for Science Communication


*1. Please refer to the following website for Kumamoto University’s Top Global University Project slogan “A Leading University Cultivating Global Leaders from Kumamoto.


*2. Founded in 2014, the Top Global University Project, a (maximum) ten-year project, aims to support universities that make efforts to globalize and strengthen international competitiveness. It works to establish a sound educational environment by carrying out university reforms and globalization measures.


*3. Four policies for Kumamoto University’s project concept

  1. Introduction of an undergraduate educational system with high international standards
  2. Global atmosphere for the inclusion of international students
  3. Strengthened and Globalized Graduate Education to Support Cutting-edge Research
  4. Global Campus as a Driving Force for Internationalization in the Local Community


President Shinji Harada greeting attendees

Vice President Kazuki Takashima introducing Kumamoto University’s approaches to its slogan, “A Leading University Cultivating Global Leaders from Kumamoto”

External board members giving their opinions

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Go Global Seminar – KUMADAI Global Youth Campus

Kumamoto University will be holding “Go Global Seminar” as an event of KUMADAI Global Youth Campus.

We invite you to the event, as shown.


Poster [PDF 4.2MB]


Date: Friday, January 27, 2017 16:00-17:30




●Prof. Marcelo J. Kuroda (Tulane University, USA)
“My Scientific Journey between Eastern and Western Cultures”

Presentation file

●Prof. Mark Williams (University of Leeds, UK)
“From Bungotai to Akita-ben: A Journey in Search of Cultural Competence”

Presentation file


Participation is free of charge!  Anybody is welcome to join.

If you would like to apply, please click on the following link to register. 

Click here to register.

Go Global Seminar

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AY2016 4th IELTS Training Course

Call for applications for the Fourth IELTS Training Course AY2016

The College of Cross- Cultural and Multidisciplinary Studies calls for applications to the fourth IELTS Training Course of Academic Year 2016. 

Please refer to the poster attached, and apply according to the procedure.
The deadline is Tuesday, January 31 at 17:00. 













Download Application  <Word: 47KB>


Inquiries: The Administrative Office of the College of Cross-Cultural and Multidisciplinary Studies

TEL: 096-342-2092 (Weekdays 8:30-17:15)

email: gji-ryugaku*  (change* to @)


Poster  <PDF:597KB >






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‘english-TALKmon’ schedule for Term4

The College of Cross-Cultural and Multidisciplinary Studies presents ‘english-TALKmon’ for the fourth term, according to the schedule attached below.

 ‘english-TALKmon’ will be available from Monday to Friday from 12:00-12:40, and 16:10-17:10 every weekday except for the national holidays in classroom 1D,in the College of Cross-Cultural and Multidisciplinary Studies building.

 Faculty and staff are also welcome for the lunchtime session. Feel free to join the activity, according to the schedule attached.  You can have lunch in the classroom for the lunchtime session.

Come and enjoy the conversations with the College teaching faculty.

flyer: Schedule for term4 ‘english TALKmon”term4_honjo_talkmon




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