NEWS & EVENTS

‘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.

http://www.c3.kumamoto-u.ac.jp/college/sgu/

 

*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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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. 

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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*jimu.kumamoto-u.ac.jp  (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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Kumamoto University 2017 Spring Program

The Spring Program offered by the College of Cross-Cultural and Multidisciplinary Studies at Kumamoto University was created to provide international students who have an interest in studying abroad in Japan with a chance to experience life as an international student at Kumamoto University.

 

The Spring Program offers two courses to participants: an English Course (conducted in English) and a Japanese Course (conducted in Japanese).

 

Dates

English Course:  Tuesday, February 14 – Thursday, February 23 2017 (10 days)

Japanese Course:  Tuesday, February 28 – Thursday, March 9 2017 (10 days)

 

Place

Kumamoto University, with educational excursions around Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan

 

Theme

Each course of the Spring Program has its own study theme.  For the English Course, the theme is “Kumamoto Groundwater and Environmental Sustainability.”  For the Japanese Course, the theme is “Japanese Language and Culture.”

 

Eligibility

Participation in this program is open to students who:

・are undergraduate students studying at universities with which Kumamoto University has agreement for academic or student exchange

・have English language proficiency equal to or greater than IELTS level 5

・have Japanese language proficiency equal to or greater than JLPT N4

*Please note that participation in this program is limited to 40 students.  If we receive more than 40 applications for the program, a selection will be held based on Grade Point Average (GPA).

 

Contents

The following are tentative schedules for each course of the Spring Program. Please note that the contents are subject to change.

※ A Certificate of Completion will be awarded to all students who successfully complete the contents of the program.

 

English Course:

Day

Time

Content

1

PM

Arrive in Kumamoto, have dinner with Japanese Students

2

AM

Program Orientation

PM

Lectures: “Kumamoto Earthquake” , “Aso Geopark”

Welcome Party

3

All Day

Study trip to Mt. Aso

4

AM

Lectures: “Kumamoto Waterworks” , “Minamata Disease”

PM

Study trip to Kumamoto City groundwater facilities

5

All Day

Study Trip to Minamata

6

All Day

Individual exploration and study

7

AM

Lectures: “Environmental Sustainability” , “Japanese Sweets

PM

Study trip to a traditional Japanese sweets confectionary

8

AM

Japanese cultural experience: traditional calligraphy

PM

Presentations and exchange event with high school students

9

AM

Information about studying abroad in Japan

PM

Closing ceremony and farewell party

10

All Day

Return home

 

Japanese Course:

Day

Time

Content

1

PM

Arrive in Kumamoto, have dinner with Japanese Students

2

AM

Program Orientation

PM

Japanese classes and welcome party

3

All Day

Study trip and traditional hot spring experience in Yamaga

4

AM

Japanese classes

PM

Lesson and experience making traditional Japanese sweets

5

All Day

Study trip to Mt. Aso

6

All Day

Individual exploration and study

7

AM

Japanese Classes

PM

Lectures: “Japanese Culture” , “Kumamoto Earthquake”

8

AM

Japanese Classes

PM

Cultural experience: traditional Japanese calligraphy

9

AM

Prepare for “Project Work” presentations

PM

Project Work presentations

Closing ceremony and farewell party

10

All Day

Return home

 

 

2016 Participant Comments

“This is really an unforgettable memory.”

 

 

“This program was good for me to practice my English skill and learn more about the culture in Japan.”

 

“Thank you for the awesome experience.”

 

Program Fee

English Course: 80,000 Japanese Yen

Japanese Course: 80,000 Japanese Yen

○ includes accommodation, class fees, field trip fees, and breakfast.

× Does not include the cost of transportation to or from Japan, the cost of transportation within Japan, or the cost of meals (other than breakfast) during the program.

 

The program Fee will be collected in cash after arriving in Japan.

 

Scholarship

Participants in the Spring Program may apply for a government scholarship of 80,000 Japanese Yen, provided by the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO).  To be eligible for the scholarship, students must have a GPA greater than or equal to 2.3, and not receive any other scholarships for this program which exceed 80,000 Japanese Yen. 

 

Please note that there are a limited number of scholarships available.  Scholarships will be awarded based on Grade Point Average (GPA).

 

Language

The English Course will be conducted entirely in English, whereas the Japanese course will be conducted entirely in Japanese.

 

Application

Please request the international office of your university to submit your application by email (PDF format) or by FAX by December 1, 2016. Please be sure to include a copy of your passport and your academic record from your previous year.

※The Japanese Course application deadline has been extended until Friday, December 9th!

 

Visa

An entry visa to Japan is required for students from certain countries. As soon as selection

results are determined, related visa documents will be sent to the responsible persons at your university. Please apply for your visa as soon as possible at the nearest Japanese Embassy or Consulate.

 

Contact

College of Cross-Cultural and Multidisciplinary Studies, Kumamoto University

2-40-1, Kurokami, Chuo-ku

Kumamoto 860-8555, Japan

Tel: +81-96-342-2091

Fax: +81-96-342-2130

E-mail: gji-ryugaku@jimu.kumamoto-u.ac.jp

 

Download

  1. Program Flyer
  2. Application

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University of Bordeaux (France) Delegate Visits Kumamoto University

On September 16, 2016, Prof. Dr. Vincent Dousset, Vice President for International Relations, Dr. Reiko Oda, and Dr. Kentaro Mori of the University of Bordeaux paid a courtesy call on Kumamoto University President Shinji Harada and Professor Kazuki Takashima, Vice President for International Affairs.

 

The University of Bordeaux is one of the top-level universities in education and research in France, and was established on January 1, 2014 by the merger of three universities: the University Bordeaux 1, the University Bordeaux Segalen, and the University Montesquieu Bordeaux IV.

Since the establishment of a university-level exchange agreement with the Pole University of Bordeaux including the University of Bordeaux in 2007, we have maintained a close relationship through exchanging students and researchers.

In March 2015, the Sciences and Technologies Department of the University of Bordeaux and the Graduate School of Science and Technology of Kumamoto University established an agreement for the double degree program. Additionally, a French-Japan joint laboratory for chiral nanostructures was established at Kumamoto University in October 2015.

 

President Harada and Vice President Dousset shared their views on the possibility of future academic and student exchange and agreed to promote exchanges in the field of medical sciences, which is the special field of the Presidents of the two universities, as well as Vice President Dousset.

During the meeting with Vice President Takashima, both sides introduced the university to each other and exchanged views about future collaboration in the field of natural science, and the courtesy call ended on a good note.

 

This visit is expected to promote further exchanges between the two universities.

 

 

 

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From left to right: Dr. Mori, Dr. Oda, Vice President Dousset, President Harada, Prof. Ihara

 

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From left to right: Assoc. Prof. Takafuji, Dr. Mori, Vice President Takashima,
Vice President Dousset, Dr. Oda, Prof. Ihara

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Seminar held to help university staff improve their TOEIC scores

On August 23, 2016, a seminar was held to provide the University’s administrative and technical staff with pointers to help them improve their TOEIC scores. As one of the universities selected for the government’s Top Global University Project, the aim of the seminar was to promote the globalization of Kumamoto University, and to motivate the university’s administrative and other staff to continue studying English and help them to further improve their language skills.

Attended by close to 30 staff members, Koji Hayakawa, who has a wealth of experience in teaching English at universities, companies and the like, gave a three-hour seminar on the topic of “Effective study methods and mindset for improving TOEIC scores”. He began by talking about the importance of studying English, citing the example of top athletes competing overseas. He then gave pointers for handling the specific sections of the test, and explained the recent trends in TOEIC questions and effective training methods.

Many participants said “The seminar provided us with eye-opening and very useful information” and “I’m going to review my study methods up to this point and I’d like to take the TOEIC test again as soon as possible”. Many of the participants expressed the desire for a repeat of the seminar, which was a resounding success.

 

Lecturer, Koji Hayakawa

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