Professor in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences or in Life and Natural Sciences at the Center for Open Education, College of Cross-Cultural and Multidisciplinary Studies
Number of Positions: One (1)
Start of Appointment: August 1, 2016 or the earliest possible date from August 1, 2016
|April 25, 2016||Outline|
Pathein University (Myanmar) concluded a university exchange agreement with Kumamoto University
On February 10, 2016, Kumamoto University concluded an academic and student exchange agreement with Pathein University of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar.
Pathein University and Kumamoto University’s Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Science, and Graduate School of Science and Technology realized a faculty-level academic exchange agreement in 2015, and in order to expand the range of these exchanges, a new academic and student exchange agreement was concluded this time between the two universities. Pathein is the second largest harbor city in Myanmar following Yangon, and Pathein University is one of the main universities that foster highly qualified specialists for the further development of Myanmar. Together with Kumamoto University, both joint research and researcher exchanges have been conducted in the field of engineering, and students from Pathein University have enrolled for a short term in Kumamoto University’s graduate school. In these ways, diverse and meaningful academic and student exchanges are being conducted.
The Rector, Dr. Nyunt Phay, and two others from Pathein University participated in the signing ceremony. Witnessed by staff members of both universities, the Rector Dr. Nyunt Phay and President Shinji Harada placed their signatures on the agreement and shook hands firmly.
After the conclusion of this agreement, expanded exchanges throughout the universities as well as the development of exchanges in new fields are also expected.
Following the signing ceremony, attendants visited the Graduate School of Science and Technology, the Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, and the School of Pharmacy’s Eco-Frontier Center of Medicinal Resources, which included tours of the facilities and discussions on mutual exchange of students and the possibilities of joint research. And on February 12, the “Japan-Myanmar International Symposium in Kumamoto 2016” was held at the Miyamoto Memorial Hall in Oe Campus on the theme of launching a new international partnership in research and education from the perspective of bringing together the fields of natural sciences, pharmacy, and engineering.
Kumamoto University International Students Interact Local High School Students
On January 28, ten researchers from the Graduate School of Science and Technology at Kumamoto University visited Dai-Ni High School, a local high school in Kumamoto which has been designated as a “Super Science High School” by the Japanese government.
The researchers listened as students of Dai-Ni High School presented their research topics in English, and then asked questions about the scientific process and results of each topic.
The high school students and researchers overcame challenging language barriers to enjoy scientific communication in English. Kumamoto University’s Global Youth Campus looks to continue providing opportunities for local exchange between the university’s international students and the young local community.
Kumamoto University International Students Interact with High School Students in English
The Dean, Faculty of Medicine of Khon Kaen University (Thailand) paid a courtesy call on President Harada
The three-party delegation that included Associate Professor Charnchai Panthongviriyakul, Dean, Faculty of Medicine, Khon Kaen University (Thailand), paid a courtesy visit to President Shinji Harada on January 20, 2016.
Khon Kaen University is the largest university in northeastern Thailand. Since concluding an agreement with Kumamoto University in 2002, university-level exchanges especially in the field of medicine have been actively conducted.
During the informal talk with President Harada, opinions were voiced on the possibility of new student exchanges, and the courtesy call ended in a friendly atmosphere.
In the course of the three-day visit to Kumamoto University, the delegation held substantive talks with the chief committee member of education, dean of the Faculty of Medicine, and staff in charge of educational affairs on the development of a double-degree program with the Graduate School of Medical Sciences, and on the introduction of a medical student exchange program. In addition, the delegation observed the Center for AIDS Research, the International Research Center for Medical Science, the Radioisotope Center of the Institute of Resource Development and Analysis, and the Institute of Molecular Embryology and Genetics.
The visit provided an excellent opportunity to discuss and promote further exchanges between both universities.
Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (Tanzania) concluded a university exchange agreement with Kumamoto University
On January 19, 2016, Kumamoto University concluded an academic and student exchange agreement with Tanzania’s Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS).
School of Public Health and Allied Sciences, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences and Kumamoto University’s Center for AIDS Research, Graduate School of Life Science, and Graduate School of Medical Science realized a faculty-level academic exchange agreement in 2003, and in order to expand the range of these exchanges, a new academic and student exchange agreement was recently concluded between the two universities. MUHAS is the top national university in the field of life sciences in Tanzania, and the university plays a leading role in the development of human resources in the field of medicine. Together with Kumamoto University, both joint research and researcher exchanges have been conducted in the fields of infectious diseases and AIDS research, and students have enrolled in the doctoral course in medical science. In these ways, diverse and meaningful academic and student exchanges are being conducted.
Deputy Vice Chancellor Eligius Lyamuya and Dr. Bruno Sunguya, Lecturer, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, participated in the signing ceremony. Witnessed by staff members of both universities, Deputy Vice Chancellor Lyamuya and President Shinji Harada placed their signatures on the agreement and shook hands firmly.
After the conclusion of this agreement, expanded exchanges throughout the university as well as the development of exchanges in new fields are also expected.
Durham University (UK) and the University of Bucharest (Romania) Conclude Inter-University Academic and Student Exchange Agreement with Kumamoto University
On November 19th and 20th, Kumamoto University concluded an inter-university academic and student exchange agreement with Durham University (UK) and the University of Bucharest (Romania) respectively.
Durham University is recognized as one of the top universities in the United Kingdom. Out of 33 subjects, 20 subjects received top ratings in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF). The university hosts approximately 4,000 international students from 156 countries. Since 2014, when Durham University launched the Japanese Studies Course, the faculties of these universities have deepened exchanges to include visits to each other’s campuses. At the signing ceremony held at Durham University, Durham University’s Vice-Chancellor Stuart Corbridge signed the agreement and concluded with a firm handshake with Kumamoto University’s Vice-President Kazuki Takashima. This agreement is expected to promote exchanges among university faculty, researchers and students.
The University of Bucharest is a national university with the longest history and tradition in Romania. It has been the center of Japanese studies and Japanese language studies for Eastern Europe. The signing ceremony was concurrent with the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Japanese Language Department of the University of Bucharest.
These two exchange agreements have raised the total number of partner universities and institutions of Kumamoto University to 189, covering 40 countries and regions.
Vice President of Ateneo de Manila University pays courtesy visit to President Shinji Harada
On November 20, 2015, President Shinji Harada received a courtesy visit from Fr. Jose M. Cruz SJ, Vice President for University and Global Relations of Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines.
Established in 1859 and located in Quezon City, the largest city in Metro Manila on Luzon Island in the Philippines, Ateneo de Manila University is one of the leading private universities in the country.
In this visit, Dr. Cruz met with Assistant Professor Armando Quitain of the Department of Applied Chemistry and Biochemistry in the Faculty of Engineering, faculty members of the Graduate School of Science and Technology, and faculty members of the College of Cross-Cultural and Multidisciplinary Studies. They exchanged views on the mutual dispatch and reception of students, along with the exchange of instructors, and agreed to develop a good relationship between both universities.
This visit is expected to enhance international student and academic exchange between Kumamoto University and Ateneo de Manila University as well as other higher education institutions in the Philippines.
Anhui University Attends Signing Ceremony for University-Level Exchange Agreement
On October 29, 2015, Kumamoto University concluded an inter-university academic and student exchange agreement with Anhui University (China).
The Center for Hui Studies of Anhui University and Faculty of Letters of Kumamoto University previously concluded a department-level academic exchange agreement in 2010. Now the two universities have agreed to enter into a university-level exchange agreement to expand the scope of the program. Anhui University is a national university with 20 schools. It has many notable achievements to its credit, especially in the humanities and social sciences. The two universities have already enjoyed substantial academic exchanges, including researcher exchanges and joint research in the humanities.
President Cheng Hua and three other delegates from Anhui University attended the signing ceremony. As people from both universities watched, President Cheng and President Shinji Harada signed the agreement and concluded with a firm handshake.
This agreement will help expand the exchange program to the entire university, and spark new exchanges in new fields of study.