FY2015 Progress

    • ■Internationalization

      Enhancement of Short-Term Program for International Students

      Summer Program in English

      We previously offered a short program taught in Japanese for undergraduate students from overseas partner universities only during summer. In the 2015 academic year, we added summer and spring programs taught in English for the first time, to provide a total of 3 short- term programs for international students.

      In total, 111 students from East Asia, ASEAN countries and the U.S.A. participated. They studied Japanese and experienced Japanese culture through various activities including lectures and educational excursions.

    • Enhancing Overseas Language Training Programs

      Program at Massey University in NZ

      We increased the number of overseas language training programs during summer and spring vacations from 5 universities to 8.

      The universities that have started offering the programs include Montana (U.S.), Leeds (U.K.), and Massey (NZ) and Thailand. Over 100 students participated in 8 programs. The students who participated in this program, even those who joined only for a short period of time, communicated with people in foreign countries and experienced real cross-cultural exchange. They often become proactive in improving their language ability and in engaging with international students after returning to Japan. Some of them become motivated to study abroad for a longer period, and aim to become exchange students.

    • Establishment of Global Curricula

      Liberal Arts Class in English

      In September 2015, the College of Cross-Cultural and Multidisciplinary Studies started teaching 20 liberal arts subjects in English for both international and Japanese students. The main targets of the classes are students enrolled in the Short-Term Exchange Program in English. A total of 74 students have registered for the curricula. 20 Japanese auditing students also participated in the class discussions.

      To launch liberal arts courses in English for all students in April 2016, 31 subjects were developed and enhanced in one year.

    • ■University reform

      Improvement of the College of Cross-Cultural and Multidisciplinary Studies

      The College of Cross-Cultural and Multidisciplinary Studies hired faculty members via international open recruitment. These faculty members are both non-Japanese and Japanese who have earned a degree overseas, worked overseas, and acquired diverse international experience. This has helped strengthen our organizational structure in an effort to globalize the university through promotion of the Top Global University Project.

      The new faculty members play central roles in providing international exchange opportunities to current Kumamoto University students and to high school students at leading high schools in Kyushu. They are also preparing for the launch of our global curricula, tentatively scheduled for the 2016 academic year and beyond.

    • Staff Development

      SD seminar at the University
      of Glasgow

      Staff have been stationed overseas to improve practical skills. One member planned the training contents by herself and participated in a 4- week interview-based training program at The University of Glasgow in the U.K. Another member participated in a 2-week English training course in the Philippines, and 5 members participated in work training, including one at a Study Abroad Fair. In addition, we provided e- learning TOEIC lessons and offered assistance with the TOEIC examination fee. As a result, the number of staff members who satisfy the English proficiency criteria (equivalent of TOEFL-iBT® score 80) increased to 38 (as of February 2016).

    • ■Education reform

      Establishment of the Global Leader Course in the 2017 Academic Year

      GOKOH School Program

      We decided to establish the Global Leader Course with the aim of educating top graduates who will go on to play active roles in all corners of the world.

      The course will provide an original education program under the GOKOH School Program with cooperation from the 4 faculties.

      Students will acquire international communications skills and specialized basic knowledge during their first 2 years after entering the university by attending lectures given in English, by studying specialized subjects, and by studying abroad. Before advancing to the third year, they will select their desired department and course, and will acquire advanced expertise that builds on their well-rounded knowledge with an understanding of diverse values and international sensibilities.

      In the 2016 academic year, we will study the curricula in more detail and provide pre-entrance education.

    • Establishment of the System for the Globalization of Education

      To adopt a flexible academic calendar, we decided to introduce a quarterly system to liberal arts education in the 2016 academic year, and throughout the university by the 2019 academic year. We also decided to assign a numbered code to each subject to systematize the curriculum in each education program. To enhance the international compatibility of the education system, we started making a new syllabus system (both in Japanese and English) available on the internet, offering access from anywhere in the world. This new system can be utilized when academic advice is needed, when credit transfers are conducted, when Kumamoto University students study abroad and when international students come to study at Kumamoto University.

    • ■Kumamoto University’s Achievements and Goals

      KU Global Youth Campus Program

      KU Global Youth Campus Program

      We offered high school students in Kumamoto the opportunity to engage in exchanges with students from our overseas partner universities who were participating in our summer and spring programs. A total of 74 high school students and 72 international students took this opportunity to learn more about each other.

      During Kumamoto University’s Open Campus in August, we held the Global Youth Campus Summer Festa event, which was joined by over 100 students from more than 30 high schools in Kyushu. The event included live conversation via the Internet with Japanese exchange students at a partner university in Australia. Through these exchanges with international students and Japanese students who have studied abroad, the high school students found greater interest in studying abroad.

    • Enhancing Our Globally Coordinated Education Program

      Internship Program at IRCMS

      During the 2015 academic year, we established 40 new exchange agreements. We also established a double degree agreement with 4 universities in the science and technology field. To promote education through international joint research projects, we invited faculty members from our partner universities and hosted international symposiums and seminars for graduate students. In addition, the International Research Center for Medical Sciences (IRCMS) implemented the Research Internship Program. Eight students from 7 countries participated by conducting research with an eye toward acquiring advanced experimental techniques.

    • ■Featured Initiatives Based on the Characteristics
      of the University

      Establishment of an International Research Network


      We established the International Research Center for Medical Sciences (IRCMS) under the International Collaborative Research Group for Life Sciences to strategically oversee several research organizations. We have invited some of the world’s most-noted researchers to our international seminars and symposiums, and developed talented young researchers who we discovered through global open recruitment events. In the International Collaborative Research Group for Science and Technology, a total of 14 memoranda on international joint research were signed between research groups of Kumamoto University and overseas research institutions to promote networking between researchers.