Message from the Vice Director

Director KOIKE, Ursula Helena

Vice Director

Ursula Helena Koike

Welcome to the College of Cross-Cultural and Multidisciplinary Studies.

At Kumamoto University we aim to promote global education, support the education activities of foreign students, as well as promote globalization within local communities. In order to achieve these goals, Kumamoto University established the College of Cross-Cultural and Multidisciplinary Studies in 2014.

Our name reflects a unique framework of university education, applying comprehensive teaching methods which transcend borders of nationalities and academic disciplines.

The College of Cross-Cultural and Multidisciplinary Studies combines two fields of education: “Division for Open Global Education” and “Division for Japanese Language Education.” The Division for Open Global Education employs instructors from different cultural backgrounds, offering a wide range of academic courses taught in English. Japanese and international students learn interactively together in a single classroom, gaining not only profound knowledge in various subjects but also receiving special training in academic writing, research methodology and analytical and critical thinking. Students can improve their communication abilities through group discussions, debates and presentations. We are also home to those international students who are learning the Japanese language from introductory through advanced and career-related language levels. The Division for Japanese Language Education works to develop the academic and business careers of students and deepens linguistic and cultural understanding.

Our teaching environment connects Japan with the world, widens students’ perspectives and provides the necessary skills to become truly global workers. In addition, the College of Cross-Cultural and Multidisciplinary Studies supports the education of Global Leader Course students by offering additional leadership-oriented courses and exclusive opportunities for studying abroad, internships and extra-curricular activities.

Our active relationship with senior and junior high schools, as well as local businesses, administrative organizations and community members makes our college a communicative platform of cultural understanding, encouraging globalization throughout Kumamoto and beyond.

I would like to encourage all students of Kumamoto University to attend our courses, to join extracurricular activities such as, English proficiency test preparatory courses, and ‘english-TALKmon,’ or to enjoy our international exchange events. Regardless of your major, the College of Cross-Cultural and Multidisciplinary Studies provides an educational opportunity that’s right for you and gives you a precious chance to make friends from all over the world.

Study with us and aim to be a global leader!