Kumamoto University

A Leading University Cultivating Global Leaders from Kumamoto

Concept Outline

Our slogan is "A Leading University Cultivating Global Leaders from Kumamoto." Accordingly, we aim to refine education to shape ourselves into a truly global university. We plan to act as a driving force for globalization in Kumamoto and strive to take our place in the world as a center for research that also contributes to the community.

Introduction of an undergraduate educational system with high international standards

At the center of the transformation, the College of Cross-Cultural and Multidisciplinary Studies is supporting global education by providing undergraduate courses taught in English.

Global atmosphere for the inclusion of international students

For international students studying Japanese language and culture, we provide a high-quality curriculum and encourage the acceptance of international students, along with “Life support” to ease the transition into life in Japan.

Strengthened and globalized graduate education to support cutting-edge research

We provide high-level globally coordinated education program based on double-degree agreements with overseas universities and international research collaborations.

Global campus as a driving force for internationalization in the local community

The “KU Global Youth Campus Program” provides junior high, high school and technical college students in the region with early-stage global education opportunities.

Goals for 2023

Number of international students:

1,600

We will raise the number of international students to 1,600 (about 16% of all students)

Number of students who have studied abroad:

1,200

We will raise the number of students who have studied abroad to about 1,200 (about 14% of Japanese students)

Liberal arts education subjects in English:

50%

Increase the introduction rate of liberal arts courses in English to 50%

Number of subjects in foreign languages

1,550

We will raise the number of subjects in foreign languages to 1,040 (approximately 20% of all subject courses)

Courses that can be completed in a foreign language:

90Courses

We will raise the number of courses that can be completed in a foreign language to about 90 courses (about 50% of the number of total graduation courses currently in place)

Number of students who satisfy the foreign language ability standard:

1,150

We will raise the number of students who satisfy the foreign language ability standards* to about 1,150 (about 12% of all students)
TOEFL®-iBT 80 points, (TOEFL®-PBT 550 points) or more, IELT 6 points or more

700

The number of participants "KU Global Youth Campus Program" will be raised to 700

Globally Coordinated Education Programs courses:

20courses

The number of Globally Coordinated Education Programs courses will be raised to 20 courses

770人

We will raise the number of foreign-national teaching faculty to about 770 (about 73% of full-time faculty members)