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.

An education system highly conducive to internationalization

We are introducing a new education system that is compatible with the academic calendar of other countries and allows graduate students to enroll early or study abroad, and offers flexible credit transfer. Furthermore, the newly established College of Cross-Cultural and Multidisciplinary Studies (hereinafter referred to as the College) will consist of three centers: The Center for Global Communication, the Center for Japanese Language and Culture, and the Center for Open Education. The Center for Global Communications will provide liberal arts courses in English and other support courses to develop global elites.

Global atmosphere for the inclusion of international students

To enhance our high-quality curriculum for students learning about Japanese language and culture, the Center for Japanese Language and Culture within the College promotes the enrollment of international exchange students and researchers. Also, the office for Global Exchange Support will be responsible for providing services for students from life support to the strengthening and expanding the global exchange network.

Strengthened and globalized graduate education to support cutting-edge research

We are beginning a global education program that applies to both undergraduate and graduate-level studies with the aim of training elite graduates to be active throughout the world. A Globally Coordinated Education Program is also being created to sending students abroad to partner universities primarily in the US and Europe, offering double degrees and supporting collaborative research.

A global campus as a driving force for internationalization in the local community

The Center for Open Education in the College is the foundation of the KU Global Youth Campus Program. This program not only provides opportunities for local high school and junior high school students to achieve early experience in international and cross-cultural communication, but also promotes a more global perspective within the local community by providing educational events and assisting study abroad programs.

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

1,070

We will raise the number of subjects in foreign languages to 1,070 (approximately 17% 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

550

The number of participants "KU Global Youth Campus Program" will be raised to 550

The number of Japanese students residing in an internationally diverse student dormitory:

335

We will raise the number of Japanese students residing in an internationally diverse student dormitory to about 335 (about 4% of all Japanese students)

Globally Coordinated Education Programs courses:

10courses

The number of Globally Coordinated Education Programs courses will be raised to 10 courses

770人

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