Message from the President

Message from the President

Kansai University of International Studies (KUIS) was first established as a two-year women's junior college in 1987. In 1998, we became a four-year college to add a new page to the history of universities in this country. As befits the name of this institution, partnerships with 45 overseas universities across 12 countries and 1 region situated primarily in the Asian-Pacific region, have been established. We are known as a university with a strong educational component and enjoy an excellent reputation for designing and developing educational programs and for the level of learning achievements attained. Five learning benchmarks and twelve intermediate targets have been prescribed to promote the integration of the cultivation of general-purpose skills with learning through specialized education. Our educational philosophy is that we seek to be a place of inspired learning where compassionate, highly creative students with the ability to take action can be cultivated from a global perspective. Specifically, we wish to produce students who are (1) autonomous individuals, (2) individuals who can contribute to society, and (3) spiritually rich global citizens.

Based on the three attributes of students included in our educational philosophy as outlined above, we added to our goals both the acquisition of effective communication skills and the acquisition of problem-solving skills as general-purpose skills appropriate for graduates with bachelor's degrees in 2006. By the time a student graduates from our university, the person should have gained the ability to use and properly harness these skills. These goals can be described as benchmarks representing the translation of our philosophy into action guidelines for students.

The education we provide is defined by the following points:

1.First-year education is introduced in a way that allows new students to make a smooth transition from high school to university and successfully adjust to university life.
2.Abundant training and opportunities to gain field experience are introduced.
3.All students undergo a program for gaining international experience known as global study program through which they can acquire global perspectives.
4.A process of reflection has been established whereby small-group seminars are offered for students in each year -from freshman to senior- and students can take the time to review their own growth and concerns each year based on an arrangement that ties them closely to advisors.

The salient feature of our approach to education is the adoption of active learning. Rather than have instructors present one-sided lectures, ideas for educating students to allow them to engage in active learning through active participation in the learning process have been adopted.
The approach to education referred to as service learning provides students with opportunities to learn outside of the classroom. Getting students to engage in issues that are actually faced in the local community and overseas enables them to contribute to society in real life, appreciate the importance of specialized learning, and otherwise experience aspects of social contributions and practical scholarship. An example of this approach is constituted in a program that sends students to Cambodia to provide supplementary education in arithmetic to children. In addition, internships at companies, schools, social welfare facilities, and elsewhere are proactively introduced.
In recent years, we have focused on enhancing learning outcome assessments. We produced a protocol for our learning benchmarks, clarified targets in terms of the level that students who take a given course should reach, and organized assessment perspectives and standards to permit them to be visually perceived. In addition to assessments corresponding to each faculty, department, and course, a shared protocol that expressly sets forth the perspectives and standards for grading reports and other items in courses is used. In this way, our education system is progressive, challenging, and designed to chart a course for higher education in Asia. We urge you to choose a way to live actively and autonomously and to realize your growth as an ever-evolving individual in our current global era right here at KUIS.

Atsushi Hamana, Ph.D.
President, Kansai University of International Studies

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