KUIS 20th anniversary of founding

Kansai University of International Studies (KUIS) celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2018. Since its founding, KUIS has sought to produce individuals with a love of humanity, capable of empathizing with people of diverse positions and exploring challenges together, under the school motto “I AI I EN” (Love Creates Belonging 以愛為園). Recognizing the universal need for a safe, secure society in these uncertain times as the “I AI I EN”(以愛為園) of the day, in April 2019 the university plans to reorganize its academic units into 13 majors in five departments in five schools. The aim is to foster individuals capable of managing a safe, secure society based on the three approaches of global, safety, and management.

Fostering leaders in safety and security

Reorganization to clarify contents of learning 13 majors linked directly to chosen career path

In the reorganization scheduled from academic year 2019, the current five departments in three schools (Education, Human Sciences, and Health Sciences) will become 13 majors in five departments in five schools (InternationalCommunication, Education, Management, Human Sciences, and Health Sciences). By transitioning the existing departments into schools as is, KUIS paints a clearer picture of the contents of learning and designs a curriculum in each major that links to the student’s future career path.


The latest reorganization hopes to achieve three goals. First, to more lucidly present the unique strengths and characteristics of education at KUIS in the one-department-per-school structure. Second, to refine and establish 13 majors linked directly to the students’ future career path. Each major comprises subjects that clearly illustrate the skills that students will acquire when completed and guide them to the exit (employment). For example, the Major in Business Communication (Department of English Communication, School of International Communication) leads to employment at a foreign-affiliated company, trading company, or importer and exporter; the Major in Disaster Prevention and Crisis Management (Department of Management, School of Management) to public service jobs such as firefighter or police officer; and the Major in Criminal Psychology (Department of Psychology, School of Human Sciences) to public service jobs such as police officer or family court investigator, or employment at a security firm.

And third, to allow sufficient time for students to select a major of choice. The freshman year is dedicated to compulsory specialized subjects in each school, based on essential education in skills and liberal arts that will supportsubsequent studies throughout the four-year program. Having completed this, students then create a learning route map, which will serve as a blueprint of their four-year program taking into account their future career path. At the time of completion of their freshman year, students will be equipped to select a major.

Further, KUIS sets forth three approaches—global, safety, and management—as requirements of an individual capable of contributing to a safe, secure society. In global, it offers various overseas programs including study abroad, with travel expenses covered by the university (exceptions apply). In safety, all schools will promote education in safety and security, and enable students to obtain Bousaisi (disaster prevention officer) qualification. And in management, all schools will nurture the ability to deal with real-world situations under any circumstances in all fields of society, identifying this as skills for maximizing the functions of the individual and of the organization.


Students are also provided with opportunities to reflect on their studies thus far and assess their growth in stages.


The KUIS Academic Benchmarks help students check their level of achievement in the areas of autonomy, social contribution, diversity comprehension, problem identification and solution, communication, and ability to harness specialized knowledge and skills. “The purpose of self-assessment is to acquire from experience the ability to strive for improvement and seek active learning on a continuous basis,” says President Atsushi Hamana.


Honing practical skills in disaster prevention  Safety education for all students

Under the concept of nurturing disaster prevention skills as an essential liberal art, KUIS promotes safety education for all undergraduate students. Those who wish may attend lectures and earn credits for eligibility to take the examination for Bousaisi (disaster prevention officer) qualification. Registered Bousaisi are playing an increasingly active role and expected to serve as leaders of civicdisaster prevention activities.


The field of safety and security extends beyond natural disasters to crime prevention, food safety, environmental conservation, and preparedness for man-made disasters. As such, management skills for contributing to a safe, secure society are required and useful regardless of the students’ future occupation.

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Students receiving CPR training in safety and security education promoted in all KUIS schools

Hands-on experience for feeling growth

Global: Various training programs at 51 partner schools

Community: Social contribution activities and internships

KUIS provides learning programs focused on hands-on experience in communities around the world, through which students can feel their level of personal growth.

One is the global study (overseas experience and learning) program, designed for students to acquire the ability to think from an international perspective. The other is the community study (social contribution activities and problem-solving internship) program, which encourages students to learn in community settings and develop problem-solving skills.


Global study takes advantage of the KUIS network of 51 partner schools in 12 countries and regions, primarily in the Asia-Pacific, to offer various overseas experience and learning programs for studying diverse cultures andsenses of value.

Students in the new School of International Communication all participate in a six-month (one-year upon request) study abroad program primarily at KUIS partner schools. As a rule, tuition fees at the destination university are free.


Community study consists of social contribution activities, where students itemize problems and propose solutions from various perspectives toward community regeneration, and problem-solving internships, where students experience the status quo and challenges of a society or business and draw on it in their own career-building endeavors. Both are community-as-campus programs that encourage the students to discover and feel their role in society.


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KUIS student teaching arithmetic to children at an elementary school in Cambodia

20th anniversary and the spirit of “I AI I EN”(以愛為園) today

KUIS, celebrating the 20th anniversary of its founding this year, traces its roots to the establishment of Ainosono Kindergarten in Amagasaki City in 1950 under the spirit of “I AI I EN” (Love Creates Belonging  以愛為園).

The Kansai Women’s Junior College (Department of Management) opened in Miki City in 1987, and the Kansai University of International Studies on the same site in 1998.

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