Characteristics & Mission of KUIS

School Motto of the HAMANA Gakuin Educational Foundation

Since its establishment, HAMANA Gakuin Educational Foundation has developed in the spirit of I AI I EN (以愛為園), meaning the development of human resources who are compassionate with an attitude of acceptance, creating a learning environment with love, defining love as mutual love, and interpersonal relationships as an element that can be established on the back of mutual love and trust. In keeping with the spirit of the school, Kansai University of International Studies strives to nurture human resources brimming with compassion who act together and understand different perspectives of the people living on Earth. The image of ideal persons looking to achieve is not only functioning in international affairs, but also of possessing compassion for people around the world, along with the ability to solve problems. From that perspective, the education provided at Kansai University of International Studies exceeds the acquisition of knowledge to aim for the development of human resources who can oversee the shape of Asia and the Pacific in the 21st century and flourish as global citizens.

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Educational Philosophies of Kansai University of International Studies

The educational philosophies of Kansai University of International Studies are embodied below to provide university education under the school motto.

The Kansai University of International Studies is a place of academics embracing humanity and intelligence with the goal of nurturing creative and active human resources who can oversee the world from a global point of view.

1.Maintain a spirit of self-sufficiency

Be a person of unceasing efforts and self-discipline.

2.Become a person who contributes to society

Be a person who can create and act assertively.

3.Become a world citizen with enriched understanding

Be a person who lives together with people around the world for mutual improvement.

Common Academic Objectives

KUIS Academic Benchmarks

The Kansai University of International Studies set out to develop student academic abilities as a goal in four years, such as autonomous actions, understanding of diversity and presentation skills. Students are provided with the university's academic goals, called the KUIS Academic Benchmarks, which provide separate stages for achieving each target.

In addition, all of the courses from common educational subjects to specialized subjects available at the university are designed to achieve a significant convergence of the KUIS Academic Benchmarks, which are manifestly apparent in the University's syllabus, offering a set of goals to be followed by the student body and taught in all faculties.

Becoming an attractive, self-disciplined person

1.Cultivating autonomous action

Students are encouraged to set their own goals and think and behave independently with enthusiasm for the realization of those goals, as well as to take autonomous action with a conscious awareness of responsibilities in speech and behavior.

2.Cultivating contributions to society

Students value social etiquette and act with courage to fulfill their responsibilities honestly to contribute to society.

3.Becoming global citizens

Students will deepen their understanding of diverse world populations and their own society and learn to empathize with socially vulnerable people to act as global citizens.

Gaining versatile abilities for social acceptance

1.Equipping students with efficient problem-solving skills

Students will gain the ability to solve problems by utilizing information tools to collect and analyze information in order to develop the judgment to identify problems and shape ideas to solve problems.

2.Acquiring good communication skills

Students will gain the skills to lead a social life of accepting and comprehending diverse opinions and ways of thinking to accurately express and exchange their own opinions.

Ultimate Goals

Students' ultimate goals are to synthesize learning and experiences in order to become citizens with a variety of skills.

Achieving the educational philosophies of Kansai University of International Studies

Kansai University of International Studies implements wide ranging efforts to achieve educational philosophies. By integrating learning of knowledge and theories with learning through experience and practice, the university focuses on developing student abilities for the practical application of knowledge.

<School Characteristics> With active learning, students will develop globally through leaning and practice.

The educational foundation at Kansai University of International Studies is active learning*, which provides students with opportunities to learn on their own initiative for use in society by linking classroom lessons to practical experience on site. In addition, students will learn about the relations with the international community centering on Asia from a global perspective, as well as to see the outcomes and future assignments of their study using the KUIS Academic Benchmarks, with the goal of cultivating social skills while realizing personal growth.

*Active learning
Also defined as participatory learning, active learning is a teaching method that incorporates a variety of activities, such as group work, student debate and presentations, to facilitate bidirectional learning, which exceeds the mere imparting of knowledge by teachers.

ePortfolio: An album that leaves a learning trail for students' growth

Based on the each student's self assessment and future goals, the ePortfolio records student's learning outcomes and contents of activities online, which is so to speak the album of growth. Therefore, students can learn while checking personal growth status through wide ranging experiences and approaches.

Reflection day: A day when students check learning outcomes for the last six months and use them to set new goals

On reflection day, students are given the opportunity to look back on learning outcomes for the last six months to set new goals. The reflection day is implemented before the start of the new semester, allowing students to look back on learning activities objectively, based on exam results and reports from the previous semester, which are returned to each student. Therefore, students check their strengths and weaknesses, while setting up the next academic goals to determine specific learning approaches. Additionally, students record their reflection points and new goals in each ePortfolio, which eventually leads to the achievement of the KUIS Academic Benchmarks.

Curriculum map: For selecting courses that meet goals

We have a set of curriculum policies for each department and subject to facilitate learning. Based on the policy, the curriculum map guides students on how to determine the order and combination of 126 credits of the graduation requirements. With this curriculum map, students understand how to determine the order of courses and the relations with other courses.

Curriculum policy (policies to organize curricula): Clarifying learning directions and contents

The policies to organize curricula set goals for learning, which is a curriculum policy. This policy clarifies the type of educational contents and methods to incorporate in order to achieve educational goals. Each department's policies can be found on the university's website. For details, please refer to the website.

Diploma policy

The diploma policy defines the policies for the conferment of degrees and provides accreditation criteria for graduation , which relates to the admission policy. In the past, Japanese universities have been difficult to enter, but easy to graduate from. By clarifying what is necessary to learn for the four years to graduation, the direction and quality of learning will improve. Concurrently with the achievement of the KUIS Academic Benchmarks, the diploma policy provides standards so that students will know how much knowledge of specialized field taught at each department needed to obtain degrees.

Global study: Learning and thinking from a global perspective

The global study aims to equip students with global perspectives appropriate for an international university. For two and a half years from the end of the freshman year to the end of the junior year, students select from seven countries and 15 regions to participate in one of the programs, such as overseas field survey, field study, service learning, internship and student exchange. The season and duration for each program will vary. The university grants transportation costs to travel overseas. Depending on a program, there are certain conditions for language skills while students are welcome to select their programs of their own accord in accordance with their competence and goals.
*Transferred students can also participate in one of the programs must pay at their own expense.

Service learning: Deepening specialized knowledge through community activities

Service learning is a teaching method that links knowledge of the classroom and social practice with the goal of uniting university education and social contribution. By participating in social activities that correspond to regional demand, students can clarify their learning purposes to improve on specialized knowledge, problem-solving and communication skills, and acquire knowledge that leads to participation in social activities related to their specialized fields.

Internship program: Diverse internship programs from corporations, public agencies to the field of education.

The university actively promotes internship programs. Students can deepen their practical knowledge and skills through actual experience in the field while at university. The internship programs are offered at corporations, public agencies, kindergartens, nurseries, elementary and junior high schools. Mainly sophomore and junior students are invited to participate in an internship program during summer holiday. Students can take the program as a regular course (optional course) and earn credits.

Field study: Extramural studies and research activities under a set theme

Field study is a research activity implemented outside the campus. With a predetermined region and theme, students will work on discovering problems, survey and analysis setting while learning methods of problem-solving and making suggestions in a group.
By implementing what they have learned through surveying, planning and presentation on campus on the spot, students can deepen their learning further.

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