ICU Selected for Ministry of Education’s “Project for Promotion of Global Human Resource Development”


The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) released on 24 September the projects they selected for their “Project for Promotion of Global Human Resource Development.” Among the selected projects was one applied for by ICU.

MEXT describes the goals of the “Project for Promotion of Global Human Resource Development” as: “the promotion of systems that increase the global nature of university education in order that younger generations shed their ‘innate introversion’ and in order to cultivate ‘human resources’ who can work and actively challenge themselves internationally and who will be a foundation for improving international competition in business and strengthen bonds between nations.”

Based on deep reflection shortly after World War II, ICU was established in 1953 with the aim of educating superlative individuals (or, in MEXT’s words, “human resources”) who would contribute to the peaceful development of society. Over the next 60 years, ICU has consistently worked as a university founded with an attitude that goes beyond national boundaries educate superlative individuals. Recently, ICU has entered a cooperative agreement with four universities* that share this commitment to the educational principle of talented global citizens and has been working with those schools to exchange ideas and promote opportunities for exchange between students, faculty and staff.

As was reflected in the Tohoku earthquake, tsunami and subsequent nuclear accident, “in order for society at large to have a higher level of knowledge, it is necessary to cultivate individuals who are superlative communicators and who are able to adapt the things they know so that they are easily understandable to others who are not specialists in that area.”

In the project MEXT has selected, ICU aims to take its educational objectives for cultivating superlative individuals who actively work throughout the world and realize that objective with an even higher level of standards. Specifically, ICU will promote the following three areas: 1. further expand English proficiency, 2. cultivate ability to convey information (writing) through courses held in English, and 3. verify educational objectives met in for-credit study abroad.


1. Further expansion of English proficiency

Starting from AY2012, students in the English for Liberal Arts program are to take English proficiency exams used by various overseas universities to grant approval for study abroad. This aids in confirming the degree to which the ELA program’s goals are being met and also contributes to motivating students to study overseas.


2. Cultivation of ability to convey information (writing) through courses held in English

In order to cultivate “the ability to correctly write academic papers in English,” ICU is to establish among its specialized courses taught in English courses that pay especial attention to advising students in composing papers in English. In addition to the regular instructors leading these courses, also provide tutors to assist students with English composition.


3. Credit Bearing Study Abroad Program as Verification of Educational Objectives

“With respect to whether students are growing into true superlative individuals active throughout the globe or not, it should be possible to more accurately confirm the process by which Japanese students take classes together with the regular student body of their overseas host schools, contribute to class discussion, submit papers and receive grades.” ICU is to increase the number of students that participate in for-credit study abroad programs. At present, over 40% of ICU’s students participate in international educational exchange programs that allow them to earn course credit. However, ICU is to diversify programs offered in terms of content and timing and provide an environment that makes it easier for students to study overseas.

* Akita International University, Sophia University, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University and Waseda University

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