Why does ICU practice Japanese-English bilingual education?
ICU's aim is not simply to produce fluent speakers of Japanese and English. The university seeks to cultivate individuals with an open sense of values and the initiative to continue their learning throughout life; individuals who, as responsible global citizens, can cooperate with others to contribute to peace and coexistence among all peoples in international and local settings, in Japan and across the world, in a variety of vocations and spheres of work, and in their personal lives.
The ability to communicate with people from around the world in both Japanese and English is a minimum requirement for such individuals. They must also, however, be able to identify and resolve problems, bringing together diverse knowledge from across the arts and sciences, and putting such knowledge to use in real-world situations. They must also have the ability to effectively express ideas in both oral and written communications.
For this purpose, all ICU students - regardless of whether they are majoring in the humanities, social sciences or natural sciences - are expected to engage in group work, discussion, and presentation activities in class, honing their ability to read and write logically in both Japanese and English. They constantly seek to cultivate the ability to make themselves understood by peoples around the world, integrate diverse information, and develop solutions to problems.
In today's global society, it is essential to acquire another language in addition to Japanese and English. By studying another language, students gain knowledge of unfamiliar cultures and ways of thinking, enhance their own critical thinking skills, and gain the ability to view things in a broad perspective. ICU seeks to equip students with "Japanese and English Plus One" language proficiency, by offering classes in nine other languages: German, French, Russian, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Arabian, Italian, and Indonesian.