Lecture “Recent Trends in the Internationalization of University Education” held on Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Kochi University hosted a lecture entitled “Recent Trends in the Internationalization of University Education,” inviting Taka Horio, Deputy Director, Office for International Planning, Higher Education Bureau, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), as the lecturer, at Media Hall, Kochi University Library and Information Technology, on Wednesday, November 29, 2017.
This lecture was held as part of International Month, aimed at promoting the internationalization of education of the university and further realizing its international strategies by learning from the latest measures of MEXT and unique advanced initiatives of other universities, and was participated in by over 60 faculty members and other interested parties from both inside and outside the university, including President Wakiguchi, Vice-President Sakurai (Director of General Administration and International and Inter-Regional Exchanges), Vice-President Fujita (Director of Education and Affiliated Schools), and Administrative Director Takeda (Director of Finance and Personnel Management).
President Wakiguchi talked about the significance of studying abroad for students and expressed his expectations for the latest initiatives of MEXT in his opening address, followed by the main lecture by Deputy Director Horio, Office for International Planning. In the lecture, he mainly talked about (1) the current state of internationalization of universities, (2) the Japanese government’s policies and their background, (3) efforts made by MEXT and universities, and (4) crisis management required in association with internationalization, and urged universities, core players in human resource development and intellectual creative activities, to pay more attention to other countries for further internationalization. He also told the audience about specific online education techniques useful for international inter-university exchanges in the question-and-answer session that followed his lecture. It was a stimulating lecture meeting for the participants.