As Josho Gakuen Educational Foundation approaches its centennial anniversary in 2022, Osaka Institute of Technology, as part of the foundation, will continue to promote globalization through the three main policies outlined here (Figure 1).
- Promote far-reaching international alliances through expanded educational programs and research collaborations
- Increase the global awareness of students, faculty, and staff by creating a campus environment that enhances and supports cultural diversity
- Actively share the benefits of the globalization project with OIT’s local community and wider society
1. Expansion of educational programs
- Review and assimilate career education subjects that are becoming increasingly more important in order for students to play a major role in a changing global society.
Increase students’ ability to understand the culture, history and technology of Japan and other nations, and also the ability to collaborate across borders.
- Provide a wide range of international programs such as overseas language training, internships abroad, international lab-work experiences, research experiences abroad, and student exchange schemes. (Figure 2)
- Expand opportunities to improve linguistic ability. Increase the number of lectures taught in English in the graduate courses, including lectures on specialized subjects by foreign faculty.
2. Research enhancement and building a new campus environment
- Create a "Committee for Promoting International Cooperation and Alliances". This interdisciplinary committee will review, identify, recommend, and coordinate the many changes required to support and implement the policies for globalization.
- Introduce a quarter system which divides the academic year into four terms in order to facilitate exchange of students and faculty to and from other countries. Start research programs and staff-development programs.
- Open faculty/staff hiring to citizens of any nationality.
- Facilitate foreign student admissions to graduate school. Accept applications via the internet, conduct personal interviews using the internet, and enable entrance in the autumn.
- Provide communication materials (such as syllabuses, bulletin board notices, printed handouts, and student directories) in several languages (main part of syllabus at least in English).
3. Means to pass on globalization benefits to the community
- Create a global network involving overseas universities, institutions and companies.
- Start and develop an organization such as an International Alliance Division [tentative name] which will be a hub linking the local community to the global community.
- Promote and offer programs for continued higher education using materials from global projects.