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A message from the Director

近藤 光男

Toshihiro Moriga

Professor of the Faculty of Engineering and the
Graduate School of Advanced Technology and Science
Director of the CICEE
Tokushima University

As education and research are becoming more and more globalized, one of the main challenges local universities have been facing at graduate-level is internationalization of education. Then what exactly does “internationalization of education” mean? We believe that the following points should be among the evaluation criteria:

  • (i)

    Whether there are any attractive educational programs for overseas students.

  • (ii)

    Whether the language of instruction is an international language such as English.

  • (iii)

    Whether the language of instruction is an international language such as English.

  • (iv)

    How many international students are accepted and how many students are dispatched to overseas universities.

  • (v)

    What is the ratio of international faculty members.

In 2005, Tokushima University submitted a proposal to the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan. This proposal, “Implementation of Double-Degree Programs with International Partner Universities: A Practical Educational Program Incorporating Major and Minor Courses Using the Network with International Partners,” was adopted as one of the Strategic International Cooperation Support Projects. In order to achieve this aim, the Center for International Cooperation in Engineering Education (CICEE) was founded. Then taking the five abovementioned criteria into consideration, our International Affiliated Double-Degree Program was put into effect in October 2006.

The international partners involved in the double-degree programs are the nine institutions with which the Graduate School of Advanced Technology and Science at Tokushima University has established academic exchange agreements; they are from China, Korea, the United States, France, Taiwan and Malaysia resulting in a broad coverage of geographical areas – Asia, Oceania, America, and Europe. This global network is the arena for our International Affiliated Double-Degree Program. Among other things, we expect the following educational outcomes through this program:

  • (i)

    Students will receive double-degrees: one from one of our partner institutions and the other from Tokushima University.

  • (ii)

    Students will become creative researchers proficient in exploring and solving problems through state-of-the-art research training activities.

  • (iii)

    Students will become able to produce interdisciplinary research in technological science, and to unflinchingly engage themselves in embryonic research projects.

  • (iv)

    Students will become able to actively work and communicate in an international environment.

  • (v)

    This project will contribute to promote the internationalization of education.

  • (vi)

    Based on collaboration with industries from Japan and abroad, which are to be strengthened throughout this project, an international distributive education program will be established.

We also expect this International Affiliated Double-Degree Program will serve as a leading force in the internationalization of the Graduate School of Advanced Technology and Science itself. We believe this kind of unprecedented attempt is the key to succeeding in graduate education reform, globalizing our educational and research activities throughout this program. We will continue to make efforts to improve and reform our educational system in order to truly contribute to promoting the internationalization of education. We would appreciate your continued cooperation and support. Thank you very much.

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