Opening the Door to
a New Century of Knowledge
Building on a century of tradition, Kyushu University will move farther ahead to be a creative force behind new sciences, a catalyst for the globalization of Asia, and an incubator for new
Founded in 1911 as one of Japan's seven Imperial Universities, Kyushu University has established itself as a leader in education and research not just in Japan, but throughout Asia. Currently, it has a total student population of 19,580, of which about 10% are international students, and its faculty boasts roughly 2,300 full-time members.
Comprehensive in its academic reach, the university has over 11 undergraduate departments and 18 graduate schools, as well as their affiliated research centers. Kyushu University's main strengths lie in its particularly active and innovative science programs, as is evidenced by the fact that it runs one of the most highly regarded and advanced medical schools in Asia.
In 2011, Kyushu University will celebrate its first centennial, marking its founding as a National Imperial University. As our motto is to "open the door to a new century of knowledge," Kyushu University will take advantage of use long-standing tradition as a launching pad for our transformative leap into the future. In line with this objective, we are currently in the process of relocating to the new state-of-the-art Ito Campus, which will, upon completion, provide the university with advanced research facilities that are unrivaled in Asia. With the assistance and cooperation received from various friends of the university, we are committed to making every possible effort to promptly complete this relocation.
We consider ourselves as one of the core universities that represent Japan as a whole. As such, we have been working closely with both local and national government bodies, universities and research institutes, as well as with a variety of industries, contributing to the prosperity and development of this island nation. As a global Center of Excellence, we take our responsibility of raising worldwide standards in education and research very seriously.
Currently, the university is engaged in a number of joint research projects with global ramifications, including the East Asian Environmental Problems Project and the Energy Development Project. The former aims to significantly contribute to the solution of the issue of environmental pollution, with particular reference to East Asia. Towards that end, it has brought together a team of renowned researchers from various sectors of Japan, and from major universities and research institutes in China, Korea, and other countries in East Asia. The latter project, the Energy Development Project, seeks solutions to energy problems from a long-term perspective, and against mounting concerns that the world's energy resources are being rapidly depleted. The present project deals comprehensively with the cleaner use of conventional energy sources such as coal, as well as with potential sources such as hydrogen and nuclear fusion.
With the aim of educating new generations of leaders worldwide, we currently offer several graduate programs in English that allow those enrolled to obtain a Master's degree without any knowledge of Japanese. To build on our global education concept, we will continue to expand our range of degree programs to be offered only in English. From the Fall Term of 2010 and beyond, the university will launch English-language undergraduate programs in Agriculture and Engineering, and English-language graduate programs in the Humanities, Social and Cultural Studies, Human-Environment Studies, Law, Economics, Science, Mathematics, Systems Life Sciences, Medical Sciences, Dental Science, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Engineering, Design, Bioresource and Bioenvironmental Sciences, and Integrated Frontier Sciences.
We fully appreciate the fact that, while offering superior education to future generations of world leaders is a start, more is needed to make the most of their studies and research activities. We already have a system in place that provides a variety of services to students and researchers from overseas, and seek to do more. To begin with, each international student will be assigned both a tutor and an academic supervisor. The tutor will greet the overseas student at the airport upon arrival in Kyushu, help the student adjust to life in Japan by providing advice regarding Japanese customs, teach survival Japanese, take the student shopping, take him / her on a campus tour, and introduce the student to a community of friends, among many other things. Beyond this, Kyushu University's International Student Center offers services that include Japanese language lessons and cross-cultural counseling to interested students. The Support Center for Students and Researchers from Overseas, whose branch offices can be found on all five of the university's campuses, will also assist the university's international population when they need help with translation, with documents for the immigration office and / or city halls, and more. If international students wish to find jobs in Kyushu, our career services section can also offer them assistance.
It should also be noted that Kyushu University's locale -Fukuoka- is an attraction in itself. Fukuoka, which literally means "Happy Hill," is a pleasant and cosmopolitan coastal city of 1.4. million residents, and is the largest metropolis on the island of Kyushu. The city boasts a compelling skyline that mixes traditional and modern architecture, numerous upscale shopping malls and boutiques, important cultural and historic sites, and a rich variety of attractions, including galleries, theaters, museums, international cuisine and nightlife, all set against a backdrop of scenic mountains and beautiful seascapes. With an active population of expatriates, there's something for people of all backgrounds in Fukuoka. Geographically and historically, the city has played an important role as Japan's gateway to East and Southeast Asian countries. Indeed, many flights connect Fukuoka International Airport to Asia's principle cities (Seoul is 80 minutes away; Pusan, 50 minutes). Fukuoka City enjoys a growing reputation as a modern, vibrant regional trade and production center. Recently, Newsweek magazine cited Fukuoka as a 'city of substance,' ranking it among the 'ten most dynamic cities' in the world.