An Intellectual Global Commons
At the hub of both traditional and modern Tokyo, Meiji University aims at establishing an "Intellectual Global Commons", where people from all over the world can gather to advance reserch and education.
Meiji University has formed the International Education Partners in collaboration with The Asian Students Cultural Association (ABK), JTB Business World Tokyo Corp.(BWT), and Benesse Corporation. The International Education Partners aims to establish the Total Solutions Model for recruiting, enrollment and finding employment of international students using each know-how; transmission of information about Meiji University in cooperation with JTB's overseas branches, development of the versatile web application system jointly with Benesse Corporation, and implementation of Japanese language education along with ABK.
Expansion of Cooperation Agreements between Institutions
- The cooperation agreements were concluded with some institutions such as Hanoi University (Vietnam), Nanjing University (China), The University of Manchester (U.K.), and University of South Australia in FY 2009. The total number of agreements is 110 institutions, 32 countries and regions, an increase of 16 from FY 2008. The total number of MOU for the student exchange is 75 institutions, an increase of 10 from FY 2008. Meiji University has enhanced the long and short term student exchange programs and double degree programs, etc. with the partner institutions.
Promotion of Acceptance System for International Students
- Development of Study in Japan Platform
- The FY 2011 admission of School of Global Japanese Studies adopted the web application system. The portal site and the screening fee payment system which are designed to increase convenience for international students were developed. In addition, homepage of Meiji University were revised.
- Concept of the Entry Support Desk
- Introduction of the Entry Support Desk, which deals exclusively with procedures of admitted international students and researchers such as greeting students at the airport, support for visa application and housing, and orientation is under consideration.
- Employment of Foreign Faculty and Staff
- Foreign adjunct faculty for English course, foreign administrative staff and English program coordinators as well as staff of International Collaboration Division are employed to handle internationalization in Meiji University.
- Training Courses for Faculty and Staff
- The FD Program for Japanese Professors was implemented at the university in the U.S. in March, 2010. The Foreign Language (English and Chinese) Training Program including seven courses by skills for administrative staff was conducted from December, 2009 to March, 2010. Total of 46 people attended the English courses, and 11 people attended the Chinese courses.
- Housing for International Students
- The Izumi International House, which is the housing for international students and researchers, went into service in April, 2009. It has 61 rooms for students and 8 rooms for researchers.
Short term Program in English
- School of Law "Law in Japan Program"
- Students from Germany, the U.S. and Philippines participated in the two-week program in the end of July, 2009.
- School of Political Science and Economics "Joint Programs with Northeastern University -Short-term Student Exchange Programs-"
- 20 students from Northeastern University participated in the program from May to June, 2009. Study Abroad Program at University of Southern California was conducted in July, 2010.
English Courses in FY2010
- Eight students were enrolled in Graduate School of Governance Studies English Course Public Policy Program in April, 2010.
- Graduate School of Business Administration English Course in Double Degree Program started in July, 2010.
- Graduate School of Science and Technology Architecture Program English Course is under consideration.
Response to Internationalization
- Satellite and Liaison Offices in Three Cities in China
- Satellite office in Beijing was established in April, 2010 and liaison offices in Dalian and Shanghai were organized.
- Japan-Canada Consortium Student Forum
- Students and researchers participated in the academic forum and the group works in February, 2010. (7 universities, 21 participants from Canada, 12 universities, 24 participants from Japan)
- General assembly of Shikon-kai, alumni association, and the study in Japan fair was held in Malaysia in August, 2009.
- Organizational Change for Promotion of Internationalization
- Center for International Programs was dissolved in order that Organization for International Collaboration was formed in October, 2009. President as a director of Organization for International Collaboration has promoted the internationalization policies. Headquarters of International Collaboration, International Student Center, and Japanese Language Education Center were established under Organization for International Collaboration to enhance academic exchange, support for international students, and Japanese language education. The administrative office was reorganized in May, 2009; from one office to two offices, International Collaboration Office and International Student Office under International Collaboration Division.