Greetings from the Director
The Center for International Education and Exchange (CIEE) was reorganized in 2009 based on the achievements of the former International Student Center, and has been making steady progress in promoting the globalization of the university under the 4WD (Forward) system consisting of the Japanese Language Education Research Team, the Short-Term Program Team, the Intercultural Exchange and Advising Research Team, and the Support Office.
Specifically, in order to support international students from the early stages of their arrival in Japan to achieve their desired goals in a cross-cultural environment, we ensure that effective Japanese language education is provided and continued according to their stage of enrollment and Japanese language ability. In addition, the center promotes two-way exchange with both incoming and outgoing international students, cooperates with related departments inside and outside the university, and steadily expands its network through various consultation services and support activities for exchange.
The Center is characterized by the fact that its faculty members are actively engaged in research activities while providing educational support to international students and general students. For example, all of the full-time faculty members provide education and research guidance as adjunct faculty members of the Graduate Schools (Graduate School of Language and Culture, Graduate School of Human Sciences) according to their fields of specialization, and are also active in related academic societies.
In addition, the faculty and staff work in close cooperation and collaboration. Various activities are carried out in cooperation with the International Office and other staff members who are close to international students and their families.
In addition, from the perspective of preventing the isolation of international students and improving their quality of life, we actively support student-led activities such as the Osaka University International Students Association (OUISA) and B.S.P. Furthermore, we have a long track record of various initiatives in cooperation with local international exchange organizations and volunteer groups. Through these support activities, we help international students to proactively expand their networks and networks with the local community.
As you can see, the functions and activities of the Center for International Education and Exchange have an important mission as a fundamental organization for the promotion of globalization at Osaka University. I look forward to working with you in the future.
Tomoko ARIKAWA, Director, Center for International Education and Exchange