Meiji Gakuin University has set the following five educational goals, highlighting our "Do for Others" philosophy based on Christian principles of personal development.
- Nurture individuals who have empathy
- Nurture individuals with analytic ability and imagination
- Nurture individuals gifted with communication skills
- Nurture individuals who can design their own career
- Nurture individuals who can lead in an inclusive society
Today, as globalization accelerates at an unprecedented pace, "internationalization" is an unavoidable process for nurturing individuals who can cope with contemporary social issues. Therefore, higher education cannot exist in a closed-off nation and research endeavors too cannot proceed without studies that transcend national borders and include an international exchange of ideas and thoughts.
Meiji Gakuin University was founded by Dr. James Curtis Hepburn, an American missionary and medical doctor. Under the education philosophy based on Christian principles and liberalism, the university’s mission since the Meiji era and through the Taisho and Showa eras to the present has been to foster individuals with a strong liberal arts education, capable of contributing to the global community. However, in to provide learning opportunities based on our tradition, and to seek knowledge and insights from across the world to address issues in today's fluid and stratified international community, we need to make "international education" available to all our students and also disseminate this education across the world.
In 2014, we announced our original vision for internationalization. To accommodate the changes taking place in education and in the surrounding social environment, we have taken the next step to renew or vision for internationalization.
To this end, we examined the progress of "internationalization" at our university today—as of June, 2018.
- Number of full-time undergraduate students studying abroad: 175Number of exchange students at MGU: 111 (including those who will attend in the fall semester).Percentage of exchange students at the undergraduate level: 2.3% (286 out of 12,171 undergraduate students)
- Number of reciprocity partner universities: 75 (61 inter-university agreements and 14 inter-faculty agreements); target for 2025: 83 (under the 2015 Decade Vision)
- Number of foreign language education instructors: 28 full time, 113 part time, a total of 141 (4.2% of all full-time instructors and 6.3% of all part-time instructors)
- Departments requiring study abroad: International Business Department (started in, 2006 with overseas study set as mandatory in 2016), Global Legal Studies Department (started in 2018) Both departments require overseas study in the fall semester of the second year
- Number of field studies undertaken overseas in which academic credits are given: 20; Number of participants: 239 (as of 2017 academic year)
- Instructors who have participated in overseas research or training: 49.3% (133 out of 270)
- Non-faculty staff participating in overseas training: 13 short-term summer courses at Hope College between 2013 and 2018
This vision consists of 4 pillars.
- Nurture Global Citizenship
- Build Worldwide Partnerships
- Offer Borderless Learning
- Embrace a Diverse Community
1. Nurture Global Citizenship
Nurture in individuals, an ability to understand the perspectives of those from other cultural backgrounds and to develop communication skills that enables them to work together to achieve their goals.
- Structure English and foreign language education curriculum across the university and establish learning goals. Use CEFR and other international standards to indicate language proficiency and use internationally recognized assessments such as TOEFL and TOEIC to measure the extent of goals achievement.
- Develop programs that students in faculties and departments with different English achievement goals or perspectives on study-abroad can participate more easily.
- Implement programs for students, faculty, and staff aimed at enhancing communicative skills in English and other foreign languages, and provide incentives to motivate the acquisition of certification.
- Plan and Implement workshops and activities and events that foster Intercultura understanding among students, faculty, and staff.
- Aim for leadership in international education by promoting joint research with partner universities that nurtures global citizenship.
- Support the research activities of individual instructors and by assisting the planning and organization of international joint research programs and symposiums.
2. Build Worldwide Partnerships
Seek quality partnerships in regions across the world to achieve the educational goals of the university while building effective relationships that support the achievement goals of our partners.
- Strengthen and substantiate relations with partner universities and international organizations such as the International Red Cross and UNHCR. Seek out possibilities for new partnerships and cooperation with international organizations, corporations, NGOs, and other entities.
- Develop field studies and volunteer programs in various regions of the world to infuse the university community with opportunities for social contribution and international education.
- Strengthen initiatives for alliances and consolidate ties with ASEAN, China and the Middle East where there is likely to be greater higher education needs.
- Share information and participate in joint projects with the University's research and education resources such as the International Peace Research Institute, Institute for Christian Studies, or Internal Internationalization Project.
- Strengthen involvement in events and school activities in Minato Ward, Tokyo and Totsuka Ward, Yokohoma where the university is located and in Komoro City, Nagano Prefecture and Otsuchi City, Iwate Prefecture with which the university has partnership agreements. Facilitate regional development and internationalization of these partners by encouraging university students and international students to participate in their activities and events through collaboration with partner universities abroad.
3. Offer Borderless Learning
Adopt educational approaches that uses information communication technologies to offer borderless learning opportunities to more students and thereby support the university's contribution to the international community.
- Develop field studies and internships addressing real world issues which integrate online learning and create platforms for sharing that learning with others.
- Consolidate cooperative frameworks and consortium with partner institutions and other organizations in Japan and abroad to promote borderless learning and intercultural communication opportunities for more students through Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL).
- Develop and standardize international education by introducing online learning materials such as MOOCS and Learning Analytics into the classroom.
- Introduce programs and projects that nurture leadership in Japan and abroad to foster in students an ability to demonstrate leadership in the global community.
- Develop multilingual and multicultural educational environment by enhancing language education, including Japanese language courses for international students, and English, Chinese, and other language education for Japanese students.
4. Embrace a Diverse Community
Build a gateway campus for learning and dialogue between university students and the people of Asia and other regions that positions the university as a model for a multicultural, integrated community.
- Offer a greater ratio of lectures given in English in the various programs and enhance the framework for double degrees and joint degrees, thereby creating a more attractive learning environment for students from abroad. Give post-graduation career-development support. Adopt target ratios for English language courses in the various departments. At present, less that 300 (4.4%) lectures are given in English but the aim is 500 to 600 courses (approximately 8%) by the 2025 academic year.
- Utilize partnerships with affiliated and designated senior high schools to jointly develop foreign language and international education and strengthen ties with senior high schools with International Baccalaureate study courses, super global and super science high schools and high schools providing advanced learning programs in TOEFL and IELTS.
- Introduce a flexible and diverse entrance examination system, utilize affiliated school programs, develop and enhance the framework for accommodating short-term and long-term international students in order to increase the ratio of international students and to create integrated, multicultural, multilingual campuses. The desirable course of action will be to work with UNHCR increase the number of refugee children and allow September enrollment available for all courses. The objective is to attain a 5% ratio of non-Japanese students by the end of the 2025 academic year through these.
- Make international recruiting process a standard to expand the ratio of foreign national teaching staff, and full-time instructors with academic qualifications from universities abroad.
In order to realize the goals of "international education" based on the aforementioned vision, it is crucial to reveal and share this vision, the components of this goal, and the process in which we aim to achieve the goal. We will collect and analyze data concerning internationalization in respect to what results have been achieved through various strategies, and publicize them in our Factbook and the website. Furthermore, our objective is to use those results as the basis for making additional improvements, adopting the PDCA cycle, integrating approaches to the international community with the education and research of this university and structuring this into its fundamental concepts. We aim to achieve the goals outlined in this vision by the 2025 academic year.