Kansai University has been at the forefront of COIL initiatives in Japan, and has recently been awarded significant MEXT funding to further support COIL practices as a component of the new Institute for Innovation in Global Education (IIGE). Following from last year’s KU-COIL Workshops and International Symposium that focused on pedagogical concerns and issues in international education, this year the workshops and symposium will afford for explorations of issues relating to the further development and growing visibility of COIL initiatives in light of the newly established IIGE.
In this respect, themes of interest may include the management and development of COIL related activities with growing institutional and community awareness, how to manage formal institutional and national level collaborations (e.g., Japan and the United States), reviews of initiatives and project status, showcasing COIL pedagogy and practices, explorations of new technology and apps development, and pragmatics of administrative and logistics issues such as partner matching and facilitation.
We invite faculty members, international education and study abroad managers, and anyone interested in this growing field to attend and share knowledge with international peers.
As the successful recipient of a major competitive grant initiative, Kansai University has launched a new Institute for Innovative Global Education (IIGE) platform funded by Japan's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) and supported by the American Council of Education (ACE) and US Embassy in Tokyo. The IIGE platform is an online and project-based exchange program for students in Japan to interact with overseas counterparts. One of its main goals is to promote exchange between students in Japan and overseas countries to strengthen relations between them.