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.

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About IIGE

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.




7 December 2018


This three-day event will start with a half-day workshop. Dr. Jon Rubin from COIL Consulting and IIGE Team will explore the significance of COIL practice in undertaking the next stage of international education and the provision of institutionalizing COIL on campus.

​※ 5,000 JPY per person. This fee is a package deal and covers kick-off workshop on the 7th, and either workshop on the 9th.



8 December 2018


This year's symposium acts as a kick-off symposium for the newly established Institute for Innovative Global Education (IIGE) funded by MEXT. The initial symposium presentations will focus on outlining the vision and mission of IIGE, followed by explorations of issues relating to the further development and growing visibility of COIL initiatives in Japan.




9 December 2018


We have prepared two parallel workshops in the morning. The first one is for faculty members interested in offering their courses using English as the medium of instructions. The second one is a hands-on workshop on IIGE-COIL matching site, and preview to COIL customized LMS.

In the afternoon, Kansai University, University of the Ryukyus, Osaka City University will share their COIL initiative scheme in their institutions. This round-table discussion is delivered in two sessions. Jon Rubin from COIL Consulting is facilitating the first session. In this session, Jon will discuss further on designing COIL course to deepen student's learning, and strategy to disseminate COIL practice in campus. Discussion in the second session will explore the impact of COIL enhanced mobility program on student's intercultural competence, facilitated by Darla Deardorff, author/editor of 7 books and over 50 articles and book chapters on intercultural competence, international education, internationalization, and global leadership.

※ See workshop fee. Round-table discussion is FREE.

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Inter-University Exchange Project
~Supporting exchange with US universities using COIL-style education~
IIGE Kick-off Symposium
4th KU-COIL Workshops and International Symposium 2018



Senriyama Campus - KANSAI UNIVERSITY Osaka, JAPAN
7-9 December 2018
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