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COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT - What is Community Engagement?

You will learn from failures,
because you are truly challenging yourself.
Community Engagement forms the core of what we study in the Faculty of Global Engagement. It is a project aimed at tackling and resolving issues by working together with members of communities throughout the world. This is not your standard practical training. Instead, you will study and work in real-world societies. This means that, although you can expect a true challenge in which you will experience setbacks and failures, these experiences are certain to help you grow immeasurably.

[Programs]Program List

Participate in communities inside and outside Japan, and pursue Community Engagement in cooperation with others. Thinking about and grappling with issues in cooperation with members of the community creates global networks (engagement) between people that surpass political and cultural boundaries—and also improves your social participation skills. Discover fields that interest you, issues that concern you, and countries you might like to visit. Utilize the skills and experiences gained during workshops to challenge yourself to reach your true potential.

* This pamphlet shows only some of our many programs.

  • COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT 01

    Hold in collaboration with University of Science, Malaysia, university lectures with work experience in Penang
    This program offers the opportunity to study abroad in the Kyoto University of Foreign Studies, Malaysia Campus located in University of Science, Malaysia (USM). After attending university lectures (all conducted in English) to learn about the state of Malaysian tourism and society, you will then have the chance to work in an actual community or welfare facility. (Five weeks spent abroad)See more

    Practical Training Countries

    • Malaysia
  • COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT 02

    Refine your English at an Australian university and engage in regional contribution
    During the mornings you will study practical English as part of a comprehensive English language program. In the afternoon, students will be separated by field (such as education, business, or tourism), and will take part in Community Engagement activities off-campus, including field research and volunteer work.
    (Six weeks spent abroad)

    Practical Training Countries

    • Australia
  • COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT 03

    Work as an intern at a Canadian company to identify global possibilities
    In this program, you will work in a local company in Toronto, Canada, in order to gain work experience. Based on your topic, you will conduct local research and marketing, and consider business from a global perspective.
    (One week in Japan, six weeks spent abroad)

    Practical Training Countries

    • Canada
  • COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT 04

    Business training to solve problems in the Asia-Pacific region
    You will work together with university students in Singapore to solve issues confronting actual companies. Then, you will work as an intern in a company in Thailand or Australia. You will be tasked with solving further issues as you work on-site.
    (One week, then four weeks spent abroad)

    Practical Training Countries

    • Singapore
    • Thai
    • Australia
  • COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT 05

    Learn about the development of towns with hot springs which are popular with foreigners
    Participate in internships in hot spring towns which enjoy a high level of popularity with foreign tourists in Japan. By gaining work experience as a staff member at a Japanese style inn, you will develop the linguistic skills necessary to serve customers and welcome foreign visitors, and deepen your understanding of local development from a global viewpoint as well as learn how to operate a tourist destination.
    (Six weeks in Japan)

    Practical Training Countries

    • Japan
  • COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT 06

    Participate in a Kyoto research program where you will learn through experiencing traditions and culture in Kyoto
    You will cover the history of traditional industry in Kyoto—as represented by Kyoyuzen dyeing—and gain the ability to effectively communicate about Kyoto culture. After undergoing a week of training in traditional industry, you will work as an intern at a well-established Japanese-style inn. In addition to work experience, you will learn about Japanese cuisine and study hospitality.
    (Five weeks in Japan)

    Practical Training Countries

    • Japan
  • COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT 07

    Work as an intern at an overseas company, and work with university students in Hong Kong to address issues
    You will work as an intern at a company in Thailand, Singapore, or Australia, where you will deal with issues that include communicating with staff of an organization from a different culture. You will then move to Hong Kong, where you will undergo business training along with local university students, based on a certain topic.
    (Four weeks then one week spent abroad)

    Practical Training Countries

    • Thai
    • Singapore
    • Australia
    • Hong Kong
  • COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT 08

    Work as an intern overseas while helping to create regional tourism policy
    You will be given the opportunity to work at the local office (land operator) of a travel agency located in Guam (U.S.A.). In addition to industry training, you will also learn practical skills for developing travel products and marketing activities for them. You will also help to create regional tourism policy.
    (Three weeks in Japan, two weeks spent abroad)See more

    Practical Training Countries

    • America
  • COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT 09

    Conduct practical regional research in cooperation with a university in Nicaragua (Central America)
    You will conduct regional research and historic ruin renovation projects together with The Technical University of El Salvador and The National Autonomous University of Nicaragua. You will not only excavate historical ruins, but also consider how best to use cultural assets—a type of national resource—and contribute to regional development.
    (Five weeks spent abroad)

    Practical Training Countries

    • Nicaragua
  • COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT 10

    Get involved in the travel business, survey tourism needs, and conduct marketing
    During your pre-training in Japan, you will learn about the travel business. Then, you will have an opportunity to gain experience in the travel industry at a local office (land operator) in Vietnam. You will also survey local tourism needs and conduct marketing activities.
    (Three weeks in Japan, two weeks spent abroad)

    Practical Training Countries

    • Vietnam
  • COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT 11

    Work closely with regional communities to contribute toward regional tourism policy
    You will gain an understanding of the current state of Kyotango in the San-in region, KYOTO as you take on local issues. Starting with Tango chirimen (a type of traditional, high quality silk product), you will visit local sites of industry and agriculture, and study tourist attractions. You will also propose measures to revitalize the region.

    Practical Training Countries

    • Japan
  • OFF-CAMPUS PROGRAM

    Visit a UNESCO member school in Kyoto and hold a workshop
    This program uses the Interuniversity Network Supporting the UNESCO Associated School Project Network (ASPUnivNet) to offer educational support for UNESCO-member schools located in Kyoto. University students plan and implement their own measures such as enhancing English proficiency in order to realize a global society.

    Practical Training Countries

    • Japan
  • OFF-CAMPUS PROGRAM

    Participate in Model United Nations and consider possible solutions to problems facing countries all over the world
    In the Japan University English Model United Nations (JUEMUN), participants represent member nations in a simulated United Nations as they create resolutions through making speeches on policies for the countries they are representing and negotiating with other countries on topics of discussion. All sessions are held in English.

    Practical Training Countries

    • Japan
  • OFF-CAMPUS PROGRAM

    Get to know the actual on-location diplomacy in government agencies and United Nations headquarters
    Experience the site of diplomatic negotiations and listen to lectures from newspaper companies and government bodies such as The Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations and The United Nations in New York. You will foster qualities as an international person by further studying global challenges with university students in U.S.A..

    Practical Training Countries

    • America
  • OFF-CAMPUS PROGRAM

    Improve poor living conditions to build peaceful communities
    This volunteer construction program run by Habitat for Humanity Japan (an international volunteer organization) aims to improve poor living conditions caused by poverty. You will visit a country that requires assistance and help to build and repair homes for people living in poor conditions.

    Practical Training Countries

    • Some 70 countries across the world
  • OFF-CAMPUS PROGRAM

    Transmit Japanese culture as you survey tourism needs
    You will plan and hold events at the University of Strasbourg Maison Universitaire France–Japon (established to promote academic exchange between Japan and France), with the goal of spreading understanding of Japanese culture. You will also take part in marketing activities focusing on Japanese tourism.

    Practical Training Countries

    • France
  • OFF-CAMPUS PROGRAM

    Transmit ideas from Kyoto to Japan, and from Japan to the rest of the world
    TEDxKyoto is a forum for transmitting ideas all over the world, with the goal of building even better societies. In this program, you will focus on refining your planning and presentation skills, and will develop the ability to succeed in global societies.

    Practical Training Countries

    • Japan
  • OFF-CAMPUS PROGRAM

    Participate in programs with university students in a range of countries in Asia
    You will participate in programs along with students enrolled in universities that are members of APUCEN (Asia-Pacific University - Community Engagement Network). Beginning with providing economic development support in typhoon-affected areas, you will collaborate in a wide range of fields that cross national boundaries, such as the environment, disaster prevention, and health care.

    Practical Training Countries

    • Various countries in Asia

* In addition to Community Engagement, you will be given credit for the results of your off-campus program activities. Details of programs are subject to change

Community Engagement Center

With the establishment of our new faculty, we have also established the Community Engagement Center. This facility serves a core function in promoting community engagement. Formed from faculty, staff members, and student peer supporters, it functions as a network site for communities inside and outside of Japan to work together with our university on solving local issues. The Center works closely with various departments (such as the Career Center, Language Center, and Division of International Affairs) to leverage the comprehensive knowledge of our university as it conducts appropriate management, and attempts to enrich and develop programs. Following are the major roles of the Center.

  • Program development and improvement
  • Collaboration with institutions that serve as sites for activity
  • Local support for students and faculty
  • Building networks inside and outside the university
  • Providing information and matching students with sites in which to study and work
  • Crisis management
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