Cultivating Global-Minded Leaders “Educational Reinvention”

 In addition to increasing the number of international students and courses taught in English, the goal of Nagoya University is to also improve the learning environment. We aim to be a university where the quality of teaching is recognized to the extent that it can attract excellent students from all around the world.To achieve this goal, our strategy consists of two pillars.
 The first pillar involves improving our educational system so that it is consistent with current international best practices. We plan to revise the GPA system into a six stage assessment model. To encourage more students to study abroad, we will create a more flexible academic calendar by adopting a quarter system. To simplify the transfer of credits for academic coursework between partner universities, we will introduce a more rationalized curriculum that includes course numbering. To disseminate information as widely as possible about our courses and programs, we will offer syllabi in both Japanese and English.
 The second pillar of our strategy is about improving educational quality.N agoya University will reform the curricula for general education, undergraduate education, and graduate education. In particular, we propose implementing a liberal arts curriculum, general education for graduate students that includes English-taught courses in the graduate programs, and programs with a strong element of self-directed learning. We hope that our students will not only acquire the latest knowledge in their field of study but will also be ready to contribute to global society.

Action Plan(2015-2017)

Reforming the educational svstem
・Introducing a course numbering system for all courses within the academic year 2015
・Offering syllabi of graduate programs in both Japanese and English by 2016
Adopting a quarter system to create a more flexible academic calendar
・System planning in 2015→Implementation in 2017
Improving educational quality
・Reinvention of First Year Seminar as core content of liberal arts program
Reconfirming common basic and providing educational materials
Developing a reading list
・Improving education in academic writing
・Structuring and improving general education for graduate students
Providing innovative educational content in all faculties

Action Plan(2018-2020)

Initiatives to increase international compatibility of our education system
・Promote the international standardization of our grading system
・Unify the grading system of our graduate schools into a university-wide system
・Provide grade reports in both Japanese and English, simplify the procedure for requesting
 from abroad and issuing academic transcripts
 →Begin implementation in AY2018
・Provide syllabuses that are searchable across different schools/graduate schools
・Increase the number of international faculty members
・Increase the number of courses offered that combine lectures with seminars

Continued expansion of Japanese language courses to support more diversity among our international students
・Improve the variety and comprehensiveness of Japanese language courses to meet the needs of
 international students
・Expand the number of universities with which we have credit transfer partnership agreements
・Japanese language program reforms from 2018 → Increase the number of courses for credit that
  are available to short-term exchange students

Initiatives to increase international compatibility for our education contents
・Increase the amount of lectures in English (50% of lectures for the science and engineering graduate
   programs by 2020)
・Encourage Japanese students to participate in the G30 lectures
・Plan strategies to enhance the English-language ability of 3rd and 4th-year undergraduate students,
   begin implementation in 2018

Cultivating Global-Minded Leaders “Global Interaction”

 To foster a new generation of students with a global mindset, Nagoya University is establishing a new“International Institute” to collaborate more deeply with partner universities, increase student mobility, and develop new international educational programs.
 We encourage our students to study abroad using a two-stage process. First, anyone lacking international experience can participate in a short-term exchange program lasting a few days to a few weeks. Second, participants can then apply to study for a semester or one-year exchange program at a partner university.
 To increase our interτiational students to 3000 by 2020, we are focused on increasing the availability of discipline-specific English-taught courses. We also continue to improve our exchange program [NUPACE] and are designing a new short term Japanese language program [NUSTEP].

Action Plan(2015-2017)

NU・OTI[NU Overseas Take-off Initiative]
・Increase number of students studying abroad 220→400
・Expand short term study abroad programs and credit transfer
・Support courses for IELTS and TOEFL-iBT (Intensive courses)
・Establish safety and risk management orientation for students
・In 2015, develop deposit system for students to support their study abroad
Improve English-taught curricula, including G30 and other international program
・G30: Increase number of students from100 in 2013 to 200 in 2017
・Increase English-taught courses from around 850 to 1000
・Provide potential students with sample lectures at our international offices and partner universities
NUPACE (NU Short-Term Japanese Language Program) and other exchange programs
・Increase number of students from partner universities and provide credit transfer 300 students→400
・Improve advising and counselling by NUPACE Office
Establish NUSTEP (Japanese Language Nagoya University Short Term Exchange Program) in February 2016
Improve admissions process for international students
Plan and conduct orientation and written guidance for new international students
Support for Joint-Study framework between Japanese and international students in international dormitories
With the local community,we support the international students including their family, for an increasing range of cultures and a variety of religious beliefs and customs
Provide international students with career counselling and support
Organize faculty and staff development to internationalize campus

Action Plan(2018-2020)

Exchange Programs and Short Term Training Programs
・Increase the number of outbound study abroad students to 1000 by 2020
・Establish programs that meet the needs of prospective participants

Expand and enrich English curriculum offerings, such as G30 programs
・Increase the number of undergraduate students (enrolled in the G30 international programs) to 270 by 2019
・As part of international student recruitment activities, utilizing overseas offices and partner universities,
  conduct study abroad guidance sessions and visiting lectures by our faculty ("Nagoya University Visiting Lectures").
・Arrange an environment where Japanese and international students can study together in English
 → Encourage Japanese student participation in international programs

Systematic reforms and improvements related to incoming international students
・Enhance our ability to receive international students by improving and constructing new housing facilities for
   international students (completion of a new dormitory is expected in 2019)
・Offer a mixed housing option to Japanese and international students → building a multicultural community
・Carry out well-planned hiring of bilingual staff and international students to support internationalization

Improvements to the organization, management, and contents of orientations and various handbooks for international students
・Translate university information into English
・Improve support systems for international students

More full-time staff to support an increasing number of international students as they face various problems while studying abroad (physical and mental illness, not completing courses, difficulty adjusting to life in Japan, living expenses, etc.)

Initiatives to provide career support to international students and international exchange students
・Improve website operation so that information can be shared and ideas can be exchanged between faculty, staff,
   international students, and international alumni

Support for faculty who aim to internationalize our campus and education
・Hold seminars on topics such as approaches to lecturing in English for faculty who have little experience with
   teaching in English