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School of Interdisciplinary Science and Innovation

Going Beyond the Frames of Learning

Most of the problems we are facing today ― global environmental problems, depletion of energy resources, religious and ethnic conflicts, terrorism, disease ― are due to complex factors, and finding solutions through a single academic discipline is impossible.
What should be the role of universities in the present era?
Kyushu University offers the world a single solution.

Our solution is the School of Interdisciplinary Science and Innovation, a new faculty to foster a wide range of knowledge and highly advanced communication skills beyond disciplinary boundaries.

We aim to cultivate professionals who can: appropriately identify challenges with a broad perspective and knowledge, flexibly learn from others' insights and capabilities, and take initiative in transdisciplinary work with high-level communication proficiency.

We will foster professionals who can break free from the boundaries of expertise and walls between people, contribute to society and draw a picture of a beautiful future.

Message

Dean, Professor Yasuhito Osanai Area of expertise: Geology, Petrology

The purpose of Kyushu University's School of Interdisciplinary Science and Innovation is not to train personnel in conventional academic methodologies. Rather, the aim is to cultivate highly talented professionals who can solve the global issues facing humankind. We welcome students with a clear awareness toward problems who are willing to strive to tackle challenges facing the world.
The School of Interdisciplinary Science and Innovation is a completely new type of undergraduate school in Japan. Our students are expected to challenge themselves to make the school an inspiring place, together with faculty members. We hope that you will join us in the School of Interdisciplinary Science and Innovation to acquire advanced expertise and sophisticated communication skills, and to gain the ability to collaborate with a variety of people. Let's build a better future world together.

Concept

Building on the active learning skills that Kyushu University requires all students to have, we will develop students’ creative task-framing skills, practical teamwork skills, and international communication skills, to ensure that they have both the attitude and abilities required for interdisciplinary studies. Our aim is to ensure that students acquire interdisciplinary problem-solving skills while gaining these attitudes and abilities.

Distinctive Features

1. A Curriculum Blending the Humanities with Science
Cutting accros the exisiting disciplines of the humanities, social sciences, and natural science, the curriculum will instill in students both humanities-based and scientific thinking, along with a diverse array of methodologies, and will feature learning based on practical challenges.

2. Collaborative Learning (PBL/TBL*)
The curriculum will incorporate collaborative learning in which students discuss themes in groups and learn by working in partnership with others, thereby cultivating a broad outlook, flexible thinking, and multifaceted insight that will enable students to look at things from a variety of angles.
*PBL: Problem-Based Learning; TBL: Team-Based Learning

3. Classes in English and Japanese
The curriculum will provide classes in both English and Japanese. In addition, intensive language courses that are tailored to each student's proficiency level will be offered. Through this multilingual curriculum, students will be able to improve their language skills to a practical level.

4. Sharing Classes
Building classroom environments in which Japanese and International students study together and promoting active interaction between students, staff and faculty members will help to develop Kyushu University as a Global Hub Campus that generates synegistic and collaborative outcomes.

5. Learning beyond the Classroom
The classroom is not the only place you can learn. Our dormitory provides opportunities for international interaction, through which you can acquire multicultural perspectives. Fukuoka is also an excellent place to learn; the campus is situated in rich natural surroundings, and the city center provides exciting urban experiences. Also, our curriculum offers a chance to participate in internship programs where you can get firsthand experience at Japanese companies.

Areas : The New Forums for Learning

Aiming to create knowledge and values in our constantly changing society, we have identified four areas of global and human challenges that go beyond conventional academic disciplines. We have a curriculum for each area that will develop interdisciplinary skills and responses to issues relating to globalization, and provide learning opportunities based on a reorganized academic framework.

Interdisciplinary, Structured Curriculum to Nurture Interdisciplinary Problem-Solving Skills

Career Path

By using interdisciplinary problem-solving skills, we go beyond conventional academic disciplines.

Admissions

Entrants will be selected via four different kinds of admission routes, to ensure the selection of a variety of students, equipped not solely with knowledge and skills, but also the ability to think, make judgments, and express themselves, Emphasis is also placed on initiative, diversity, and the ability to work as part of a team.

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