Overview of International exchange
As Japan becomes progressively more internationalized, greater international exchange can also be seen in the Graduate School of Humanities, School of Letters. Vigorous exchange is taking place including overseas trips and training undertaken by teaching staff, visits by foreign researchers, student foreign exchange, and the acceptance of exchange students from other countries. In addition, foreign teaching staff members are carrying out education and research in the fields of English Linguistics and Literature , Chinese Literature, French Literature, and German Literature.
Based on such international exchange, the number of schools with which we have academic and student exchange agreements is growing each year. As of February 2007, they include 110 institutions in twenty-two countries and regions.
University departments that have academic exchange agreements with the School of Letters include Jinan University’s Department of Literature (China) and the University of Cambridge’s Department of East Asian Studies (United Kingdom). University departments that have academic exchange agreements with the Graduate School of Humanities, School of Letters include East China Normal University’s Department of History (China) and Shandong University’s Oriental Archaeology Research Center (China).
In addition, the History Core Division Course of the Graduate School of Humanities deepens academic exchange between teaching staff and students through the Consortium for the Study of East Asian History. This Consortium is made up of Peking University, Nanjing University, Fudan University, Shandong University, East China Normal University, and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences History Research Center in China; Pusan National University, Chonbuk National University, Dong-A University and the Academy of Korean Studies Northeast Institute of Ancient History in Korea; and the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures in the United Kingdom.
Active international exchange is also taking place in each department.
Considering the role that Japan plays in the world, and the geographic and historical environment that Kyushu University provides in Asia, future international exchange will surely grow even livelier with countries all over the world including neighboring Asian countries as well as countries in Europe and the Americas.