Professor Masashi KAWAICHI
Head of Division for Global Education
The Division for Global Education (DGE) was established in April of 2018 within the Institute for Educational Initiatives, which was organized to support NAIST faculty in their academic activities. DGE is led by three UEA (University Education Administrators) with rich international experience under the supervision of the Division Director. DGE plans and implements measures related to NAIST's global activities, in areas including international academic partnership agreements and related student exchange, double degree programs, studying abroad, international student support, overseas faculty development, international collaborative laboratories and NAIST overseas offices.
As of March 1, 2022, the total number of international students at NAIST reached 303 (from 39 countries), and, along with this, the number of international faculty and researchers is steadily increasing. Following the large increases in the number of international students and researchers, NAIST established the Center for International Students and Scholars (CISS) to offer expanded support to these students and scholars, as well as their families. In addition, NAIST established the NAIST Indonesia Office in April 2016 and the Thailand Office in March 2017 as overseas hubs for promotion of our activities and to liaise with our partner institutions.
As a graduate institution without any undergraduate programs, NAIST is developing and improving a graduate school education model which produces graduates ready to enter today's globally-focused workforce. Under the restrictions and limitations that arose during COVID−19, as educators have come to recognize the importance of traditional study abroad programs in which students actually visit and learn on site, we also found that online education can be used to easily create collaborative learning environments with students from around the globe, thus we face the new challenge of determining the effective combination of these two formats to further advance education programming.
We hope that our esteemed partner institutions and all those NAIST has the pleasure to be involved with will continue their support in our international education and research activities and look forward to furthering our collaborations as we grow the NAIST global network to advance science and technology.