International as a way of being

International as a way of being

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Located in the cultural heart of Japan and connected to the world through a growing network of partners, Kyoto University has always been a welcoming home that embraces diversity and promotes multicultural understanding and respect, paving the way for a harmonious coexistence of the global society.

Known for its commitment to academic freedom, fieldwork, and transdisciplinary pursuits of academic truths, the University encourages developments in pure and applied research as well as advancements in the humanities, sciences, and technology, through a vibrant education and an international vision that foster open dialogue and cultivate independent and open minds with a strong sense of responsibility and engagement.

As a world-class institution, Kyoto University is committed to continue shining through the provision of education that cultivates international outlooks and competencies among its graduates, the development of innovative and globally recognized research, and its vow to contribute to harmonious coexistence on the planet.

These endeavors require a solid and comprehensive internationalization strategy that builds on previous, current, and future efforts, as described in the University's Mission Statement, and the necessary measures to accomplish its vision and long-term goals, which in turn include operations and future plans, Medium-Term Goals and Plans, Kyoto University's Designated National University (DNU) concept, President Yamagiwa's WINDOW- A Vision for the Future, and Kyoto University Basic Concept for Internationalization, among others.

Kyoto University has been making these visions a reality through international engagements as evidenced through its own history. Relations with Southeast Asia, for instance, date back to the efforts that, initiated prior to World War II, led to the establishment in 1964 of a liaison office in Bangkok, the oldest of its kind for a Japanese institution. Originally set up and run by the University's Center for Southeast Asian Studies or CSEAS, the office has since expanded its roles and scope to become the Kyoto University ASEAN Center, providing support to university-wide activities in the region.