Cultivating an environment that encourages academic freedom, and which welcomes diverse cultures and ways of thinking. Fostering in our students and researchers an awareness of their place in the long span of history, and the conviction to step forward with confidence. We aim to provide a place of calm and thoughtful scholarly endeavor that pursues these goals.
"D" stands for Diverse and Dynamic. The onset of globalization has dramatically increased the degree of interaction among the world’s diverse cultures. In the past, Japan has drawn on its homogeneity as a source of strength, but today, as international competition intensifies, that same homogeneity is said to impair creativity and stifle innovation. I believe that Kyoto University should be a place of uninhibited learning that is always open to a diversity of cultures and ways of thinking. At the same time, it is important not to be swayed by short-term trends; we must look carefully at our own circumstances and act with conviction, based on a proper understanding of our place in the long span of history. Kyoto University should be a place of calm and thoughtful scholarly endeavor that gives full play to such ideas.
Strategic Priority 4-1
In order to maintain and develop Kyoto University’s distinctive character, we will pursue the University Campus Kyoto initiative, which conceptualizes the whole of Kyoto City as a "campus" —a place of learning, and promotes involvement in the local community and wider society. The initiative also promotes internationalization through stronger ties with government, industry and with other academic institutions.
- Implementation of a credit transfer system
- 1.We will promote an inter-university credit transfer system for courses in the field of Kyoto studies, in line with the Kyoto Vision 2040 initiative (proposed by the Social Gathering to Think about the Future of Kyoto) and the College Town Kyoto International Student Support Program (currently being implemented by the Kyoto City government).
- Partnerships with Kyoto Prefecture and Kyoto City
- 2.We will work in partnership with Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto City, and other municipalities, as well as with public and private facilities (such as botanical gardens, zoos, museums, and art galleries) in the prefecture and its vicinity, thereby creating an academic culture unique to Kyoto, which we will communicate to the world.
- Reuse of dormant facilities
- 3.Through the above partnerships, we will make full use of Kyoto’s historical and cultural heritage as a tourist city, and re-use dormant facilities in order to expand and enhance the infrastructure available to international researchers and students.
- Promotion of researcher exchange
- 4.We will introduce and make effective use as necessary of annual salary systems, cross-appointment systems,* and tenure track systems,* thereby increasing mobility without disadvantage to faculty members, and providing a stable environment for education and research.
- Interaction with local communities and wider society
- 5.We will expand opportunities to hold performances and meetings in a variety of languages, furthering exchange between non-Japanese and local residents. These activities will be used to develop students’ communication and debating skills, and to boost their interdisciplinarity, international competence, and creativity.
- 6.We will organize public lectures, seminars, and symposia, public access to facilities, exhibitions, and other initiatives to promote exchange among students, researchers, local residents, and companies.
Strategic Priority 4-2
We will develop venues and opportunities for Japanese and international students to interact, as part of our infrastructure for pro-actively enrolling diverse, globally-minded students.
- Development of student interaction and welfare facilities
- 1.In order to expand opportunities for interaction among Japanese and international students, we will develop and expand welfare facilities and co-residential facilities for such students.
Strategic Priority 4-3
We will employ flexible and agile university management to steadily achieve the goals of our plans and initiatives. In order to enhance the university’s research capacity through systematization and the development of a next-generation academic environment, we will develop our information infrastructure and develop a unique system to enable the comprehensive organization and management of our diverse activities.
- A dynamic and steady approach to plans and initiatives
- 1.We will employ flexible and agile management of university-wide and cross-organizational initiatives, plans, and organizational reforms through the Kyoto University Provost system, which was established to coordinate top-down and bottom-up processes, and formulate and implement strategies to dynamically and steadily achieve the goals of university initiatives.
- University management utilizing IR
- 2.We will utilize the large quantities of data generated in the course of the university’s activities by employing Institutional Research (IR)* methods, and pursue evidence-based planning and operations that give full play to ingenuity and innovation in education and research practices. We will pursue organizational reforms and other initiatives that support the university’s sustainable development and produce new fields of interdisciplinary scholarship.
- Comprehensive student support
- 3.In order to enable students from diverse backgrounds to concentrate on their studies and research free from extraneous problems and concerns, we will enhance our comprehensive support framework, tailoring it to student needs in areas such as counseling, career support, and support for students with special needs. We will also increase the effectiveness of education support services through initiatives such as Integrated Student Support System (ISSS)* and the provision of accessible English-language information for international students.