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 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.

Kyoto University's engagement with the world, and commitment to connecting with, and bringing its best to, local communities, have led to the establishment of two new regional centers: the Kyoto University European Center in Heidelberg, Germany, overlooking the relations with Europe since 2014; and the Kyoto University North American Center in Washington DC, USA, fostering the relations of the University with North America since 2018. At the same time, the University is strengthening its engagement in Africa and other regions through the Kyoto University Africa Office, and a newly set network of 11 On-site Laboratories.

The University has also started a new approach in its international relations through the establishment of a system to enhance strategic partnerships with key academic institutions.