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The University of Tsukuba has been selected for the "Type B(1)", CAMPUS Asia-Plus program under the MEXT's "Inter-University Exchange Project - Promotion of Formation of Asian Higher Education Community" for the five-year period from FY2021 to FY2025. In this program, higher education institutions apply to strengthen the development of outstanding personnel who can play an active role in the world. This year's call for applications was made on the condition that a new higher education consortium be established between universities in Japan, China, and Korea and ASEAN member countries.

Our project is intended to form a consortium of six universities under the theme of "Development Program for Professionals in Educational Policy Management Contributing to Solving Global Issues", with the goal of developing specialized personnel who is capable of interdisciplinary and international collaboration that is indispensable for solving global issues.

Graduate students of the University of Tsukuba (Master and Doctoral Programs) who participate in this program will be sent to East China Normal University (China) and Korea National University of Education (Korea). In addition, they will be sent to either Khon Kaen University (Thailand), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (Malaysia), or Institut Teknologi Bandung (Indonesia), depending on their field of study. Each student will choose one of Program A (Educational Studies Core), Program B (Environmental Studies Core), or Program C (Applied/Materials Science Core) according to his or her field of specialization, considering his or her own theme among the global issues to be solved. At the host university, students will take classes, do fieldwork, or conduct experiments with local graduate students, while considering ways to solve global issues. At the end of the program, they will make a proposal on how their theme can be reflected in educational policy. The total duration of the program is a minimum of three months. In addition, exchange students from each of the partner universities will have the opportunity to have a similar experience at our university.

The Education, Environmental Science, and Materials Innovation degree programs have had various exchanges in education and research with East China Normal University, Korea National University of Education, Khon Kaen University, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, and Institut Teknologi Bandung. This program will build on these experiences and accomplishments to create an even more meaningful international collaboration. We will move forward to foster researchers who will be active in Asia and around the world.

Hirofumi HAMADA, Ph.D.
Project Leader
Professor, Faculty of Human Sciences
University of Tsukuba

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