Overview and mission


At Kyushu University, our goal is to educate individuals capable of leadership in a diverse range of fields in Japan, and who are willing to assume an active role on the world stage. Our Education Charter emphasizes the principles of humanity, social responsibility, global citizenship and advancement of knowledge, and it is these principles that have informed education policy across the entire university. However, in response to the above-mentioned expectations and hopes of society from within Japan and around the world, in order to develop human resources who are capable of truly taking a leadership role in our globalizing international community, which is beset by multiple challenges, it will be necessary to enhance the educational content we have provided to date in an even more structured, wide-ranging and quality-oriented manner. The Faculty of Arts and Science was established in October 2011—our centennial year—based on the conviction that, heading into our next century of existence, we needed to restructure our education system so as to provide a consistent and integrated structure, from general education through to specialized education and on to graduate education.


The Faculty seeks to nurture broad knowledge and perspectives that will enable each and every student to determine their own educational framework based on their own decisions. In addition, the faculty engages in efforts to cultivate mindsets and attitudes (basic elements) for “learning about learning” and “learning about ways of thinking” in the context of life-long, independent active learning.

The important mission of basic learning is to implement diverse teaching methods for diverse fields of basic knowledge based on a class structure that will enable students to exchange knowledge at a multidisciplinary level. The Faculty seeks to encourage students to learn or acquire the following: (1) a creative and critical spirit that will engender reflective thought, (2) flexible thought processes and attitudes, (3) broad perspectives and the skill to take in the bigger picture, (4) deep understanding of ethics and morals, (5) humility and rich sensitivities, and (6) deep understanding of humanity. If students are able to acquire mindsets and attitudes concerning basic concepts and studies, they can also be expected to go on to easily acquire advanced knowledge and skills in specialist and graduate education based on the foundational conceptual framework they have acquired in basic learning. In this sense, basic education is an extremely important undertaking and represents a crucial period that will form the core of a student’s university education.

The organization that will be responsible for providing this basic learning is the Faculty of Arts and Science. The Faculty has been newly established based on a university-wide affirmation of the concept of President Arikawa that “foundational education is in itself important, as the enhancement of foundational education leads to the enhancement of specialized and graduate education, and also to the creation of outstanding research. To that end, it is necessary for outstanding teachers from all disciplines with a strong desire and passion for education who have highly developed research skills and an excellent track record to actively participate in foundational education.”


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