The Objectives of the Cross-Cultural College

Kwansei Gakuin University (KGU), Japan, received a subsidy from the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), "Re-Inventing Japan Project" from AY 2011 to 2015, to establish a Canada-Japan collaborative education project - a "Cross-Cultural College (CCC)" in collaboration with Mount Allison University, Queen's University, and the University of Toronto. Although the government funding has ended, KGU will continue to run the CCC programs after AY 2015 and will hold programs in both countries. Furthermore, starting from the Summer Program 2016, the CCC program will be opened to students from KGU's other partner institutions as well.

The objectives of the Cross-Cultural College:

to educate the leaders of the future, who possess

  1. A basic knowledge and multicultural awareness which will enable them to contribute to the sustainable development of society, and to solve the problems facing that society;
  2. A grasp of the common issues facing Canada and Japan, and the ability to propose solutions based on a comprehensive understanding of the cultural background of the two societies;
  3. The ability to communicate effectively in a multi-cultural context, including a high level of language skills so that they may both understand the opinions and viewpoints of others, and communicate their own;
  4. An interest in other cultures and societies, and the ability to work effectively in collaboration with people from diverse backgrounds, with understanding of and respect for their values; and
  5. The confidence and determination to act effectively in a multicultural environment, based on practical experience of working with people from other cultures.