Empowering Future-Ready Graduates by Developing Trilingual Global Leaders

Abstract

In 2012, the Japanese Ministry of Education provided 31 Faculty specific grants to selected universities to promote internationalization of not only the selected faculty but through this program to contribute to the internationalization of the entire university. The grants were for five years ending in March, 2017. This presentation examines how Kyorin University’s Faculty of Foreign Studies utilized the grant to empower future-ready graduates by developing trilingual global leaders with outstanding language skills, winning negotiating skills and studying and training abroad. Student attendance at the English salon has increased to 5,000 visits per year and 1.000 visits to the Chinese salon on campus. Study abroad increased threefold and now 1 in 4 of the medical school students do their clinical clerkship abroad. 10 faculty members went abroad to participate in CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) training and returned to campus to teach more courses in English. Funding to maintain these programs now comes from the university itself which poses the need to be creative in order to keep the goals and objectives of the program sustainable. Lessons learned will be shared frankly and openly so that attending participants will be encouraged to utilize these lessons on their own campuses.