The Global 30 Project ran from 2009-2013 and was rooted in the framework of the "300,000 International Students Plan“ and enacted by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) and other Japanese ministries to elevate the international competitiveness of Japanese tertiary education while fostering students and researchers on internationalized campuses so as to give them the ability to play active roles in the global arena. Keio was selected as one of thirteen universities to participate in the project. Selected universities were expected to develop themselves as Japan's leading internationalization hubs by providing a high quality of education and an environment that makes it easy for students from other countries to study in Japan. Global 30 provided funding support for core universities, aimed at elevating their international competitiveness among the world's top universities and at creating an attractive environment for overseas students while fostering students and researchers capable of playing active international roles.
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Internationalization at Keio University
An international dimension has been at the core of Keio University’s activities ever since the first university departments were headed by three American professors who came upon recommendation by Harvard University. One hundred and fifty years after its founding, Keio still continues in its mission of creating individuals who are able to thrive in an international environment.
Establishment of New Programs Delivered in English
Three new degree programs delivered in English:
|1:||Sciences Po-Keio Double Master’s Degree in Economics Programme offered at the Graduate School of Economics (10 students per year) (2009)|
|2.||System Design and Management Course offered at the Graduate School of System Design and Management (SDM) (15 students per year) (Fall 2010)|
|3.||Global Information and Communication Technology and Governance Academic (GIGA) Program offered at the Faculty of Environment and Information Studies (15 students per year) (Fall 2011)|
Strengthening and Broadening of International Student Intake
Keio attracted a greater number of international students by improving its admission process, providing scholarships for international students, increasing opportunities for learning about Japanese culture, and offering career guidance and internships.
Improvement of Administrative Support to Meet Global Standards
Keio further internationalized university administration and increased the use of English administratively by implementing new career development schemes, including overseas internships for administrative staff; improving the English communication ability of support staff; and establishing an in-house translation project to translate university rules and regulations, curricula, and other important documents into English.