Top Global University Project: Promotion of Around-The-Clock Liberal Arts Education and its Educational Outcomes


This presentation describes the educational outcomes resulted from the implementation of the project “Promotion of around-the-clock liberal arts education.” This project was implemented at Akita International University as part of the Top Global University Project sponsored by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT) to become ‘Japan’s world-class liberal arts university.’ It aims to promote around-the-clock liberal arts education through the introduction of subject-based house group. This initiative attempts to expand the students’ learning place from the university classrooms into the living space in the student dormitory and apartments that are cohabited by the international and Japanese students. In each house, students live together and also work on common subjects as a team so as to promote liberal arts education that will enable them to acquire essential skills and competency to become effective global persons. The presentation is divided into two parts. First, there is a brief presentation of the Top Global University Project and the different subject-based houses established. Second, it describes the educational outcomes resulted of the implementation from this project.

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Alex Pinar, Akita International University, Japan

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Conference: IICEHawaii2018
Stream: Higher education

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