http://www.japantimes.co.jp/wp-content/themes/jt_theme/library/img/logo-japan-times.pngBy Kazuaki Nagata. Kyoto, Kyushu schools to hire more foreign nationals in bid to boost graduates' competitiveness. In an effort to accelerate the internationalization of their institutions, Kyoto University and Kyushu University are looking to drastically boost the number of classes taught in English and educators who are foreign nationals over the next few years.
Kyoto University plans to hire about 100 foreign instructors to teach a half of its liberal arts classes in English. Currently, only about 5 percent of roughly 1,100 liberal arts classes are taught in English.
About 5 percent of classes at Kyushu University are also presently taught in English, but the institution, located in Fukuoka Prefecture, aims to raise that to 25 percent over the next few years by increasing the number of foreign teachers and Japanese instructors who have overseas teaching experience by about 30. The two national universities both have received five-year subsidies from the education ministry to achieve their goals. Read more...