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Center for International Education and Research

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Oita University, a corporatised national university, was newly founded in October 2003 by the merger of the former Oita University and Oita Medical University. The University now consists of five faculties and five graduate schools with 1,600 faculty and staff members, 5,100 undergraduate students, 720 graduate students, as well as 130 international students from 20 countries.

The International Student Center was established by Oita University in May 2000 and it was formally recognized by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in April 2003. However, the Center has been reconstructed as the Center for International Education and Research (CIER) since 1 April 2007.

The purpose of CIER is to promote the exchange activities of Oita University through the organization and provision of courses in the Japanese language and Japan-related subjects (which are given mainly in English). Exchanges are promoted between international and Japanese students not only on campus but also within the wider local community. In addition, information and advice is offered by the Center on course structures and living arrangements to both international students wishing to study in Japan and Japanese students intending to study abroad.

The Center also conducts research on the Japanese language, Japanese studies, international exchanges and international education. Finally, at the Faculty level, it promotes academic activities such as international seminars and symposia between the Center and world partner universities.

Location (No.20 on the map)

CIER offers the following programs:
・Japanese Language/Japan-related Courses and Courses to promote international understanding
・Intensive Beginners' Japanese Course for holders of Japanese Government Scholarships
・Special Course for Japanese Language/Japanese Studies majoring students
・Preparatory Course in Japanese for Korean High School Graduates under the Joint Japan-Korea
・Science and Engineering Education Scheme
・English courses for Japanese students wishing to improve their language skills for study abroad.
・Courses for Japanese students to equip them with intercultural skills and knowledge as global citizens.

Oita University has been promoting its international programs over the last decade and plans to increase the number of its partner universities in the future. The Univerisity has been developing a strong relationship with Asian universities, but at the same time is keen to establish academic links with institutions in other parts of the world. The University has been especially active in arranging student exchanges and in stimulating joint research activities with partner institutions.