TUFS Strategic Projects

Top Global University Plan

A University in the Center of the Cycle of Knowledge
―From the World to Japan, from Japan to the World―

TUFS was chosen in 2014 to participate in the MEXT ‘Top Global University Project (Type B: Global Traction Type).’
Through this plan, TUFS is aiming at furthering the globalization of universities in Japan.

Our Vision of the Future
  • Developing multi-lingual globally-minded students and staff
  • Enhancing Japan’s global presence
  • Consulting services for the globalization of Japanese universities
Plans & Initiatives at TUFS
  • Our Plan to Cultivate Multilingual Globally-Minded Students and Staff
    • - TUFS Academic Quarter System
    • - Overseas Exchange 200% + Double the number of exchange students
    • - Joint Education Program
    • - Transparent Evaluation Model for Foreign Language Acquisition
    • - Multilingual Curriculum
  • Our Plan to Enhance Japan’s Global Presence
    • - Establishment of ‘Global Japan Offices’ (GJO) around the world
    • - Implementation of enhanced Japanese language program throughout the university
  • University Globalization Support Program
    • - TUFS Study Abroad Support Centre usage
    • - Global Japan Office shared usage

Inter-University Exchange Project

~Supporting the Formation of Relations with Universities in ASEAN Countries~
TUFS Japan Specialist Program for the Enhancement of Japanese Language and Cultural Outreach in Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia

This program aims to set up two-way exchange opportunities for both Japanese students studying Burmese, Laotian, or Khmer, and students from Myanmar, Laos, and Cambodia who have an interest in Japan. The overall goal of this program is to cultivate Japanese experts of Myanmar, Laos, and Cambodia, and to foster human resources from these three countries that can speak Japanese, understand Japanese society, and act as bridges between their own countries and Japan.
ASEAN Inter-University Project Homepage (link in Japanese)

  • ASEAN Partner Universities:
    University of Yangon, National University of Laos, Royal University of Phnom Penh.
~Supporting Formation of Relations with Russian Universities~
TUFS Japan-Russia Student Mobility Program: Creating Business Networks and Fostering Human Interaction

This program is a collaborative initiative between TUFS and six renowned Russian universities. This program is comprised of three types of exchange programs – short-term and long-term exchange programs and an internship program – and will strengthen Russia-related education, Japan-related education, and practical economic education at each university in order to foster ‘Japan-Russia Human Resources’ that are knowledgeable in all things Japan and Russia and economics, have good communication skills, and can negotiate economic and cultural relations between the two countries.

RUSSIA Inter-University Project Homepage (link in English)

RUSSIA Inter-University Project Homepage (link in Russian)

  • Russian Partner Universities:
    M. V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow State Institute of International Relations, Russian State University for the Humanities, National Research University Higher School of Economics, The Faculty of Philology and Arts, St. Petersburg State University, Far Eastern Federal University.
~Supporting the Formation of Relations with Universities in the United States~
Trans-Pacific Collaborative Online International Learning Program to Foster Multicultural Awareness and Conflict-Resilience

In cooperation with the International Christian University, this program utilizes a Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) method to facilitate on-line lectures and discussions with partner institutions mainly in the California region of the United States. By providing opportunities for study abroad and internships through COIL-based education, this project aims to foster human resources who will develop a practical vision and take an active role in the global community to solve the various issues facing Japan and the U.S.

COIL Inter-University Project Homepage

  • Partner Institutions:
    San Diego State University, The State University of New York at Albany, The State University of New York at Stony Brook,University of California, University of California (Los Angeles), University of California (Riverside), University of California (Irvine), University of California (Santa Barbara), California State University (Northridge), The University of Southern California
~Japan-EU Strategic Higher Education Partnership~
Global Human Resources Development Program to Deepen Mutual Understanding between Japan and Europe, Using Key Concepts of History and the Public Sphere

This is a double-degree Master's program based on the concept of "History in the Public Sphere", conducted by TUFS and four universities in the EU. Participating students from Japan will join selected students from the EU and study in English at three or more universities in Japan and the EU for one semester at a time, with the aim of obtaining two Master's degrees.
The program fosters global human resources who can generate their knowledge of history and historical research, and translate it into practice from a broader social perspective.

EU: Inter-University Exchange Project Website

  • Overseas Partner Institutions:
    Central European University (Hungary/Austria), University of Florence (Italy), New University of Lisbon (Portugal), National Institute of Oriental Language and Civilizations (France)

Expired Inter-University Exchange Project

  • Supporting the Formation of Relations with Central and South American Universities
    A Co-Creative Education Program of Humanities and Sciences to Solve Global Issues Confronting Japan and Latin America
    Latin America: Inter-University Exchange Project Website

Promotion of Japan Studies

A MEXT Functional Enhancement Project at TUFS since 2015
―Strengthening of Japan’s Presence―

Here at TUFS, we are working towards a single mission: ‘to establish education and research systems for Japanese language education and Japan studies from an international perspective, while also broadly spreading the outcomes of research on Japan, international society, and culture.’
These proactive efforts have been recognised by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Japan as part of the ‘Public University Functional Enhancement Program.’
Main Initiatives
  • By functioning as a hub for prominent Japanese scholars and Japan studies, TUFS invites international Japanese researchers.
    • - Consortium for Asian and African Studies (CAAS) Unit
    • - National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics (NINJAL) Unit
  • Reorganization of Teaching Staff
    The Japan-related staff at the Institute of Global Studies, the International Center for Japanese Studies, and the Japanese Language Center for International Students have been reassigned to the newly established Institute of Japan Studies to strengthen the university’s research and educational subjects from an international, comprehensive perspective.
  • Reorganization of Master’s Program
    The Master’s Program has been reorganized with the launching of the Japan Studies Program to promote the study of Japan and Japanese language from an international perspective.
    ○Master’s Program (as of 2016)
    From 2016: Global Studies, Japan Studies (2 Programs)
    Pre-2015: Language and Culture Studies, Applied Linguistics, Area and International Studies, International Cooperation Studies (4 Programs)
    ○Doctoral Program (as of 2018)
    From 2018: Global Linguistic Society Studies, International Japan Studies
    Pre-2017: Language and Culture Studies, International Society Studies
  • Japan Studies Homepage (link in Japanese)