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▼2012/03/31 UP
The Future of Global COE Education and Research Activities

     The Institute for Cultural Interaction Studies (ICIS), Kansai University was selected by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology’s Global COE Program in the field of the humanities in 2007, to establish an academic a program in October of the same year. In the following five years it continued carrying out activities with the aim of promoting promising young researchers, mainly graduate students, and creating a research foundation to support them, with the research theme of “Formation of Educational and Research Departments for East Asian Cultural Interaction Studies : Project for the Cultural Interaction Studies of East Asia by Peripheral Approach-.”
     The ICIS’s activities as a base for the Global COE Program have been temporarily completed as of March 2012. However, creation of the field of cultural interaction studies, as well as the training of human resources, will continue in the future. Kansai University’s Graduate School of East Asian Cultures, a new graduate school, was founded in April 2011. The Cultural Interaction Studies major, which was previously part of the Graduate School of Letters, will be offered at this new graduate school. Three research areas have been established, including “East Asian Linguistics and Symbolism,” “East Asian Ideologies and Structuralism,” and “East Asian History and Movement.” Comprehensive professional training will be provided based on the three themes developed during the latter half of the Global COE Program. Furthermore, the ICIS will continue under the supervision of The Institute of Oriental and Occidental Studies, Kansai University as a research organization. In this way a structure will be created to support continuous development in the future for constant research activities carried out by the Institute of Oriental and Occidental Studies. In addition it has been decided to continue publishing ICIS’s journal, Journal of East Asian Cultural Interaction Studies, under its original title as a research journal for the new graduate school from the year 2012. In this way we intend to continue our endeavor of engaging in cultural interaction studies, even after the Global COE Program ends.
     I would like to express gratitude once again to all the people who have been involved in the activities of the ICIS over the past five years, and kindly ask for your support and encouragement in the future as well.

FUJITA Takao, Deputy Director
Institute for Cultural Interaction Studies, Kansai University