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Unique Education

Osaka University focuses on "critical thinking," "design prowess," and "transcultural communicability" as goals of our philosophy on education. Osaka University, therefore, promotes unique approaches including linguistic and international education, advanced liberal arts, graduate school advanced minor programs, and the Global 30 program.

Advanced Education in the Liberal Arts -- Intellectual Gymnastics

Advanced Education in the Liberal Arts refers to a curriculum for students who have attained a certain level of specialized professional knowledge, students who will soon be entering the real world where understanding and abilities are needed in addition to their specialized professional knowledge.

Graduate Minor Program & Graduate Program for Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies

The Graduate Minor Program denotes interdisciplinary education programs for graduate school, aimed at helping graduate students acquire a broad education and the ability to see things from more than one viewpoint while attaining advanced special knowledge in new fields.

Basic Seminars

"Basic Seminars" were established as a feature of the advanced liberal arts curriculum at Osaka University in the 2010-2011 academic year. In less than a year, Basic Seminars established themselves as the most popular subject, one in which a limited number of students learn through roundtable-type discussions with a teacher. These seminars take many forms: experiment-focused, practice-focused, debate-style, and seminars focused on fieldwork and/or career development as well as seminars integrating literature and science. There are also "discovery seminars" in which participants jointly "discover" an issue to examine. Since the 2010-2011 academic year, high school students have been able to participate in advanced liberal arts seminars targeted at first year university students. Moreover, from 2011-2012, the President plans to recommend topics and vehicles to further promote Basic Seminars.

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