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Teaching and Learning Support Center (TLSC), Osaka University International Symposium: The Front Line of Curriculum Innovation in Higher Education -- New Competencies and General Education for the New Era

2014-11-15 (Sat) 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

In recent years, society has begun to expect a widening variety of capabilities in university students. In addition to traditional book learning, general adaptability and common sense is a prerequisite for most workplaces. In response to such changes, curricula not just in Japan, but at universities in other countries as well are being reviewed. In particular, what liberal arts education should offer has become a big issue and reform of general education has become a great challenge.

In this symposium, in order to come up with measures for making innovative university curricula, specialists engaging in advanced reform of liberal arts curricula at universities in Japan and abroad will discuss what abilities and liberal arts education are necessary for this new age.


Simultaneous translation services will be available.

  • Keynote Speech: "Venturing into Strange Places: Actively Engaging Our Students for an Uncertain World," Ray Land, Director, Centre for Academic Practice in the School of Education, Durham University
  • Case Report 1: "Case Aalto University: Rethinking Teaching, Learning and Education," Martti Raevaara, Vice President, Aalto University
  • Case Report 2: "University Studies: Transformative General Education Supporting Student Learning at an Urban University," Yves Labissiere, Interim Director, University Studies, Community Health, Portland State University
  • Case Report 3: "Reform of General Education in Kyoto University,"  KITA Hajime, Deputy Director, Institute for Liberal Arts and Sciences, Kyoto University
  • Comment on the keynote speech and case reports: KAWASHIMA Tatsuo, Professor, Institute for Academic Initiatives, Osaka University
  • "General education at Osaka University," TAKEMURA Haruo, Head, Planning and Development Department, Center for Education in Liberal Arts and Sciences, Osaka University; Head, The Teaching and Learning Support Center
  • Panel Discussion
  • 16:45~ "Information Exchange" event (Partition fees: 2,000 yen)

How to apply:

Make online registration at this page.

For more information, contact: International Sympoisum staff, The Teaching and Learning Support Center, Osaka University

Date: 2014-11-15 (Sat) 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Organizer: The Teaching and Learning Support Center, Osaka University
Sponsored: Center for Education in Liberal Arts and Sciences, Osaka University, Kansai Faculty Development Association
Venue: Sigma Hall, Graduate School of Engineering Science, Toyonaka campus, Osaka University
Registration: Online registration is required.

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