2021 Kobe University Winter Study Program was held

  • April 15, 2021
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  • Keywords: Info, International relations, Education


The 2021 Kobe University Winter Study Program was held from February 1 until March 31, 2021 by the Program Coordination Section of the Center for International Education (Institute for Promoting International Partnerships). 601 undergraduate and postgraduate students from 86 universities in 24 countries, including China, the US, the UK, India and Egypt, participated in the program.

The Program Coordination Section conducts the Kobe University Study Program in order to offer international undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in studying at Japanese universities the opportunity to learn about Japanese culture and history, the education provided at Kobe University, and its location in the Kansai region. The 2021 Program was held online due to the spread of COVID-19. We conducted the program via a combination of real-time and on-demand lecture videos and made them available to the participants for two months, which resulted in us receiving far more entries than we initially expected.

As for the contents of the program, Associate Professor Itakura of the Graduate School of Intercultural Studies presented a real-time lecture on the culture of Japanese cinema via the web conferencing platform Zoom. In addition, Professor Nakazawa of the Graduate School of Health Sciences and Professor Sekine of the Graduate School of Law also offered video lectures on their specializations. The videos of the three lectures, including the recorded real-time lecture, were posted on the Winter Program’s special website, granting participants the exclusive opportunity to watch them regardless of their time zones and physical locations.

Since the program is part of Kobe University’s promotional activities, the Winter Program’s special website also featured the University’s promotional video, as well as the introduction video for the Kobe University Study Program. We received almost 100 feedback messages from participants, many of whom expressed their post-pandemic hopes regarding the resumption of face-to-face programs and their desire to enroll as international students at Kobe University.

Even though educational and international exchange programs have been temporarily but inevitably affected by the pandemic, we do not believe that this will alter the trend towards globalization. With an eye on post-pandemic developments, we will continue to actively organize meaningful programs.

(Program Coordination Section, Center for International Education)