In 2014, Kumamoto University was selected by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology for its “MEXT Project of Promote universities as the Center of Communities (COC)”. Kumamoto University will continue to contribute to the progress of society by educating individuals who will gain new wisdom for the benefit of the local community.
Kumamoto University will be the hub of “The Project for Planning and Promoting Local Community-Oriented Education” and work as Kumamoto’s “Center of Community”. We will divide all of Kumamoto prefecture into four areas by theme, and then cooperate with the local municipalities and companies to solve community issues.
Kumamoto University will educate individuals who wish to improve the technology and innovation that would be beneficial to our society and solve the problems of the communities involved. By doing this, we will continue to contribute to the happiness of the community.
To achieve this, we will make more effort to be the “Center of Community” in two ways: study and education in order to solve local issues, and contribution to the well-being of society.
Kumamoto University and the municipal government intend to promote the cooperation between academia and the local community. The fulfillment of this goal would allow us to solve issues with academic wisdom in order to ensure the people’s happiness and prosperity.
Kumamoto University will develop the Organization for Community Development, and once the organization is formed, we will proceed with the education and study aspect so that we are able to contribute to the community. The President of Kumamoto University will assume the leadership position of the COC and guide the members of the Promotion Office for Community Development (manager：Director of the Center for Policy Studies), the Center for Policy Studies (A University Think Tank for Solving Local Problems), and the Division of Liberal Education in their studies and activities in collaboration with academia and government.
“The Project for Planning and Promoting Local Community-Oriented Education” then plans to cooperate with all four parts of the prefecture - the Central, South, North and Amakusa areas – to educate these individuals who can help to solve local issues.
To be the hub of “Planning and Promoting Local Community - Oriented Education”, Kumamoto University professors will take leadership to direct three projects: develop the educational curriculum, oversee community oriented study, and activities to contribute to the community.
Organization for Community Development
Promotion Office for Community Development