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I. Historical Sketch

Since its foundation, Tokai University has accepted students from abroad on the basis of the views of the founder and ex-president, MATSUMAE SHIGEYOSHI, that the education and interchange of young people from all over the world are important factors in promoting mutual understanding and world peace.

In compliance with this concept, the International Student Education Center (ISEC) has undertaken the education of students from abroad for nearly forty years with the aim of improving the quality of education for foreign students. This aim has not changed since the very beginning, when there were only five or six foreign students, until today when we provide several programs run by fourteen or fifteen full-time teaching staff.

The Center presently offers the following four programs.

(1) Japanese Language Course for Foreign Students

(2) Foreign Student Program (under graduate)

(3) Special Japanese Language Program

(4) Sub major Japanese Language Teaching Course (Japanese Language Instructors Program)

The history and development of the programs provided by the Center are briefly described below, together with an overview of the Center's activities.

Japanese Language Course for Foreign Students and Foreign Student Program

@The teaching of Japanese to foreign students preparing to study at Tokai University officially started under the title "Japanese Language Course for Foreign Students" in 1964, under the authorization of the Ministry of Education. The course aims to give applicants to Tokai University from abroad one year of intensive Japanese training as well as instruction in the basic subjects that they will need on their desired course of study and a foreign language (English), in order to ensure that they have the basic ability required for undergraduate study.
A Japanese language course for foreign students in the Undergraduate School was started around the same time and was officially authorized by the Ministry of Education in 1969 as the "Foreign Student Program". This course has a special curriculum for foreign students at the beginning of the study. Foreign students admitted to the university take the course to enhance their fluency in Japanese and supplement their basic knowledge of Japanese culture and society. While the aims and methods of the course have not changed to the present day in the sense of supporting foreign students in their studies, today all foreign students no longer have to complete the Foreign Student Program as in the beginning, but depending on their ability, can elect to study subjects on an equal level with their Japanese contemporaries.
The characteristic feature of these two courses provided by the Center is their emphasis on the acquisition of the basic knowledge required for studying specialized subjects, as well as fluency in Japanese. At the beginning, mathematics, physics and chemistry were offered to science students, while Japanese culture and society (literature, history, politics, economics, etc.) were offered to humanities students, in classes taught by full-time teaching staff.
With the introduction of the semester system in 1997, mathematics, physics and chemistry for science students disappeared from the curriculum for foreign students. Further major changes were introduced in the curriculum for foreign students with the reorganization of the university in 2001.
For some time after the Japanese Language Course for Foreign Students was introduced, the number of students from abroad was very small: five or six on the Japanese Language Course and around ten on undergraduate courses. In recent years, however, the number has steadily increased. The International Student Education Center was established in 1982, following structural reform of the university, to continue the task of educating foreign students. After that, the number of foreign students fell slightly in the mid-90s, reflecting the economic situation both in Japan and abroad, but in recent years the numbers have once again risen steadily.
Tokai University has signed agreements with many overseas institutes of higher education and research through which it pursues academic interchange. The first such tie was made with King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang in Thailand with the acceptance of master's degree candidates. Under this exchange program, four students studied Japanese at the Center every year from 1965 until 1971 and then went on to the Graduate School.
Also, under a scientific exchange program with the Ministry of Education and Science in Bulgaria, two students majoring in science and engineering fields were accepted as regular students every year for over ten years from 1969. The Center was in charge of their Japanese language education for the three years from the start of their preliminary language studies until their second undergraduate year.
The Intensive Japanese Language Program is described in the following section. In addition, one or two Japanese language students (university students or researchers) are accepted every year under an agreement with the Ministry of Education of Denmark. Students from Stockholm University in Sweden have been accepted since 1995 and from Queensland University in Australia since 1996. As the students stay for one year and their number is small, special classes are not set up, but every effort is made to provide instruction to suit their respective aims and levels.

Special Japanese Language Program

Apart from the above courses for regular international students who start studying on the preliminary course and go on to the university, a system of accepting students and researchers for a fixed term and offering them a special program of Japanese language instruction started in 1974 under an agreement with overseas educational and research institutions.

One such example is the advanced Japanese language course which was introduced under an agreement on scientific exchange with Moscow State University (Russia) and Humboldt University (Germany). The acceptance of students from Moscow State University started in 1974, and then a few years later in 1981, the program with Humboldt University started. This advanced Japanese language course, which lasts for ten months, is for students majoring in the Japanese language at either university. 27 groups of students from Moscow State University have completed the course already. Since students from Humboldt University were only sent every other year until 1992 and then every year after that, as of July 2001, 15 groups of students have completed the course.

In the autumn of 1991, a new course started under a student exchange program agreed with Wake Forest University (USA). This was a short-term basic course for three months for second and third year students not majoring in the Japanese language. The feature of this course was that lectures on Japanese culture in English were provided along with the basic Japanese language classes. This course was suspended in 2000 after ten groups of students had completed the course.

In 1996 an intermediate Japanese language course for one month in the summer was started under an agreement with Hanyang University in Korea. Third year students of Japanese language and literature at Hanyang University can attend this course. In addition to achieving fluency in Japanese, the aim is to deepen their understanding of Japanese society and culture. The course was suspended for two years due to the economic situation in Korea, but it was restarted in 2000 and to date, four groups of students have completed the course.

Another example of this program was the short-term basic Japanese language course for nursing trainees from Southeast Asia which started in 1973. The Center was in charge of this three-month Japanese language course which was the first part of the "Advanced Nursing Study Program for Southeast Asian Countries" implemented by the International Nursing Foundation (supervised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs) at the request of the Ministry of Health and Welfare. Japanese language instruction was offered from October to December every year to increase the communication ability of nurses from ASEAN countries in hospitals. The Center's co-operation on this project ended in 1992 when the 20th group of trainees had completed the course.

In addition to such regular courses, temporary courses were held in co-operation with foreign universities and institutions. One of these was the short-term Japanese language training camp which was held under the joint auspices of Aarhus University (Denmark) and Tokai University in the suburbs of Copenhagen in the summer of 1987. During the training camp, intensive lectures on basic Japanese language and Japanese culture and society were offered to adult learners for three weeks. Another program was held in the summer of 1987 at the Shonan Campus of Tokai University as a short-term Japanese language course lasting three weeks. This program was provided by the Center in place of the summer program at the Bochum Institute of Japanology (Germany). Each of these temporary courses was held once.

Number of foreign students at Tokai University

Japanese Language Course
Intensive Japanese Program

Sub major Japanese Language Teaching Course
@ (Japanese Language Instructors Program)

@In addition to the aforementioned courses, a Japanese Language Instructors Program was set up in 1987.
In light of the fact that learners of Japanese were increasing in number all over the world, Tokai University started training Japanese language teachers, taking advantage of its accumulated experience and research in Japanese language instruction.
The Center ran this program as a two-year course for university graduates, and five groups completed the course. However, with the opening of the Japanese Language Instructors Course in the Graduate School of Letters in 1992, applications for this program were suspended.

The Japanese Language Teaching Course was introduced at the Center following the reorganization of the university in 2001. In 1999, the number of foreign students studying in Japan reached a record total of 55,755. Every year Tokai University receives a growing number of requests from abroad for Japanese language teachers. Under these circumstances, it is the duty of the Center with its long experience and expertise in the instruction of foreign students to train excellent Japanese language teachers. The Japanese Language Teaching Course was set up to meet such needs. The course is open to all students at Tokai University.