The university gives back to society by spreading
its knowledge through industry-government-academia collaboration and exchanges.
Collaboration with educational and governmental organizations
Educational collaboration with high schools
After students from the Kyoto Sangyo University Senior High School are accepted at the university, KSU conducts “high school link-up classes” that lay the foundation for an exploration of higher-level classes while still in high school. The university also offers its facilities for use as part of the Japan Science and Technology Agency’s Science Partnership Project (SPP) aimed at enhancing children’s interest in the sciences, and high school link-up classes for local-area high schools.
Collaboration with elementary and junior high schools
KSU offers classes for elementary and junior high schools in the community and “challenge workshops” for junior high school students—an initiative that provides work experience—as well as university tours and chances for elementary school students to experience university classes.
Collaboration with governmental organizations (educational organizations, etc.)
KSU has collaborative agreements with the Boards of Education in a number of cities and administrative divisions—the cities of Kyoto, Nagaokakyo, Ritto, Yasu, Neyagawa, Settsu, Suita, Toyonaka, and Higashiosaka, as well as the town of Shimamoto, and Kyoto and Osaka prefectures. KSU promotes personnel and knowledge exchanges through the assignment of lecturers in teacher training and through student volunteer activities to expand education and research in partnership with these bodies and to squarely address issues in the field of education.
Participating in the Consortium of Universities in Kyoto
KSU participates in the Consortium of Universities in Kyoto, an organization that promotes collaboration among Kyoto’s universities, industries, and administrative agencies.
The consortium provides students with educational opportunities that make the most of such collaboration, including a credit transfer system, an internship program with strong ties to industry and government, and an extracurricular study program that allows students to attend lectures at other universities. Another purpose of the consortium is to facilitate exchanges on many levels among member universities, which additionally contributes to regional vitalization.
KSU promotes activities for the local community from disaster preparedness to lifelong learning and exchange events.
Giving back to the local community
Disaster preparedness efforts
KSU is a designated evacuation center under the Kyoto Municipal Disaster Preparedness Plan. In May 2008, KSU signed an agreement with a local coalition of neighborhood associations in the local Hiragino area that promotes regional cooperation in the event of a large-scale disaster. The agreement will provide security to 12,000 people in the Hiragino school district.
In the event of a large-scale disaster, the university will serve as an evacuation center, provide shelter facilities, and distribute stocked emergency supplies of food and drinking water. The KSU gymnasium has been made available for use as a public shelter, and the basement storage area stocks 6,000 two-liter bottles of drinking water. The Koyama Stadium has also been made an evacuation area, and has the ability to function as a space for helicopter drop-offs of relief supplies.
Lifelong learning program
KSU aims to share its educational and research resources with the public through lifelong learning programs that helps to enhance education and culture in the local community. Employing its strengths as a comprehensive university, KSU has been offering courses and programs in a wide scope of fields since 1980, including free public lectures, more specialized courses covering topical subjects, programs that promote cultural exchange between KSU international students and audience attendees, and sports education such as horseback riding lessons and jogging classes.
Free legal consultations
At the university’s “Musubi-waza Hall” building, students of the KSU Law School provide free legal consultations in which they listen to the legal problems that citizens have and provide legal advice. Such consultations are part of the education of graduate and undergraduate students who aim to become legal professionals, and are made available for private civil cases that are not currently under litigation.
KSU offers various public events to promote interaction with the local community. The Saturday Jamboree is an open-campus event with various programs that local residents can attend and is organized primarily by young faculty members and students. These include a movie showing, presentations of research findings, a chance for the public to try out the activities of after-school student clubs, and a public FM radio broadcast.
Credited auditor/auditor system
KSU’s credited auditor system allows some university classes to be audited by non-enrolled students. An exam must be passed to receive the designated number of credits. If the approved credits meet certain requirements, an application can be made to the National Institute for Academic Degrees and University Evaluation, and, pending screening by the institute, it is possible to earn a degree. The auditor system also allows some university classes to be audited by non-enrolled students. Auditing students, however, can only attend classes and are ineligible to take exams for earning credits.
Kyoto Sangyo University Day
The aim of Kyoto Sangyo University Day is for KSU to disseminate knowledge broadly to the general public. This annual event has been held throughout Japan since 2006, as the university looks ahead to celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2015. The main purpose of this day is to share and discuss information about the school with the parents and guardians of currently enrolled students, alumni, and the general public. The university offers a report on its current situation as well as consulting on schooling and career paths aimed at parents and guardians, an open lecture for a general audience, and information exchange with alumni.