Our goal is to educate in the western style liberal arts tradition where students can become internationally-minded individuals who have an understanding of their own country as well as an understanding of the world. Our desire is to see students develop competence in both English and Japanese in their particular field of interest, and become successful individuals who will contribute to society.
Individuals who strive to become internationally-minded, often study about foreign countries and go abroad to study. However, in order to truly absorb a second language or culture, a person needs to have a solid foundation in his mother tongue and an accurate understanding of the culture he is from. This is a vital first step toward international-mindedness. KIU aims to develop individuals who first understand themselves and their background and can use that understanding to move forward to global-mindedness.
A problem seen at many colleges is that many of the liberal arts classes are large and held in big lecture halls. In this environment many students do not learn to apply what they have learned. KIU desires that students first of all have an accurate understanding of material, think through it logically, and then articulate an opinion. KIU provides a training ground for this type of learning.
Biblical principles are at the core of KIU's education. The desire is to teach students, in this rapidly changing world, how precious and meaningful life is. KIU teaches students that since each person has value, they need to show one another respect. This is a fundamental attitude that must be present when individuals go out to serve in the global community.
In order to acquire an international outlook, it is important for an individual to know another language, but even more so, to be part of an international environment. This type of international environment is rare in Japan, but we can offer this at KIU. Lectures are conducted in English with students from different parts of the globe. KIU offers a diverse environment where students will broaden their global horizons.