Kyushu University EU Centre

Aims and Objectives

The Kyushu University EU Centre was established in December 2010 as an institution in Kyushu University to promote and support the activities of the European Union Institute in Japan, Kyushu (EUIJ-Kyushu) administered by a consortium of Seinan Gakuin University, Fukuoka Women’s University, and Kyushu University, which began its operation in April 2011. EUIJ-Kyushu was one of the academic institutions worldwide which had provided students, researchers, and the public with various opportunities to broaden their knowledge of all aspects of the EU and its member countries, and had disseminated information related to the EU.
EUIJ-Kyushu ended its 5-year operation in March 2016. As a result of its wide-ranging activities, including EU-DPs, it had developed into a beneficial programme in the field of education and research related to the EU. Now, the EU Centre is set to continue building on this accomplishment as it begins its new term from June 2016.

The Kyushu University EU Centre conducts the following activities aiming to foster the knowledge of and promote a better understanding about the European Union (EU):
(1) Research and educational activities related to the EU
(2) Academic and educational exchange activities with the EU
(3) Outreach activities related to the EU
(4) Promoting collaboration between domestic and overseas EU institutes
(5) Implementation of EU Research Diploma Programmes

As the main educational activity of the EU Centre, we provide EU Study Diploma Programmes (EU-DPs). EU-DPs are unique interdisciplinary educational programmes focusing on EU-related research. The programmes provide opportunities for students to learn about the EU, which has been striving for economic development through regional  integration, as well as to learn about the history, philosophy, science and technology of the EU and the member states behind the European integration. Also, the Centre will continue to publish the academic journal, EUIJ-Kyushu Review, which was first issued by EUIJ-Kyushu.
Your continued understanding and cooperation are greatly appreciated.

June 2016

Message



I was appointed as the director of the EU Centre in June 2016. Together with all the colleagues from a variety of disciplines, I will be working for the further development of the Centre.

Let’s think about the reasons for studying “Europe” at Kyushu University even though we are located very near to neighboring Asian countries.

First, Europe is important as a benchmark when considering the future of Asia. After the Second World War, several movements for regional integration took place in Europe, during which the EC-EU has been gathering these impetuses together and achieved its integration with unprecedented depth. To study in detail the history and the recent developments of the European integration, together with the unique challenges for those who achieved such a deep integration, will help us to better envisage the future of Asia.

Second, the EU acts as a forerunner, tackling common issues of our modern society. Our government’s debt is much higher than that of Greece, which led to the euro area crisis. Many EU countries have been facing an aging population, increasing income gap, and other problems common in modern society. Also, the issues of immigrants and refugees in Europe are challenges for which the entire global community should be responsible. A thousand lessons can be drawn from Europe, which has long been tackling these challenges common to our modern society.

Third, Europe is important as a global actor. There is no country in Europe that surpasses Japan in population and GDP. However, as an integrated economic area, with a population of more than 500 million and more than 20% of the world GDP, the EU behaves as an important global actor in politics, economics, and science. For all those who work and study in universities that seek to become more global, it is necessary to understand the EU better and to cooperate with the EU in every research field.

The EU Centre seeks to intellectually address these challenges, through offering opportunities for researchers and students from various disciplines to bring together and deepen their knowledge of the EU and Europe. Your understanding and cooperation are greatly appreciated.

Kenji IWATA
Director, EU Centre
Kyushu University

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Organization

EU Centre Committee (As of April 2017)

Chairperson of the Committee
Sanae ITO, Vice Director / Organization for the Planning and Coordination of International Affairs, Trustee (Vice President)

Director of the Centre
Kenji IWATA, Professor / Faculty of Economics [Term: until May 2018]

Vice Director of the Centre
Under Selection

Committee Members

Name

Affiliation

Term

Sanae ITO

Trustee (Vice President) <No.4>

no term limits

Hiroaki MURAKAMI

Dean of the Faculty of Law <No.5>

no term limits

Mark FENWICK

Associate Professor / Faculty of Law <No.3>

no term limits

Formacion ANTONIO

Lecturer / Faculty of Law <No.3>

until May 2018

Akinori ISOGAI

Dean of the Faculty of Economics <No.5>

no term limits

Kenji IWATA

Professor / Faculty of Economics <No.3>

no term limits

Masahiko KABURAGI

Professor / Faculty of Social and Cultural Studies <No.3>

no term limits

Koichiro WATANABE

Professor / Faculty of Engineering <No.3>

until May 2018

Kazuaki HIRAMATSU

Professor / Faculty of Agriculture <No.3>

until May 2018

Mako NAKAMURA

Associate Professor / Faculty of Agriculture <No.3>

until May 2018

Takuo KOMINATO

Associate Professor / Faculty of Arts and Science <No.3>

until May 2018

Vickers EDWARD

Faculty of Human-Environment Studies <No.7>

until May 2018

Goro WATANABE

Executive Director of International Affairs Department <No.6>

no term limits


Advisor
Machiko HACHIYA, Specially Appointed Researcher / Faculty of Law


EU Centre Committee / Sub-Committee
・ Educational Affairs Sub-Committee
・ Promotion & Outreach Sub-Committee
・ Research Affairs Sub-Committee
・ Coordination Sub-Committee


> EU Centre Regulations (PDF) <only Japanese version available>

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Contact & Address



Kyushu University EU Centre

6-10-1 Hakozaki, Higashi-ku, Fukuoka, 812-8581, JAPAN
TEL: +81 (0)92 642-4433, 4434
FAX: +81 (0)92 642-4435
MAIL: eucentre(a)jimu.kyushu-u.ac.jp (*please change "a" to @)




> Directions to Hakozaki Campus
> Hakozaki Campus Map (EU Centre is located in Former Faculty of Engineering main building 2F *No. 19 in red on the Map)


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