Eleven Okinawan universities establish a consortium for human resource development

Eleven Okinawan universities establish a consortium for human resource development

On October 24 at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology in Onna Village, presidents of 11 higher education institutions in Okinawa held a press conference for the establishment of the "University Consortium Okinawa."

October 25, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Eleven higher education institutions in Okinawa, including public and private colleges and universities, the Okinawa National College of Technology, and the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) established a coalition organization “University Consortium Okinawa.” On October 24 at OIST in Onna Village, university presidents held a press conference. The consortium aims to do collaborative research, create a credit transfer system, and external courses for working people. It aims to contribute to regional vitalization through global human resource development and cooperation among government, industry and academia. On December 23, the consortium will hold an inaugural symposium.

Former president of Meio University Eiki Senaha, who took up a post as an executive board member, announced at the press conference, “The consortium makes it possible for universities to work collaboratively. The establishment is historically significant. I hope Okinawan residents look forward to what the collaboration of universities could offer.” The consortium also plans to make it possible to open mutual access to research facilities among universities.

This year, they will create the first external courses to start in January 2015 and hold a student summit. Adult education classes will take the form of consecutive classes and a certificate of completion will be issued. The credit transfer system, which acknowledges credits from other universities, will begin as early as the academic year of 2015.

Due to late administrative procedures, the Prefectural University of Arts and the Prefectural College of Nursing will take part in the consortium as observers this year. The consortium also calls for participation from the business community.

(English translation by T&CT and Megumi Chibana)

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