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Shungo Kawanishi Research Professor


Bachelor's Degree from Keio University(1977), Master's Degree from University of Georgia(1980), Ph.D from University of Georgia(1995)

■Professional Career

Research Assistant at University of Georgia(1978), Researcher at University of Georgia(1979), Teaching Assistant at University of Georgia(1980), Center President at Global Education Center(1981), Chairperson at International Conference of Ishikawa International Exchange Organization,Trustee at Ishikawa International Students Foundation(1984), Researcher at University of Georgia(1990), Senior Researcher at University of Georgia(1992), Professor at Kansai Gaidai Hawaii College(1995), Head of the Instruction Department and Professor at TransPacific Hawaii College(1998), Vice-President and Professor at TransPacific Hawaii College(2005), Interim President and Professor at TransPacific Hawaii College(2008), Vice-President and Professor at TransPacific Hawaii College(2008)International Affairs Coordinator at Japan Advanced Institute of Science and TEchnology (JAIST) (2009)Professor of Global Communication Center at JAIST (2009)Deputy Trustee for Research and International Affairs at JAIST (2010)Professor of the Language Education Department of the Institute of General Education at JAIST (2011)Senior Scholar of the Center for the Study of Global Issues at University of Georgia (2012)Director of the Institute of General Education at JAIST (2014)Head of the Department of Global Communication Education of the Institute of General Education at JAIST(2014)Head of the Department of Advanced Liberal Arts at JAIST (2014)Advisor to the President for Global Affairs at JAIST (2014)Scholar in Residence at Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar (2015)Director of Global Communication Center at JAIDT (2015)Vice President for International Relations at JAIST (2016)


Global Education, International Relations,Global Studies, Industrial Sociology, Asian Studies, Intercultural Communication

■Research Keywords

Development of Global Education Focusing on Practical and Collaborative Education at All Levels

■Research Interests

As the stage after the international education in educational development, global education is introduced to real educational settings with essential changes in concrete curriculums and attitudes of teachers and students. It is a practical application of the previous research on conceptual and curriculum development of global education to further improve its contents. Surveys have been conducted to check the reality in education and the readiness in introducing the global education.
Conventional education at all levels are structured within the framework of nation-state. Endless pursuance of national interests has escalated competitions among nations and resulted in abuse of resources and destruction of environment in a global scale which pose serious common global problems including human survival in the furture to every human being. Despite this urgent situation, education today still focuses on adaptation to the existing society, loyalty to the nation, and victory in the competitive society and has caused a deadly delay in coping with the sinificant global issues. Taking advantage of the availability of world-wide communication brought by advancement of science and technology, we have to urgently develop and practice global education focusing on practicality and collaborations. This research will be conducted collaboratively by researchers at JAIST, Kanazawa University, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University and the Center for the Study of Global Issues (GLOBIS) at the University of Georgia for four years starting in 2012. In 2013, to prove effectiveness of this research, a total of nine seminars and workshops on global education were held throughout Japan, and 12 junior and senior high schools accepted the introduction of some elements of global education to their curriculum. For the further development of this research, surveys were conducted in several academic institutions at different education levels, and their results are being analyzed for understanding of problems in current education and inquiring effectiveness of global education in solve those problems.
Development of an Effective Program for Improvement of Consciousness about and Attitude toward English for Japanese Science and Technology Major Graduate Students Who Think English Is HArd to Deal with
Although it is widely known that Japanese students tend to have a passive attitude toward English learning, most of the efforts to cope with it have been limited to improvement in normal Egnlish education. A varitety of methods have been tested without any concrete effects on the passive attitude. This research aims at developing a short-term intensive program to let students feel importance of communicating their identity and ideas to the world and realize the importance of English in making the best use of their specialization in the global society. Without studying abroad, the participating students in the program have 8 hours of English discussion with international students on vampus and presentation on interesting topics every day for 5 days. The program releases the students from fear of making minor mistakes in the use of English language. This program was carried out this year from September 8 to 12 and succeeded in bringing positive effects on all the 24 participating Japanese students. With further improvement of its contents, the program will be run three times in the summer next yea, which is sure to contribute to the making of an academic atmosphere characterized with smooth communication in English.
The development of a brand new course,"Global Communication for Building Collaboration"
Intercultural communication was developed for the purpose of promoting mutual understanding among different cultures reflecting the reality of internationalizing world in the last century. The changing nature of the world from international to global in this century, however, requires to build collaborations among different roleplayers to solve serious global problems on the ground of mutual understanding. The development of the course, Global Communication for Building Collaboration matches the need of the globalizing world and its new teaching method, i.e., Roleplaying method, is a concrete application of active lerarning. The outcome of this research will be announced at the annual conference of Japan Global Education Association and the annual research meeting of the Center for the Study of Global Issues at the University of Georgia next year.
Value of Diversity in Cultural and Environmental Context
Diversity in almost every aspect in our life has been lose in the process of standardization in the trend of globalization. This research focuses on cultural diversity and biodiversity to clarify their relationship in the context of materialization of sustainable development. It also aims at proposing and executing concrete means and policies to maintain diversity. The outcomes of the research will be reported at the annual conference of Japan Global Education Association and other international conferences. Taking advantage of my position as the planner and facilitator of the youth session of the International Conference on Bio-cultural Diversity in Asia organized by Ishikawa Prefectural Government and UNESCO schedule on October 28, 2016, enlightenment activities to promote diversity will be concretely carried out.
Development of Diversity Studies aiming at Eradication of Discrimination
In spite of the fact that collaboration is indispensable in coping with emerging global issues in the globalizing society, attempts to form collaboration have been blocked by separations among people based on their social categories. This research, considering the eradication of discrimination as a necessary condition for collaboration building, aims to change the perception of "Diversity" from the one based on conventional social-categories to the one based on abilities and qualities held by each individual. The new perception of diversity is expected to create human relations based on mutual understanding and respect among people. To materialize the making of a society based on the true diversity, this research develops many new teaching methods in the context of diversity education and apply them to real education settings. Diversity Studies has already been taught as a regular credited course at JAIST and IITGN, The development in Vietnam and Malaysia has already been planned before the end of this academic year. In addition, many senior high schools in Japan have started employing the diversity education approach in their curriculum.


◇Published Papers

  • Teaching Area Studies in a Global Context,Shungo Kawanishi,Japan-Malaysia Conference on Academic Collaboration
  • Disputation,Shungo Kawaishi, Takeo Nakagawa, Hiroyuki Iida, Jonathan B Hinwood,Information and Communication Technology for Education,Volume II,P. 659 (9 pages),2013/12
  • グローバルサイエンティストとは:そのResposibilityとコミュニケーション,川西俊吾,化学、化学同人,Vol.68,No.1,2013/01

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■Extramural Activities

◇Academic Society Affiliations

  • Japan Association of Global Education,Regular Member,2013-
  • American Council for Intercultural International Education,Advisor,2001-2008
  • American Political Sceinece Association,1992-

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◇Other Activities

  • Intensive Lecture and Faculty Development Activity at Indian Institute of Technology at Gandhinagar,Teaching Japan Studies to 126 IIT students to improve their understanding of Japan in the three week intensive course and presenting new teaching philosophy and methods in a global context at the faculty development attended by 150 faculty members,2016/08/20 - 2016/09/13
  • Summer Intensive Course on Japan Studies at Indian Institute of Technology at Gandhinagar as a Scholar in Residence,Intensive lecture for more than 40 IITGN students,2015/08/27 - 2015/09/15
  • Citizens' Association for Global Education (CAGE),Director:Establishing global education study seminar, three hours par day, once a month for citizens to understand global education and for me to use it as an example of application outside of ordinary educational settings.,2013/04/12 - 2018/03/31

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■Academic Awards Received

  • The Certificate of the Best Achievement in Poster Presentation at NAFSA Annual Conference,NAFSA (Network for International Educators),2012