Miyazaki International College
Miyazaki International College (宮崎国際大学 Miyazaki kokusai daigaku) is a private university in Kiyotake, Miyazaki, Japan. It was founded in 1994 by Miyazaki Gakuen, a chartered educational corporation established in 1939. It has School of International Liberal Arts and School of Education.
Sakura at MIC.
|Dean||Michael Thompson, Dean of Faculty|
|Location||Kano, Kiyotake Cho|
Miyazaki International College (MIC) School of International Liberal Arts, founded in 1994, was established under the MIC credo, "Respect and Diligence" for the purpose of cultivating truly international individuals. In April 2014, School of Education was established.
Miyazaki International College, in addition to Miyazaki Gakuen Junior College, Miyazaki Gakuen High School and Miyazaki Gakuen Junior High School, and the Miyazaki Gakuen Junior College-Affiliated Midori Kindergarten and Kiyotake Midori Kindergarten, is sponsored by the Miyazaki Educational Institution (MEI), a chartered educational corporation established in 1939.
School of International Liberal Arts is grounded in the social sciences and humanities, and emphasizing the study of world-wide human problems and issues in a spirit of collaboration, inquiry, and multicultural understanding. At the core of the academic program is a philosophy of active learning. This philosophy asserts that knowledge is not acquired merely through passive reading of texts or listening to lectures, but requires that students be actively engaged in reading, writing, discussing, and problem-solving. Through active learning students develop higher-order thinking skills that enable them to analyze, synthesize, evaluate, and create. Academic activities emphasize an international and comparative perspective and are designed to help students explore and be engaged in the improvement of communities both at home and abroad.
Students learn a wide variety of liberal arts subjects in English. During the first three semesters of this sheltered immersion system, most classes are team-taught by a specialist in EFL and a specialist in the content area. Classes meet for six hours per week. Students learn the basic concepts and methods of the subject area and, at the same time, build English skills. Classes in English, Japanese, the Humanities, Social Sciences, and General Science use cooperative learning, small-groups, and active learning techniques to help students get used to studying in English and to build thinking skills. Motivated students with a wide range of English proficiencies succeed in the MIC program, partly because of its small classes and high student/faculty ratio (8.4:1). An Advanced Placement Program is available for students with very high English proficiency. In the third semester, students study Japanese and foreign cultures and prepare for study abroad. Team-teaching continues and developing thinking skills remains an important factor as students' English proficiency increases. In the fourth semester, students spend a whole semester at a university in an English-speaking country. The MIC Study Abroad Program is a required study and cross-cultural experience for all students. This study abroad experience gives students the chance to improve their English fluency, gain confidence in their ability to communicate with people from diverse cultures, and develop independence of thought and action. In the third and fourth years, students focus on a major in courses taught by a highly qualified international faculty, about 80% from outside Japan. Students write a senior thesis of 6500-words or more in English.