Division introduction

部門長挨拶/ Message from our Director

Carolus L. C. PRAET, Director of the Glocal Education Division

(Professor, Department of Commerce)

Welcome to OUC’s Glocal Education Division’s website.

The Glocal Education Division is in charge of preparing students for work in local, national and global organizations across the private, government, and non-profit sectors. The forces of globalization and the counter-forces of protectionism, which have recently become stronger around the world, have made it much more challenging and complex to work in these organizations.

One recent development that illustrates the importance for local businesses to also serve foreign customers is the surge in foreign travelers visiting Japan. This has increased the need on the part of local, regional, and national profit and non-profit organizations to understand the needs and wants of these foreign visitors, and to grasp what makes them similar to or different from domestic customers.

In the field of business, globalization has traditionally been associated with large multinational companies serving customers in foreign countries. In recent years however, the forces of globalization in combination with the spread of the Internet and e-commerce have made it possible for small companies and even individuals to do business across the world. In addition, globalization has led to increased competition inside national borders and even businesses with a traditional local focus can no longer ignore foreign competitors.

Thus, private, governmental, and non-profit organizations in Japan increasingly need employees who can not only communicate in foreign languages, but who also have the cross-cultural skills to serve customers irrespective of nationality, whether it is inside or outside Japan where the interactions take place. The ultimate goal of our curriculum is to educate young people so they will have acquired these necessary cross-cultural skills by the time they graduate.

OUC has a long tradition of incorporating foreign language education as part of our liberal arts curriculum. We have also been one of the pioneers in Japan in offering an English-language program in business and economics topics, which has attracted students from around the world for over 20 years.

Since 2015, we have expanded our global orientation by offering an English-language Glocal Management Program (GMP) as a minor field of study, and we are currently in the last stages of preparation to offer this program as a major subject of study. The GMP minor and major programs are integrated with our YOUC program for inbound exchange students. This means that we have created a learning environment where students from Japan and exchange students from around the world study topics in business and economics together together in a multicultural and interactive environment.

In addition, we offer a variety of primarily off-campus, short- and long-term study programs and study tours in collaboration with our partner institutions in Asia, Oceania, North America, and Europe to better prepare our students for living and working in an increasingly globalizing world.

We are also preparing ‘gap year’ program for which we will recruit newly-graduated high school students. The OUC gap year is a period where students get the opportunity to acquire valuable experiences abroad and to work on improving foreign language skills even before they start their studies at OUC. We are planning to recruit 5 students every year starting in 2020 via a special entrance examination and send them to a number of partner universities in the US (currently a pilot program is under way at Kapiolani Community College in Hawaii, US) and a number of other countries (to be decided).

While it is important to have a global orientation and awareness, we believe it is equally important to also increase student awareness of and engagement with local and regional communities, as these communities need to be socially and economically reinvigorated through the contributions of young people. With this in mind, we offer internships at local businesses and other organizations to both our exchange students and regular students.

In short, the Glocal Education Division is one of the key divisions for implementing OUC’s mission of “Educating ‘glocal’ human resources that can contribute to the regional economy from a global perspective”.












事業案内 / Responsibilities of the Glocal Education Division


1. グローカルマネジメント副専攻プログラム及び短期留学プログラム
2. 学生国際交流の実施
3. 国際交流会館の管理運営
4. 国際交流における助成金の事務
5. 長期学外学修プログラム
6. 他機関と連携する留学プログラム
7. その他グローカル教育に関して必要なこと

  1. Glocal management program (minor) and YOUC program for inbound exchange students
  2. Student outbound exchange programs
  3. Management and operation of the dormitory for inbound exchange students
  4. Administration of grants for in- and outbound exchange students
  5. Long-term off-campus study programs
  6. Exchange study programs in cooperation with other organizations
  7. Other operational duties related to glocal education


構成員 / Members




Carolus L. C. PRAET


Vice Director

 小林 敏彦




池田 真介

Shinsuke IKEDA


YOUC Program (Exchange Program) Coordinator

松本 朋哉



Study Aboard Faculty (Glocal Education Division)

池田 真介

Shinsuke IKEDA

王 力勇

Liyong WANG


Coordinator (Glocal Education Division)
Research Fellow

小山田 健



Coordinator (Glocal Education Division)
Assistant Professor

中津川 雅宣