The society in which we live now is seeing rapid change through globalization and information technology. “Fundamental Education” means providing students with the ability to think and make decisions by themselves while solving any problem that this society might throw in their way. In other words, it gives students the skills required to live in these times.
“Fundamental Education” at the University of Kitakyushu is different from general education at traditional universities, which focuses only on the first two years. It provides a complete system of learning that covers students from their enrollment right up to their graduation. It helps students in the following three ways:
1)Fosters an intellectual lifestyle suitable for university students
2)Helps students make a smooth transition from studying general education courses to more specialized major subjects
3)Gives students a broader intellectual perspective to help them bridge the gap between university and a career
Along with studying their major subjects, through Fundamental Education courses, students will develop a wider range of human qualities and learning, and gain skills that they can use beyond graduation.
Fundamental Education at the Faculty of Environmental Engineering consists of the following four components: liberal arts courses, foreign language courses (English), engineering foundation courses, and special courses for foreign students (Japanese, and knowledge about Japan).