The University of Kitakyushu Faculty of Environmental Engineering

Center for Fundamental Education, Hibikino Campus

Gaining the Skills Necessary for Society

Features of the Center for the Fundamental Education

What is “Fundamental Education”?

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.

How are we different?

“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.

What will you learn?


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).

Establishment of the Hibikino Branch of the Fundamental Education Center in 2008

In April, 2008, the Center for Fundamental Education opened a new branch on the Hibikino Campus, in Kitakyushu’s Wakamatsu Ward. Here, students in the Faculty of Environmental Engineering receive English and Japanese classes in order for them to cultivate the language skills necessary for studying engineering subjects. In addition, they are also given some education in the Liberal Arts to help them develop key personal skills. The Center also provides courses with mutual credits for graduate school students in departments at Waseda University and the Kyushu Institute of Technology that are on the same campus. 

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