Kansai Gaidai University is a private university located in Hirakata city in Osaka Prefecture. It offers easy access to the nearby cities of Osaka, Kyoto, and Nara – all dynamic and culturally-rich environments.
Kansai Gaidai technically has three campuses – Nakamiya, Gotenyama, and Gakkentoshi, but two are close enough that they are treated as the same – the Gotenyama and Nakamiya campuses are usually group together as ‘Nakamiya Campus’.
Due to Kansai Gaidai’s focus on foreign languages and international studies, the university seeks to encourage greater interactions amongst students of different cultural backgrounds. Such interactions are fostered through facilities such as Kansai Gaidai’s dormitories. The university refers to these accommodations as ‘Seminar Houses’ to emphasize the idea of communication and collaboration between students. Furthermore, such housings are located in typical Japanese neighborhoods, so international students get an opportunity to live as the local residents do, and experience life as a resident in Japan. Note however that the dormitories do not provide catering services, and so students have to cook for themselves, or eat at university cafeterias or external establishments.
The Nakamiya Campus is home to a variety of student services, academic buildings, and supporting institutions. Here you can find the Main Administrative Building, as well as the Central Garden – a focal point for Kansai Gaidai. All four of Nakamiya Campus’ Seminar Houses, i.e., dormitories for students, are located within a 20-minute walk of the campus.
An interesting point to note about this campus is the sustainability aspect to its buildings. The buildings have been designed to minimize energy-use and maximize the benefits from natural resources such as wind and sunlight. For example, the Nakamiya campus has a photovoltaic power generation system installed on it.
The Gotenyama campus, while technically a campus on its own, is located close enough to the Nakamiya campus (only 400 meters west) that the operations of both campuses are regarded together. The Gotenyama campus is newly built and only opened in April 2018. Known as the Gotenyama Campus Global Town, this area is focused on international education and cross-cultural exchanges between students. As such, the campus town has specially designed areas to facilitate such exchanges, and to harbor the feel of a comfortable college town. For example, there is the Arena for Cultural Exchanges, which encompasses residential and social areas designed to encourage communication between domestic and international students.
The Gakkentoshi Campus similarly features its own set of Administrative buildings, academic and student services. Similar to the Namiya Campus, the dormitories for Gakkentoshi Campus are located adjacent to the campus. In addition, this campus houses the Sports Ground, which features an all-weather running track and large spectator stands. The Gakkentoshi campus is also home to a range of sporting facilities, such as a golf driving range and tennis courts. Students who are interested in Kansai Gaidai’s wide range of extra-curricular activities will be able to attend their events and activities at the sports facilities at the Gakkentoshi Campus.
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