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Strategic International Advisory Group (SIAG)

In line with SHARE-Q’s multifaceted goals, the university leadership invited in September 2016 a select group of international faculty to form the SHARE-Q International Advisory Group (SIAG) in hope that their experience and wisdom would help promote Kyushu U’s internationalization. Since then SIAG has organized a number of FDs for the university’s international community, and put together two comprehensive proposals on behalf of the Kyushu U President.
With the termination of the Top Global University Project in March 2024, the SIAG, which has been responsible for promoting the internationalization of the University, has been reorganized in April 2024. The name also has been changed to “Strategic International Advisory Group (SIAG)”. SIAG is currently active with the aim of expressing opinions and making proposals to the President (Director of Globalization Promotion Headquarters) regarding the strategic promotion of internationalization at the University, and supporting the implementation of university activities so that the university can contribute to the global society as a hub of international talent circulation.

The university has since been striving to become the world’s leading research and education hub under the name of Strategic Hub Area for top-global Research and Education, Kyushu University”or SHARE-Q for short.

About TGU
Kyushu U has been chosen as one of the 13 universities of the Top Global University (TGU) Project (Type A), a 10-year funding project launched by the Japanese government in 2014.
Top Global University Project (MEXT)

SIAG members

SIAG consists of international faculty members in Kyushu U as below.
(As of 1st April, 2023)

Board Members

  • Johan Lauwereyns, Senior Vice President and Professor, Faculty of Arts and Science
  • Natalie Konomi, Vice President and Professor, Global Strategies Office
  • Jose M.M. Caaveiro, Professor, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Ellen Van Goethem, Associate Professor, Faculty of Humanities
  • Osama Eljamal, Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering Sciences
  • Li Xiaoyan, Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary Science and Innovation

Associate Board Member

  • Hemanta Hazarika, Professor, Faculty of Engineering
  • Douglas Drummond, Professor, Faculty of Agriculture
  • Vishwajit Sur Chowdhury, Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts and Science
  • Andrew Hall, Associate Professor, Faculty of Social and Cultural Studies
  • Matthew Augustine, Associate Professor, Faculty of Social and Cultural Studies
  • Huixin Liu, Associate Professor, Faculty of Sciences
  • Andrew Spring, Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering Sciences
  • Farzaneh Hooman, Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering Sciences
  • William KF Tse, Associate Professor, Faculty of Agriculture
  • Caleb Carter, Associate Professor, Faculty of Humanities
  • Geerhardt Kornatowski, Associate Professor, Faculty of Social and Cultural Studies

SIAG activities

SIAG’s outputs so far include:

Proposals for the Internationalization of Kyushu University

SIAG has submitted its proposals for the Internationalization of Kyushu University to the university leaders.

Proposal One:SIAG Proposals 2016
December, 2016.

Proposal Two:SIAG proposals 2019
September, 2019.

Proposal Three:SIAG proposals 2021
March, 2022

Faculty Development (FD)

SIAG has organized a number of FDs, using English as the medium of communication (FDs). The FDs are designed to share information that are essential to the well-being and good performance of the university’s international community, but not readily available in English.

The absence of English communication often thwarts the international faculty from having access to the information essential to their good performance. Despite the fact that all our academic staff possess a considerable network of their own, moreover, the lack of interaction between Japanese and international faculty has made it difficult to fully utilize such potentially important resources. These FDs have been conceived partly to deal with these problems. More information about the SIAG activities can be found at the link below.

1st FDE: Setting Up International Collaborations
2nd FDE: LIFE – Informative Pension System
3rd FDE: Funding Your Research
4th FDE: Internationalization of Kyushu University: How Would You Change It ?
5th FDE: What All Researchers Should Know about Copyright and Patents – Opportunities, Rights and Obligations
6th FDE: Dealing With Harassment: What Kyushu U can do to help
7th FDE: Deciding the Future of Kyushu University
8th FDE: Workshop: Online Teaching Experiences
9th FDE: Financial Planning in Japan: Medical System, Insurance and Loans
10th FDE: How to Maintain Mental Health (during a pandemic)?: Lessons from Applied Psychology
11th FDE: Toward a Bilingual Environment at Kyushu University
12th FDE: Understanding the Faculty Evaluation Systems at Kyushu University
13th FDE: Boosting your KAKENHI Success Rate
14th FDE: Navigating the Undergraduate Classroom Strategies, Tips & Lessons from the Field
15th FDE: Succeeding in academic careers in Japan
16th FDE: Attracting global talent and making Kyushu University internationally competitive