UTEF’s basic objectives at both undergraduate and graduate schools are to develop intelligence and to foster educators with excellent teaching skills. These objectives are the same as the ones outlined in the UTEF Mission released in December 2013. Education is the foundation of a country, and UTEF’s most important task is to foster competent educators. We will administer and manage UTEF such that we can accomplish this mission with pride and confidence.
In order to arrange a stepwise education program from the undergraduate to graduate level and enhance the quality of such education, we will systematically reconstruct our diploma policy, curriculum policy, and admission policy for both levels, and we will constantly evaluate and improve these policies. We will also organize extra-curricular activities to expand students’ abilities; specifically, we have established the English Learning Institute to provide students an opportunity to improve their English language skills, and instituted the Student Volunteering Accreditation System to enhance students’ capacities and talents for engaging in collaborative activities with schools, parents/guardians, and the local community.
In the field of research, we, along with the Boards of Education in the Kyushu region, other universities, and our affiliated schools, promote research projects that facilitate the improvement of educational capabilities, with the “Institute for Advanced Studies in Education” as the hub of such activities. For example, we received a Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, and we developed a model of teacher training indicators. Additionally, we held the “Conference for the Development and Training of Teachers in the Kyushu Region” to discuss how training for existing teachers should be conducted, with members drawn from the Boards of Education of all prefectures and designated cities in Kyushu and also Okinawa, educational centers, and teaching staff of the departments of education from all universities. Based on the success of this conference and at the request of participants, the 12 Boards of Education of designated cities and prefectures, and the 19 public and private universities across Kyushu and Okinawa planned and carried out the dissemination of information about teacher training in elementary, middle, and high schools. This led to the establishment of the “Kyushu Teacher Development Support Network,” which develops teacher training programs focused on efficient and effective practice, contributing to the improvement of educational capabilities across Kyushu.
Looking ahead, we will build a solid position as a university of teacher education for educational and research activities in the areas of social contribution and international exchange, thanks to the cooperation of teachers and administrative staff.