Course Jukebox (CJ) is a platform for course sharing among the Campus-in-Campus (CiC) partner universities which provides information on courses and educational programs. Students can search for courses they want to take by browsing through offered courses in CJ, as if they were browsing through songs in a “jukebox.”
- Language and culture related courses Offered in native and/or English language Additional courses for the students who are interested in learning about other cultures
- Specialized courses from various disciplines Offered in English Courses offered from various disciplines
- Joint/Double Degree courses Offered for a degree-seeking students Courses offered within joint/double degree programs for students enrolled in those programs, some of them are available to other students as well
Campus-in-Campus (CiC) Initiative
Course Jukebox is part of a bigger University of Tsukuba’s project, named the Top Global University Project (TGUP) and the Campus-in-Campus (CiC) Initiative. UT is one of the thirteen universities (out of 104 universities that had applied) that was awarded a ten-year multimillion dollar funding from the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan’s project in 2014. UT launched the CiC Initiative with a goal to create a “transborder” research and education environment by overcoming disciplinary, institutional, and national barriers. Based on the CiC concept, UT and its partners share campuses, educational and research resources with the purpose to foster a transborder environment where students, faculty members and administrative staff can communicate and cooperate smoothly, surpassing institutional barriers. We establish our virtual “campus” in partner universities’ physical campuses and have our partners establish theirs in our campus to facilitate smooth mobility among the partners. UT aims at establishing partnerships based on the CiC Initiative with at least 13 universities worldwide by the end of AY 2023.
Currently, there are eight CiC partner universities, including the University of Tsukuba: University of Bordeaux (France), National Taiwan University (Taiwan), University of São Paulo (Brazil), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (Malaysia), Université Grenoble Alpes (France), University of California, Irvine (US), and Utrecht University (Netherlands). The last two are CiC research partners and, as such, they take part only in the research component of the CiC scheme.
The main tasks within the CiC Initiative’s are as following:
- Co-creation of educational curriculum and sharing courses through the Course Jukebox system.
- Sharing labs, research and educational resources with world-class institutions outside Japan through collaborative research and joint appointment of researchers and staff.
- Deepening collaboration with research institutions in Tsukuba Science City, International Baccalaureate (IB) high schools, and Super Global high schools.
- Establishing multilateral network of universities with the ultimate goal of creating a “transborder” research and education environment.
- Promoting mobility of students, faculty members and administrative staff within (and beyond) the network of CiC partner universities.