The mission of the Center for African Area Studies (CAAS) at Kyoto University can be divided into four categories: 1) undergraduate and graduate school education, and support for young researchers, 2) high school-university collaboration, 3) dissemination of latest research outcomes to society, and 4) international cooperation.

(1) All faculty members are engaged in graduate education at the Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies (ASAFAS), where they have their main duties, while at the same time offering liberal arts and science programs and specialized subjects for undergraduate students. In addition, CAAS actively accepts postdoctoral research fellows and provides a platform for young researchers to develop their academic research.

(2) Each faculty member is actively involved in high school-university collaboration; giving lectures at high schools, teaching and advising the high school students of the SGH (Super Global High School) program supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology and their active learning, and introducing the importance, rewards, and pleasure of our academic research to high school students.

(3) CAAS organizes symposiums, forums, and public lectures to communicate the latest research findings and knowledge.

(4) In Africa, there are many problems such as hunger, poverty, conflict, terrorism, desertification, climate change, and destruction of tropical rain forests. Based on the findings and results of our research activities, the researchers are actively contributing to society and to international cooperation.

Education (Kyoto Univ.)

Since 1984 when the CAAS was founded, the center staff have engaged in education. First, in the Graduate School of Science and the Graduate School of Agriculture, training young re…

Postdoctoral Research Fellows

Since its establishment in 1986, the Center for African Area Studies (CAAS) has focused on the academic and career development of young researchers. At Kyoto University, academic r…

Linkage with High School

CAAS supports the Super Global High School (SGH) program of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), as part of the High School and University Collaboration Program. CAAS faculty members also give individual lectures at elementary, junior and senior high schools on nature, culture, society, and the lives of people in Africa. We also give lectures on various topics of the social problems in Africa, such as economic disparity, urban sanitation, terrorism and civil war, ethnic conflicts, desertification, and tropical forest conservation.

International Cooperation

The staff of the Center for African Area Studies (CAAS) at Kyoto University are engaged in field research to reveal the reality in Africa. By collaborating with JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency), NGOs, private sectors, governments, and local governments in Africa, we are striving to improve society from the perspective of the local people and society.