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Universities in the 21st century should be more than simply places for transmitting and sharing knowledge and skills - they should be places where academia and society meet and interact with each other.

At Tsuda, students form relationships with a wide variety of different people, relationships which foster an interest in and deeper understanding of society. The Center for Media, Culture, and Collaborative Learning (CMCCL) was established in order to expand these relationships. The aim is to move away from a unidirectional teacher to student method of teaching to a more interactive, collaborative model where social problems (issues) are investigated and addressed in practical not just theoretical terms.

The CMCCL is a place where a variety of contemporary social issues can be tackled through media education. Here emediaf does not just refer to the mass media but covers everything from ICT and film to poetry and performance.
In concrete terms, the CMCCL was established with the following six goals in mind
Project 1 :
Developing collaborative projects with communities in need

Project 2 :
Developing collaborative projects with other media education programs

Project 3 :
Providing an environment where various media can be created

Project 4 :
Improving and adopting courses which focus on collaborative learning

Project 5 :
Setting up FD (Faculty Development) programs concerned with collaborative learning

Project 6 :
Maintaining, offering, and supporting an environment where collaborative learning can be successfully carried out
As well as academic staff, the centre also boasts educational and collaborative support staff. Moreover, a ecollaborative labf was set up as an annex to the centre. This kind of media education framework offers university students a unique opportunity to gain experience outside of the university, in the wider society. This is important not only in terms of career education but also in terms of ethics and moral education, a key focus of contemporary Japanese education.

In Project 1, students collaborate with gcommunities in need,h that is people who can be empowered through media practice. At Tsuda College, we have so far collaborated with NPOs supporting young people and women who are suffering from the influence of DV and drugs, and carried out workshops for various minority groups.

In this project, we aim to promote and develop such activities, and moreover, based on our experiences and relations we have built through our activities, think of ways to communicate the results of our gcollaborative workh to people both at home and abroad.

In Project 2, we aim to promote good relations with alternative media organizations and institutions of higher education which have media programs, through documentary workshops and study programs.

In Project 3, we hold a series of workshops and symposia exploring the multiplicity of esocial possibilityf, and offer opportunities to those inside and outside universities to learn about various examples of media practice.

Finally, in order to make learning a more practical endeavor, we offer new courses for researching and discussing social issues, and support the creation of ground-breaking media education through Projects 4-6.