Kyoto University has actively engaged in wide-ranging research and educational activities in Africa for the past half century. Ranging from civil engineering to primatology, the uniqueness of the university’s academic engagement is its “interdisciplinary” approach that integrates different theoretical perspectives and empirical methods to solve both academic and social issues. 

Kyoto University Interdisciplinary Unit for African Studies is the first university-wide organization that effectively integrates faculty members,  students, and other related members involved in Africa but scattered across different departments in Kyoto University. Established in July 2016, the Unit aims at carrying out the following three objectives for the next two academic years:

1) organizing a cross-departmental committee to establish an overseas office in Africa