Knowledge Investment Programs (KIP) is a discussion group which target is to nurture the Japanese youth to have a great knowledge of Japan and an international mindset. KIP is consisted of 50 alumni members, who are currently working in various fields in and outside Japan, approximately 70 undergraduate and graduate students in Tokyo area, and 10 from Gifu prefecture. As a general incorporated association, KIP has board of directors and other supporters with the same passion who have helped KIP become what it is today.
Since its foundation, KIP tries to work as a bridge between universities and the society. It provides young generation in Japan with a chance to be exposed in both domestic and international social issues through discussions and to grow as an individual by practicing leadership through various activities.
In Japan, 切符（kip）means a ticket. Here, students get the “KIP” for entering the society.
Goal: “From ‘international-oriented’ person with scarce knowledge on Japan to ‘well informed Japan expert’ with an international mindset”
1. THINK “Why?” and LEARN the issues in Japan surrounding us (input)
2. UNDERSTAND and never forget to respect others with different backgrounds
3. CONVEY your thoughts and ideas to others (output)
KIP thinks these three principles altogether are necessary for Japanese people to gain dignity and an international mindset.
1. Quick Response of Attendance
2. No Cancelation without Notification
3. Quick Submission of Report of the Activity You Attended
In order to accomplish our goal, we have 3 rules, which are motioned above. KIP is not only a place for input and output but also a “DOJYO (a place for training)” for learning how to show respect and express gratitude to others, which are necessary to be considered a reliable and responsible mature citizen.