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Training Future Leaders for the 21st Century

What the world needs now are flexible problem-solvers who can recognize the limitations of existent knowledge, develop new insights and applications, and connect abstract knowledge with actual issues. People, that is, who have the ability to interrelate various areas of knowledge.We look forward to training students who can take leadership in culture,economics, engineering, politics, and science in the 21st Century.

Creative Research and Disciplinary Fundamentals

1. Enterprise : Discover a problem and develop a research program on it;
2. Initiative : Make a constant effort at study and self-improvement;
3. Motivation : Keep a broad perspective on culture, history, nature, politics, and society.

We aim to promote two kinds of knowledge in The 21st Century Program: Creative Research and Disciplinary Fundamentals.
Because we respect each enterprise, initiative and motivation, we support students’ special interests and help them improve their abilities. We expect our students to choose and elucidate their own course of study while making use of our university curriculum to learn the methods relevant to their own creative research.
For students to innovative in this way, they must first learn the fundamentals of their disciplines. The kind of knowledge that comes from the classroom is essential if students are to contribute to solving real-world issues after they leave the classroom. Since knowledge is useless if it can’t be expressed and shared, we foster our students’ communication and foreign language skills in our curriculum.

Creative Research and Disciplinary Fundamentals

Our Vision : The 21st Century Program challenges you to put your own specialty in a broader context. This comprises:
1. General education : expanding your interests to encompass a broad range of knowledge;
2. Synthetic research : exercising your abilities to contextualize and apply your specialized research;
3. Continuous development : developing the desire and motivation to improve.

Students who possess these three elements have become generalists with expertise/experts with perspective. Because of their expert knowledge in one area and their ability to conceptualize its relations to other areas, they develop a coherent perspective crucial to problemsolving and decision-making. The ability to combine knowledge from one or more areas with an understanding of society is what The 21st Century Program fosters in its students.

Knowledge that Opens Outwards

Acquiring a Foreign Language for Study Abroad
At one level, “outwards” means the society outside the classroom. Students who graduate from our program will be prepared to seek out new prospects wherever they appear. We believe that awareness of the outside world is a precondition for contributing to Japanese society. In our lectures, we emphasize how to connect classroom knowledge to real-world issues. Through this process, we train personnel who know how to develop practical applications in society, as well.
At the same time, “outwards” means “outside the box” for Japan. As globalization proceeds, we strongly believe that people with unconventional thinking will play a key role in the progress of Japanese and global society.

Promoting International Personnel

Students are encouraged to study abroad in various universities around the world. The University provides general support and our staff is available to answer your questions.
Recent Institutional Linkages (2003-2009):
The University of Queensland (Australia), University of Bristol (England), University of Georgia (U.S.A), Kenyon College (U.S.A), Berea College (U.S.A), University of Michigan (U.S.A), University of Washington (U.S.A), Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium), Mahidol University (Thailand), National University of Singapore (Singapore), Yonsei University (Korea), Seoul National University (Korea), and Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China). Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat Munchen (Deutschland), Uppsala University (Sweden), Stockholm University(Sweden), Hohenheim University (Germany) Aix-en-Provence University (France) Bordeaux 3 University (France) Renmin University of China (China). Nanjing University (China).The University of Hong Kong (China). Korea University (Korea) University of Glasgow (England), School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (England), Ateneo de Manila University (Pilipinas), Thammasat University (Thailand)

Collaborations from Outside the University

Field experiences outside the University allow students to observe and practice in real society. Internships also provide hands-on and basic knowledge in a particular area of interest to the students. If students meet the standard requirements, their experience is accepted for academic credit in the program.

Creative Research and Disciplinary Fundamentals

Field experiences outside the University allow students to observe and practice in real society. Internships also provide hands-on and basic knowledge in a particular area of interest to the students. If students meet the standard requirements, their experience is accepted for academic credit in the program.