Globalization and Governance of Chuo University
Chuo University was established in 1885 as the English Law School, during a period when it was popular to learn from other nations for the purpose of developing a modern law system in Japan. The founders of Chuo were 18 young attorneys who studied British and American law and who maintained that these laws were indispensable for the establishment of the judicial system and modernization of Japan. With this global mindset from the time of our establishment, Chuo has been committed to a strategy of developing and sustaining ourselves as an international university in all aspects of teaching, learning and research activities.
With a founding philosophy of “Fostering the Ability to Apply Knowledge to Practice,” Chuo has maintained a commitment to the betterment of society. Today, university globalization and governance policies have become focal issues at institutions of higher education worldwide. Universities in rapidly globalizing societies are expected to confront problems immediately and to meet urgent societal demands. Needless to say, globalization of universities and university governance are two sides of the same coin. Based on the organizational nature of university governance, it is said that leadership that promotes the participation of all members across the educational process of the organization has a stronger long-term effect than top-down leadership. At Chuo, we are continuing to implement and promote our governance policies and spread globalization across the university.
Similar to the 18 young attorneys who were dedicated to learning from nations far beyond Japan’s borders, many of our students now choose to study overseas. Chuo is connected with numerous partner institutions around the world that offer various long-term and short-term exchange programs and study abroad opportunities. Our unique Faculty Linkage Program (FLP) transcends the boundaries of faculties, providing courses in five disciplines: environment, journalism, international cooperation, sports and health science, and regional public management. FLP students actively take part in international fieldwork and unique international seminars with the support of all the faculties, and also have many opportunities to participate in internships overseas.
As Chuo continues to build momentum toward university-wide globalization, our university motto is rapidly evolving, from “Knowledge into Action” into “Global Knowledge into Global Action.
Developing global minds at Chuo University
Chuo University is a Government funding winner in the 2012-2017 Developing Global Human Resources Project. As the manager of this project at Chuo, I would like to share our goals and explain why we committed to nurturing global individuals.
Since its establishment as the English Law School in 1885, Chuo has pursued a path of internationalization by learning from the world. For a long time among Japanese universities, however, becoming global has traditionally meant customizing and assimilating foreign knowledge. In contrast, Japanese universities today are challenged to provide international effectiveness, as more focus is placed on developing people with global minds rather than simply building on foreign knowledge. With this in mind, we believe that in order to nurture global individuals it is essential to embrace three perspectives, represented by 3 Ds.
The first key perspective is Diversity. This means accepting and respecting different values, and acquiring the ability to play an important role in a diverse society. Three terms we use at Chuo, Global Generalist, Global Specialist and Global Leader, represent models for developing global individuals. These individuals are expected to complement each other and playing interdependent roles. The second D stands for Dialogue and refers to the importance of understanding different values through being able to listen actively as well as communicating one’s own opinion effectively, while building the skills needed to reach agreement and create consensus. The third key word is Dignity, which focuses on developing a strong sense of ethics and the ability to take action that is consistent with these ethics. Showing dignity, or integrity, is not only valuable in the working environment, but is also an essenti al characteristic of a global individual.
Students are expected to choose different courses depending on the roles they aim to play. For example, to become a skilled communicator, students should select courses in language, presentation skills and discussion. It is also important to learn how to take integral action conscientiously, based on a strong set of beliefs.
At Chuo, we are excited to continue providing a wide range of resources for students to be able to develop themselves from each of the key perspectives described above.