Chuo University was founded as the Igirisu Horitsu Gakko (English Law School) in 1885. In the 134 years since its establishment, Chuo has continued to build upon its tradition and performance, and stayed true to its long-held philosophy of “Fostering the Ability to Apply Knowledge to Practice,” pursuing its mission of contributing to society and nurturing pioneering individuals who go on to work for the betterment of society. Today, Chuo stands as a comprehensive university comprising eight faculties, including two established in 2019, and seven graduate schools, as well as two professional graduate schools, four affiliated high schools, two affiliated junior high schools, and nine research institutes. Driven forward by wide-ranging academic research and learning across the university community, Chuo’s original tenet of pursuing the Practical Application of Learning has been acknowledged and embraced in our current university motto, “Knowledge into Action.”
Practical learning, a tradition we carry forward with tremendous pride, is not limited to technical education. Rather, practical learning is about broadening one’s potential by acquiring both knowledge and practical abilities that can be used for the good of society. Today we carry on this tradition based on world-class, research-driven educational activities in our faculties and graduate schools. Through a variety of distinctive educational programs, Chuo University has been accelerating its university-wide efforts to cultivate global competency and foster global professionals. Furthermore, enriched through collaboration with people, organizations and institutions that are determined to promote diversity and achieve the UN SDGs, with innovation born of fusions among different fields, and with the increased richness of pioneering research and education, Chuo today is reaching new heights as a global university.
We believe tradition and performance can best create an optimum future. Chuo University is committed to fulfilling its primary roles of research and education, nurturing competent young people to support and enhance society, and strengthening societal cooperation toward a sustainable future, leading to a new tradition of being a much loved and respected University in our present age and society.
Tadahiko Fukuhara was born in Shiga Prefecture, Japan in 1954. After graduating from the Chuo University Faculty of Law in 1977, he received a doctorate from Chuo’s Graduate School of Law in 1984. In 1993 Fukuhara started teaching at the Chuo University Faculty of Law, and was promoted to Professor in 1995. Fukuhara also became a Professor in the Chuo Law School, and served as its Dean between 2007 and 2011. In 2008, Fukuhara was also appointed to the University Board of Directors. In November 2011, he was elected in the Chuo University Presidential Election to serve his first term as University President as well as University Chancellor. Reelected in 2018, Fukuhara is currently serving his second term as of May 2018. Fukuhara has also served as a member of the Working Committee of the Council for the Institution of Universities, a committee established under the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, and is a trustee of the Japan University Accreditation Association as well as a permanent director of the Japan Association of Private Universities and Colleges. His area of specialization is Civil Law.
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