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Welcome to Chuo, from the President

Hisashi KAWAI

Currently, with COVID-19 still not under control, many people continue to face serious health dangers and difficulties managing their everyday lives. My thoughts and prayers are with all those affected, and I would like to express my deepest respect and gratitude to those who continue to work hard in the medical community and other related fields. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Chuo University will continue to focus on providing financial support to our students while improving the classroom environment through an appropriate combination of face-to-face and online classes.

Based on our founding spirit of “Fostering the Ability to Apply Knowledge to Practice,” Chuo University has built a 136-year history of tradition and achievement, symbolized by Hakumon, the White Gate, and has been nurturing a great number of individuals who go on to support society and pave the way for the future.

Today, Chuo University has grown into a comprehensive institution comprising eight faculties, including two new faculties established in 2019, seven graduate schools, two professional graduate schools, four affiliated high schools, two affiliated junior high schools, and nine research institutes. Our founders’ spirit has been passed on as the University's message of nurturing "Knowledge into Action" through diverse academic research and comprehensive practical education.

Academia and research are inevitably related to the real world and human society, and they should be developed through interaction with the activities of society, such as researchers discovering issues in everyday life and developing relevant theories. “Be always with the times and evolve to adapt to changes in society.” This is our approach to academic research rooted in the educational philosophy of Chuo’s founding spirit, noted above, “Fostering the Ability to Apply Knowledge to Practice.” Accordingly, "ability" refers to foundational skills that can be applied to understanding society, and "fostering the ability" refers to cultivating not only knowledge, but also the capabilities needed to communicate, discuss, and make informed decisions through experiences and interactions with others, while embracing life-long learning.

At Chuo University, this "true spirit of practical learning" has been handed down from generation to generation. Many Chuo University graduates are active in a wide variety of fields, including the corporate world, as experts in law and economics, and as leaders in culture and sports.

Today, while progress in digital transformation (DX) is reshaping society and people's lives, we are also experiencing unprecedented changes due to COVID-19 that are completely transforming our lifestyles.

We view these changes as an opportunity to move forward and further enhance our educational environment. In this way we will promote exchanges across faculties and campuses by taking advantage of online systems. In addition, we are taking into consideration the development of new partnerships with overseas universities that will enable students to acquire double degrees.

Furthermore, we launched the "AI Data Science Program" in 2021 as a foundation for living in coming generations of society where DX is the norm. We will expand and develop this program together with our Faculty Linkage Program (FLP), which provides interdisciplinary education integrating humanities and sciences.

In addition to these educational resources, we will explore and utilize Chuo’s abundant institutional capital, such as the knowledge we have gained through our COVID-19 responses and the unique opportunities inherent in our new facilities, such as the FOREST GATEWAY CHUO, for the benefit of local people and our extended community, actively promoting interaction with society. In these ways, we strongly hope that our students will learn and develop, and acquire abilities that can benefit society as we grow together. In short, we will continue working hard to realize an even more “open Chuo University” and ensure learning that leads to a solid future.

Hisashi KAWAI


Hisashi KAWAI
Professor, Faculty of Global Management, Chuo University
Areas of Specialization: Accounting, Business Administration, and Information System studies
Hisashi Kawai was born in Tokyo in 1958. After graduating from Chuo University High School at Koganei in 1977 and Chuo University Faculty of Commerce in 1981, he received a master’s degree from the Chuo University Graduate School of Commerce in 1983. After assuming full-time posts at other universities, he started teaching at Chuo University as an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Commerce in 1996. Soon after, he became a Professor in the Faculty of Commerce (2000). In 2011 he was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Commerce and a Member of the Board of Directors (through October 2015). He then served as Chuo’s Vice President (May-October 2018), Director of the Preparation Office for the Faculty of Global Management (November 2018 - March 2019), Professor of the Faculty of Global Management (April 2019 - present), Dean of the Faculty of Global Management (April 2019 - May 2021), and a Member of the Board of Directors (April 2019-present). In May 2021 he was elected President of Chuo University.

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