Chuo University was founded as Igirisu Horitsu Gakko (the English Law School) in 1885. In the 133 years since its inception, Chuo has stayed true to its traditional philosophy of “Fostering the Ability to Apply Knowledge to Practice” by pursuing its mission to contribute to society as well as to nurture students who will go on to work for the betterment of society and pioneer its future. Chuo today has developed into a comprehensive university with six faculties 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 the wide ranging academic research and practical learning carried out throughout the university, Chuo’s original tenet of pursuing the Practical Application of Learning has been passed down to 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 intelligence by acquiring both knowledge and practical ability that can be used for the good of society. Today we carry on this tradition in world-class, research-based educational activities in our faculties and graduate schools, and have developed a variety of distinctive educational programs. These include the Faculty Linkage Program (FLP), which promotes interdisciplinary approaches to identifying and solving problems through university-wide classes that transcend the boundaries of the faculties; our wide-ranging Go Global programs, which prepare students for working in diverse global environments carried out under the slogan To the World from Chuo; domestic and overseas internship opportunities that remain unsurpassed by any other university in Japan; and various challenging educational activities implemented as “Chuo University Projects on Promoting Educational Power.” Alongside these educational programs, our highly effective academic and student life support services have been helping our students to explore a great variety of future paths. Chuo’s conscientious and hardworking staff provide support to students for participating in social contribution activities, pursuing wide-ranging career and employment opportunities, as well as for getting involved in top-class athletic, cultural, and artistic activities.
In an effort to fully develop the potential of our university, in recent years Chuo has begun implementing an audacious plan for campus development, including the establishment of multiple new faculties and departments, and the relocation of parts of the arts and social science faculties to one of our downtown Tokyo campuses. Our tradition of putting knowledge into action is now more open to the world than ever before. Enriched through its collaborations with society, Chuo today is reaching new heights. By making use of our networks across Japan and abroad, we will carry forward the strong tradition of providing practical learning while developing a heartfelt educational environment, and thereby cultivate an earnest culture of “Knowledge into Action.”
Tadahiko Fukuhara was born in Shiga Prefecture, Japan in 1954. After graduating from the Faculty of Law, Chuo University in 1977, he received a doctorate from Chuo’s Graduate School of Law in 1984. In 1993 Fukuhara joined 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. During this period 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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