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  • Takashi INOMATA Dean, Faculty of Law

    Takashi INOMATA Dean, Faculty of Law

    Greetings from the Dean

    Chuo University was founded in 1885 as the Igirisu Horitsu Gakko (English Law School). Ever since, the Faculty of Law has been committed to providing education and conducting research in line with our founding spirit and traditions.

    Law is closely related to our society and everyday life. Whether we are conscious of it or not, our life is protected and restricted by various laws and regulations throughout each day and night.

    As globalization picks up speed, there is increasing need for laws and regulations that extend beyond national borders. How to analyze and assess legal conflicts and problems arising in our global legal society, as well as how to present fair and appropriate solutions, are urgent challenges we face today.

    The Faculty of Law aims to cultivate individuals with such abilities -- those who are capable of recognizing problems and presenting solutions from globalized legal perspectives, i.e., individuals with “global legal minds.”

    In addition, our alumni are active in a wide range of careers. Whatever career path you may choose, the “global legal mind” you cultivate in the Law Faculty will surely be a valuable asset for you throughout your life.
  • Takuya SATO Dean, Faculty of Economics

    Takuya SATO Dean, Faculty of Economics

     

    Greetings from the Dean

    The Faculty of Economics was founded in 1905 and has the second longest history among faculties at Chuo University.
     
    Our faculty offers four departments: Economics, Economic Systems and Information Analysis, International Economics, and Public and Environmental Economics, with an aim to apply Chuo University’s founding spirit -- “Fostering the Ability to Apply Knowledge to Practice” -- to societal changes, and to better address current trends including informatization, globalization, aging population and declining birthrate, power decentralization, and increasing concerns for the global environment.
     
    Economics is an academic field closely tied to society. One of the most important features of the Faculty of Economics is that the students learn from a balance of four different perspectives: “theory” including Marxian Economics, and Macro/Micro Economics; “history” including the history of Japanese and international economies and the discipline of economics itself; “systems” that support actual economic activity; and “policies” to further improve the real world.
     
    In today's complex society, the subjects of foreign languages, health and sports, and general education are necessary for the formation of a solid knowledge base and sound human development. By studying these subjects in a multifaceted and self-directed manner, students can acquire communication skills, logical thinking, a wide range of educational knowledge, and a critical thinking mindset, while at the same time cultivating foresight and the ability to find and resolve problems.
     
    The Faculty of Economics provides education based on three pillars - seminars, global human resource development, and career education - through the efforts of all the faculty members. In particular, seminar education, which is the core of these three pillars, aims to channel students' inquisitive minds to the skills necessary for working professionals. This is done by applying the research of the faculty to the education of the students, and by utilizing the specialized knowledge gained in the seminars in various fields in Japan and abroad. This is the literal embodiment of the university's founding spirit - "Fostering the Ability to Apply Knowledge to Practice" - and the university's message, "Knowledge into Action.
     
    The slogan of the Faculty of Economics is "Experiencing the real thing, becoming the real thing. Creating the future with Chuo Economics.” We want to convey the underlying strength of our faculty to our students, nurturing young people who will create the future, trusted by people and active in every part of society. This is our shared ambition and wish.
     
    I sincerely hope that each and every one of you will grow up to be a citizen with the breadth and depth of knowledge and the critical spirit that will enable you to play an active role in all aspects of society.
  • Yoshio INOUE Dean, Faculty of Commerce

    Yoshio INOUE Dean, Faculty of Commerce

     

    Greetings from the Dean

    Chuo University Faculty of Commerce was established in 1909 and has a long history and tradition. Since establishment, we have sent out talented individuals who lead various fields including business, academia, politics, government, culture, entertainment, and sports. In particular, the number of students who pass the CPA exam has always been one of the highest among Japanese universities. We will continue to make further efforts to cultivate excellent professionals who will become the foundation of society.
     
    The Faculty of Commerce is a faculty where students can learn about many things, with a focus on "companies”. We study companies from various angles and are constantly researching the way companies function in new era.
    There are various aspects to this single word “company”. For example, what kind of competitive strategy should a company develop in a severe economic climate? Or, what kind of organization is necessary for employees to have a sense of pride and fulfillment in their work? These are both "management" issues.
     
    Also, how should companies raise funds? How should the financial mechanisms that support companies be organized? These are "financial" issues.
     
    Furthermore, how can we properly connect a company's products with the needs of consumers? This is a "marketing" issue.
     
    And finally, what processes are necessary in order to accurately report the company's results to investors and society? This is where "accounting" comes into play. Companies that address these basic themes in a balanced way will be the ones that gain the trust of society and grow significantly.
    In line with these basic themes, Chuo University Faculty of Commerce has established four departments: the Department of Business Administration, the Department of Accounting, the Department of Marketing and Trade, and the Department of Banking and Corporate Finance. At the same time, we have devised a curriculum that lowers the barriers between departments as much as possible, so that students in the Department of Business Administration can study finance and students in the Department of Accounting can study marketing.
     
    In order to learn in depth about companies, it is necessary to also study about the economic and social conditions surrounding companies, their coexistence with the natural environment, and the culture and history of various countries and regions. The Faculty of Commerce focuses on education in economics, law, liberal arts, and a variety of foreign languages as research and education fields that stand alongside specialized fields. This is because we believe that acquiring such a holistic education is the most important element for individuals to thrive as the world moves forward.
     
    Chuo University Faculty of Commerce will change the name of the Department of Marketing and Trade to the Department of International Marketing in the 2022 academic year in order to further develop the knowledge and experience we have gained to date.  We also offer unique classes, including those on social business in which students work on solving local issues, and others on sports business in which students work on managing soccer clubs. These activities have been widely covered in the media.
     
    Furthermore, we have established our own diverse scholarship system to support various activities, including studying abroad and taking qualifying examinations.

    The spread of COVID-19 has taken a toll on university life in many ways. Nevertheless, the students, faculty and staff of the Faculty of Commerce have not lost heart and are taking strong steps toward a new future.
     
    Let's all work together to spread our wings toward the boundless future!
     
  • Kazunori UMEDA Dean, Faculty of Science and Engineering

    Kazunori UMEDA Dean, Faculty of Science and Engineering

     

    Greetings from the Dean

    I believe that you are now reading this because you have some interest in the Faculty and Graduate School of Science and Engineering. I am happy to tell you that our Faculty and Graduate School will not disappoint you.
     
    It goes without saying that education and research are the two wheels of a university. In order to conduct high-class education and research, it is essential to have excellent human resources and an environment that supports them. The Faculty and Graduate School of Science and Engineering has both.
     
    The Faculty of Science and Engineering offers a variety of learning opportunities through a total of 10 departments: Mathematics; Physics; Civil and Environmental Engineering; Precision Mechanics; Electrical, Electronic, and Communication Engineering; Applied Chemistry; Data Science for Business Innovation; Information and System Engineering; Biological Sciences; and Integrated Science and Engineering for Sustainable Society.
     
    Based on the founding spirit of Chuo University, "Fostering the Ability to Apply Knowledge to Practice,” we provide education that enables students to acquire practical knowledge, problem-solving skills, creativity, and expertise that can be utilized in society. Our current focus is on globalization. We are taking the opportunity to further enhance our English curriculum with the introduction of an entrance examination using external English tests from AY 2022. In addition to the study abroad programs offered for Chuo University as a whole, the Faculty of Science and Engineering offers an extensive range of unique programs, including short-term study abroad programs and global internships, as well as newly introduced online study abroad programs.
     
    Further, we have introduced a new line of courses related to entrepreneurship, and through the linkage with these courses, we aim to nurture individuals with entrepreneurial minds who can truly prosper globally. 
     
    Another area we are currently focusing on is the enhancement of AI and data science education. In addition to the “Chuo University Interfaculty AI and Data Science Program” which started in 2021 for the entire university, we have also introduced courses unique to the Faculty of Science and Engineering, and are providing a full range of AI and Data Science education programs led by specialists centered in the Department of Data Science for Business Innovation.
     
    Apart from this, the Graduate School of Science and Engineering offers nine majors: Mathematics; Physics; Civil, Human and Environmental Science and Engineering; Precision Engineering; Electrical, Electronic, and Communication Engineering; Applied Chemistry; Industrial and Systems Engineering; Information and System Engineering; Biological Sciences; and also a doctoral program-only course, Electrical Engineering and Information Systems. Leading researchers and outstanding graduate students engage in cutting-edge research in a wide range of fields that include basic science, engineering, and the integration of arts and sciences. (Please refer to the Academic Researcher Database on the Chuo University Website for details.)
     
    The location of Korakuen Campus, where the Faculty and Graduate School of Science and Engineering is based, offers a significant advantage for our research. Situated about 10 minutes away by subway from Tokyo Station, the location provides easy access to Akihabara to look for electronic components, to the museums in Ueno to learn, or to the University of Tokyo for joint research meetings. In addition, many seminars and workshops of academic societies are held nearby, and various conferences and events are often held at our campus. These events are very useful for our research in terms of gathering information and networking. Another appeal of Korakuen campus is its quiet and green surroundings, despite its position in central Tokyo.
     
    In 2023, the Faculty of Law will be relocated to Chuo’s Myogadani Campus, which is very close to our location. Through this relocation, we expect further integration of the humanity and science fields. Currently, we are discussing collaboration with the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Global Informatics located in Ichigaya Tamachi Campus. This will facilitate more students of our faculty to take lectures in the Faculty of Law and Global Informatics. We believe the relocation of the Faculty of Law will also give us an opportunity for further growth.
     
    So far, I have introduced the current situation of the Faculty and Graduate School of Science and Engineering, but we must never forget the existence of our many excellent graduates. There are more than 70,000 graduates for the Faculty and Graduate School of Science and Engineering alone, and about 600,000 graduates for Chuo University as a whole. Many of those graduates have made remarkable achievements in their respective fields, literally embodying Chuo University's university message of "Knowledge into Action”. Their presence and support, both direct and indirect, have been a great strength for our research and education.
     
    What do you think? I hope my introduction has given you a glimpse of the appeal of the Faculty and Graduate School of Science and Engineering. Please come to Korakuen Campus and see for yourself.
     
  • Michinobu NIIHARA Dean, Faculty of Letters

    Michinobu NIIHARA Dean, Faculty of Letters

    Greetings from the Dean

    The Faculty of Letters is a place for cultivating the ability to think fundamentally about the dynamics and meaning of human life and society. It is a place where students study the classics and the realities of life to address various problems facing people and society, and creative activities are encouraged. We nurture the “wisdom” to ask questions and to understand fundamental problems behind global issues arising in global society, not simply the ability to solve problems. We intend for studies in the Faculty of Letters to provide the “wisdom” needed to create a world in which all people, creatures and nature are quietly respected simply because they exist.

    To realize this, the Faculty of Letters offers 13 majors: Japanese Literature, English Studies, German Studies, French Studies, Chinese Language and Culture, Japanese History, Asian and African History, European and American History, Philosophy, Sociology, Socio-Informatics, Education, Psychology, and an Interdisciplinary Studies program in which students themselves can decide what and how they want to learn.
    With a variety of full-time faculty members who have in-depth knowledge of various academic fields, languages, cultures and regions, we cover extensive research fields ranging from humanities to social sciences, some of which are close to science. There are traditional fields as well as cutting-edge fields to pursue.

    We strongly recommend The Faculty of Letters to those of you who are willing to think about fundamental issues and concepts, such as what it means to be human, how to live, what society is, and what kind of future we should create. The Faculty is also a place of learning highly recommended for students who want to tackle challenging problems facing modern society, who want to comprehensively understand the lives of people living in the past, the future, and the here and now, and who want to engage in dialogue and grasp reality from different perspectives and standpoints in a cross-disciplinary manner.

    So, what is the significance of learning at a place like the Faculty of Letters?

    Since the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011, and during the COVID-19 pandemic in particular, we continue to face an “unfathomable future.” There are increasing numbers of problems that seem beyond our control, and scientists are facing unprecedented challenges. What is needed in this current age is not only the ability to solve problems based on acquired knowledge, but also comprehensive wisdom that enables individuals to raise questions and address problems across various fields. The Faculty of Letters takes pride in offering a place where students can acquire knowledge and wisdom that can be valued across generations, rather than simply following the changing times -- a place for full-scale learning incorporating past research that might seem outdated, but has the potential to move beyond trends into the forefront.

    Edward Said, an intellectual who lived in New York, far from his homeland of Palestine, once said, “Universities now produce experts who become consultants for the state and government, but that is not the only mission of universities. True intellectuals may be born in fields that cannot be ‘products.’” As Said suggested, we hope that you will join us in our attempt to create the “wisdom” of the next age together, modestly, thoughtfully, carefully, softly, and deeply (lentius, suavius, profundius).

    Considering the limits and significance of human beings and society, examining the history and society within ourselves, raising new questions, establishing forward-looking prospects for a new society, and envisioning “new forms of human connections,” please expand the wings of your thoughts in all directions at the Faculty of Letters!

     
  • Hidetaka AOKI Dean, Faculty of Policy Studies

    Hidetaka AOKI Dean, Faculty of Policy Studies

    Greetings from the Dean

    The Faculty of Policy Studies (FPS) nurtures students to become able to contribute to society through identifying problems, analyzing them from a broad perspective and with diverse multidisciplinary knowledge, and ultimately to present effective solutions.

    A quarter century since its establishment in 1993, FPS is increasingly proving its worth.

    FPS consists of two departments. The Department of Policy Sciences covers academic areas, such as Law, Administration, Politics, Economics and Business, and the Department of Cross-Cultural Studies covers academic areas, such as Cultural Anthropology, History, Religion, Ethics and Linguistics.

    One of the outstanding features of our educational approach is small group seminars run by leading experts. Prominent researchers give students opportunities to develop logical-thinking skills through in-depth discussions.

    Another noteworthy feature of the Faculty is the multiple fieldwork opportunities available, as we believe communicating directly with stakeholders often facilitates deeper understanding of problems.

    Furthermore, FPS proudly offers classes in ten foreign languages, and our area studies centered on the Asian region are recognized as top level in Japan.

    We welcome you to join FPS, where you can develop true confidence, an invaluable asset in your life, through active learning and unmatched experience.
  • Shun-itsu NAKASAKO Dean, Global Management

    Shun-itsu NAKASAKO Dean, Faculty of Global Management

    Greetings from the Dean

    “Be Ahead of the World.” This is our slogan at GLOMAC (Faculty of Global Management, Chuo University). Our goal is to provide education and research for global leaders of the next generation. Management, economics, global area studies, and other related academic fields together with foreign language courses on English, Chinese, and Spanish are offered in order to stimulate your potentiality to work for the people and to benefit the world. Seeking “Sustainability” for the prosperity of the world is one of the key issues you should be interested in pursuing.

    We have many talented and progressive students from Japan and from overseas joining The Faculty of Global Management. We hope that you will make a lot of friends, learn valuable lessons, and understand a variety of different viewpoints of people from different cultures at Chuo University.

    We encourage you to make meaningful connections and embrace the many opportunities provided at GLOMAC.

  • Susumu HIRANO Dean, Global Informatics

    Susumu HIRANO Dean, Faculty of Global Informatics

    Greetings from the Dean

    The iTL Faculty is stepping forward to embrace the demands of the AI and IoT era. Although the Faculty focuses on basic knowledge of IT - Information Technology (information systems) and the ability to manage information with Law, it is an arts and social science faculty that, through global liberal arts, equips individuals with unique problem solving skills based on synergistic knowledge of academic fields.
     
    Recently the Council for Principles of Human-centric AI Society, under the auspices of the Cabinet Office, stated the importance of STEM education, SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, AND MATHEMATICS, and of learning ELSI knowledge, ETHICAL, LEGAL, AND SOCIAL IMPLICATIONS, which enables individuals to understand AI’s ethical, legal, and social impacts. In short, Japanese policymakers now recognize the importance of synergizing basic IT education with the study of arts and social sciences.
     
    We look forward to welcoming you to the iTL era and together embracing the excitement of a future in the field of information.
  • Tadasu WATARI Dean, Graduate School of Law

    Tadasu WATARI Dean, Graduate School of Law

     

    Greetings from the Dean

    Chuo University was founded in 1885 by 18 young attorneys as the Igirisu Horitsu Gakko (English Law School) with the founding spirit of “Fostering the Ability to Apply Knowledge to Practice.” To this day, the Chuo University Graduate School of Law still highly values this history and philosophy.

    The Graduate School offers four law majors, Public Law, Private Law, Criminal Law, and, International Business Transaction Law, as well as a Political Science major, to cater to a wide range of academic needs among graduate students.

    Professors specialize in many fields, including Law, Economics, Finance, Politics, Administration and Sociology. In our globalized society, borders between these different fields are increasingly disappearing. In order to comprehend such a complex society, global perspectives as well as diverse knowledge beyond a single area of specialization have become critical.

    In the Graduate School of Law, students are required to conduct in-depth, professional research and document these results. In order to accomplish this, diverse knowledge beyond one’s own area of specialization, unique views and ideas, and logical-thinking are required, in addition to deep understanding of the specialized area. Students are allowed to take courses outside their majors, enabling inter-disciplinary research and learning. Furthermore, students have opportunities to attend various seminars and encounter the latest findings of researchers inside and outside the Graduate School. Students can also participate in projects run by the Institute of Comparative Law in Japan, the Institute of Social Sciences, and the Institute of Policy and Cultural Studies, and engage in active exchange.

    Though we have seen fluctuations in applicants, we are committed to responding to societal expectations to nurture researchers and legal specialist, as well as to contribute to society by returning to the mission of the Graduate School of Law. We welcome you to join us, to learn and grow together with students of diverse backgrounds, and to become a legal professional.
  • Hirokazu TAKIZAWA Dean, Graduate School of Economics

    Hirokazu TAKIZAWA Dean, Graduate School of Economics

    Greetings from the Dean

    Today's economy and society face many difficulties, including inequality, poverty, financial instability, the negative impacts of rapid informatization, and climate change. It is expected that we will contribute to solving these social issues, not only at the governmental and corporate levels, but also at the individual level.
     
    The issues facing modern society are complex, involving multiple subjects and problems, and the solutions require a systematic understanding of the phenomena arising from these issues. We believe that Economics is a discipline that provides such systematic thinking. This is because studying Economics and analyzing specific problems from an Economic point of view help to develop various skills and awareness, including data management, understanding of human psychology, reasoning based on models, the design of experiments, international outlook, and understanding of things from an historical perspective. We believe all of these are necessary to solve the problems that face modern society.
     
    Since its establishment in 1951, the Graduate School of Economics has continued evolving in response to the demands of the times and has produced many researchers and highly specialized professionals that are now members of society. In addition, since 2019 we have been offering three Master Programs: a Researcher Course for students who wish to become researchers in the future; an Advanced Professional Course for students who wish to work in professions that require advanced and specialized knowledge and skills; and, a Tax Course for students who wish to become certified tax accountants. In each course, students can acquire necessary skills and enhance their professional specialty with a sense of purpose.
     
    In addition, one of the best aspects of the Graduate School is the opportunity for students to clarify their point of view regarding issues through presentations and discussions, and to improve themselves through friendly rivalries with their peers. To create these opportunities, we provide numerous ways for students to engage in discussions with instructors and other graduate students, such as in seminar classes, as well as in other seminars conducted in the Graduate School.
     
    If you want to understand modern society and acquire the high-level expertise necessary to improve society, please come join us and enjoy your studies with us in the Graduate School of Economics. A wide variety of professors in the Graduate School of Economics are awaiting you.
     
  • Yoshihiko HAKAMATA Dean, Graduate School of Commerce

    Yoshihiko HAKAMATA Dean, Graduate School of Commerce

    Greetings from the Dean

    Welcome to the Graduate School of Commerce

    Amid rapid globalization and ICT development in recent years, it is getting difficult to foresee what the world will be like even in just 10 years’ time. Graduate school is the best opportunity for learning before entering such a complex society.

    You may imagine your future self in a variety of ways, and the Graduate School of Commerce provides two courses in the Master’s program: the Research Course and the Business Course.

    The Research Course is for students who wish to proceed to more in-depth research in the field they have studied, including management, accounting, commerce, finance and economics, as well as for students who are originally from other fields but are interested in the challenges facing current businesses. Students who aspire to become researchers proceed to the doctoral program after the Research Course.

    The Business Course is for students who aim to become active players in the world of business. Traditionally, non-science college education focuses on general learning for students to become prepared to acquire practical skills through OJT. However, as society becomes increasingly globalized, it is becoming necessary for non-science students to acquire analytical skills and language skills for practical work, as well as highly specialized knowledge of business and management. Besides joining a company, there is another career path as well, starting your own business as a Certified Public Tax Accountant or Certified Public Accountant, by acquiring appropriate qualifications.

    In short, the Graduate School of Commerce welcomes you with two Master Program courses, and we proudly offer curriculum run by faculty members who specialize in various fields related to Commerce. You will be able to cultivate expertise by acquiring the latest knowledge in commerce, and to grow further as an individual by mastering studies in related fields. Join us and seize the opportunity to open your future.
  • Kazunori UMEDA Dean, Graduate School of Science and Engineering

    Kazunori UMEDA Dean, Graduate School of Science and Engineering

    Greetings from the Dean

    I believe that you are now reading this because you have some interest in the Faculty and Graduate School of Science and Engineering. I am happy to tell you that our Faculty and Graduate School will not disappoint you.
     
    It goes without saying that education and research are the two wheels of a university. In order to conduct high-class education and research, it is essential to have excellent human resources and an environment that supports them. The Faculty and Graduate School of Science and Engineering has both.
     
    The Faculty of Science and Engineering offers a variety of learning opportunities through a total of 10 departments: Mathematics; Physics; Civil and Environmental Engineering; Precision Mechanics; Electrical, Electronic, and Communication Engineering; Applied Chemistry; Data Science for Business Innovation; Information and System Engineering; Biological Sciences; and Integrated Science and Engineering for Sustainable Society.
     
    Based on the founding spirit of Chuo University, "Fostering the Ability to Apply Knowledge to Practice,” we provide education that enables students to acquire practical knowledge, problem-solving skills, creativity, and expertise that can be utilized in society. Our current focus is on globalization. We are taking the opportunity to further enhance our English curriculum with the introduction of an entrance examination using external English tests from AY 2022. In addition to the study abroad programs offered for Chuo University as a whole, the Faculty of Science and Engineering offers an extensive range of unique programs, including short-term study abroad programs and global internships, as well as newly introduced online study abroad programs.
     
    Further, we have introduced a new line of courses related to entrepreneurship, and through the linkage with these courses, we aim to nurture individuals with entrepreneurial minds who can truly prosper globally. 
     
    Another area we are currently focusing on is the enhancement of AI and data science education. In addition to the “Chuo University Interfaculty AI and Data Science Program” which started in 2021 for the entire university, we have also introduced courses unique to the Faculty of Science and Engineering, and are providing a full range of AI and Data Science education programs led by specialists centered in the Department of Data Science for Business Innovation.
     
    Apart from this, the Graduate School of Science and Engineering offers nine majors: Mathematics; Physics; Civil, Human and Environmental Science and Engineering; Precision Engineering; Electrical, Electronic, and Communication Engineering; Applied Chemistry; Industrial and Systems Engineering; Information and System Engineering; Biological Sciences; and also a doctoral program-only course, Electrical Engineering and Information Systems. Leading researchers and outstanding graduate students engage in cutting-edge research in a wide range of fields that include basic science, engineering, and the integration of arts and sciences. (Please refer to the Academic Researcher Database on the Chuo University Website for details.)
     
    The location of Korakuen Campus, where the Faculty and Graduate School of Science and Engineering is based, offers a significant advantage for our research. Situated about 10 minutes away by subway from Tokyo Station, the location provides easy access to Akihabara to look for electronic components, to the museums in Ueno to learn, or to the University of Tokyo for joint research meetings. In addition, many seminars and workshops of academic societies are held nearby, and various conferences and events are often held at our campus. These events are very useful for our research in terms of gathering information and networking. Another appeal of Korakuen campus is its quiet and green surroundings, despite its position in central Tokyo.
     
    In 2023, the Faculty of Law will be relocated to Chuo’s Myogadani Campus, which is very close to our location. Through this relocation, we expect further integration of the humanity and science fields. Currently, we are discussing collaboration with the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Global Informatics located in Ichigaya Tamachi Campus. This will facilitate more students of our faculty to take lectures in the Faculty of Law and Global Informatics. We believe the relocation of the Faculty of Law will also give us an opportunity for further growth.
     
    So far, I have introduced the current situation of the Faculty and Graduate School of Science and Engineering, but we must never forget the existence of our many excellent graduates. There are more than 70,000 graduates for the Faculty and Graduate School of Science and Engineering alone, and about 600,000 graduates for Chuo University as a whole. Many of those graduates have made remarkable achievements in their respective fields, literally embodying Chuo University's university message of "Knowledge into Action”. Their presence and support, both direct and indirect, have been a great strength for our research and education.
     
    What do you think? I hope my introduction has given you a glimpse of the appeal of the Faculty and Graduate School of Science and Engineering. Please come to Korakuen Campus and see for yourself.
     
     
  • Hidehiro NAKAO Dean, Graduate School of Letters

    Hidehiro NAKAO Dean, Graduate School of Letters

     

    Greetings from the Dean

    The Graduate School of Letters is a comprehensive graduate school consisting of 13 majors (Japanese Literature Course, English Studies Course, German Studies Course, French Studies Course, Chinese Language and Culture Course, Japanese History Course, Asian and African History Course, European and American History Course, Philosophy Course, Sociology Course, Socio-Informatics Course, Education Course, and Psychology Course).
     
    With a variety of full-time faculty members who have in-depth knowledge of various academic fields, languages, cultures and regions, we cover extensive research fields ranging from humanities to social sciences, some of which are close to natural science. There are traditional fields, such as Philosophy and Literature, and cutting-edge fields, such as Socio-Informatics, but the goal of all faculty members is to nurture researchers and highly-skilled business professionals. To date, more than 200 students have earned doctoral degrees and many of these individuals are making notable achievements as researchers, as well as making significant contributions as educators to guide and nurture future generations of researchers. As highly-skilled professionals, many other graduates are active in practical fields, including education, business, and civil service, with the practical skills they have developed.
     
    At the core of the Graduate School of Letters is the cultivation of "culture," which is essential to the future of society. In other words, the cultivation of imagination and creativity, in order to gain insight into the nature of problems, conceptualize them, and formulate new questions by learning from the classics and recognizing their creative ideas, in order to exercise responsibility and responsiveness regarding various problems facing people and society today.
     
    It has been 20 years since 9/11 and 10 years since 3/11, and we live in a society where the COVID-19 pandemic has become the norm. We are unable to readily tackle the global issues responsible for the climate crisis, and we continue to face an “unfathomable future.” What is needed in this current age is not only the ability to solve problems based on acquired knowledge, but also comprehensive “wisdom” that enables individuals to raise questions and address problems across various fields.
     
    The Graduate School of Letters takes pride in offering a place where students can acquire knowledge and wisdom that can be valued across generations, rather than simply following the changing times -- a place for full-scale learning incorporating past research that might seem outdated but has the potential to move beyond trends into the forefront. Based on this perspective, and in an attempt to seek new directions, we are now working together with the Faculty of Letters to proceed with “Comprehensive Educational Reform” in which we will structurally combine the knowledge that has been vertically accumulated in each major in order to realize the establishment of inter-disciplinary wisdom.
     
    Please join us and expand your thoughts beyond the horizon of what is known, to learn about and embrace the unknown. 

     
  • Tsutomu KOBAYASHI Dean, Graduate School of Policy Studies

    Tsutomu KOBAYASHI Dean, Graduate School of Policy Studies

     

    Greetings from the Dean

    New challenges in the VUCA world:
    The importance of autonomous learning


    The Graduate School of Policy Studies was established in 1997 with its Master program, followed by the Doctoral program in 1999. We are relatively new compared to other Chuo graduate schools, but as of March 2021, 448 students had earned the Master’s degree and 90 students had attained the Doctor degree.

    Policy Studies is a field that aims to take a comprehensive approach to problems by utilizing methodologies from different disciplines rather than being based only on a single type of academic study, such as Law or Economics. This means being inter-disciplinary rather than adhering to a single discipline.  The goal is to contribute to society by finding and defining a problem based on inter-disciplinary perspectives, coming up with an appropriate methodology to solve the problem, and ultimately refining and organizing the methodology into proposals or policies. 
     
    In recent years, the term “VUCA world,” characterized by four acronyms, Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity, has been in use, during a time in which unprecedented circumstances are occurring one after another, and situations that have never been expected within conventional frameworks are appearing worldwide. In the VUCA world, the ability to judge for oneself and to decide actions to be taken based on one’s own decision is highly valued.
     
    The current situation of the COVID-19 pandemic is a perfect example. It is precisely in a time like this that students acquiring the attitude of proactively learning and finding solutions to problems through the approach of “Policy Studies” is becoming more important than ever.
     
    The Graduate School of Policy Studies has a wide variety of professors, all of whom are experts in their respective fields. In our School, several professors take charge of each research theme and strive to support each student in achieving their goals. What is important is to keep your awareness high, critically analyze observable social phenomena, and have the courage to step into areas beyond the conventional approaches. 
     
    Why don’t you undertake a new challenge in the age of the VUCA world? Come join us in the Graduate School of Policy Studies which aims to nurture “autonomous learners” who can contribute to global society from a perspective that transcends the traditional boundaries of specialized academic fields and diverse national and cultural backgrounds?
  • Akihiko KOBAYASHI Dean, Law School

    Akihiko KOBAYASHI Dean, Law School

    Greetings from the Dean

    Welcome to the world of legal professionals —Having no perfect answers is interesting

    This is not limited to the field of law, but I believe that realizing there is no single answer to all the world’s problems is the beginning of our growth.

    Human society would be free from many troubles if all battles were between good and bad or innocence and evil. Unfortunately, this is only the case in samurai dramas and superhero movies. Simplistic justice in such settings misconstrues proper judgment in the real world, where conflicts between two good and innocent parties often arise, and resolutions are very challenging.

    Competent legal professionals are not only capable of convincing others of the validity of their opinions, but at the same time they have the modesty to recognize their own weaknesses and show respect for others.

    While respecting Chuo University’s founding spirit of “Knowledge into Action” and recognizing that the objective of the Law school system is to serve as a bridge between theory and practice, Chuo Law School has been committed to developing down-to-earth legal professionals who are not obsessed with reaching immediate conclusions. This is possible due to a wealth of CLS programs, including educational offerings through collaboration among various researchers and law practitioners, externship opportunities and job-hunting support from an extensive alumni network, and practical support from graduates who work as junior lawyers.

    Along with the Faculty of Law’s plan to relocate from Hachioji to Bunkyo-ku in 2023, the Chuo Law School is scheduled to move to a new campus in Surugadai. This will enable Chuo Law School to better address academic and professional needs, including combined courses and programs for students aiming to pass the bar examination while law students.

    Please join us in getting to know the appeal of a world without perfect answers as you develop the critical thinking skills of a Law professional.
  • Emiko TSUYUKI Dean, Business School

    Emiko TSUYUKI Dean, Business School

     

    Greetings from the Dean

    The Graduate School of Strategic Management (Chuo Business School (CBS)) was founded in 2008 with the aim of developing leading professionals in the field of strategic management.

    CBS Mission
    We foster strategic leaders who turn knowledge into action through reflection to change the world.

    On celebrating our 10th anniversary we returned to Chuo University’s founding spirit, “Fostering the Ability to Apply Knowledge to Practice,” establishing CBS NeXT 10 to enhance development of change leaders.

    CBS offers three unique programs to support its framework: “Action & Reflection”; “Field Learning”; and “Project Research.”

    In “Action & Reflection” you are encouraged to identify what is necessary for you to become a change leader, what you have to learn and how to apply your learning to practical operations, and to share your views with fellow students. It is designed to foster the ability to connect knowledge to practice based on self-reflection.

    “Field Learning” provides you with opportunities to get involved in companies and society, identify problems in both, and develop cogent solutions. This is an experience-based program which embodies the spirit of Practical Learning.

    “Project Research” serves as the course keystone, allowing students and instructor to devote a great deal of time and effort in researching and compiling theses or business plans to address issues of interest, and acquire new business skills to change the world.

    CBS is committed to students who have the ambition to change themselves or an existing business or organization, by providing one-of-a-kind programs taught by outstanding professors. Join CBS and boost your abilities to their fullest potential.
  • Takashi INOMATA Dean, Faculty of Law
  • Takuya SATO Dean, Faculty of Economics
  • Yoshio INOUE Dean, Faculty of Commerce
  • Kazunori UMEDA Dean, Faculty of Science and Engineering
  • Michinobu NIIHARA Dean, Faculty of Letters
  • Hidetaka AOKI Dean, Faculty of Policy Studies
  • Shun-itsu NAKASAKO Dean, Global Management
  • Susumu HIRANO Dean, Global Informatics
  • Tadasu WATARI Dean, Graduate School of Law
  • Hirokazu TAKIZAWA Dean, Graduate School of Economics
  • Yoshihiko HAKAMATA Dean, Graduate School of Commerce
  • Kazunori UMEDA Dean, Graduate School of Science and Engineering
  • Hidehiro NAKAO Dean, Graduate School of Letters
  • Tsutomu KOBAYASHI Dean, Graduate School of Policy Studies
  • Akihiko KOBAYASHI Dean, Law School
  • Emiko TSUYUKI Dean, Business School

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