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    Takeshi Usami
    Professor, Faculty of Letters, Chuo University
    Areas of Specialization: Modern Japanese Literature and Modern Culture Studies

 

New Year’s Greetings from the Chancellor

2020.01.01
Happy New Year, and I extend my warmest greetings to you all!

Chuo University was founded as the Igirisu Horitsu Gakko (English Law School) in 1885 by a group of 18 young attorneys. With the philosophy of “Fostering the Ability to Apply Knowledge to Practice,” the founders sought to cultivate a new generation of competent individuals to meet the needs of society through wide-ranging practical education and academic research.
Nevertheless, the practical education Chuo University is committed to is not only aimed at acquiring practical knowledge. At its heart is a dedication to nurturing a spirit of productive criticism through academic research and cultivating wisdom to respond to issues facing society—a goal that is captured in our university motto, “Knowledge into Action.”

In 2015 during the 130th anniversary of its founding, Chuo University released Chuo Vision 2025, a ten-year development plan that includes the establishment of multiple new faculties, the upgrading of campuses, continued promotion of global initiatives, the promotion of sports, and the realization of its goal of becoming a comprehensive university.
2020 will be the fifth year since the release of Chuo Vision 2025, and we will have come halfway. We are pleased that Chuo has been making steady progress on each pillar of this plan, including the establishment of two new faculties, the acquisition of land for the planned relocation of the Law Faculty, and the construction of new buildings on the Tama campus. 

Furthermore, committed to another year of growth and development, we promise to work tirelessly and sincerely. I ask all Chuo community stakeholders, students, faculty, staff, and alumni, for your understanding, cooperation and support to ensure that 2020 will be even more fulfilling and successful than years past.

Shozaburo Sakai
Chancellor, Chuo University
January 1, 2020