Voices

Pursuing the Ideal Graduate Education of the 21st Century

Yojiro Ishii
Program Leader / Executive Vice President, The University of Tokyo

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences has been working closely with the Collage of Arts and Sciences, the center of liberal arts education at the University of Tokyo, to conduct and provide not only cutting edge but also interdisciplinary and global researches and educations. The Integrated Human Sciences Program for Cultural Diversity adopted as one of the leading programs for graduate education by the Ministry of Education, Sports, Science and Technology is the completely novel program for graduate education. It aspires to further develop liberal arts knowledge that the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences has long been accumulating and give it back to society, in collaboration with the Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies. The program aims to pursue the ideal of graduate education for the 21st century and to nurture the leaders who work on the issue of humanity today that is to build an inclusive society.

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What Does Education Mean These Days?

Tadashi Uchino
Program Coordinator / Professor, Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, The University of Tokyo

With the idea of a western-centric world long said to be approaching its end, if we do not swiftly answer the question "what does education mean now and what can it become?" with "cultural diversity" as keywords in our answer, we cannot imagine what humanity in the 21st century will look like. Without losing this perhaps naïve ideal, I hope that through this program's development we can pose the question to many people around the world of what exactly the next version of education, which could be described as "education 2.0 = the integrated human sciences", means.

Tadashi Uchino

Creating Hard-working and Resilient University of Tokyo Students

Shigeto Sonoda
Professor, Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies / Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, The University of Tokyo

Through my three years' experience of directing the "Information, Technology, and Society in Asia" Course in the Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies, I have become keenly aware of how few Japanese students take courses offered in English and how shy and quiet they are in such situations. Through this program I want to concentrate on nurturing students who have the ability to alter this situation. Using the experience of running a range of other education programs, I hope to create hard-working and resilient University of Tokyo students through the collaboration of many education-related partners and businesspersons in Asia.

Shigeto Sonoda