Welcoming Remarks

Pioneering the Future of Cultural Diversity

Atsushi Ishida
Program Leader / Dean, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

The Integrated Human Sciences Program for Cultural Diversity (IHS) is an interdisciplinary graduate school program that bridges existing institutional divides in the university. It operates under the auspices of five departments in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Interdisciplinary Information Studies in the Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies. Designated in 2013 as a Program for Leading Graduate Schools by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, this five-year program aims to realize the ideals of cultural diversity by educating leaders with broad perspective and creativity in order to pioneer the future of human society. To this end, IHS strives to foster the intellectual abilities necessary to transcend the boundaries between academic fields and to tackle the many challenges of global society.

Atsushi Ishida

What is required of liberal arts education today?

Takumi Moriyama
Program Coordinator / Professor, Area Studies, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

If we wish to bring about peaceful and harmonious coexistence in the world of today, we must learn to live and work together not only with the Other who differs from us in terms of language and culture, but with the Other who is differentiated from us in a far more diverse array of ways. In order to plan and realise the multifaceted coexistence that is required today, one must acquire the ability to listen to the voice of the Other and to view the world from the perspective of the Other, while relativising the ground on which one stands, along with the ability to work out where one stands in terms of the relationship to the Other.

It is such ability to relativise oneself that the liberal education offered by the University of Tokyo has been aiming to nurture. Our programme aims to apply the principles of such liberal arts education to the higher studies at the graduate school level and, through doing so, to seek the ways towards the establishment of the new discipline of Integrated Human Sciences.

Takumi Moriyama

Creating hard-working and resilient University of Tokyo students

Shigeto Sonoda
Professor, Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia

Through my six 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