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Message from the President

 

Aiming to Be “A Base of Global Knowledge”

The Tōkai region occupies an important position in Japan’s economy as a center of industry, with large corporations as well as small and medium-sized enterprises in the process of expanding globally. In recent years, not only the manufacturing and distribution industries but also the financial industry has begun to expand business overseas, so the global human resource needs in various fields are extremely high.

In fiscal year 2013, we are starting a systematic program at this school to foster the necessary abilities at each stage of the study abroad process—before, during, and after—focusing on the programs adopted for the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology’s “Project for Promotion of Global Human Resource Development.” We are implementing a follow-up program through cooperation with local companies and local governments, NPOs/NGOs, and overseas partner universities for after our students return from study abroad, and we are putting in place a system that will allow them to deepen their understanding of other cultures as well as languages. We also will establish a new “Multilingual Learning Center (iCoToBa)” as a language-learning facility for learning multiple languages, including English. In addition to offering classes for all students, this center will aim to make the entire university more compatible with globalization.

In order to implement study abroad from Japan more effectively, a system of accepting international students from various countries around the world is also essential. In addition to expanding our academic partner universities, we are preparing a unique program combining Japanese language education corresponding to the Japanese levels of international students with hands-on courses, including classes and fieldwork, in which international students will study alongside Japanese students from this school.

Furthermore, as for the record of teaching and research at this school until now, in the university evaluation we underwent in 2011 from the National Institution for Academic Degrees and University Evaluation (NIAD-UE), we earned high evaluations such as: “Your excellent students are the results of your school’s teaching,” “Even outside of class, there is little distance between professors and students,” and “Meticulous teaching is taking place.” I believe this is evidence that this school has done more than simply inherit a cozy academic environment supported by small class sizes and so on; it is proof that we have undertaken constant reforms in order to realize high-quality teaching backed up by outstanding research. Not content to rest on these laurels, however, the faculty and employees of this school intend to continue concentrating their efforts on developing talented human resources equipped with lofty aspirations and high intelligence for learning how to survive the challenges of our times. Conducting meticulous teaching leads to the development of human resources who have abundant language abilities, communication skills, and other expertise, and who are capable of actively competing and flourishing on the global stage. I believe that, as “a base of global knowledge,” this school will play a larger role in the international community and the local society from now on.

Lastly, there is something I would like you to bear in mind as you study at this school from now on. That is, in your studies, I want you to delve deeply into the essence of problems that occur in reality. For example, the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011, made us remember the importance of kizuna (bonds between people) and, at the same time, thrust before us again the fundamental problems of “human beings and nature” and “human beings and science.” As all of you study at this school, I would hope that you look beyond the superficial phenomena of contemporary society and reflect deeply on what lies beneath: the way human beings and human society are, and the way they ought to be.

Tadayoshi TAKASHIMA
President, Aichi Prefectural University

President’s Profile

Name Tadayoshi TAKASHIMA
Date of Birth March 1954
Degree Doctor of Laws
Highest Education Doctoral Course, Keio University Graduate School (1982)
Field of Specialty International Law
Topic of Research Sustainable Development
Research Publications The Lomé Convention and International Law of Development International Law of Development: Issues and Prospects in Problems of “Trade and the Environment”
“Issues and Prospects in Problems of ‘Trade and the Environment,” in Ikufumi NIIMI, et al., eds., Compendium of Environmental Law
“The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Accident and International Law,” in Shigeru TAKAHASHI, et al., eds., The Earthquake Disaster/Nuclear Accident and Environmental Law
Academic Society Affiliations Japanese Society of International Law
The Japanese Association of World Law
International Law Association
Awards Mineichiro ADACHI Award (named for the former president of the Permanent Court of International Justice)

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