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Message from the President

 

Prefectural University Connecting to Places and People in Aichi and the World

 Radical changes have ensued in the wake of ever more rapid globalization. In response, the university actively advocates “Connect with people and tie in with the world.” This means making frequent close face-to-face contact with people. Naturally, we reach out to people within Aichi Prefecture and Japan, but we also seek close ties with people all over the world. Working hand in hand with others, through knowledge and action, in myriad small ways we can help to make the world a better place.

1. Connect with people with different cultures and extend active links to localities across the globe Rich cultural diversity exists both in Japan and in other parts of the world. In current times, marked by the rapid spread of nationalist sentiment, we urgently need to deepen mutual understanding through intercultural exchange. The year 2020 will witness a number of landmark events, including the Tokyo Olympic Games. Regarding this year as milestone, the prefecture has formulated a policy known as Aichi Vision 2020. With the future in mind, during the six years starting 2018, we will lay the groundwork for deep and varied encounters with diverse cultures.

2. To stimulate education: cooperation and collaborative research by the university’s five schools Cross-cultural exchange thrives in the ground of research and education. The university has connected research fields which had become compartmentalized and divided, and the five schools have joined to cooperate in collaborative research involving different disciplines. Rather than narrow collaborations of science with science, or literature with literature, now, in multi-disciplinary, multi-faceted studies staff and students are fusing science and the humanities while working together to pursue an “anthropological approach to learning.”

3. By studying about and inquiring into “life,” we take an “anthropological approach towards learning” Through collaboration between the university’s five schools we study about and inquire into “life.” Life is undoubtedly the one thing we all share as people, and it is something granted equally to each of us. In Japan and overseas, the recognition of this fact is now under threat. To determine the reasons for this situation and to find solutions for it, we have to face the challenge by intricately intertwining scientific, political, economic, cultural, and environmental studies. Aichi Prefectural University is steering the very practice of education and research in the direction of learning about life, that is to say, taking an “anthropological approach towards learning.”

Rei KUFUKIHARA
President, Aichi Prefectural University

President’s Profile

Name Rei Kufukihara
Date of Birth July 1951
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (Literature)
Highest Education Doctoral course at Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology / Faculty of Letters, University of Tokyo
Post-doctoral studies at The Association for the Study of Japanese Language and Literature (withdrew owing to time restraints)
Field of Specialty Japanese ancient literature (Genji Monogatari), history of Japanese poetry
Main International Recognition (Overseas Lectures, Symposia, Etc.) - Invited lecture at INALCO International Symposium, Paris, France
- Invited lecture at the Australian National University
- Lectured at CEU San Pablo University, Madrid, Spain
- Lectured at International Symposium, São Paulo University, Brazil
- Invited lecture at international conference at Federal University of Amazonas, Brazil
- Attended academic exchange seminar at Minho University, Portugal
- Conducted regular classes, in 2016, at University of São Paulo Graduate School Brazil
Main Publications - Sole author: 1997, Genji Monogatari – Uta to jusei [The Tale of Genji: songs and malign fate] Wakakusa Shobō
- Sole author: 2008, Genji Monogatari no hembō [Transfiguration of the Tale of Genji], Ohfū
- Sole author: 2017, Genji Monogatari to waka no ron itan e no manazashi [The Tale of Genji and with an eye towards heretical discourse about waka] (Seikan-sha)
- Editor: 2012, Buke no bumbutsu to Genii Monogatari-e – Owari Tokugawa-ke Denrai-hin wo Kiten to shite [Samurai cultural stewardship and The Tale of Genji Picture scroll – starting with Owari branch Tokugawa heirlooms], Kanrin Shobō
- Co-author: 1995, Iwanami kōza Nihon bungaku-shi [Iwanami history of Japanese literature course], Iwanami Shoten
Item of Note 2016, Visiting Professor at University of São Paulo, Brazil

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