Message from the Dean


Hiroshi Toya

Create your own course in international studies at a pioneering university.

When the Faculty of International Studies was founded in 1986, it was the first university faculty in Japan to use the term “international studies” in its title. Since then, academic programs with the same name have proliferated, and countless others bear titles such as “Faculty of International _________” or the like. Yet the name of our pioneering Faculty reflects our strong intent for creating this program. While such a faculty must by its nature incorporate international knowledge, we do not believe that existing developed-nation-centric perspectives always offer the best means for understanding world issues.

To the contrary, we believe it is essential to incorporate the views and experiences of ordinary people into our work. It is also significant that we do not include terms such as “economics” or “politics” after  “international.” Our faculty enables students to study a diverse range of fields within the same program. We hope they will seek out and pursue areas of studies which interest them most, thus they can fill in the blank after “international” for themselves. In that way, each student is able to create a personalized “international studies” education.