大学院総合国際学研究科 国際協力専攻 平和構築・紛争予防専修コースの9名の入学が許可されました。
2013 Autumn Entrance Ceremony – President’s Speech
As President of Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, or TUFS, I would like to congratulate all of you here today who are now enrolled in the Peace and Conflict Studies Master’s Degree Program, International Cooperation Studies Course, Graduate School of Global Studies, TUFS.
TUFS prides itself on being one of the oldest national universities in Japan. Its origins date back to Bansho Shirabesho (Institute for Research of Foreign Documents - a government translation bureau), established in 1857, and the school itself was founded under the name Tokyo Gaikokugo Gakko (Tokyo School of Foreign Languages) in 1873, 140 years ago.
After coming through the twists and turns of the history of the modernization of Japan, the school restarted in 1949 as a new-system university under the name "Tokyo Gaikokugo Daigaku". A significant milestone at that time was, while retaining the traditional Japanese name “Tokyo Gaikokugo”, the change in the English name from “Foreign Languages” to the broader "Foreign Studies". With this, the university's mission, leading into the 21st century, was also clearly defined. That is, "The mission of TUFS shall be to conduct research and instruction, both theoretical and practical, on the world's languages and the cultures within which they are rooted, to provide a high degree of cultural refinement such as is necessary to engage in international activities, and to deepen understanding of all regions of the world through the study of their languages."
More than sixty years on, TUFS has created a global campus, supporting some 3,900 Japanese students and approximately 600 international students from all over the world. The undergraduate school is made up of the School of Language and Culture Studies and the School of International and Area Studies, with the addition of the Japanese Language Center for International Students, a preparatory school for entrance to Japanese universities. The Graduate School of Global Studies has both master’s and doctoral programs, while the Research Institute for the Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa serves as the International Research Center. Thus, TUFS is "a leading center for higher education and advanced research into the languages, cultures and societies of countries and regions all over the world", and continues to aim to become an ever more excellent global university.
It was with the above-mentioned university’s mission in mind, that the Peace and Conflict Studies (PCS) – Master’s Degree Program was launched in April 2004, and this now constitutes one of the most distinctive courses taught at any Japanese university. Taught mostly in English, the course pursues the concepts of "building peace and preventing conflict", and aims to nurture human resources who will play an active role, both practically and theoretically, in regions throughout the world. We have already produced 68 graduates from over 40 countries, many of whom have gone on to work for international institutions, NGOs and educational institutions.
The other day, I had an opportunity to speak to Mr. Yasushi Akashi, who once served as the United Nations Under-Secretary-General. Mr. Akashi told me that, from an academic point of view, in order to play an active role in an international institution made up of people from many different regions around the world, it is necessary to study international relations from a cultural anthropological perspective. And, as a human being, it is necessary to have communication skills which enable one not only to speak, but also to listen carefully to the opinions and points of view of others.
I hope that all of you will learn as much as you can from the curriculum of our Peace and Conflict Studies Course, and build enriching interpersonal relationships with the Japanese students and international students who have come from all around the world to this Fuchu campus. It is my hope that all of you will devote yourselves to your studies on this multicultural, multilingual global campus and that, in the near future, you will go out into the world, and serve as "bridges" between Japan and your home countries and between your home countries and many different regions of the world.
Thank you, and welcome to TUFS.
October 1, 2013,
President, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies