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Message from the Dean

Human beings establish societies, and it is the people within these societies who produce vibrant and distinct cultures. Accordingly, the College of Human and Social Sciences, investigates what is lasting as well as what changes in the societies people live in.


Rapid globalization has led to the promotion of cross-border relations in many fields, but it also brings with it the risk of limiting cultural diversity and the infringement of our values. Now more than ever, given that we face exceedingly complex and difficult problems both in our societies and in our role as stewards of the world we live in, we need more than ever to foster intelligence and the capacity for constructive action in our students. Such qualities will surely be needed if we are to confront and solve the problems of tomorrow.

Kanazawa University established the College of Human and Social Sciences in response to the needs of society. It consists of six schools all of which are involved in the study of human beings and society. In this age of globalization, we not only need to understand the scholarly achievements of our distinguished predecessors, there is also a need to contribute to the investigations of new interdisciplinary fields. Such a broad approach will enable us to respond flexibly to the needs of a rapidly changing society and to better anticipate developments in the future. The aim of our College is to provide just such a novel learning environment. It should be conducive to the search for lasting truths while encouraging students to become fully aware of how human beings and the diverse societies they live in are constantly subject to change.

In establishing our innovative educational program, we have placed particular importance on students'diverse interests. Students can select courses for specialized study after they acquire the fundamentals and are then in a better position to determine their own individual goals and aptitudes. Moreover, students are able to select an additional field of interest as a second major without any school or course related restrictions.

The charter of Kanazawa University specifically states that the individuality of students is of particular importance and that this be reflected in a thoroughgoing respect for intellectual independence. In order to realize this principle, a system that supports independence in students'learning practices at all stages of their lives at university from admission to graduation has been established. We look forward to improving our College as a joint venture with students who possess the desire to apply themselves rigorously and study independently in this way.

Sincerely,

Yumiko Kashimi
Dean of the College of Human and Social Sciences

 

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