Message from the Dean


Dean of the Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences, University of Tsukuba

Today, problems such as poverty, increasing income disparity, decreasing birthrate, and aging population are spreading and deepening on a global scale. At the same time, the social environment has diversified and become more complex due to the popularization and development of intelligent information processing technologies, including AI. Therefore, it has become more and more important and necessary to understand and study more about human beings.

In order to quickly adapt to the changing times, and also to concretize the values of “internationality” and “interdisciplinarity”, which are both hallmarks of the academic culture of the University of Tsukuba, the Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences was founded in 2001 as an entirely new integrated research organization aimed at extensively and deeply studying human beings. The School was assembled by integrating the Faculties of Human Sciences (pedagogy, psychology and disability sciences), Health and Sport Sciences (physical education and sports sciences), Art, and Medicine (basic medicine, clinical medicine, social medicine and nursing science), and by setting up an interdisciplinary faculty consisting of the following three programs: Human Care Science; Kansei, Behavioral, and Brain Sciences; and Sports Medicine. In academic year 2018, 18 years after its foundation, the Graduate School now includes 29 Doctoral and Master’s programs and one interdisciplinary degree program, including the International Joint Degree Master’s Program in Agro-Biomedical Science in Food and Health (GIP-TRIAD), which was initiated last September as an international and interdisciplinary joint degree program that integrates agricultural and medical sciences. Moreover, the Graduate School is divided into a total of six sub-organizations: the Faculties of Human Sciences, Art and Design, Health and Sport Sciences, Medicine, and Transdisciplinary Research, and the Graduate School for Working Students in Tokyo. Each of these sub-organizations is managed by an associate dean. This year, a total of around 640 faculty members and more than 2,000 graduate students are enrolled in the Graduate School.

By promoting high-level education and research, ranging from the basics to the practical use of knowledge related to human beings, the Graduate School intends to foster wide-ranging international perspectives and general knowledge and skills. In addition, the school seeks to train researchers who can plan and execute even more advanced research in their own fields of study and lead excellent research projects with the help of far-reaching knowledge on human beings, as well as highly-skilled professionals who can design and provide flexible and adequate support for people with diverse lifestyles, by trying to understand human beings from a complex point of view. It is also our goal to foster people with comprehensive perspectives and the capacity to perform original research that will lead to paradigm shifts and facilitate the solution of the global issues confronting the world in the 21stcentury.

For admission of students, we have established flexible admission requirements, selection methods, and criteria focusing on internationality, interdisciplinarity, diversity, and comprehensiveness. We hope to welcome a broad range of international students from many parts of the world, as well as working adults or those who want to join our program to deepen their career path. We will pay special attention to both publicly and privately financed international students. In addition, we will introduce a wide variety of selection methods, including essays and interviews, for working students, third-year students, day/evening course students, and candidates who hope to study at associated graduate schools. Entrance examinations are held in July, August, October and February.

In addition to supporting various education and research activities conducted at the major and degree program level, the Graduate School has put in place several cross-school activities. One of these activities is the Graduate School FD (Faculty Development) Program. This program is held four times a year and attracts both faculty members and numerous students. Because students enrolled in the Graduate School are expected to become professors, researchers, or highly skilled professionals, they are required to improve their education and instruction skills and respond to social needs for education and research. The Graduate School’s FD Program offers students precious opportunities to gain experience and learn about these topics. Another important occasion is the cross-major and cross-degree “student meeting” held once a year, which constitutes an important event that allows students to tighten bonds with each other and to improve their leadership abilities. In this program, students who have never known each other by name or affiliation get together, form a group and try to solve various difficult challenges imposed by nature by racking their brains and exercising originality in the “Wild Forest,” an outdoor facility located inside the campus. Thanks to the characteristics of a wide range of academic fields studied in our 29 programs, this event offers the ideal opportunity for students to share opinions and ideas about humans held by those in different academic fields, deepen friendships with each other, and to develop generosity toward others.

Another important feature of the Graduate School is its focus on the training of internationally minded people who will be able to play key roles in the world. In addition to our original collaborative education programs with overseas partner institutions, we encourage students to be more internationally minded by actively organizing events such as international debate training camps, summer schools, and summer institutes. To this end, the Graduate School has started its own program, the Overseas Training Support Program (MUSHA-SHUGYO). Thanks to this program, many students go abroad every year and make impressive achievements.

We would like to ask those hoping to study in the Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Resources to join us in learning more about human beings.

A broad and deep understanding of human beings will enable you to understand and confirm your own identity and to develop deep insight and generosity toward others. We sincerely hope that our students, based on the knowledge, skills, and worldview acquired during their time at the Graduate School, will play unique roles in paving the way for a pleasant future society in which people lead lives full of hope and energy, and thus contribute to both Japan and the entire world.

April 2, 2018

Charter of the Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences