Message from the Provost

Provost of the Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences, University of Tsukuba
Shigeki SONOYAMA

DSC01985Studies on human beings by gaining knowledge or doing research are pursued on a more advanced level. On the other hand, the necessity of understanding humans as a whole is becoming more important. The Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences was founded in 2001 by bringing together various academic fields focusing on humans including education, psychology, disability science, sports studies, art, and medicine in order to integrate the sciences on human beings and foster human resources who have a comprehensive perspective and unique creative research capacities that enable paradigm shifts to address issues faced by humans in the 21st century. The graduate school marked its 15th year in fiscal year 2015. It now consists of 28 majors and one interdisciplinary degree program. The school organized these majors into six subcategories: human, art, sports, medicine, interdisciplinary, and Tokyo area (Tokyo Campus) and each of them has an Associate Provost. The school has approximately 640 faculty members and 2,000 graduate students as of fiscal year 2015 and is the largest graduate school in the University of Tsukuba.

The Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences upholds its goals on human resources development:
“Through rich and advanced education and research on mind and body covering everything from the foundation to application, cultivate researchers who can plan and perform research work based on advanced and international perspectives in their own unique fields, researchers with broad knowledge about human beings and the capacity to plan and perform outstanding interdisciplinary academic research, and advanced professionals who can respond to social needs by understanding human beings from multiple perspectives.”
While research on human beings is segmented, the social environments surrounding humans are changing continuously as a result of globalization, an aging society, and fewer children in today’s society. The school now offers education and research opportunities from multilateral directions and with “humanity” at the center in order to understand humans as a whole.

The school supports various educational and research activities in each major and degree program and offers cross-sectional programs. I would like to introduce two things. One is the “Graduate School Faculty Development (FD) Program.” This is held four times a year and many graduate students and faculty members participate. Graduate students are expected to become university faculty members or researchers, or advanced professionals in the future. They are required to have greater capacity for education and instruction and interest in society’s demand for education and research. The Graduate School FD program is an opportunity for graduate students to experience and learn that. The second item is a students’ gathering that is held once a year across different majors. This can be a game event or outdoor barbecue to create bonds between students. We develop deeper friendships by taking advantage of diverse academic fields composed of 28 majors and sharing different perspectives among various fields of specializations on human beings.

Another strength of the school is our specific effort in human resources development to cultivate students with the character to lead the world. At the entire university level, the school proactively promotes its own collaborative education with partner universities under international exchange agreements and offers summer school and other programs. In addition, graduate students offer various other support in coordination with researchers overseas including a “support program by on-site hands-on training overseas” for activities that are useful to doctoral research for dissertations.

Prospective students of the Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences will get to explore “humanity” with all of us. Ultimately it is to understand yourself as a human and contribute to society with the knowledge, skills and worldview that you learn at the school.

April 1, 2016