Meiji University Graduate School in the new age

Universities in the age of innovation

Today, universities are entering an age of momentous innovation.
This innovation is being driven by globalization and IT. These two words both mean the sharing and leveling of value.
Globalization was induced by the internationalization of corporate management. The first stage in internationalization consisted of the massive export of Japanese products to the rest of the world. This was followed by the import of low-cost Asian products into Japan, which enabled us to take a detached look at the meaning of internationalization. In addition, Japan’s high-quality technology and rich culture are the pride of all Japanese and a focus of attention around the world. In Japan, it is said that administration of universities is becoming difficult with the decrease in the population of 18-year-olds. In this situation, however, the ranks of researchers and students who want to learn about Japanese technology and culture are swelling in the fields of research and education. This is being brought by a certain sharing and leveling of value.
The spread of IT was caused by the increase in the level of the industrial structure. The advancement of the information industry in particular led to tremendous change in conventional secondary and tertiary industries. It has also had a strong influence on the existing agricultural, manufacturing, and service sectors. This influence may be exemplified by the rise of the social infrastructure industry and “fintech” as a fusion of financing and IT. This revolutionary change is also having an effect on the fields of education and research. Information on high-quality research and education is being sent around the world by IT. As a result, researchers and students who want to learn about Japanese technology and culture are coming to Japan from around the world. This is an effect of the sharing and leveling of value due to IT.

Universities as elements of the social infrastructure

As the trend of value sharing and leveling progresses, universities are being called upon to serve as elements of the social infrastructure. Universities are now becoming open to society and available for use by all. Their use is no longer confined to their students. People who work and live in the community and other people from around the world are now making use of universities. This indicates that universities are now a type of social infrastructure. In other words, they form an infrastructure of research and education of service to society as a whole, like the social infrastructures for supply of water, electricity, and gas.
It is important for these new-age universities not to make their thresholds high and to close their gates, but instead to make their thresholds low and to open their gates as widely as possible, so that many people can freely enter. Meiji University is no exception. Its students are not all aged around 20; people of all ages, both young and old, are pursuing studies at Liberty Academy and other institutions there. On the Izumi Campus, people in the community make use of the University Library. Similarly, companies and other organizations use Liberty Tower to hold various events.
Universities where these trends of globalization, IT, and transformation into social infrastructure have taken root are centers of research and cultural interchange among undergraduate and graduate students from various countries and regions, exactly like the “scramble” crosswalks allowing pedestrians to cross streets in any direction simultaneously.

Graduate schools in the new age

New-age universities are hubs of interchange among different types of research and culture, and their graduate schools must be bases for information dissemination that will open up new horizons in research from new perspectives, induce innovation in entrenched outlooks, squarely take up the challenge of difficult issues, and propose initiatives for solution. While various value outlooks intersect in studies on the graduate level, our young researchers are asked to pursue studies that make new proposals, based on unique value outlooks and in-depth analyses.
With this attitude, Meiji University Graduate School provides generous support to students who are earnestly tackling issues. Meiji University Graduate School has prepared a stage that will enable you to take powerful wing into the skies of a globalized world and worlds in other dimensions. Please do you best in your studies. We are expecting very much of you! 

Dr. Tsuneo Sakamoto,
Professor of Business Administration,
Dean of the Graduate School

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