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Message from the Dean of the Faculty of Glocal Policy Management and Communications

Dean of the Faculty of Glocal Policy Management and Communications  Kazuhiro Yatsushiro

2015 was the 11th year since the opening of the Faculty of Glocal Policy Management and Communications. During this period, around 500 students from seven classes graduated and left the faculty to work in various fields.

This faculty aims to play a central role in the creation of communities with global vitality while developing “active, global human resources” who are both capable of being active in the international community and grounded in their local communities. Our educational and research activities have been given high marks by the Certified Evaluation and Accreditation Organization, the and others. What’s more, various educational programs this faculty played a central role in proposing have been adopted by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). Currently, the entire Faculty of Glocal Policy Management and Communications is working on the Program for the Center of Community (COC), a MEXT program for which the university was selected last fiscal year.

As shown by such achievements, this faculty works to strengthen its function as a center of regional community where information and human resources contributing to problem solving gather. The faculty does this in cooperation with local governments as the university’s core faculty advancing local education, research and contributions to the community.

Meanwhile, in order to deal with new problems in human resource training to meet the needs of the local community in this time of rapid social change, the Faculty of Glocal Policy Management and Communications, as a Center of Communication (COC), is promoting its Next 10 Action Plan, a basic reform policy for the next decade.

One aspect of this plan is promoting “active learning” education at the university. The plan proactively incorporates active learning by students into the faculty’s classes and learning methods. This is in contrast with one-sided lectures by the academic staffs. These classes are based on discovery, problem solving, experiences, investigative learning, and in particular group discussion, debate and group work in the classroom.

Solving problems in education in the future will require the cognitive ability to combine the knowledge possessed by different people and discover optimum solutions. Yamanashi Prefectural University is small, but it has teachers and researchers from a wide spectrum of fields. Learning from those teachers and turning the wide spectrum of knowledge acquired into your own strengths is a rare opportunity not easily experienced at other universities and it is an ability that will definitely be useful when students go to work in society at large. For the sake of Japan and the world, I wholeheartedly recommend that young people study at the Faculty of Glocal Policy Management and Communications.

Dean of the Faculty of Glocal Policy Management and Communications   Kazuhiro Yatsushiro

 

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