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An Exciting New Era of Global Education

Makiko Deguchi

Makiko Deguchi

Deputy Director
Center for Global Discovery

Associate Professor
Cultural Psychology
Department of English Studies
Faculty of Foreign Studies

There are various ways to define “a global person” but all have a few things they all have in common. Such people are able to overcome differences in language, culture and lifestyle, get along easily with others and can resolve daily issues wherever they are. I believe the best way to acquire these skills is to study overseas.

The Center for Global Discovery (CGD), established under the Faculty of Foreign Studies in October 2012, helps students acquire the basic skills and abilities needed to become global citizens, and encourages them to study abroad. For example, we conduct various programs and activities, including intensive courses and international symposiums, every spring and autumn. We also provide advice to those seeking overseas study opportunities and promote exchange programs with universities in Asia. Information on other activities we are planning will be posted on our website.

I hope Sophia students will make full use of SIED programs and activities, and acquire the knowledge and confidence to shine on the world stage. Let’s move forward together as we enter this exciting new era of Sophia’s global education.

 

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Yoshiaki Terumichi

President of Sophia University

What will become of our chaotic world? How will we survive? To tackle such unanswerable questions requires certain thinking processes. Sophia University’s specialized education is a place for such training. Specialized education does not mean storing up knowledge, but training to understand and use the thinking processes that have been cultivated in various fields.

There is a universality which goes beyond individual subject matters in the training for such abilities to think and which broadens one’s vision. When your vision expands, naturally your interests and concerns will change their focus. Sophia offers programs to address such a change. Although you may imagine the introductory liberal arts courses of your freshman and sophomore years to be outside your fields of specialization, that is not the case. Students are able to take a variety of courses from entry to advanced levels throughout their four years, including not only in-class lectures, but also active learning programs enabling students to address world issues through hands-on experiences. Students with different interests, such as Humanities, Social Sciences, or Science and Technology, together with international students from all over the world, think and learn together on shared topics.

Of course, it may not be easy to refine your thinking abilities in the core study of your specialized field, learn the methods of related disciplines, and acquire language skills to communicate with the rest of the world. Whatever learning environment is offered to you, it still depends on the aspirations of each individual. Your aspirations do not have to remain rigidly fixed. As your thinking processes develop, naturally your aspirations may change. But those aspirations will be your greatest source of strength. Sophia is not a mammoth university. But it will continue to strive to respond to the great aspirations of each and every student.

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