TOYO UNIVERSITY

Country: Japan

Website: http://www.toyo.ac.jp

Toyo University began as a private "Philosophy Academy" founded by Dr. Enryo Inoue in 1887. With approximately 30,000 students, it has become a large-scale general university consisting of 11 faculties with 44 departments, 10 graduate schools offering 32 majors, and the Law School. In each and every one of its faculties and graduate schools, the educational goals and philosophies relating to the collective cultivation of individual minds are established based upon the spirit with which the university was founded. In addition, efforts are devoted toward the development of promising individuals who are inherently capable of careful, logical and systematic thought followed by appropriate judgment and action and who can independently contribute to society.

Toyo University places emphasis on three pillars: "Philosophy Education" relating to its founding spirit, "Globalization" that responds to contemporary needs, and "Career Preparation" that supports individual students so that they can achieve genuine self-actualization. Having marked its 125th anniversary in 2012, the university aims to develop educational activities based on these three pillars that meet the needs of a globalized and borderless age. It is also involved in educational reforms to further enhance and reinforce these pillars. Regarding "Globalization" in particular, great efforts are made to develop educational activities that are internationally compatible and to vitalize international research and exchange. Recently, the number of partnerships with universities overseas has increased dramatically and research activities have been actively conducted on a global scale at the International Research Center for Philosophy, the Research Center for Public/Private Partnership (PPP), the Bio-Nano Electronics Research Center, and other research institutes.

The current objectives of Toyo University are to have all students gain the capacity to survive in a 21st century borderless global community and help them acquire advanced ways of thinking and common sense norms that are valued internationally, regardless of whether they will work at home or overseas. We are currently devoting all our energies to achieve these objectives, which are our top priority. In 2014, we were fortunate to have one of our international programs selected to be part of the Top Global University organized by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology. In association with this, we are working positively to increase classes taught in English, expand overseas training and internship programs, send our students, and internationalize our campuses. Through these efforts, we fulfill the mission of the university in modern society, which is to cultivate people with sufficient basic knowledge, expertise, language skills, skills for living in society, and the abilities to understand and utilize the insights of other cultures and understand and share their own culture; that is, people who can contribute to the building of a healthy civil society and a just global community. 

Mr. Keiichi Nagai
nagai174@toyo.jp

Ms. Ayako Toko
toko@toyo.jp

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