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Message from the President

Photo: Professor Koichi Tadenuma President

Professor Koichi Tadenuma President

Hitotsubashi University is a leading research university in Japan specializing in the social sciences.

Hitotsubashi has particular strength in academic research that makes practical contributions towards improving society. It also places equal importance on basic and applied research, aiming to establish a suitable theoretical foundation that leads to effective resolution of social and economic problems.

The modern world faces challenging issues such as economic instability, wealth disparity, environmental pollution, conflicts at state and corporate level, and aging populations. The wisdom of the social sciences is indispensable in solving these problems. In 2014, we established the Hitotsubashi Institute for Advanced Study, and with this institute at the core, we are now further expanding our international research networks and conducting collaborative research.

All of Hitotsubashi University’s educational programs have been meticulously prepared to cultivate each student individually, and we have prepared many promising, talented graduates for society. Our academic staff is not only deeply involved in cutting-edge research, but also works closely with students in small-group seminars of about seven or eight students. The greatest feature of our University is the richness of its high-quality education. Students emerge from this favorable environment with the ability to identify and solve issues on the basis of their in-depth, specialized knowledge and contribute to social, economic, academic, and cultural advancement in Japan and around the world.

Hitotsubashi University also concentrates on cultivating graduates who can flexibly respond in an increasingly globalized society. To that end, we offer a variety of short-term overseas research and internship opportunities that allow students to experience and understand the real world outside Japan. We also offer year-long study-abroad programs. In 2018, through the support of Hitotsubashi University’s alumni association, the Josuikai, and the Japan Student Services Organization, 115 undergraduates were awarded scholarships to participate in year-long study-abroad programs with our overseas partner universities. We also simultaneously accept many international students. This year we are hosting 875 of them from 53 countries, creating a rich, international campus culture.

At Hitotsubashi University, students can specialize in virtually any area of the social sciences, including Commerce, Management, Economics, Law, Sociology, and International and Public Policy. Moreover, the barriers between departments are traditionally low and students can freely take undergraduate or graduate courses outside their own department. They can also enroll in classes provided by other universities, including natural science courses, in cooperation with the Tokyo Consortium of Four Universities (which consists of Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Tokyo Institute of Technology, and Hitotsubashi University) and the Tama-Region Five National University Educational Alliance. Such arrangements engender one of Hitotsubashi University’s great features of enabling students to acquire in-depth specialized expertise along with wide-ranging knowledge of the liberal arts and sciences.

We have attained wide recognition in graduate education, not only in training researchers, but also in preparing students for such highly specialized positions as those in business, law, and public policy. We provide a variety of education programs such as an integrated education system of the undergraduate and the Master's programs and various programs designed for training professionals.

In 2015, Hitotsubashi University marked its 140th anniversary. Its history has been marked by a continuous dedication to expanding the scope of its research and education and deepening the content of its instruction. Going forward, we will further strengthen Hitotsubashi’s distinctive character as a university that takes great care to nurture each student individually while leading the way in cutting-edge research and fulfilling our role as a leading research and education center in a globalized society.

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