Operating in accordance with our liberal traditions of scholastic excellence, Hitotsubashi University has educated business leaders who boldly take the initiative in solving problems and who contribute to society in every corner of the globe pursuant to their own identity and sense of responsibility. We do so by enriching the intellect of students through exposure to the social sciences and by helping them develop their own unique personality. Our Graduate School and our undergraduate Faculty of Commerce and Management boast the longest history of any academic field at Hitotsubashi University. Over many years, we have taught a great number of students who were able to obtain highly specialized knowledge and abilities
during their time with us. They are now leaders who are responsible for developing the economy and society as movers and shakers at the forefront of change.
Students belonging to our undergraduate faculty study the applied social sciences that relate to business organizations and the market. They learn about business administration, accounting, commerce, economics, history, sociology, psychology, and more in order to clearly grasp from various standpoints the theories underlying the various phenomena affecting organizations and the market and apply such knowledge to the real world.
This effectively characterizes the educational and research opportunities we offer in our undergraduate faculty. This method cultivates the ability to engage in deep theoretical thinking useful to various professions in which highly specialized knowledge and abilities are needed. Such intellectual training methods and people-oriented small-group seminars also enable students to develop upstanding minds that are guided by high ethical standards.
We are further defined by the provision of practice-oriented education and an international outlook. Our motto stresses that we do not acquire knowledge merely for the sake of knowledge but also acquire knowledge for use so that we may fully mobilize our intelligence to solve the problems that we encounter in our lives. We regard international exchanges as important and accept many students from all over the world. Many graduates are engaged in business internationally. We await you and invite you to join us if you wish to acquire the ability to think on a profoundly theoretical level based on the social sciences and to do business internationally as a professional capable of harnessing highly specialized knowledge and skills in your future.
Hitotsubashi University is widely known as one of Japan’s most respected universities. We have been active in academic research and education in a liberal tradition since the university’s establishment. The Faculty of Economics is one of the pillars of the institution. Economics graduates receive excellent preparation for making meaningful contributions to society, for which they have been widely commended. Graduates of the Faculty of Economics are therefore highly sought after by discerning national and international institutions.
The field of Economics analyzes the cyclic processes of production, exchange, distribution, and consumption of goods and services. As a social science, Economics is expected to address the human condition, including contemporary problems such as unemployment, poverty, social welfare, aging society, and environmental change. Also, the rapid progress of economic internationalization and technological development raise new issues for economists. Interdisciplinary efforts with such fields as history and geography contribute greatly to such efforts. These complex activities are necessarily addressed with logically rigorous theories and explicit methods such as the principled use of mathematics. Our intellectual toolkits of economic theories and methods must be continuously updated in order for us to carry out our mandate of contributing to society.
The range of courses offered by the Faculty of Economics and our first-rate faculty accommodate a variety of interests. Furthermore, the depth of the faculty allows for well supported disciplinary development from the level of novice to that of expert. Another distinguishing feature of our curriculum is the seminar system, which provides students with opportunities for small-group study and discussion with peer and professors. This allows for a more focused, interactive, problem-solving education, generating the kinds of skills and knowledge that are highly valued in society.
Contemporary society faces challenges and opportunities that Hitotsubashi University’s Faculty of Economics addresses with academic vigor. If you are curious about economic phenomena, we invite you to Hitotsubashi University to help transform this curiosity into principled propositions in Economics and meaningful contributions to society
Faculty of Law
As a comprehensive university for the social sciences representing the learning of civil society, Hitotsubashi University has contributed to the development of Japan’s political and economic society and the nurturing of its creative driving force through its liberal academic traditions. Based on this history and record of achievement, the University aims to create intellectual and cultural property which will contribute to the building of free and peaceful political and economic societies in Japan and the world and to nurture those who will assume positions of leadership.
With this mission in mind, the Faculty of Law has striven to nurture human resources combining a sound knowledge of law with internationalism through the twin pillars of our courses in Law and International Relations. To this end, we have made the nurturing of cultured persons who will be rich in humanity and international sense through a sound training in the fundamentals of law and international relations, based on the University’s traditional system of seminars comprising small numbers of students, the goal of the education we provide.
Our graduates have benefited from this education and gone on to assume positions of leadership in the world of business and diverse fields such as the legal profession, civil service, and international society. The Faculty of Law is committed to building on these traditions, and seeks through our multiple selection processes students from around the country who possess knowledge of various fields and outstanding academic ability and students who possess excellent logical thinking, language, and communication skills and are eager to learn
Faculty of Social Sciences
As a university dedicated to a wide rage of social sciences for the analysis of civil society, Hitotsubashi University, with its uniquely liberal tradition, has been contributing to the political, economic, and social development of Japan as well as to the education of creative social leaders. Based upon this history and experience, Hitotsubashi’s objective is to create intellectual and cultural resources that promote the construction of a free and peaceful society as well as to educate its leaders.
Within these university-wide goals, the Faculty of Social Studies is dedicated to enhancing students’ critical thinking, future vision, and ability to analyze and solve problems. The Faculty provides a wide range of programs that equip students with a strong intellectual foundation, including the capacity to see issues as a whole, an appreciation of the diversity of human experience, and an international perspective. At the same time, we aim to impart professional knowledge that students can apply in their later careers. Our alumni are active in journalism, private corporations, national and local government, NGOs and NPOs, as well as in research and educational institutions. We welcome applications by students with excellent analytical, language, communication skills as well as strong interests in a variety of social issues.
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