Message from Deans
Cross-Disciplinary Approach to the Problems Facing 21st Century Society
Takeshi Kawazoe, Dean of the Faculty of Policy Management, Keio University
At SFC, we aim to equip our students with the skills to identify and solve problems for themselves. In the increasingly complex and unpredictable world we live in, it is not enough merely to master a body of existing knowledge. The professionals in demand are those who can judge a new situation accurately, then design the necessary technology, system, or organization to maximize its benefits.
To achieve a better world--an eco-friendly, poverty-free society that combines longevity with vitality--we will need the resources of a wide range of disciplines. The issues to be addressed may involve legal and economic systems, technology, and even people's awareness. At the Faculty of Policy Management, we place importance on identifying the crux of each problem and, working together with the Faculty of Environment and Information Studies, learning through hands-on problem-solving. Another distinctive feature is that our students can choose from over 120 seminars as their personal interests and concerns evolve, and they can attend these seminars from their freshman year. It is this kind of campus environment that produces graduates who combine breadth of vision with specific expertise.
Wealth of Intellectual Stimuli
In keeping with the Keio tradition of "half learning, half teaching," whereby faculty and students learn from one another, we are committed to making our campus a place where faculty and students constantly challenge the unknown together. The Faculty of Policy Management welcomes students who can express themselves, who have original ideas, and who are highly motivated to play a part in designing the future.
About the Faculty of Policy Management
Training Students to Become Professionals
The Faculty of Policy Management trains students to identify and resolve social problems. These "problem-solving professionals" can then become the leader of the society. The world today faces many problems such as environmental pollution, energy crisis, economic gap between rich and poor, regional wars, ethnic conflicts and religious tension. None of these problems can be understood or resolved through a single field of study. A more comprehensive approach is needed to resolve these problems. The Faculty of Policy Management creates the right environment for students to experience the way policies are made, through the process of demonstration, experiment and evaluation of results. By experiencing these processes and employing new information networks students can find an integrative approach to problem solving. The Faculty also encourages students to conduct fieldwork and participate in internship programs to acquire practical experience.
Enlisting Cutting-Edge Technology, Science, and Design to Create a New Era for the Global Community
The concept underlying the name Faculty of Environment and Information Studies is this: our surroundings are the environment, and our interaction with the environment consists of information. By pairing those two key words, I think the Faculty's name admirably addresses how we human beings in years to come will think and live and organize our societies; in other words, the future advancement of humanity. Since it was founded in 1990, the Faculty has carried on research and teaching in an interdisciplinary style, free of conventional academic boundaries, as we pursue our mission of helping to advance the global information society and solving the problems this involves. While our specialties are technology, science, and design, we place importance not on mere numerical measures of performance, but on how our research and designs actually contribute to people's lives and to society. After all, even the most perfect piece of technology is not genuinely useful unless it betters lives in some way.
SFC Community with Limitless Potential
Our ideal applicant is a person strongly motivated to be a leader in the global society. Why not join us, study hard in line with your own interests, and make the most of what the SFC community has to offer? One of SFC's distinctive features is the close personal relationships that develop between faculty and students as they tackle research together, and the wide circle of relationships that develop among one's peers as students from different faculties come in frequent contact. Further, the community is a place of limitless potential. I invite you to experience and enjoy that potential, to gain depth intellectually and personally, and to become someone who has a great contribution to make to the global society.
About the Faculty of Environment and Information Studies
Contributing to the Development of Global Society by Using New Sciences, Technology and Design
The twenty-first century is characterized by a special emphasis on "Environment and Information" which must be integrated in higher education to resolve contemporary problems. The Faculty of Environment and Information Studies introduces students to the methodologies of new sciences, technology and design, and teaches them how to apply their newly-acquired knowledge to help them to understand about planet earth, human beings, society, nature and life, and find solutions to problems.
The Faculty of Environment and Information Studies seeks (1) mathematics and science majors who can learn and apply methods of advanced technologies to society, (2) arts majors who can use such technologies for social improvement, and (3) mathematics and science or arts major who can exclusively study the subject as undergraduates.
Research at SFC is inter-disciplinary and not bound by any rigid academic structure. Approximately one hundred research activities in various research areas are conducted in the Faculty of Policy Management and the Faculty of Environment and Information Studies.