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.
Forging a bright future through taking on extreme challenges
Yoko Hamada, Dean of the Faculty of Environment and Information Studies, Keio University
The Faculty of Environment and Information Studies was created in 1990 based on the concept that our surroundings are the environment, and our interaction with the environment consists of information. Our faculty is not bound to conventional fields of study, but rather makes use of cutting edge science, technology, and design, from genetics and cellular biology on the micro-level, to earth and space on the macro-level. This allows us to produce solutions to the many multifaceted issues faced by society. Seminars on over 100 different themes are held at our university by our friendly and passionate faculty members. By transcending and combining traditional academic fields such as architecture and education, and IT and health science, we are able to contribute to society in ways that have yet to be realized.
A campus for the Unique Minded
Students can join any seminar from their first year as long as they are passionate about the topic and feel capable of participating in it. Our university provides undergraduates with research grants to help them pursue their interests as well. At SFC, we do not "hammer down the nails that stand out," but rather empower them, and I have no doubt that here you will find your own individuality. I urge you all to make use of the resources at SFC to be audacious in your pursuits, break free from old paradigms, and conquer extreme challenges. Take this opportunity to forge your own future and become leaders in our 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.