From the Dean

大学院 政策・メディア研究科委員長 加藤 文俊

In 2020, the Faculty of Policy Management and the Faculty of Environment and Information Studies will celebrate their 30th anniversary. The Graduate School of Media and Governance, established in 1994, has already undergone a quarter of a century, and the time is for further changes.

Over the last 30 years, digital technology has become a part of our daily lives. Moreover, it has dramatically changed our understanding of time and space, that is, the relationships between people. Changes in the media environment increased our mobility and encouraged various “border-crossing” at scales and speeds that were previously unimaginable. As a result, diverse values collaborate and coexist, but sometimes compete and conflict. Presently, various rules and systems that we have been familiar with insist on the existence of multiple “boundaries.”

As political and economic conditions continue to change, facing large-scale natural disasters and accidents, we came to realize that the issues to be addressed are becoming increasingly diverse and complex. Since its foundation, the Graduate School of Media and Governance has been advocating to deal with interdisciplinary and complex issues. Moreover, we have always been researching while maintaining close contact with society. The outcome aims to deliver to the place where people live without staying in an academic context. Problem-solving is not always easy. We live with the problems for a long time. In the meantime, the environment and ourselves change constantly. There, “Media and Governance” can be understood as a concept to capture the movement as a whole.

We should open up the future of academic endeavor by continuing to reorganize ourselves with the spirit of exploration.

Fumitoshi Kato, Dean of the Graduate School of Media and Governance
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