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In this globalizing world of the 21st century, we are obliged to consider and solve any problems at issue from a global standpoint since most domestic issues are often directly and explicitly linked to the international situation. Moreover, the notion of “globalization” per se has undergone a rapid change in terms of recent moves in the global community, and this raises more difficulties in understanding all the world’s issues. Under these circumstances, it is an urgent need to foster human resources who can tackle on current complicated problems with an outstanding capacity for problem-solving, leadership, and communication skills in foreign languages as well as their own languages. The Graduate School of International Cultural Studies thus aims to promote education and research with an interdisciplinary approach in three areas; (1) area studies from a trans-cultural perspective, (2) social studies on the global community, and (3) scientific studies of language and communication. Within these areas, we aim to develop experts with advanced expertise and research capabilities.

Over the years, we have accepted many international students from various regions across the world. In addition to our regular graduate programs, we have built up specialized educational programs which are conducted in English. We offer education and research programs where students from different social and cultural backgrounds learn together to achieve their academic goals. Our faculty members will be pleased to do everything possible to equip you with the best possible education resources to assist your research activities. The door to our graduate school is always open for those who want to take on the challenge of solving the world’s issues with inspiring minds.

I am heartily hopeful that, together, we will make progress toward something unique at our graduate school – something we can do nowhere but here, together with you all, students with challenging spirits and fresh sensibilities.

Naoyuki ONO, Ph.D.
Dean, Graduate School of International Cultural Studies, Tohoku University

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