Congratulations on your enrollment

  • 2023年04月01日
  • 新入生

In this room, we have some students who had GIS as their first choice, while others maybe had GIS as their second or third choice. We have students who joined us through the general entrance exam, those who joined us from priority schools or affiliated schools and those who were self-recommended.

Thus, although there are many different pathways to GIS, I would like to emphasize that regardless of how you entered GIS, you will all be treated equally. In other words, you are all now at the same starting line.

If I were to ask you, "What kind of faculty is GIS?" What would you say? Many of you would probably answer, "A faculty where all lectures are conducted in English, the classes are small, and the students come from a variety of backgrounds.” These are certainly characteristics of GIS, however, they are only superficial features of GIS. To put it more accurately, GIS is an educational institution that prepares students to become leaders who can work in Japan or abroad with global standards. Therefore, we, the faculty, will teach you to have a global mindset, and to have academic and practical knowledge and skills required in the global arena. Some may say, "I don't plan to work abroad in the future, so I don't need global standards.” However, globalization is expanding in many aspects, and as a result, sooner or later, global standards will eventually replace Japanese standards.
So how can we become leaders with global standards? There are many ways, but today, I would like to focus on three things.

First, you need a world-standard degree to become a global leader. It does not mean that a bachelor's degree from a well-known Japanese university is required. A world-standard degree means a master's degree or a PhD. It is becoming more and more common among business leaders around the world to have a master's degree or a PhD. Therefore, we strongly recommend that a bachelor's degree earned at GIS not be your final degree. In other words, it should be complemented by a graduate school. In fact, in recent years, an increasing number of GIS students are enrolling in master's programs abroad after graduating directly from GIS or after working for several years in Japanese global companies or foreign-affiliated companies. However, please remember that a high level of English proficiency and a high GPA are MUST for admission. Therefore, students who wish to enter a graduate school overseas must make every effort to maintain a high GPA from their first year. A high GPA is also required to participate in Hosei University's study abroad programs. 

Second, it requires knowledge of global problems. For example, environmental issues, poverty, child labor, energy, food, religious issues, medical issues, human rights issues, and gender issues. In other words, you need to understand what is happening in the world, what problems we are facing, and what governments and experts are currently doing to solve them. Some of you may think, "I will be working for a company in the future, so I don't need this kind of knowledge.” However, foreign leaders have more awareness and knowledge of these problems than you might imagine, meaning that you should consider this knowledge as a passport for interacting with them. Incidentally, understanding these global issues will also help you to analyze Japan objectively and give you an opportunity to think about the future direction of Japan.

Third, global communication skills are necessary. By global communication skills I am referring to the ability to communicate one's opinions in English in a logical manner, and to constructively discuss and move forward while understanding the expertise of the other party. This ability is a natural part of working for a global company, but it is also needed in the process of solving global problems. This is because these problems cannot be solved by one country alone, and solutions can only be found through discussions among politicians and experts from different countries from their respective standpoints.

So far, we have talked about the three things you need to become a leader with global standards: a world-standard degree, knowledge of global problems, and global communication skills. But how can you acquire these three things? Don't worry, GIS is proudly prepared to help you acquire all three with a solid curriculum based on 15 years of experience, well experienced professors who know the world, a highly qualified staff, and, especially, talented, inquisitive, and passionate GIS friends. In addition, we have alumni who are active on the world stage.

How you make the most of this wonderful environment is up to you. Right here and now, we promise to support and guide you academically to the best of our ability. Follow us and we will take you to the next level, but are you ready to study hard and survive here at GIS? 

We do hope that you will be proud to be a member of GIS, learn a lot in various situations, meet many people, and spend a fulfilling four years.

Once again, welcome to GIS.

Dean of GIS
Takamasa FUKUOKA














法政大学GIS(グローバル教養学部)学部長 福岡賢昌