Background and Purpose

The rapid advancement of globalization has been accompanied by global issues such as poverty, discrimination, environmental issues, water/energy issues, and so on which must be solved by collaborating across international borders. As such problems are interrelated and closely tied to international political and economic contexts, they cannot be solved individually. Thus, people must share a vision of the society of the future across international borders and investigate the deeper causes of problems while forming international communities in pursuit of collaborative solutions; it is public educational reforms that provide a foundation for these undertakings.

The purpose of this program is to train specialized educational policies personnel who are cable to plan/design educational policies from this new point of view and to actually implement such policies in the contexts of various countries and regions. This training cannot be accomplished through ways of thinking that involve only scientific inquiry into the causes of problems, educational systems, and the like. At a minimum, the following is needed:

  1. collaboration between researchers seeking to scientifically clarify the direct causes of problems at the micro level,
  2. interdisciplinary collaboration at the meso level seeking to devise solutions with an understanding of the correlations between deeper causes and examining scientific knowledge across various academic fields, and
  3. collaboration at the macro level seeking solutions through interdisciplinary, international initiatives based on social contexts, including politics and economics.

That is, it is essential to work in the field where problems arise and carry out onsite investigations (fieldwork, experiments, etc.) within the view of concerned parties as well as to pursue various types of collaboration so as to integrate various disciplines including the study of nature, human civilization, and society, and to form ties with education policy proposals.

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