School of Economics March 3, 2014
To applicants to the School of Economics
Tsuyoshi Toshimitsu, Dean of the School of Economics
As educators, our wish is for students to discover the joy of learning and develop the right attitude for achieving their educational goals.
The best aspect of this school is the free and easy academic culture amidst the setting of a beautiful campus. In recent years, the job hunting season has been starting earlier and earlier, and it seems to be creating stress even among first- and second-year students who, in truth, should be concentrating only on learning. University education is different from high school education in that correct answers are not always available, and information is not always freely given. Encounters with friends and professors as well as improving communication skills are also an important part of university learning. I would like to see every student spend their four years at this university discovering the joy and importance of learning and acquiring survival skills for society before going out into the real world. Therefore, the School of Economics has made subjects on career education a requirement, to allow each student to become aware of how to learn at a university and to ponder the purpose in his/her life plan (for enrollees in AY 2012 and on). Vibrant messages such as "Career Designing and Work" where alumni of the School of Economics deliver lectures on the current status of various industries and their own experiences in a relay style will surely provide you the chance to think deeply about what you really need right now. Because your time here is limited to four years, I would like each and every one of you to enjoy your university experience to the fullest with a clear purpose and learning awareness.
At first glance, economics may seem like an ambiguous field of study. However, no other field of study is more closely related to your daily life. Society is, in general, ambiguous without 100% correct answers. The key is having the ability to understand the true nature of problems, and to solve them in the limited time available. Acquiring economic knowledge, a broad perspective and the right attitude to learning at the School of Economics will give you the power to survive in society, and allow you to continue learning even after graduating. Learning does not end after four years of university; it is a life-long process. I hope that all enrollees will be able to experience the joy of learning and acquire the right attitude to learning during their time here.