Greetings from the Dean
The Asian area has been spotlighted due to the remarkable growth of countries in the area, such as in China and India. Whereas research has focused on the Asian area due to the complexity of problems in the area symbolized by problems associated with poverty, the environment, religious conflict, historical perceptions, Japan-China relations, Japan-Korea relations, and so on.
Born against the above backdrop, the Graduate School of Asian Area Studies conducts education and research over various fields—such as historical issues Asia is faced with, the politics, economy, society, and culture of Asian countries, the inter-relationships among Asian countries, and the relationship between Asian countries and the world. Our instructing staff is composed of 30 teachers, many of which are experts who have stayed for a long time in Asian countries. Theses and books surrounding various problems in Asia they published are highly appreciated in the academic circle.
With these teachers, the Graduate School of Asian Area Studies aims to develop individuals who keep a global perspective on modern values and have a sufficient understanding of the revival of traditional society in Asia at the same time.
To achieve this goal, the Graduate School of Asian Area Studies, which offers a master's program and a doctor's program, roughly categorize academic discipline systems into social sciences and human sciences, and then further divide them into six majors (programs), such as politics, economics, society, history, culture, and art, to conduct education and research.
Seeking to deepen an understanding of Asia and achieve empirical research, the Graduate School of Asian Area Studies is encouraging graduate students to conduct fieldwork and is making efforts to support them as much as possible. To date, many students have conducted fieldwork on a scholarship provided by us. (Eight students received a fieldwork scholarship in 2014.)
To provide an opportunity for teaching staff and graduate students to present their research results, the Graduate School of Asian Area Studies started to issue "Daito Asia-gaku Ronshu (Daito Bunka University's Collection of Essays on Asian Studies) a year after the school was established, publishing essays, book reviews, research notes, survey reports, dissertations, and so on every year. In March 2015, a special issue entitled "The Emergence of China and the Asian New Order" was published. This issue contained essays presented in an international symposium organized by our graduate school.
We welcome those who understand the characteristics of our graduate school mentioned so far and wish to give Asian area studies a try.