Dean, Graduate School of Integrated Sciences for Global Society
Graduate School of Integrated Sciences for Global Society (ISGS) was established in 2014, it is the newest graduate school of Kyushu University. There are two types of graduate organizations in Kyushu University: “Faculty” that academic staff members belong to, and “Graduate school” that graduate students belong to. Based on the organizations of “Faculty” and “Graduate School”, many academic staff members participate in ISGS, not only members of Faculty of Social and Cultural Studies, but also Faculty of Languages and Cultures, Faculty of Humanities, Faculty of Law, as well as centers for common education and research such as Kyushu University Museum, Kyushu University Library, Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Research Center for Korean Studies, and International Student Center. Therefore, ISGS promotes “Integrated interdisciplinary education and research from the perspective of global society ”.
Contemporary society faces various issues; each of the issues consists of complex elements and structures. This is why “Integrated interdisciplinary education and research from the perspective of global society” is necessary to confront the complicated problems. However, there is a limit to what a single person can accomplish. As students of the graduate school, the priority is strengthening their own specialized field. However, it is equally important to have a wide range of interests in the academic fields surrounding their specialty and beyond the boundaries of fields such as arts and sciences. To some, it may seem worthless to study academic disciplines far from one’s specialized field. It may seem like an unnecessary detour. However, this is not the case. "Study of an adjacent discipline" and "Research outside one’s specialized field" can often spark new ideas, and frequently such external stimuli helps one break out of a research impasse. The Graduate School of Social and Cultural Studies, the predecessor graduate school of ISGS, also had the philosophies of "interdiscipline", "internationalization" and "integration", and fostered many outstanding researchers and professionals.
The root causes of the various problems in today’s global society may be understood and dealt with not only by mastering existing disciplines, but also by arranging and creating a new academic system which is centered on an axis of expertise. While it is certainly necessary for students to develop expertise in a specialty, ISGS intends to be a place that provides students with an abundance of academic diversity. I sincerely hope ISGS continues to be an exciting environment for the students as well as for the academic staff. Thank you.