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Asia UniversityInternational Center

  • 5-8 Sakai, Musashino-shi,Tokyo 180-8629 JAPAN
  • Tel: 81-422-36-3255
  • Fax: 81-422-36-4869
  • E-mail: kkcinfo@asia-u.ac.jp

Message from the President

The University that Never Stops Exploring:
Connections to Asia, Fun Campus Life, Engaging Classes

NAGATSUNA Kengo photo

Welcome to Asia University! 
Let me start by asking you a question: What first comes to mind when you think of Asia University? Is it: exuberant international exchanges, a strong baseball team, and a holistic admissions process? If you thought of these, you are not wrong. However, Asia University goes deeper and has more faces than that. Let me give you some examples. 

The first example is AU’s history, going back 80 years to its founding. It all began in 1941, when Koa Professional School was founded with the mission to prepare talented young adults for success in East Asia. After WWII, Koa Professional School was reorganized twice, becoming Nihon Junior College of Economics and then Asia University in 1955. It was then that Kozo Ota, the university's first president, announced the founding principles of Self-help and Cooperation—a philosophy that has been passed down to this day. When I was appointed president on October 1, 2021, I followed in the footsteps of President Ota as Asia Unversity's 12th president. 

Turning back to the topic of history, I would like to emphasize how the popularity of international exchange at AU was built over time. I will cite two landmark events. The first was in 1954, when Nihon Junior College of Economics, the predecessor to Asia University, accepted 96 international students from Hong Kong, China. This was a big deal at the time; never had a university in postwar Japan welcomed so many international students. We have records from the time showing university staff hustling about in preparation and welcoming the students at the local Musashisakai Shopping Arcade. 

The other event came in 1988, when, under the initiative of then-President Shinkichi Eto, the university sent 60 students on a study abroad pilot program to the United States for five months. This program completely upturned the notion of study abroad as something only a small number of special students could do. It gave birth to a new study abroad model in which anyone with sufficient competence and a spirit of independence could study in the US. The number of participants in this five-month US study abroad program has grown every year, making Asia University the gateway to overseas study for more than 14,000 students to date. 

This exploration into new frontiers of international exchange later inspired other initiatives, such as Asia Yume College (Career Development China Program), overseas internships in various faculties, and an English studies program in Malaysia. Naturally, we expected to face various hurdles and risks when embarking on each of these endeavors. But rather than giving in to such risks, we took measures to minimize them—and in the process created innovative programs that have become defining moments in AU’s history. I hope you now understand that the popularity of international exchange at Asia University today stands on that legacy. 

The second example of AU’s depth and complexity is the diversity of its sports and club activities, which are more than just baseball. AU is home to 30 athletic clubs and 28 academic and cultural clubs, including clubs you won't find at other universities, such as sepak takraw (a type of kick volleyball that originated in Southeast Asia) and gamelan (Indonesian folk dance music). We also have many clubs that students create themselves (registered clubs), such as futsal and boardgaming. 

The reason I mention these extracurricular activities is because university life is more than what happens in the classroom. From meeting older and younger students through club activities, to preparing for the annual student festival, to being inspired by a professor's speech at a symposium, to competing against or partnering with students from other universities—all of these make up the university experience. Asia University provides lots of space and opportunity to have such experiences. 

The third example I want to give is that Asia University offers engaging classes grounded in deep scholarly research. Take a moment sometime to look at the “Teacher Information” section of your faculty. You will find that these teachers are conducting high-level research in a wide range of disciplines. Such research is a critical foundation for providing compelling classes. 

Of course, to taste the pleasure of learning requires effort. At times you will have to memorize bland formulas or use a dictionary, over and over again. However, the sense of accomplishment of a homerun or amazing defensive play cannot be obtained without diligence in practicing your swing or playing catch. In the same way, you cannot arrive at the joys of deeper learning without basic training.

Our minor programs, launched in 2020, are a recent example of how we're combining deep scholarly research with enjoyable study. A minor in Sports Sciences allows you to conduct a systematic academic study of sports through subjects taken in multiple disciplines, such as "First Aid and Prevention" and "Leadership and Coaching." With a minor in Data Sciences, you will study programming and methods of statistically analyzing large data sets, followed by an applied seminar in artificial intelligence (AI) and virtual reality (VR) that combines the study of mathematics, data science, and AI. This program has been certified in MDASH (Approved Program for Mathematics, Data science and AI Smart Higher Education) Literacy by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.

So, what do you think? Does that give you a more complete picture of Asia University? You will find that we are a university that never stops exploring, a university that is connected to Asia and provides a rich ecosystem for deep learning, a wealth of encounters, and fun activities. 
Once again: Welcome to Asia University!
 
Kengo Nagatsuna
President of Asia University

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