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The Graduate School of Regional Culture targets education and research of culture in the southern islands and the larger world and aims to contribute to the advancement of local residents through that research on regional cultures. Based on this university’s philosophy, the school values the traditions, culture, and natural environment of Okinawa, creates scholarship and culture that support the peace and coexistence of humankind, and cultivates spiritually rich, unique individuals to contribute to local autonomy and the development of international society.
Research on the culture of the southern islands clarifies dissemination routes of Asian culture and processes of change. Those research outcomes can contribute not only to understanding of the southern island region, but also of culture and society in Japan and the world. Together with an accurate understanding of culture, the research helps international exchange with countries neighboring Okinawa and Japan, thus contributing to the formation of a society that is energized and peaceful.
This university’s philosophy is summarized by the keywords “Peace and Coexistence,” “Individuality and Creativity,” and “Autonomy and Development.” The Department of Regional Business and Economics in the Graduate School of Regional Business and Economics was opened in 1998 to exemplify this philosophy in higher dimensions in the areas of economics and commercial science. Specifically, in order to practically deal with issues directly faced by Okinawa Prefecture today in the promotion of industrial development, the school was established to form a base that combines the functions of human resources development and research to further encourage research activities founded on (1) the embodiment of expertise and complex knowledge in the real world to nurture high-quality expert professionals that can become the driving force in promoting local industry, and (2) organic relations with fields including economics, business administration, marketing, accounting, and information. Therefore, the aim of education is to nurture human resources that undertake the central roles in workplaces in corporations and administrations.
Today, globalization is advancing in many fields such as politics, economics, and society. Organized development in the 21st century no longer can be accomplished by a single nation. On the other hand, looking into the near future of our own country reveals a sense of stagnation in many areas (national finance, industry, labor issues, declining birth rate, pension, etc.). Given these circumstances, the role that universities (graduate schools) fulfill as institutes of intellectual creation is becoming more and more important. The Graduate School of Law aims to cultivate human resources that can demonstrate outstanding leadership in the chaos of modern times in order to fulfill a portion of that responsibility in the field of law.