|Inaugural Message from the Director
I do feel a great sense of responsibility to be appointed the director
of AGU Centre for International Studies (CIS). About 10 years ago when
CIS was first established in our school, Professor Terumichi Horiuchi,
Faculty of Information and Policy Studies served as its first director,
followed by Professor Tomohiko Sekine, Faculty of Commence taking over
the reins subsequently. As a younger successor, I have a commitment to
advance the legacy of the learning and leadership from former CIS directors
and develop the AGU international academic studies with passion and support
from each and every one of you.
The past academic year, on the occasion of the 2005 World Exposition, CIS
has actively engaged in international studies in particular the Canadian
Studies, the most prevalent and fruitful program in AGU. Through the Canadian
Government Grant Program, Professor Hiromasa Kuwahara, AGU Faculty of Law
has been inviting the Canadian scholars, most from the University of Alberta,
to hold international symposia at CIS. These exchange activities on the
Canadian Studies were considerably well-received and even attracted the
notice of the Japanese Association for Canadian Studies (JACS) as well.
Accordingly, CIS and JACS jointly hosted the Aichi Expo Canada Lecture
Series Seminar in AGU last autumn. Nearly 100 people including the AGU
students joined the 6-time Seminar with great interest. Some of the audiences
are neighboring residents, also participating in the AGU extension lectures,
whereas others from distant areas like Mie Prefecture etc. The details
of the Seminar have been published on the CIS News No. 7.
In addition, "Anglo American Politics and Diplomacy" is scheduled
to publish soon as Monograph Series for Area Studies Vol.3 by CIS. This
issue collects the CIS lecture papers which provide the latest research
information by academic society leaders. I deeply appreciate all of the
hard work and the great contribution that two chief editors, Professor
Hidesaburo Kusama, Faculty of Information and Policy Studies and Professor
Masami Umekawa, Faculty of Law have made with the matter.
In terms of the Asian Studies, AGU School of Dentistry has been devoting
its resources continuously to offering medical aids to various Asian countries.
CIS has previously issued in 2003 "The Profile of Contemporary Asia"
as Monograph Series for Area Studies Vol.2. Asia nowadays is an extremely
important area to Japan. Therefore, it is our earnest desire to widen the
cooperation with Asia not only in the medical care system, but in the interdisciplinary
programs such as exchange activities in culture, the economy and law as
well. AGU, a leading university with a wide range of degrees and programs
in central Japan, will take advantage of every opportunity to motivate
and approach the intercultural projects with Asian nations and areas. We
hope to continue the cooperative efforts with the AGU academic members,
and most importantly, with every one of you for many years to come!
Hiromichi HIKITA, D.Litt.
AGU Centre for International Studies