About ILAS

Greeting

TODAYAMA, Kazuhisa

Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Director Prof. Dr. TODAYAMA, Kazuhisa

Undergraduate education at Nagaya University consists of (1) liberal arts and sciences education and basic education that is the same for all undergraduate schools and (2) specialized education unique to each school. The Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences has been established as the headquarters responsible for such operations as planning, conducting, and evaluating liberal arts and sciences education.

A university is where students acquire the learning required to directly come to grips with the study of nature, people, and society. Therefore, it is important that students acquire systemized knowledge and develop intellectual abilities. Then they must learn how to use these things with a willingness to struggle with problems they do not have answers to. To accomplish this, it is important that students adopt a broad perspective and clearly understand their own position. Education is the amalgamation of the views, ideas, and values needed to develop such a perspective and determine one’s position. We are required to provide an education that goes beyond simply providing extensive knowledge or specialized knowledge in particular fields. We are called on to help students develop a broad perspective and the intellectual ability to understand nature and humanity and how society can be improved. The importance of the liberal arts and sciences education received at a university is that it helps students build a foundation for growth as a whole person and enables them to cultivate the ability to develop perspectives and ways of thinking needed to do scholarly work.

At Nagoya University, liberal arts and sciences courses account for about 40% of the credits required to graduate. These courses are concentrated in the first and second years of study. The Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences is responsible for liberal arts and sciences education at Nagoya University. I am sure the Institute will continue to make every effort to train students to be specialists who can identify the essential nature of things and think through problems on their own.