2. Toyo University Accredited as a UN Center of Excellence

Toyo University Accredited as a UN Center of Excellence


From left: Chairman Fukukawa; Mr. Mahathir; Minister Ishiba; Mr. Hamilton

Toyo University (Chairman of the Board of Trustees: Shinji Fukukawa) has been accredited as a Specialist Center of Excellence on PPPs (Public-Private Partnerships) in Local Governments, one of the International PPP Centers of Excellence, the establishment of which is promoted worldwide by the Cooperation and Partnerships Section (Chief: Geoffrey Hamilton) of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).

The accreditation ceremony was held as part of the 10th International PPP Forum on August 4, 2015, where Mr. Geoffrey Hamilton presented the accreditation certificate to Chairman Shinji Fukukawa. After that, the keynote speeches and encouraging remarks by His Excellency, Mr. Mahathir bin Mohamad, former Prime Minister of Malaysia, and Mr. Shigeru Ishiba, Minister in charge of Overcoming Population Decline and Vitalizing Local Economy in Japan were followed by presentations by former Toyo PPP School students on their findings from four cases in the Toyo University Local Revitalization Support Program (activities for proposing solutions to problems using PPPs in collaboration with local governments), which greatly contributed to the full recognition and accreditation won by the university.

Ms. Yu Namba, Senior Staff at the Research Center for Public-Private Partnership, Toyo University, has been appointed as the Representative of the Specialist Center of Excellence on PPPs in Local Governments. Through the university’s educational and research activities as an academic institution, the Specialist COE is expected to develop global standards, best-practice models, and other programs for local governments around the world within three years. It is the world’s only UN PPP Center specializing in local governments, and this means that the results of activities at Toyo University will themselves become models for local governments worldwide. We are greatly honored by this, and, at the same time, we really feel the weight of the responsibility we have assumed. We look forward to your continued guidance and encouragement in the future.

Moreover, graduate students at Toyo PPP School (Course of Public/Private Partnership, Toyo University Graduate School of Economics) can participate in these important activities in real time. We hope that many young and talented individuals desiring to improve the world and aiming at its sustainable development will join us.



At the accreditation ceremony

Accreditation certificate