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Professor Makio Takemura of the Graduate School of Letters Reappointed as the 43rd President of Toyo University

Upon the expiration of the presidential term of office on Thursday, September 10, 2015, Professor Makio Takemura of the Graduate School of Letters was reappointed as the 43rd President of Toyo University. His new term of office is from September 11, 2015 to March 31, 2020.

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竹村牧男学長

Born in Tokyo and aged 67 years. Holder of a PhD in Literature. Completed a Master’s Course at the Graduate School of Humanities (Indian philosophy), University of Tokyo in March 1974 and April 1975, respectively. After serving as Assistant Professor at Mie University and Professor at the University of Tsukuba, he assumed the office of Professor Emeritus of the University of Tsukuba in 2002.

He was a Professor of the Faculty of Letters of Toyo University from April 2002 to March 2015. After serving as Dean of the Faculty of Letters, he assumed the office of President of the university in September 2009. From April 2015, he has served as Professor of Indian Philosophy and Buddhist Studies at the Graduate School of Letters.

Professor Takemura specializes in Buddhist studies and philosophy of religion. He also serves as Director of the Japanese Association for Religious Studies and Director of the Japanese Association for Comparative Philosophy.

Awards

Japanese Association of Indian and Buddhist Studies Award (1984), Japanese Association for Religious Studies Award (1986), 17th Award of the Nakamura Hajime Eastern Institute (2007), and Inoue Enryo Award (2008)

Major literary works

“Nihon Bukkyo – Shiso no Ayumi” (Kodansha Ltd., 2015), “Daijo Bukkyo no Kokoro” (Daito Publishing Co., Inc., 2013), “Shukyo no Kakushin – Nishida Kitaro to Suzuki Daisetsu ni Manabu” (Shunjusha Publishing Co., 2012), and many other works

Message

I am deeply honored at having been appointed to the office of President of Toyo University for the third time. At the same time, I feel the weight of responsibility that comes with the role.
It is one year since our 10-year program, “TOYO GLOBAL DIAMONDS: Becoming an Asian hub university for global leaders” was selected to be part of the Top Global University project organized by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. To ensure the program is on track to succeed, I will continue to take personal responsibility for facilitating it.
Making revitalization of the university with a view to globalization a top priority, I also intend to promote educational reforms and the development of global leaders in a more active and specific way. In FY 2017, for example, we plan to establish new faculties and departments, including a Department of Global Innovation Studies, and reorganize existing ones. We will concentrate our efforts to achieve each of these important goals.
Committed as we are to the development of the university, we appreciate your continued support and cooperation in our activities.