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Message from the chair of Global Innovation Studies

Professor Sussan FIONA

The Department of Global Innovation Studies (GINOS) was established in 2017 with the aim of fostering globally competitive talent capable of realizing innovative solutions across multiple fields.
We strive to cultivate horizontally oriented individuals who embrace a philosophy that recognizes the urgency of dialog among all of humanity to resolve issues facing the Earth today. In 2020,
GINOS became the first department in Japan to issue a declaration of climate and ecological emergency. Our students have helped us to exhibit such leadership through active participation in
a dialogue-based, problem-solving curriculum set within a diverse English-speaking environment. GINOS is further distinguished by 3 salient characteristics: a combination of international and
Japanese students creating a diverse and healthy ecosystem for interactions and learning, total English immersion during all classes and activities, and an unwavering commitment to sending all
domestic students to study abroad for a semester or one year. Though our ambition is unprecedented, the GINOS prototype dates back about 130 years to the days of Toyo’s“ traveling
founder" Enryo Inoue, who dedicated himself to synthesizing knowledge gained through intercultural encounters and acting on it.

As a new canvas, GINOS encourages students to collaborate in an education based on“ Travel, Play, Dialogue". Through TRAVEL, students develop the capability to work with people from
diverse backgrounds to resolve problems through global entrepreneurship and social engagement. Such capability is enhanced through hands-on experiences with global diversity as expressed in
various cultural, social, economic, historical and environmental contexts. From the second year, domestic students are required to study outside Japan for a semester or one year. All students are
offered various opportunities for short-term travel soon after entering the University. GINOS and the Center for International Education offer many study abroad opportunities for all students,
including international students. In Learning Journey to Experience, for example, students visit various countries, engage in dialog with numerous groups, and finally propose a business model or
policy proposal.

Secondly, through PLAY, students come to understand how communication depends on the ability to adopt roles that shift in accordance with diverse contexts. Successful communication, in
addition to linguistic ability, involves knowing how to inform and move people through presentations and make oneself understood in various cultural settings. In addition to a TESOLbased
curriculum designed to allow domestic students to acquire communicative English competence, GINOS provides students with the opportunity to participate in workshops such as
English Public Speaking through Acting Training. Through the unique one-week training program "CREATOYO", students are also able to network with domestic and international partners in the
field of the creative economy. The GINOS Student Government Association provides students with further opportunities to actively lead the department and the university community. Students also
organize international conferences as part of a dynamic education designed to enhance their creative ability to resolve problems with flexible understanding of the planet’s diverse contexts. In
2020, GINOS students organized and hosted the first Toyo Model United Nations conference that included participants from various countries.

Finally, our emphasis on DIALOG reminds students that their ability to innovate and implement real-world solutions depends on their skillfulness in engaging with others intellectually and
socially. To develop such skills, they embark on journeys to advanced innovation hubs inside and outside Japan while returning to a diverse learning environment at home. The balanced
combination of international and domestic students helps participants develop sustained interest in global society. By constantly entering into dialog with others, they learn to resolve problems in
the fields of global entrepreneurship, international business, and international collaboration.