Message from the Dean
Japan's social and economic system is now in the midst of enormous change. Over the last year, we have seen a series of historical events, the United Kingdom's decision to leave the European Union and the inauguration of President Trump in the United States. Turning to domestic issues, we face challenges such as declining birthrate and aging population, social security system, labor, employment, income inequality, global competitiveness, and goals of monetary and fiscal policy.
In such a turbulent period, we need to look beyond the surface and perceive what is really happening. As a member of society, it is necessary to acquire the ability to carefully analyze economic and social phenomenon, shape business strategies, and devise policies. We are not able to change our history, but we should be able to learn lessons from the past and choose our future.
Accordingly, a “Prism” to view and understand the world is vital, and economics reflects on that role. Economics offers a wide range of disciplines exploring the foundation of modern society—that is, the structures of the economy and the ways in which people make a living out of corporate activities. Moreover, with a focus on finance, it explores issues related to economics, management and finance. Seen in many countries as the most fundamental of the social sciences, economics can be applied to every problem in social and economic system.
The Faculty of Economics, the University of Tokyo has led the research and education in economics and management in Japan, and has produced many graduates active globally. On April 1, 2019, the Faculty of Economics will mark the 100th anniversary of its establishment. Since its founding, we have provided a number of talented personnel to various fields including in business, government, and academic sectors. Recently, we have established the “Next Century Fund” to further strengthen our foundation to develop the Faculty of Economics, the University of Tokyo as a center for excellence in economics in Japan, furthermore in Asia and the rest of the world. As we are determined to continue our effort, we sincerely request your understanding and cooperation in this endeavor.
April 1, 2017
Dean,Graduate School of Economics