Learning at the School of International Politics, Economics, and Communication
Cultivating the Talent to Flourish in Global Society
With the advance of globalization, we can interact much more freely than before with people from different ethnicities, cultures, histories, and languages, across national borders. Even in Japan, cultural diversity demands that we coexist and cooperate regardless of the relevant differences. Developments in information technology and artificial intelligence have added convenience to our everyday lives, allowing us to exchange ideas online with anyone, internationally. On the other hand, with repeated conflicts in many locations throughout the world, and frequent unexpected disasters, the uncertainty of our world is increasing.
Each of us is increasingly being asked to transcend national frameworks as we tackle problems on a global scale, in areas such as diplomacy, finance, trade, as well as NGOs (non-government organizations), resources, energy, and the environment.
The School of International Politics, Economics, and Communication was founded in 1982 with the mission of producing UN staff, coordinators of international relations, and other talent that would flourish in international settings. Today SIPEC continues to aim to cultivate the leaders of global society.
Learning International Politics, Economics, and Communication in an Organic Way
Aoyama Gakuin University School of International Politics, Economics, and Communication offers a curriculum that addresses international politics, international economics, and international communication independently, and it also integrates the curricula of these three departments so that students can learn organically from both micro and macro perspectives. This starts with building knowledge and strengthening comprehension of global society’s current status and challenges. Next, students develop the ability to analyze those challenges based on evidence (data), and they acquire debate and discussion skills. Then, they improve their foreign language abilities and cultivate communication skills for reconciling differing opinions and value systems, so that they can successfully convey their own views.
Sometimes we have the courage to overturn assumptions we had taken for granted, and SIPEC offers learning opportunities that lead to flexible mindsets and attitudes for addressing global issues.