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The educational challenge of globalization

 The 21st century is opening up a new era of opportunity and challenge, of wonderful possibilities and also enormous dangers. The pace of globalization is changing the world economy before our very eyes. We cannot even imagine the extent to which advances in information technology and new breakthroughs in science and medicine are going to change the way we live.
 It is difficult to envision the future even in the decade ahead much less what things will be like forty or fifty years from now.
 In some fields it is difficult to conceive what things will be like even a few years from now.
 How to secure a peaceful world, how to preserve the living standards of people in developed countries and raise them in less developed ones, how to insure that every human being enjoys basic human rights, how to give people the opportunity to lead happy and productive lives are the challenges that young people will have to grapple with over the coming decades.
 Universities have an important role to play in educating people to meet these challenges. It is important not only to learn technical skills but to develop the ability to think critically and imaginatively, skills that young people can carry into their future lives after they leave university. It is here where liberal arts education has a crucial role to play. Liberal arts education gives people the intellectual tools they need to understand the complex world in which we live.
 Rikkyo University has been a leading educational institution in Japan for more than 140 years and is renowned for its emphasis on the liberal arts and the high quality of the education it offers. In the spring of 2017, Rikkyo University will launch a Global Liberal Arts Program (GLAP), an ambitious endeavor to develop a select group of talented young people with outstanding leadership skills and the ability to interact with people around the world in searching for solutions to common problems.
 I have very high expectations for GLAP. I think it will provide wonderful experiences for the students who participate in it and I believe that it can help bring about needed fundamental change in Japanese higher education.
 Japanese universities have played a central role in the development of Japanese society. Now is the time for them to play an important role in the globalized world. Rikkyo University’s GLAP undertaking has the goal of educating young Japanese who have a global outlook and will be global leaders with roots in Japan’s own traditions and culture. It is my hope that participants in the program will develop a universal outlook, strong ideals, and leadership skills while retaining important qualities such as humility and compassion and empathy for people with different backgrounds and historical experiences.

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ジェラルド・カーティス コロンビア大学名誉教授

1940年ニューヨーク生まれ。
1968年以来コロンビア大学で教鞭をとり、現在同大学名誉教授。東京財団名誉研究員。元コロンビア大学東アジア研究所長。
『政治と秋刀魚−日本と暮らして四五年』『日本の政治をどう見るか』など日本政治、日米関係、米国のアジア政策についての著書多数。