In April 2022, the Chiba University Center for Innovative Higher Education (hereafter referred to as "the Center") was established to restructure and strengthen the Institution for Excellence in Higher Education. The Center's main objectives are to create educational policies and plans, design comprehensive educational programs, and implement evaluation schemes to enhance Chiba University's educational functions and student support.
Today, higher education is at a turning point. We are facing numerous complex challenges, such as achieving student-centered education as proposed in the Central Council for Education's report "Grand Design for Higher Education Toward 2040" (2018), complying with the University Establishment Standards revised in 2022, advancing digitalization further taking advantage of what we incorporated in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, and providing internationally competitive education. Each university must develop strategic initiatives to achieve its goals.
Chiba University aims to develop next-generation human resources based on the Chiba University Aspirations formulated in July 2021. The Center is responsible for expanding post-graduate education and developing new education programs in collaboration with each center constituting the Institute for Excellence in Educational Innovation and faculties and graduate schools to achieve comprehensive educational reforms worthy of being a leading research university. The Center also emphasizes data analysis to lead data-driven reforms. We believe such efforts will facilitate us in discovering solutions to the challenges mentioned above.
We have many demanding difficulties to overcome. Your kind understanding and cooperation are always most appreciated.
Vice-President for Educational Reform and Learning Support,
Director, Center for Innovative Higher Education,