Integration of Arts and Science in Japan
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Have you ever heard the phrase “Integration of Arts and Science”?
Innovation in modern society requires integration with skills, ideas, and existing knowledge from different fields, as well as a leadership backed by broad-based emotional intelligence and the skill to apply what has been learned.
It is important to study liberal arts, since it allows for the kind of multi-faceted perspective necessary for this kind of critical thinking.
In Western countries, liberal arts as a general educational concept which has been passed down uninterrupted through the generations.
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It has long been said that Japan’s ability to produce innovation has become stagnant and one of the reasons for this situation is the backwardness in the educational model.
However, the incorporation of liberal arts in education has been recent, with more universities adopting educational ideals that look towards the integration of arts and science, and learning that focuses on multi-faceted knowledge and ideas that transcend existing academic boundaries.
Japanese industry, government, and academia are making efforts to work together towards the development of liberal arts personnel.
The development of such personnel will help lead to solutions for grand challenges—worldwide environmental issues like global warming and the increasing frequency of disasters in certain areas—that cannot be solved through the lens of just one particular field or specialty.
What is Japan’s latest policies on the integration of arts and sciences?
Will the integration of arts and science help Japan to reestablish its position in the global economy?
Next time we will do an in-depth analysis and try to find answers for these questions.