Nov 22, 2017

Four New Fellows Named at Keio SFC

Taro Ueno, second from left, Yuri Kato, Yoko Matsuki, and Anna Nakamura with Sylff Association secretariat members.

On October 18, three members of Sylff Association secretariat visited the Graduate School of Media and Governance at the Shonan Fujisawa Campus (SFC) of Keio University—located some 50 kilometers southwest of central Tokyoto meet with Sylff fellows and Sylff steering committee Chairman Jun Murai. Professor Murai was appointed SSC chair and dean of the Graduate School of Media and Governance in October.

The mission of the Graduate School of Media and Governance, which was established in 1994, “is exactly the same as that of Sylff,” said Professor Murai. “To resolve the increasingly complex problems confronting global society, we need an interdisciplinary approach transcending traditional research areas. This is why we’ve designed our curricula and programs to support students hoping to conduct research spanning several disciplines.

Four graduate students were awarded Sylff fellowships in 2017: first-year master’s students Yuri Kato (architectural design), Yoko Matsuki (sociolinguistics), and Taro Ueno (cognitive science), along with first-year doctoral student Anna Nakamura (health science). In their presentations of their current research, they emphasized their strong hope of being able to help people and contribute to society not only locally but also globally.

All four fellows had very strong presentation skills, a result, no doubt, of their broad, interdisciplinary perspectives. We hope that they will take full advantage of the Sylff network and the various support programs provided by Sylff Association to further expand their knowledge and develop their leadership skills.