The Faculty of International Research and Education (FIRE) came into being in April, 2009 and consists of an undergraduate school, the School of International Liberal Studies (SILS), two postgraduate schools, the Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies (GSAPS) and the Graduate School of Japanese Applied Linguistics (GSJAL), a research institute, and the Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies (WIAPS). All these institutions are actively engaged in educating international students and large numbers of their staff are involved in research activities at the international level. Approximately 1,500 international students are currently enrolled in FIRE from countries around the world. The research results of FIRE faculty members appear in top international journals, are published by well-known international publishers, and are delivered at distinguished international conferences. FIRE aims to be a truly international institution by structuring itself according to international standards of higher education. It has a large number of international faculty members, admissions systems to accept students twice a year (April and September), and standardized academic policies and content.
As a liberal arts school, SILS offers a wide variety of courses, ranging from natural science to social science and the humanities, and nurtures in its students a high level of communicative capability, independent spirit, and critical thinking skills. 90 percent of the lectures and seminars are taught in English, and students must study abroad for one year. At GSAPS, students are involved in theoretical and empirical research in the fields of area studies, international relations, and international cooperation/policy studies. GSAPS consists of a MA degree program and a Ph.D. degree program, and introduces a ‘two language education system’ in Japanese and English for students to be able to complete the program by taking courses in either or both languages. GSJAL consists of a MA degree program and a Ph.D. degree program. This postgraduate school trains students to be specialists in Japanese language teaching or academics in the area of applied linguistics. WIAPS focuses on the rapidly changing and developing Asia-Pacific region, aiming to construct a research and education network as well as becoming the source of abundant research results and information in diverse fields. In particular, it is dedicated to pursuing world-class research.
In the three schools and one research institute of FIRE, many different languages can be heard, reflecting the international composition of its students and faculty. FIRE has a real cosmopolitan outlook and atmosphere and, in this sense, it is unique in Japan. You can broaden your horizons and learn how to make a difference by coming to FIRE.