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Message from the President

Gunma Prefectural Womenfs University was founded in 1980 to enable young women to be more independent in society and give them the resources to be able to reach their full potential. I would like to mention just a few ways in which we are attempting to put this into practice.

Our university has a rich history of achievement in providing the highest level of education to each individual student. The education is complemented by guest lectures from distinguished members of society from outside the university who come to GPWU to talk about their fields of expertise.

Students attend lectures given by ambassadors and business figures as well as leading writers, artists and filmmakers. Through the experience of listening to such speakers students are able to broaden their horizons and keep abreast of the very latest developments in the contemporary world.

In recent years, there has been a much stronger focus on learning foreign languages. Our university has established a program to help students who would like to study abroad. The program encompasses more than just foreign language study; students can also do volunteer work and internships. Every year about 100 students are able to take advantage of this program.

We are acutely aware of the importance of putting students in touch with the world of work as early as possible in their university life. GPWU students learn the importance of professionalism in the workplace and are encouraged to spend time outside the university doing internships for which they can receive credits. In their second year they are given individual support to help them decide on a suitable career path. The combination of classroom learning along with the support and training they receive lead to a high employment rate.

Over the past few years the establishment of a new faculty and the thorough overhaul of many components within the university have been effective as a means to attract students of the highest caliber.

We are sure that the students of Gunma Prefectural Womenfs University will graduate as confident and capable citizens, able to use their talents to create a bright future for Japan.

Fujio Hamaguchi