There are many significant challenges the world is facing today, but some of the most important issues that developed countries, and Japan in particular, must address first include the declining birthrate and aging population, creation of new values, and those related to the security of the economy, regions, and daily life. To solve these issues, Keio University is conducting cross-disciplinary research centered on its 3 interdisciplinary research initiatives of "Longevity," "Security," and "Creativity." As part of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology's (MEXT) Top Global University Project, which was launched in 2014, we adopted the conceptual theme of "Enhancing Sustainability of Global Society Through Jitsugaku (Science)," and through the international joint research and educational programs of each initiative as well as academic exchange, we are also working actively to develop human resources who can play an active role in the international arena. In order to build a better future, we will contribute to the development of a global society by strengthening collaboration with the international community and promoting advanced interdisciplinary and international research.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a set of 17 international goals adopted at the UN Summit in September 2015. These are universal goals for both developing and developed countries that aim for a sustainable and better world by 2030. Under the principle of "Leave no one behind," the 17 goals, which consists of 169 targets, cover issues such as poverty, inequality, climate change, environment, peace and prosperity, and justice. As an educational and research institution with the School of Medicine and University Hospital, and as a research university that contributes to the global and regional communities, Keio University is also engaged in various activities related to the SDGs.
Keio University has concluded partnership agreements with over 300 universities and institutions of higher education worldwide, and is enhancing student exchange, academic exchange, and research collaboration activities. In order to give our students the opportunity to develop the skills and expertise necessary to become leaders of the global society, we offer 31 double degree programs with overseas universities, the most among Japanese universities (as of October 2021). We also offer about 1000 courses that are taught in English on our campuses. Furthermore, as a member of university consortiums such as the World Economic Forum's (WEF) Global University Leaders Forum (GULF), U7+Alliance, Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU), and ASEAN+3UNet, we collaborate with overseas universities and actively carry out various activities as a university that contributes to the global and regional communities.