The development of higher education has been driven by the intellectual desire to know more about the world in which we live. We classify research based on the object of such desire. When it is nature, we talk about natural sciences, when it is human nature and culture, we talk about humanities, when it is the society built by people, we talk about social sciences. And each of these groups is further differentiated into various disciplines. The reason for this specialization is that, in this way, the analysis can be more thorough. However, as the world continually changes, existing frameworks may not be sufficient to meet our desire for knowledge. For example, artificial intelligence (AI), with which we’ll have to coexist in the future, is posing new challenges in almost every field of research. Another example is environmental issues, which are currently a major social problem and require knowledge gathered from many different disciplines. In these cases, in both research and education, it is necessary to adopt an interdisciplinary approach that goes beyond existing frameworks.
The world of tomorrow needs people who can deal with new social issues thanks to the interdisciplinary expertise that they have acquired. The educational programs of this Center aim to send this kind of people out into the world.
Director, Center for Interdisciplinary Programs