Professional Development

Professional Development

The Division of Professional Development has a central focus on the fostering of human resources that promote the quality improvement of child rearing and early childhood education and care (ECEC) on the basis of scientific evidence. As young researchers who are capable of making policy proposals, we aim to support all people engaged in this area of enquiry as they strive to fully bring scientific knowledge from theory into practice.

 

Today, various social issues are present under multiple factors, and human resources that are able to deal with these realities are needed. Issues in child-rearing and ECEC are wide ranging, and the effective collaboration between natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities is essential. In particular, when cultivating human resources that comprehensively support human development and knowledge, an interdisciplinary approach is absolutely necessary. This center has a goal to “produce human resources with diversity and excellence” and aims to cultivate a wide variety of human resources knowledge, such as that with great expertise in human development, the quality of ECEC practice, and public policies. We also strive to devise solutions to problems in the field from the children’s side, and to understand activities in different academic disciplines, early childhood education and care field, and the government by putting them in perspective and make comprehensive decisions. We will always maintain a wide vision, ranging from a focus on the actual conditions in the field to international movements, and work to foster the development of education materials and programs.

 

Currently, the University of Tokyo, as a whole, aims to create a “global base for knowledge collaboration” that connects the quest for knowledge with its utilization. This promotes advanced attempts to develop new academic disciplines that transcend the existing areas of humanities and the sciences. Our center plays one of the key roles in the realization of this goal, and in terms of the cultivation of human resources. We will also strive to develop international standards and to will promote activities that will contribute to the greater good of society.