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Tokyo University of the Arts to offer joint degrees with three top world universities

  • 2015-02-26 15:00:00
  • , Asahi
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(Asahi: February 24, 2015 – p. 38)


 Tokyo University of the Arts (TUA), the only Japanese fine arts university designated by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology as a “super global university,” signed a cooperation agreement on Feb. 23 with the University of the Arts London, Ecole Nationale Superieure de Beaux-Arts de Paris, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago on offering joint academic degrees by the four universities. TUA has had exchange program agreements with these three universities, but the four universities will now begin exchanges among their faculty members and students.


 After participating in two weeks of joint classes in Paris in the new school year, about 10 TUA graduate students and faculty members will present their works at the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale to be held in Niigata Prefecture. Building on such joint curricula, the four universities plan to offer joint master’s degrees in two to three years.


 TUA President Ryohei Miyata, a metalwork artist, said: “Artists should not only be content to have people look at their work. They should interact with the world and produce art and convey messages through this process. We would like to nurture creators of culture who are artists and at the same time, closely linked to the social and economic reality. The four universities have long shared such a commitment.”


 TUA also plans to offer joint degree programs in music. Jonathan Freeman-Attwood, principal of the British Royal Academy of Music, visited the TUA on Feb. 18. The two institutions agreed to sign an agreement shortly on boosting their joint curricula.

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