Happy New Year.First of all, I would like to highlight the uplifting nature of the Hiroshima Carp baseball team’s win of its second straight Central League championship.Last year, I hardly had time to breathe, because Hiroshima University had to go through one evaluation after another (for example, the evaluation of the program for Promoting the Enhancement of Research Universities and the Top Global University project). When an evaluation result is rather poor, it can be easy to succumb to the negative pressure. However, at such time, the power of sports or arts can help us to stay in a positive frame of mind.In two years’ time, both the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics will be held in Tokyo. Many competitors and citizens from more than 160 countries will take part in the events, which comprise the 2 largest peace-promoting festivals in the world. As a university with the guiding principle of ‶pursuing peace," Hiroshima University oers its ardent support to these two important events.At the time of the 2012 London Olympics and Paralympics, the local shops in the nearby streets including the local supermarkets near the athletes’ village lowered the height of their store shelves to make them wheelchair friendly. I heard that the cobbled streets of London, essential for creating an historical townscape, were paved at around the Olympic site. Nevertheless, the historical ambience was maintained. Also, I heard that they reorganized sports facilities at the local community centers and universities, so that people with disabilities and able-bodied persons could start to enjoy playing sports together.Making the most of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics means that we need to imagine what kind of society we would like to have in ten years’ and one hundred years’ time. Universities also should take this opportunity to start contemplating their future roles and the direction to be taken.In April this year, the School of Informatics and Data Science as well as the Department of Integrated Global Studies at the School of Integrated Arts and Sciences are to be opened at Hiroshima University. As a result of society having been rapidly highly informatized by AI (Articial Intelligence) and IoT (Internet of Things) in recent years, a lot of information and products are ooding our daily lives. However, one thing has not changed: at the very center lies us human beings.With all the faculty/administrative members at Hiroshima University progressing as one, we would like to steer a course to equip all HU students with information security knowledge and skills for international communication, so as to enable all of them to spread their wings around the world as ‶peace-pursuing, cultured individuals with an international mindset and a challenging spirit." I am counting on your continuing support.学長からのメッセージMessage from PresidentWith the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games imminent, let us think about the future of our society. 散詩語録 新年おめでとうございます。 広島の明るい話題といえば、広島東洋カープがリーグ2連覇を成し遂げたことでしょうか。 昨年大学はRU(研究大学強化促進事業)評価、SGU(スーパーグローバル大学創成支援事業)評価と追い立てられ、私自身も気が休まる時がありませんでした。評価が良くないと心が折れそうになりますが、そんな中で気持ちを前向きにしてくれるのがスポーツや芸術の力ではないかと思います。 2年後の2020年には東京でオリンピックとパラリンピックの両大会が開催されます。160を超える国々から大勢の選手や市民が集うオリンピック・パラリンピックは世界最大の平和の祭典です。「平和を希求する精神」を理念に掲げる広島大学としても、成功に向けて支援していきたいと強く願っております。 2012年にオリンピック・パラリンピックを開催したロンドンでは、選手村周辺の商店街を中心に、スーパーマーケットなどが車いすの選手が利用しやすいよう商品棚を低く設定し直したそうです。また、ロンドンの歴史的街並みのシンボルである石畳の道も、景観を保ちつつ平らに舗装し直したと聞きました。地域や大学には障害者と健常者が一緒にスポーツを楽しめる施設が整備されているといいます。 オリンピック・パラリンピックを契機に10年後、100年後にどのような社会を築いていくのか、今からデザインを描いていく必要があります。もちろん大学も役割や方向性を考える契機にすべきでしょう。 今年4月に広島大学に新たに情報科学部と総合科学部国際共創学科が開設されます。AIやIoTをはじめとする社会の高度情報化が急速に進む中、どれほどモノや情報があふれようと、基本は人であることは変わりません。 新学部新学科のみならず、全ての学生が情報セキュリティーの素養と国際コミュニケーション能力を身に付け、「平和を希求し、チャレンジする国際的教養人」として羽ばたいていけるよう、構成員が一丸となって取り組みたいと考えています。読者の皆さま方のご支援をよろしくお願いします。001

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