I inaugurated the office of President of Bunri University of Hospitality in April2018. Prior to that, until March, I have been a distinguished senior professor at Waseda University engaged in research and education in the fields of ICT management e-government, digital innovation and applications for the ageing society.
My career as university faculty member spans almost 40 years, but from a historical perspective, I think this is an era of major social / innovative change.
For example, 30 years ago laptop computers were just starting to become popular, and 20 years ago smartphones were only used by a small number of people.
As baby boomers or the baby-boom generation, my generation symbolized high population growth. Now, however, we are facing a declining birth rate, an ageing society and a shrinking population.
In university education too, teaching methods have changed from use of blackboards to use of PowerPoint and the internet.
Similarly, society is approaching the age of innovation when the ageing society and the information society will make convergence for the first time in human history.
Bunri University of Hospitality is a unique and visionary educational institution composed of the Faculty of Service Management which teaches cutting-edge hospitality and service innovation and the Faculty of Nursing which trains key players in the fields of healthcare and nursing care for which there is a growing demand in the ageing society.
The coming age will become the era of humanity when individuality is used to advantage and various values are cherished.
We aim to develop creative human resources through small-group interactive education suited to this environment.
We welcome students as a place of learning that fosters foresight and decisiveness to adapt to the new era.
Toshio Obi, PhD
President of Bunri University of Hospitality
Dr. Obi graduated from Keio University Faculty of Economics and holds a Master’s degree from Keio University and a Ph.D. from Waseda University (Global Information and Telecommunication Studies). Previous posts at international organisations include UNDP Programme Officer, Senior Researcher at Columbia University Professor of Waseda University Graduate School. And now beside Bunri University, he is Director of APEC e-Government Research Center. As well as Adviser to Communication Network Industries Association of Japan. He has served as a member of the Expert Evaluation Committee of the Prime Minister’s IT Strategy Headquarters, Chair of global e-Ageing Research council of MIC and METI CIO Forum as well as holding the post of President of the International Academy of CIOs. He has written more than 30 books and received MIC Minister Distinguished Award twice ( 2013 and 2015).