Message from the President

We want students to take full advantage of our cutting-edge education curriculum and learning support system to foster the abilities to be themselves and thrive in the future!

Digital technology reaches every corner of our lives, and people can connect with others around the world at any time. In the ever-changing twenty-first century, there is a need for people equipped with international awareness and the skills to use digital communication effectively and efficiently. Digital Hollywood University has offered the advanced education where students can develop the skills to thrive in the future since its establishment, anticipating that society will see the greatest transformation in the twenty-first century.

The education program at DHU places a strong emphasis on understanding digital communication and using computers in creative projects. Throughout the four years of study at the University, the curriculum will encourage students to consider how their creative work influences society to offer greater usability. Students learn to generate ideas that are more convenient, beautiful and enjoyable, which are useful in people’s lives in the future, and add brand new value. We promote students' personal growth as people by exposing them to new ideas and concepts in our unique curriculum. Personal richness serves as the driving force to generate future career paths.

DHU has introduced active learning approaches from the initial year of establishment a decade ago, and as the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology advocated its implementation to universities. In addition, DHU has been working to improve teaching by implementing faculty development programs. Through study abroad support, collaboration with corporations, financial support for graduation projects, meticulous support for international students, and entrepreneurship support, DHU provides a learning environment of significant potential and opportunities. In 2015, the curriculum was greatly enhanced in light of the experience accumulated over a decade since the establishment of the school. DHU has enhanced its curriculum by implementing a quarter system where students can study for four years while placing an emphasis on specialized education, liberal arts education, and international education with the aim of establishing a firm foundation for expressive and creative projects.

Regardless of whether you currently possess digital knowledge and skills or not, the crucial element is whether you wish to create something. We seek students who want to master the comprehensive skills necessary to achieve their goals and move forward with a global perspective. That is how the next generation should be and what we want to develop. To thrive independently and freely in an increasingly complex digital society, we want students to join DHU where we offer flexible opportunities to gradually expand their potential and make a better society in the future.

The University exists to help students thrive in the future vibrantly and freely.

Tomoyuki Sugiyama, Doctor of Engineering, President of Digital Hollywood University

Born in Tokyo in 1954. He was a visiting researcher at the MIT Media Laboratory for three years from 1987. After working as chief researcher at the International Media Research Foundation in 1990 and a full-time lecturer at Nihon University Junior College in 1993, he established Digital Hollywood in October 1994. He opened first Japanese corporate schools: Digital Hollywood Graduate School in 2004 and Digital Hollywood University in 2005. At present, he serves as the president of the university, graduate school, and vocational school. In September 2011, the University established a collaborative school, Digital Media Art School, jointly with Shanghai Conservatory of Music (China), where he serves as the president. He is also the chairperson of Fukuoka Ruby Contents Business Promotion Council and a committee member of the Specialized Research Committee for Strengthening Content of the Intellectual Property Strategy Headquarters, Cabinet Secretariat. Additionally, he is a member of Japanesque Modern, CG-ARTS Association, Digital Content Association and much more. He received the AMD Award and Achievement Award from the Digital Media Association in 1999.

He is the author of Cool Japan: Japan that the world wants to buy (Shodensha); What are Creator Spirits? (just-published by Chikuma Primer New Book).

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