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President's Message

Our mission is to foster human resources with a solid educational background in Japan, capable of contributing to the global society on their own initiative.
Masuhisa Akai

Fundamental policies comprising "Three Concepts" and "Five Basics"

At Kokugakuin University, we have revised our 21st Century Research and Education Plan which was established on the occasion of the 120th anniversary of our university, and we have also newly drawn up a near-term plan to be pursued until 2012 which will correspond to the 130th anniversary. Moreover, in the Guideline for the Advancement of Research and Development at Kokugakuin University, which was formulated in April 2008, "The Three Concepts" – "harmony of tradition and creation", "harmony of individuality and coexistence" and "harmony of regionality and globality" – were adopted as the basic policies for research and education, whereby we announced the goal of fostering human resources with a full awareness of being Japanese nationals and a deep understanding of the Japanese culture, independent-minded, and having the will and competence to dedicate themselves to the betterment of the Japanese society as well as of the global society. In order to support this program, an implementation structure consisting of "The Five Basics" was established by defining the responsibilities of the five infrastructures of education, research, human resources development, international exchange as well as facilities and equipment.

Improving the learning and educational environment

In order to achieve the aforementioned goal, there was the need to speedily implement improvements in the study environment and education system. Improvements have been accomplished in the educational and research environments, with the redevelopment of the Shibuya Campus where, after a span of eight years, urban-style buildings equipped with state-of-the-art facilities were finally completed. As for the education system, together with the Organization for the Advancement of Research and Development which was launched in 2007, the Institute for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning consisting of three centers – the Educational Development Center, the Common Educational Center and the Study Support Center – was established in 2009 in order to provide the students with support in their studies and other educational support. At these three centers, the emphasis is placed on developing vocational competencies of the academic staff, supporting FD (Faculty Development) activities, further enriching the humanities curriculum and common education, and providing study support as well as educational support. Particular emphasis is laid on formulating an optimum support program for each student in his or her pursuit of studies.

Unique Educational Contents

A university not only serves as a place for pursuing the truth and studying various special fields of the arts and sciences but it is also required to conduct unique educational researches as an educational institution. Private universities, in particular, have their own founding spirit, and they are especially required to develop their independent and individualistic colors. At Kokugakuin University, we profess to provide education based on the Shinto spirit, which we define today as "the practice of tolerance and humility while maintaining one's identity". In other words, the education offered at our university assists students to acquire a deep understanding of the Japanese culture, to fulfill their obligations as human beings through their studies, to cultivate their moral nature, and to mature into members of society able to serve the community and willing to cooperate. The students are above all encouraged to acquire high proficiency in the Japanese language which serves as an important basis for shaping their personalities. At the same time, through the compilation of "a personal history" that covers a lifetime of 80 years, each student is trained to look ahead into the future and form a more concrete career vision.

The role of our university in this age of globalization

In the contemporary society, where we have increasingly diversified sense of values, with social activities such as politics and economy crossing over the borders, changes are taking place on a global scale. Amid such conditions, our sense of values are prone to shift. At such times, it becomes especially important for us to have a clearly defined base upon which we can stand with confidence. It is only when we have acquired self-understanding and are able to explain ourselves to others that it becomes possible for us to act in concert with the rest of the world. At Kokugakuin University, we shall continue to build an educational and research system that can respond to the changes of the times, not just for the benefit of Japan but also for the entire global community.
Masuhisa Akai President of Kokugakuin University