Updated on Apr 01 2022
Kokugakuin University has set its future vision as “Creating knowledge. Focusing on Japan, opening up the future.” Universities are more than places that transmit knowledge; they are places for learning from one another, between faculty and students and also among students, as well as for updating the knowledge of students on a daily basis, questioning existing knowledge, and creating new knowledge. Our university nurtures the human resources who will create a symbiotic society in the future, study the essence of things based on the knowledge they have accumulated, reflect on the origins of Japan, and open up the future.
Our educational goals are to question, learn from each other, and coexist, with which we aim to produce human resources who have cultivated these abilities.
Kokugakuin University has formulated a five-year mid-term plan, the 21st Century Research and Education Plan, and we have engaged in a number of projects since Phase 1 of the plan began in academic year 2002.
In Phase 1, as part of our 120th anniversary project, we opened the Faculty of Shinto Studies, redeveloped the Shibuya Campus, opened the Graduate School of Law (Law School), and applied to participate and were selected for the 21st Century COE Program run by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.
In academic year 2007, the start of Phase 2, we formulated the Guidelines for the Promotion of Research and Education Development, defined the Three Considerations declared in the guidelines, namely, the harmony between tradition and creation, between individuality and symbiosis, and between locality and globality, and we defined the Five Foundations that support these harmonies as education, research, human resource development, international exchange, and facilities, and implemented projects related thereto.
We developed and announced Phase 3 to commemorate the university’s 130th anniversary on November 4, 2012. In addition to the Three Considerations defined based on these harmonies and the Five Foundations that support them, the plan also presented the ideal future role of the university to bridge these concepts together: achieving unique education and research in the spirit of the university’s foundation, developing human resources who will play a central role in Japanese society and contribute to the era of globalization, and establishing and strengthening the Kokugakuin brand. It also emphasized the importance of further differentiating the university and clarifying its characteristics to increase its visibility in society.
With the announcement of Phase 4 of the plan, we will move forward on a new stage as an educational corporation.
As part of our 120th anniversary project, we promoted education and research activities centered around the following activities.
Formulated the Guidelines for the Promotion of Research and Education Development, defined the Three Harmonies declared therein as the Three Considerations and the foundations for those harmonies as the Five Foundations, and implemented related projects.
To commemorate the 130th anniversary of the university’s foundation, we defined our mission and our vision and clarified the direction that the university should take. In this revision, we reexamined the mission and vision of the university, and set target values for the action plan.
[Revised in 2014]