Message from the President

Updated on Apr 01 2017

Bringing Japan to the World.

The Drafting of the Third 21st Century Research and Education Plan

To mark Kokugakuin University’s 130th anniversary on November 4, 2012, we drafted and published our mid-term plan, the third “21st Century Research and Education Plan”. In the plan we placed emphasis on further development of the unique characteristics of our university and on clarifying these characteristics in order to increase the general public’s awareness of them. The basic policy outlined in the plan is to achieve harmony in the following three respects: harmony between tradition and creativity, between individuality and coexistence, and between regional characteristics and globalism. To underpin this harmonization, we outlined in the plan the enhancement of the following “five foundations”: Education, research, human development, international exchange, and facilities/equipment. In the plan we also outlined how to facilitate this by realizing the following visions for the future of our university: “Drawing on the university’s founding principle to pursue unique approaches to education and research”, “nurturing individuals capable of taking on core roles in Japanese society and capable of making significant contributions in this age of globalization”, and “establishing and consolidating the Kokugakuin brand”.

Unique education curriculums

Based on our founding philosophy, we provide education that allows each student’s individuality to shine, and that allows them demonstrate to the fullest extent their personal characteristics and capabilities. To be able to facilitate this we place emphasis on students discovering their own unique characteristics, delving deeper into their own areas of specialization, and gaining a wide range of knowledge and versatile skill bases. While respecting the diversity of students’ aspirations, we also provide them with a wide variety of support such as competency diagnoses and assistance in writing their own personal histories etc. in order to help them discover and nurture personal characteristics and capabilities that they themselves weren’t aware of. We provide systemic support, personal support, and curriculum-related support on an “anytime, anywhere basis”. Examples of help provided through this support/consultation system include encouraging students to minor in a second area of specialization in addition to their primary area of specialization, specialization in Japanese language studies and history studies, a variety of different overseas study options, and consultation services relating to study and advice on which courses to enroll in.

Enhancing our learning/education environments

Shibuya Campus and Yokohama Tama-Plaza Campus are both sited in convenient locations and have learning/education environments that feature an extensive range of the latest equipment. The Shibuya Campus is equipped to be an open and urban university. To mark our 130th anniversary we will be carrying out a second wave of development to further enrich the campus, including the construction of a new building. We will also push forward with enhancements to the campus environment aimed at accommodating international exchange and lifelong learning support projects. Infrastructural work has also been carried out at the Yokohama Tama-Plaza Campus to enable the establishment of new departments. Major renovations are also being carried out, and reviews are constantly conducted to ensure the maintenance of pleasant campus environments. We also plan to move forward with active learning projects that support proactive independent learning, and continue work on expanding learning commons spaces in a systematic manner.

Living in an era of globalization

Contemporary society is seeing a diversification of values, and political, economic, and social activities are bringing about changes that transcend national borders. Irreconcilable differences and conflict also result from this and they cannot be avoided. Nothing comes from friction and rivalry, however. The history of human endeavor and past tribulations can teach us how to overcome this. One of the areas of research that Kokugakuin University promotes is “coexistence studies”. With the increasing awareness of the issue of diversity of value systems and social plurality, we need to shape society so as to better facilitate coexistence while at the same respecting, and continually learning about, our own origins. The reason for this is that people who don’t know about themselves lack the knowledge and wisdom required to learn about others. I believe that the special characteristics and mission of Kokugakuin University will only shine brighter in this era of increasing globalization.

Past speeches by the President

President’s résumé

Name Masuhisa Akai
Date of birth September 6, 1950
Education March 1976 Graduated from Waseda University’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences (Night Course) specializing in Eastern culture
March 1980 Completed the first half of the Kokugakuin University Graduate School of Letters Doctoral Program
March 1983 Completed the second half of the Kokugakuin University Graduate School of Letters Doctoral Program
Positions currently held Kokugakuin University Faculty of Letters professor
Kokugakuin University President (tenure: April 1, 2015 to March 31, 2019 – second term)
Degree PhD. in literature. Acquired on January 21, 2003
Past positions at Kokugakuin University April 1985 Full-time Kokugakuin University Faculty of Letters lecturer
April 1988 Kokugakuin University Faculty of Letters assistant professor
April 1996 Kokugakuin University Faculty of Letters professor
April 2001 Manager of Kokugakuin University’s Academic Affairs Division
April 2007 Kokugakuin University Vice-President/“Kokugakuin University educational institution” Board of Directors member
Positions outside Kokugakuin University May 2009 to March 2011 Member of the Committee for Certified Evaluation and Accreditation of Universities of the National Institution for Academic Degrees and University Evaluation
From April 1997 Director of Chugoku Koten Gakkai (Chinese Classics Society)
From April 2011 Director of the Sinological Society of Japan
Research achievements Please see the Teaching Staff Research Activities webpage.

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