Message from the President

HOMEEnglishAboutMessage from the President

Living in a community with a world view

Seiga Ikusai
Tetsuji Morohashi who is the first president of the university codified our school philosophy. There is a song entitled Seiseishaga found in Lesser Court Hymns - part of the “Classic of Poetry” (or Shikyo, one of the Confucian scriptures). A part in the preface refers to “a joy of training promising youths for society,” which is one idea represented in the school philosophy. The Ga in Seiga is a plant called Tsunoyomogi. Seisei means a vivid green color, alluding to how plants grow very thick. Therefore, Seiga Ikusai broken down by the four characters roughly alludes to “a wish for students to grow and thrive as the plant Tsunoyomogi does.”

In globalization, scholastic ability has been crossing over national borders. Already in Europe, workers are crossing borders into other countries, where plurilingualism featuring a person’s native language, English plus one more language has taken root. A shift has taken place in which units at universities have been unified and even professional qualifications are starting to be unified. It will not be long even for Japan to start down that path. It may not just change with caregivers, but elementary, junior high school and high school teachers may also include foreign citizens. In the world of education, global education is bringing about major changes comparable to the Meiji Restoration.

For 60 years, our university has embraced the idea of “Human exploration” to help foster young people to connect with society based on our school’s philosophy: Seiga Ikusai.

Our Department of Global Education has received IB (International Baccalaureate) accreditation, and all second year students spend the second half of their year studying abroad, on the basis of inquiry-based classes conducted in English. We have already signed an exchange program agreement with all teacher training universities in Denmark, and have experienced each other’s English-based classroom teaching. English is widely used as a second language in northern European countries, and welfare states that value each individual citizen have great appeal for Japan, which faces a declining population. Our Department of Teacher Education has added teacher credentials for science and math so it can accommodate both elementary and junior high school training. Additionally, our Department of Community and Society has expanded to four courses and intends to adopt PBL (project-based learning) in order to provide practical training in the field. Courses shared by three departments in the Faculty of Letters have been established, as we push forward with reforms grounded in our university’s 60 years of history.

Seiji Fukuta

Born in 1950. Completed the doctoral program without a doctoral degree at the Graduate School of Education, University of Tokyo. President of Tsuru University from April, 2014.

<Literary works>
『競争やめたら学力世界一』(2006: Asahi Shimbun Publications Inc.)
『フィンランドはもう「学力」の先を行っている』(2012: Akishobo)
『ネオリベラル期教育の思想と構造』 (Toshindo, 2017), and more.