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.
The newly built Department of Global Education received IB (International Baccalaureate) accreditation. As part of the basic courses, the department offers investigation classes conducted in English, and all students in the second half of their second year go abroad on an exchange program. The university already concluded an exchange program agreement with all education universities in Denmark, and there is a plan in the works for both sides that provides students with teaching experience in the classroom in English. In Scandinavian countries, English is spoken with fluency as a second language, and the welfare state which values each and every citizen represents a society that is attractive to Japan, which faces a decreasing population. Currently the applications for the Department of Teacher Education are pending. These applications seek to add teacher’s credentials for natural sciences and mathematics so that credential holders can teach in both elementary and junior high schools. In addition, the Department of Community and Society was expanded to four courses, and a PBL (Project based learning) approach is being integrated so that students can learn on a practical level based on classroom teaching. The Faculty of Liberal Arts will be set up with these two departments, which constitutes a tremendous change and reform in the university’s 60 year history.
Japan is a hybrid of many different aspects of cultures, combining these attributes to make a more enriched and refined culture. In addition, I believe that Japan, having experienced war, is in a position that can show the world a picture of coexistence, associating with one another by disregarding religious conflicts and military confrontations. I hope that all our students will act with a global perspective, and play an active role in the community and in the world.
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)
- 『国際バカロレアとこれからの大学入試改革』(2015: Akishobo), and more.