Think Globally, Act Locally
- 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.”
Since its founding, Tsuru University has successively developed human resources in great numbers that possess an abundance of both intelligence and sensibility, guided by its academic policy of Seiga Ikusai (nurturing highly talented young people). This academic policy is made possible by factors that play off each other like the instruments of a symphony: the rich educational tradition that has been cultivated from the university’s founding up to the present, the warmhearted citizens of Tsuru and its municipal government which has desired and supported the city’s development as a university town, the rich scenic beauty that surrounds the university, and the students who come here from all parts of the country in order to pursue their dreams and hopes, from Hokkaido in the north to Okinawa in the south. That said, the second decade of the 21st century will be marked by greater convenience, efficiency, complexity, and emergence due to the advance of globalization, the transformation to a digital information society, and other irreversible changes on the one hand, while on the other, the digital divide, economic disparity, negative aspects of complexity and emergence, and growing uncertainty are increasingly becoming apparent as problems. One such example can be seen even in the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, which is responsible for the cancelation of this year’s entrance ceremony. Bringing this situation to an end will require domestic and international collaboration and cooperation as well as conscious, conscientious, and appropriate efforts on the part of individual people, groups, and communities. During such times as these, we expect that university education will increase more than ever, cultivating highly intelligent students who empathize and collaborate with academic specialization. In addition to all this, university is a time for enjoying one’s youth. Our hope is for your time as a student to be richly rewarding, as you take advantage of various opportunities to converse not only with your fellow students who have gathered here from across the country but also with instructors and people from the community, and as you become well-read and set aside the occasional time for meditative thought.
He was born in 1944. He completed the doctoral program (PhD) at Stanford University. Professor emeritus at the University of Tokyo and at Kyoei University. He has served as a member of the Science Council of Japan, as president of the Japan Society of Educational Sociology, and as president of the Japanese Educational Research Association.
- <Literary works>
- Child, School and Society: Irony of an Affluent Society, University of Tokyo Press, 1991; Education Reform, Iwanami Shoten, 1997; Family and Gender: Organizing Principles of Education and Society, Seorishobo, 2003; Reappraisal of Compulsory Education, Chikuma Shobou, 2005; and more.