Greetings from the President
We are living in what has been called an era of diversity, but exclusion and conflict continue to occur. The world needs people who can respect others, understand their differences, and work together to tackle shared issues. Moreover, the advancement of information and communication technology (ICT) is also transforming how we view knowledge.
In the summer of 2018, the Ritsumeikan Academy formulated a vision for 2030 with the slogan of ‘Challenge Your Mind, Change Our Future’. It is a bold declaration of the challenge we will undertake precisely because we are living in an age when the future is difficult to forecast. What we need now is to find new meaning in the world and accumulate inspirational experiences that support this endeavor.
As places where people can experience joy and inspiration and the new possibilities and meaning these experiences bring, universities must continue to provide education and research to this end. It is my sincerest wish that Ritsumeikan University will contribute to humankind by searching for and creating new kinds of knowledge, presenting that knowledge to the world, and preserving it for posterity.
This year marks the 150th year since the founding of Ritsumeikan, and the 120th year since the establishment of the Academy. Taking as a base the founding spirit of ‘Freedom and Innovation’ - extolled by our founding father Prince Saionji Kinmochi, and Nakagawa Kojuro, his protégé and the founder of Ritsumeikan University - I will make every effort to ensure we become a globally recognized university, one with roots in the local communities in which we operate, yet with a truly globally-minded system of values.
I look forward to working with you this year.