Ritsumeikan, as an institute of education and research, pledges to promote peace,
democracy and sustainable development in Japan and throughout the world.
The above ideal, expressed in the Ritsumeikan Charter,
will guide us as we continue pursuing our own distinctive approach to achieving the SDGs.
We will seek solutions to the problems faced by Japan and the world by linking diverse
individuals and organizations, aiming to nurture talented individuals who can take on the task
of generating new knowledge.
Thus we will contribute to improving the societies of the future, in 2030 and thereafter.
An educational institution that confronts worldwide problems and forges worldwide links to take on challenges
In the summer of 2018 the Ritsumeikan Academy announced its vision for 2030 with the slogan of “Challenge your mind, Change our future.” The vision publicly declared our determination that everybody involved with the Ritsumeikan Academy, from university students and school pupils to faculty, staff, and alumni, should think about the nature of society from their different perspectives and act boldly to challenge their minds and change our future, with the aim of bringing peace to societies worldwide, precisely because we are living in an age when the future is difficult to forecast. Guided by this new vision, we will pursue the SDGs (sustainable development goals) as a means of working toward solving worldwide problems.
The SDGs set out issues we need to tackle to make our societies sustainable, including issues related to the environment, poverty, conflict, education, and food. As the international community strives to create a sustainable future, it looks to institutes of education and research such as Ritsumeikan to take on the challenge of addressing these myriad issues. It is appropriate, therefore, that the SDG ideals perfectly embody the ideal expressed in the Ritsumeikan Charter: Ritsumeikan, as an institute of education and research, pledges to promote peace, democracy and sustainable development in Japan and throughout the world.
Ritsumeikan has long been proactive in tackling the diverse issues affecting human societies. What is distinctive about our new vision is that Ritsumeikan now reframes these past initiatives in terms of the SDGs—which are regarded as worldwide problems—and supports previously disparate efforts systematically as an institution. The approach is, arguably, unique to Ritsumeikan: university students, school pupils, faculty, and staff take on challenges voluntarily and proactively, and we as an educational institution support their efforts, regarding such efforts as contributions to achieving the SDGs.
In addition to working toward the SDGs, Ritsumeikan will also forge links with local communities in Japan, and with other countries, to make a positive contribution to solving the social issues facing Japan as a leading industrialized nation. As society changes, I want us to constantly interrogate what Ritsumeikan’s role is, and what contribution we can make, and to do all in our power to become a globally recognized educational institution.
The Ritsumeikan Trust