When education is passed from one person to another their hearts meet.
We live in an age when the meaning of university or college must be seriously considered. What do students seek in higher education, and in turn what role can college play for students?
Japanese universities were once referred to as “leisure land” by the mass media. Once a student secured a seat at a university, graduation was considered automatic. Students studied hard before entering college, but once they were enrolled they tended to “play”.
I have always told our faculty not to worry about pleasing students, but to provide high standards in education, igniting their natural curiosity and ambition.
A high school curriculum is such that students have classes all day. But in college the class scheduling is more flexible. Some students arrange classes so that most of them are in the afternoon. There is also the long summer break from July to early autumn. This kind of college life allows students to fully enjoy a great degree of freedom. And yet this freedom may be harmful if it is not used wisely. Fundamentally, the college schedule is arranged to allow students time to prepare for and review their classes during their free time. The long summer break is given for students to read books and to engage themselves in some kind of learning experience that is no possible during the regular course of study. Learning, no matter how interesting it can be, requires a certain amount of time and systematic study that requires perseverance.
It is my constant desire to provide an education in which students can learn to enjoy completing course tasks given to them and in which students can learn to have perseverance in reading through a series of books on selected themes. Our faculty members all make great efforts everyday to offer students fascinating and inspiring classes that they are attracted by.
The most important role that a college organization has is not just constructing school buildings, modifying the curriculum, or reorganizing the school system; the main mission of a college is to nurture people.
Yoshida Shoin, one of the most distinguished intellectuals in the middle of 19th century in Japan, taught the youth in his private school “Shoka Sonjuku”, whose building was so miserable and mean. Later many of the young people who learned there became productive workers in society and made an outstanding contribution to the Meiji Restoration.
The essence of education is the fact that it is passed down from one person to another, creating a harmony of hearts. It may take time but we make every endeavor to realize this goal.