President, Jumonji University
“Our desire is to develop students who are willing to grow to their potential.” In these words are incorporated the full basis of the university’s administration. In an age of universal university admissions, there are some students who are deficient in the basic academic skills that were developed in the past in studying for exams. I think this is simply that they have not developed their abilities to this point. For this purpose, and to support students’ basic academic skills, the University has set up the Remedial Education Center, and, additionally, in the “Introductory Book Reading,” which has been imposed as a course obligation for all students, books are closely read in a seminar format, which affords all students opportunities to grapple with texts and think.
Such thorough education is impossible prior to entry into the university. In the university a chance arises again for them to train themselves and to acquire the strength to rely on themselves. At the same time as reviewing the fundamentals, we believe it is necessary to have the experience of stretching oneself after entering the university.
Through workplace experience in summer internships that are accepted by approx. 50 companies and organizations, awareness of finding employment is intensified, and meanwhile it becomes possible to get a real sense of society. In community alliance volunteer activities, through a variety of community activities, ties with the community are promoted. The confidence that is built from attempting to do something and succeeding is of incalculable value. Eighty percent of students come from within the prefecture. Through ties to the community, our students are brought up inside the community.
We also have begun work to upgrade the teaching and educational abilities of instructors. A system of course evaluations by students and an open class system under which teachers can sit-in on each other’s classes have also been introduced, with the aim of improving all aspects of quality. We are also advancing the internationalization of education and research. Short-term and long-term overseas training and exchange study is carried out at sister, friend and partner schools in America, Canada, England and China. Furthermore, a mutual exchange agreement was concluded last August with the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and a variety of academic and cultural exchange activities are expected.
The school song of Jumonji is “Live as a person with purpose of contributing to the society, training ourselves academically and physically,” and this is in accord with the ardent desires of the founder to develop woman with the strength on their own to be of service in the world. His concept of “desiring to send out people who will grow even further after entering society” is even now being carried forward.
January 7, 2014 (Tues), Saitama Shimbun, published.