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Professor Yoshikazu Miki President, Aoyama Gakuin University
Aoyama Gakuin University, which has a distinct cultural ambiance, was founded as a university in 1949 with Aoyama Gakuin as its parent organization. Aoyama Gakuin, in turn, has three schools that were founded in 1874 by missionaries sent by the Methodist Episcopal Church in the United States as its origin. Today, having 10 departments and 12 graduate courses, Aoyama Gakuin University is one of the general universities that plays a leading role among universities in Japan. As the 18th president of Aoyama Gakuin University, I want to do my utmost to reform the institution to further increase the esteem in which society holds it, cooperating with the teaching staff over the next four years.
For this and other reasons, I would like to work to further enrich the function of Aoyama Gakuin University as a place for scholarship and research. Scholarship and research at the university is a world in which prevailing views are doubted and there is more than just one correct answer. However, as one finds something resembling an answer he also recognizes the existence of a world previously unknown to him. The more one researches the more one becomes aware of the existence of unknown worlds. This is what research at the university reveals to us, and that is why I believe research is difficult, but also exciting. If teachers can vividly convey such aspects of research work to students, I expect students will start to get enthusiastic about it. Encountering such teachers would cause a student to make great strides. If we are able to foster such encounters and establish a system to support teachers, I expect that Aoyama Gakuin University will become "the university where students experience the greatest growth." That's because the students of Aoyama Gakuin have great potential, which is the very reason why we are considering the question of what kind of systemic reform is desirable at the university from various angles.
There are many issues to be addressed. Specifically, these include accepting many international students and filling the campus with international character while also using the English language tradition of Aoyama to conduct advanced language education so that many Aoyama University students can study abroad. They also include further enriching the internship system within Japan, institutionalizing volunteer activities, and diversifying research in seminars. I want to ambitiously tackle these issues and make the university brim with intellectual stimulation. Within this ambiance the students of Aoyama Gakuin will recognize their own abilities, acquire superior specialization and become aware of their own roles within Japan and the international community, thus to go on to play active roles as leaders who are kind to others. I would like Aoyama Gakuin University to be an institution that produces many such students.
The students will color anew the traditions of Aoyama Gakuin, and displaying those abilities, they will pass on those traditions to their successor students.
Professor Yoshikazu Miki
Aoyama Gakuin University