communicating to the world;
creating with our community
Ideals and Principles
Fundamental Goals: The Hirosaki University Vision of the Future
Hirosaki University, in its role as one of the comprehensive public universities in the north of Japan, has set as its foundation a commitment to serve as a core actor for regional revitalization. Taking this commitment into consideration, we established four strategic areas of concentration, renewable energy, the environment, radiation emergency medicine, and food, positioning them as objectives in the second medium-term plan. We have subsequently integrated these strategic and related themes into our research and educational programs. We have also made great headway in establishing ties with local organizations and governmental bodies. Moreover, as we enter the third round of medium-term objectives, we will continue to contribute to local society through human resource development and the fostering of innovation.
Hirosaki University has recently implemented a university-wide reorganization. We have 1) strengthened human resource development programs in the fields of science, technology and agriculture that contribute to innovation, 2) made qualitative improvements in the teacher training program for elementary school teachers, and 3) built up both the educational and research arms of the graduate schools. Moreover, among our third medium-term objectives, we will continually review the themes and reevaluate and reform the system by which research is implemented in the original four core areas of concentration. Furthermore, although we have independently implemented university governance reforms through wide-ranging on-campus discussion and debate, we must continue to verify and reexamine these outcomes. We must do so in order to enhance the functioning of and to implement the reforms instituted under the management system that was introduced after the establishment of the national university corporation system.
Ultimately, our mission is to live up to our slogan of “communicating to the world; creating with our community”
With the successful completion of the above-mentioned reorganization of the educational and research system, we must now turn to meet the challenges of globalization, low birthrates and an aging society as well as the need for innovation creation, challenges not only to Hirosaki University and the surrounding region, but to the nation as a whole. Moreover, in the face of recent scientific and technological advances, there has been a shift towards an emphasis on post-graduate education, which has inevitably come to serve as the linchpin of higher education. We are therefore reexamining our postgraduate educational and research programs, while remaining conscious of the continuity that must exist between undergraduate and postgraduate study.
Hirosaki University, in its role as a core actor in the regional revitalization process, has a major responsibility to train future local leaders who can address and resolve regional issues from a truly global perspective. However, in order to take advantage of the specialized knowledge and technological know-how of our faculty and other researchers, we must first cultivate the basic knowledge and cultural understanding that serve as the foundation of advanced study. In this sense, the role of liberal arts education in the formation of harmonious human relations is critical. Moreover, in order to best navigate the educational reform we find ourselves a part of, we must reinforce our educational infrastructure, make improvements in the way we select students for admission, tighten performance evaluation, strengthen active learning programs, promote learning that is designed by students themselves, and strengthen the student support system.
Promotion of Research
We consider the promotion of basic research, research that is recognized internationally as well as research that contributes to regional revitalization to be essential elements of our mission as a university. With this in mind, we offer support to young researchers, promote international research exchange, and encourage the securing of competitive research funds and the creation and utilization of intellectual property.
In addition, we will continue to promote research in the areas we have designated as strategic areas of concentration: renewable energy, the environment, radiation emergency medicine, and food.
Regional Cooperation and Regional Contribution
To fulfill our role as a core actor in the regional revitalization process, we will continue to strengthen our ties with local governments, companies and citizens groups. With respect to education, we are incorporating regional issues into our curriculum through active-learning and other pedagogical approaches that encourage students to think about and offer solutions to local and regional issues. As far as research is concerned, we are contributing to innovation creation through joint research projects with the local community. In addition, we are cooperating with other institutions of higher learning in the region, and are actively involved in joint educational and research activities that contribute to regional revitalization.
International academic exchange and the fostering of a global perspective has become an important issue for local communities as well as for the nation as a whole. Therefore, we here at Hirosaki University recognize the need to accelerate our own globalization. In addition to the general strengthening of education and research programs, we are working to enhance the internationalization and diversity of our campus as well as to offer support to students who wish to gain overseas experience.
In order to resolve outstanding issues and realize our institutional goals, we will continue to seek university-wide consensus under the leadership of the president. Moreover, given the challenges facing national university corporations throughout the country, we must continue to constantly review and reevaluate our management practices and foster a common awareness and sense of unity amongst the members of our university community.