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New Year's Greetings from the President

Update:Jan. 01, 2016
Prof. Atsushi Seike, President, Keio University

Happy New Year to you all.

I would like to convey to you my sincere wishes for good health and happiness in the year to come.

As the New Year begins, the founding spirit of Yukichi Fukuzawa continues to guide Keio University in its resolute efforts to contribute to society through learning. Fukuzawa founded Keio University to educate young individuals who can think for themselves and to deepen learning to gain new wisdom and knowledge for the benefit of society from the end of the feudal Edo to the modern Meiji period. Our aim today should be to realize Fukuzawa’s founding principles in the context of today.

We are currently facing major challenges that question the very sustainability of our society such as declining fertility rates and ageing population, increasing environmental and geopolitical risks, and intensifying global competition. We must foster, through learning, individuals who will play critical roles in solving these issues, and we must also further scholarship and research that are instrumental in solving problems caused by these challenges. This will not only contribute to Japanese society but also to the global society as a whole. To address these pressing challenges, Keio University established three educational and research initiatives: the Longevity Initiative to realize a healthier and prosperous ageing society; the Security Initiative to cope with increasing risks for a safer and more secure society; and the Creativity Initiative to generate more added value within an ever-globalizing market economy.

Under these initiatives, Keio University aims to generate high quality and robust results in education and research by gathering all its resources in the social sciences and humanities and natural sciences and inviting high-caliber students and researchers not only from Japan but all around the world. To achieve this, the educational activities based on freedom and diversity within our affiliated schools will also play a vital role.

Through these efforts, Keio University will keep moving forward with a commitment to constantly improving the quality of our education, research, and applied activities based on learning including medical practices. Mindful that we cannot accomplish this unassisted, we look forward to your continuing support and cooperation in the year ahead.

January 1, 2016

Prof. Atsushi Seike
President, Keio University