Happy New Year to you all. As we celebrate the start of a new year, I wish you the best of health and happiness for 2017.
We are now living in a time of great changes. These challenges such as global warming and population ageing undermine the very sustainability of our societies. Yukichi Fukuzawa established Keio University in a time of major upheaval at the end of the Edo period in 1858 in order to foster young people who can think for themselves and to deepen learning to gain new wisdom and knowledge for the advancement of Japanese society. Today, this founding philosophy is still honored at Keio as we strive to keep making contributions to our society.
Keio University itself will also mark several important milestones this year. The School of Medicine will celebrate its 100th anniversary with a ceremony on May 13, and the completion of the new hospital building within the 2017 academic year. The Keio University Athletic Association will hold its 125th anniversary ceremony on April 23 on Keio Foundation Day. Also, I will be stepping down as President of Keio University, according to Keio University’s administrative code which specifies that one individual cannot serve as president for more than two terms. Keio University will elect a new president who will assume the office on May 28.
Amidst all this, and in keeping with Fukuzawa’s founding spirit, Keio University will continue to make its best efforts to pursue ever-higher standards and quality of education, research, and medicine. Mindful that none of this can be accomplished unassisted, we ask for your unchanging support and cooperation in the year ahead.