Message from the Principal

Message from the Principal

We live in a world undergoing rapid change on a daily basis, however there is something we can never lose no matter how it may change, the value of our tradition. This is because our predecessors' wisdom and efforts have been piled up in our traditions. We believe that we must value the traditions which countless of our predecessors created However, tradition cannot be kept without efforts and the courage to innovate ourselves. If we hesitate to change and persist in custom, we will be forsaken from society. While tradition repeats a new challenge every period, there is today. For self-innovation, we aim to challenge to the realms of possibility with courage.

Our first challenge is the development of a new campus in Nagaokakyo. Our current school is a traditional school which will celebrate the 110th anniversary of its foundation next year. This school and all of its tradition will relocate from fukakusa, which accommodated us for such a long time, to Nagaokakyo in the summer of 2014. We will cooperate with local residents and contribute to the educational culture and environmental city planning. The second challenge is correspondence with a globalized society. Our school was newly authorized as a SGH (Super Global High School) by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in the 2014 fiscal year. With the authorization of SSH (Super Science High school), this is the second such prestigious authorization the school has received. Not only in the field of natural science but in all fields, we aim to become adept at self-expression and communication to interchange opinions with people all over the world with creative and subjective ability to think from a global viewpoint. The third challenge is the creation of a modern 21st century education model from an elementary school to a university. Various courses, such as the consistent courses in junior high school, an advanced course (ADC), an MS course at high school for a university other than Ritsumeikan, a CE course (liberal arts), an SS course (science), and a GL course (international), are prepared. Taking full advantage of a continuous education system, we develop specialized courses to support each student to reach his or her potential while developing high academic achievement and character in order to exhibit leadership skills and contribute to the society of tomorrow.

Modern society is said to be a society without the correct answer. The power of discovering a problem oneself, rather than managing what was directed, and searching for one's solution, is important. Development of technology has been constantly advancing. Yesterday’s knowledge is already old today. Living in the present age, the power to continue studying is demanded. In other words, more emphasis needs to be placed on the ability to learn ourselves and not just what we have learnt. Ritsumeikan will pursue the creation of universal values based on academic freedom and search for solutions to the pressing issues facing humankind, with its educational endeavors based on its founding spirit and educational ideals, bearing in mind “to believe in the future, to live for the future”. The science should contribute to happiness of human beings and world peace. It is not for interest or fame. I will all of you who are to bear the next generation to challenge possibility with high aspirations and courage. This school fully supports your challenge.

Ritsumeikan Junior High School and Senior High School, Principal, Haruhiko Nariyama