Greetings from the 14th President of Kumamoto UniversityI am honored to have been appointed the 14th President of Kumamoto University. I will strive to do my absolute best for the university.
Universities and colleges in Japan are facing challenges in planning the future course of their educational, research, and social engagement activities. In this regard, it is important for our university to accelerate these activities through collaborative and creative partnerships with national and international higher education and research institutions and local, regional, and global stakeholders.
The vision of Kumamoto University is to contribute to the national and international communities through the creation, development, and management of knowledge, and cultivation of intellectual, moral, and pragmatic excellence in students. Guided by this vision, our University equips our undergraduate and graduate students to be competent and capable in addressing the various challenges they face.
Although the COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed our day-to-day lives and has disrupted the economic and social systems of most countries, one of the bright sides of the pandemic is that it has significantly broadened distance-learning opportunities. Students in Kumamoto now have online access to fascinating classes and lectures around the world. Kumamoto University will globalize our education by promoting double and joint degree programs, as well as other options, including online learning with international partner institutions. We will emphasize digital analytics, mathematical data science, and international communication competencies, and all students will receive training in these areas so that they can become capable of creating new value for the digital transformation era.
As a research hub, our university will continue to pursue advanced research, while strengthening our academic legacies. Our university will also explore and develop potential research opportunities.
Kumamoto University has four nationally registered important cultural properties in addition to our rich heritage of arts, handicrafts, and documents from the Hosokawa clan, which was the Higo–Kumamoto feudal lord family during the Edo period. Although some of our cultural properties were damaged by the 2016 Kumamoto earthquake, they will be completely restored by the end of 2021. Under the University Museum Initiative, these heritage sites will be exhibited to both in-person and visitors so that they can gain a deeper understanding of our local history, culture, and tradition.
We will continue to share information related to management, education, and research at the University. We will also continue to be transparent, listen to external opinions and suggestions, and remain motivated to grow. Our university will be a regional hub for research and education, contributing to the community through collaborative activities.
I am looking forward to meeting all the students and researchers around the world on our campus.
Ogawa Hisao, M.D., Ph.D.
President, Kumamoto University