Public Relations Office April 3, 2017
Entrance ceremonies were held on Kwansei Gakuin University’s Nishinomiya-Uegahara campus on April 1st and April 3rd, 2017, to welcome approximately 6,200 new students to KG.
In his address to the student body, University President Osamu Murata commented on the state of the economy, which has been drastically affected by global polarization and the growth of artificial intelligence. “How should you spend your university life in these times? Rather than just developing the fundamentals—gaining knowledge and skills—acquiring other abilities will also be vital. Specifically, you will need the creativity to make new things, and the willingness to confront challenges without easy solutions.” He then gave the following words of encouragement: “In order to develop that sort of character, I hope that you will thoroughly devote yourself to something. The key is that you must work hard at many things simultaneously. That is because when knowledge and wisdom belonging to different fields come together, innovation and creativity are produced. In your time as a university student, please become accustomed to attempting two challenges at once.”
With that in mind, Dr. Murata ended his speech by saying, “Challenge yourself, improve yourself, and spread your wings around the world. I hope that you will grow into global citizens with high aspirations to contribute to the good of all humankind, as the embodiment of ‘Mastery for Service’.
Chancellor Musubi Tabuchi told the assembled students, “You have not only become members of the various undergraduate departments and majors at KG, but members of Kwansei Gakuin, comprising 10 schools across 7 campuses that are places for learning and instruction. I would like you to concern yourselves with the development of all of the institutions at Kwansei Gakuin, and actively take part in the planning of Kwansei Gakuin’s varied activities. As we stand shoulder to shoulder, as friends and partners at Kwansei Gakuin, ‘We are Kwansei!’ Let us move forward together.”
Dr.Tabuchi continued, “Please always keep our school motto, ‘Mastery for Service,’ in mind as you live your life as a university student. If possible, through what you learn at KG from this point forward, I would like you to develop the abilities to truly serve others— and the world—in a meaningful and effective way. Also, during your time at university, I hope that you will learn to think not just about living for yourself, but about living side by side with other people.”