Congratulations to all of you who today become students of Kyushu University. On behalf of the entire Kyushu University faculty and staff, we would also like to congratulate all of the family and friends, as well as the teachers who have supported and encouraged you on your path to university.
Today, we welcome a total of 455 new students, including 34 undergraduate students, 361 graduate students, and 60 new international students on short-term study abroad programs (JTW and JLCC). Again, I would like to extend a very special welcome to all of our new students.
I would first like to ask you to think about why you chose to study at Kyushu University.
Let me share with you the educational and academic philosophy of Kyushu University. Founded in 1911, Kyushu University is recognized for its high academic standards and cutting-edge research, which are built upon wisdom cultivated over more than a century of history and tradition.
Our Education Charter stipulates that our mission is to instill in our students a strong sense of humanity, social responsibility, global citizenship, and an appreciation for creativity and originality in scholarship. In addition, our Research Charter stipulates that we shall carry out our mission of handing down to future generations, a basic attitude of respect for humanity’s timeless pursuit of knowledge and the wisdom realized therein. Kyushu University ascribes the highest value to creative and original research and pays the utmost respect to academic freedom and the autonomy of researchers, and we shall endeavor, according to our conscience and good sense, to promote research activities that respect human life and human dignity.