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Message from the University President


MAEDA, Tetsuo
President,
Momoyama Gakuin University

Momoyama Gakuin, (St. Andrew’s Foundation), was founded in 1884 by Reverend Charles Frederick Warren, of the Church of England, who opened a small school with only eleven students in one of the rooms of the Holy Trinity Church in the Osaka Foreign Settlement in Kawaguchi. At that time, 129 years ago, the Constitution of the Empire of Japan had not yet been promulgated, and the Japanese translation of Adam Smith’s “The Wealth of Nations” was first published.
The small seeds sown at the original Kawaguchi school began to grow and in 1912 the school was moved to Abeno where the current Momoyama Gakuin High School has over 500 students. If you look at a photograph of the Abeno school at that time, in the midst of green rice fields you can see a European style school building, very modern for the Taisho era, which seems to have an aura of openness to the broader world. The school must have been an inspiration for the young people of that era. This history gave rise to the tradition of a “spirit of freedom” which lives on today at Momoyama Gakuin.
Momoyama Gakuin University was established in 1959, the same year the current Emperor and Empress were married. The celebration of the university’s opening ceremony was graced by the presence of Dr. Geoffrey Francis Fisher, the Archbishop of Canterbury. Building on the history of 54 years, at present, with five faculties and six departments, Momoyama Gakuin University provides an education in the social sciences for about 7,000 students.

Since its founding, Momoyama Gakuin University’s guiding educational principle has been to provide a well-rounded education based on Christian beliefs of love and freedom, and to foster individuals who can actively serve the international community as citizens of the world. The Christian belief of “freedom” means respect for each person’s individuality, and “love” means offering mutual support to others to live together in harmony. This spirit of love and freedom is not only a Christian belief, but also a universal philosophy shared by all people, and it is the philosophical foundation of this university.

If asked what time in their lives they want to revisit, most people would probably say that they want to go back to their time as a student. Even as we face the difficult transition from youth to adulthood, our four years at university is a brilliant time of our lives. In these important four years, in the university’s spirit of freedom, please pour all of your energy and talents into challenging your own limits, and experiencing the profundity of wisdom and the shining light of life. Please live your university life to the fullest. Also, please remember that we never live alone; instead we always live with others. The spirit of love at this university asks us to always recognize each other as friends.

Finally, we will make every effort to positively direct your energy and create a vibrant and dynamic university.

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