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.