Educational Philosophy


Kyoto Sangyo University (KSU) was founded in 1965 by Dr. Toschima Araki out of his concerns over the devastation of moral culture in postwar Japan. Dr. Araki’s founding principles provided a fundamental philosophy dedicated to fostering graduates who can play an active role in global society. Successive KSU Presidents until this day have worked hard to maintain the founding principles, and KSU has continued to develop steadily and successfully.

Ever since its establishment, as stated in the founding principles, KSU’s educational ideals have consistently committed the university to fostering graduates who are capable of rigorously maintaining self-discipline, are richly creative, and can take on active roles whether at home in Japan or overseas without neglecting their social responsibilities. In realizing our educational ideals, KSU students must fully grasp the distinctive features and historical significance of Japanese culture. Furthermore, our students need to be well-versed in the world’s civilizations and cultures to acquire deep understanding and a global perspective.

KSU has been proactively adapting to the rapidly changing contexts of internationalization and the information society. We keep striving to perfect the formation of well-balanced curricula that foster internationally minded graduates who will actively engage in the globalized world. In an attempt to resolve the crucial global issues of today brought on by advances in science and technology, as well as culture and civilization, KSU makes the most of its advantages as a single-campus university by providing comprehensive and systematic curricula which seek to break down the barriers between different fields of study through the general and specialized education offered at our undergraduate faculties, as well as in the distinctive specialized education of our graduate schools.

KSU puts special emphasis on broad liberal arts education and specialized education fostering graduates who can contribute to the international community. Furthermore, in accordance with the founding principles, we continue to encourage the formation in our graduates of a rich human nature and high ethical values.