Founding Principles

The mission of a university is to prepare young people to play a leading role in society.

Kyoto Sangyo University was founded in 1965 by Dr. Toschima Araki, a well-known astrophysicist, based on the founding principles presented below. These educational ideals, as alive today as ever, have become a universal guide for education and research at the university.

Founding Principles

As in any country, universities are the highest institutions for education and research, and their function is to train future leaders.

Now that Japan is one of the foremost industrialized nations of the world, Japanese, both at home and abroad, are expected to have the leadership ability, cultural accomplishments, and adaptability to enable them to earn the respect and cooperation of all nations, and to contribute to the peace and prosperity of the world.

Ideally, a Japanese person with a spiritual foundation in the rich tradition of Japan must have a working knowledge and appreciation of the cultures of both East and West, must be able to understand and deal with ever-changing domestic and international affairs, and must be able to make use of sound theoretical procedures in forming judgments under fluctuating conditions. He or she must also be an individual whose actions reflect personal integrity.

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Dr.Toschima Araki
January, 1965

Study in Kyoto, go out into the world. A university for the world we live in.


Kyoto Sangyo University is located in Kyoto City, in an area filled with the beautiful nature of Japan. Kyoto is a city in which traditional culture and progressive academic studies coexist to produce great talent, unique industries, and global firms. Kyoto is a one-of-a-kind, innovative city.

Education takes place in this inspiring setting aimed at developing talented individuals capable of working in Japan or on an international stage. Learning takes place based on our founding principles and educational ideals that emphasize strong self-discipline, rich creativity, and unfaltering social responsibility. The school’s duty toward our students is to help students develop good character and the capacity to make a unique contribution to the world by setting high goals that take into account the world’s growing complexity. KSU has set up a comprehensive university education system that gives students the chance to discover academic synergies and make best use of them in pursuit of broad-based, deep technical knowledge and advanced skills in education and research directly related to the world we live in.

The symbol of our university is Sagittarius, the Archer. The Sagittarius constellation is said to represent the form of Chiron, the wise centaur of Greek mythology, as he gallops across the heavens. This symbol embodies the hope for the students of KSU to embark on great ventures out in the world.