Introduction of the president
There have been 18 years since national universities became independent administrative corporations in 2004. And in 2022 Ehime University has entered its 4th Mid-term Target Period. During this period we will continue to develop various activities based on the vision of “taking the initiative in the region in implementing educational, research and social activities contributing to society from a global perspective” with the philosophy of creating a “university that leads the region and connects it to the world with striking originality”. Organizationally we will fulfill the role of a regional university; with seven faculties responsible for education and research in their respective academic fields, and four organizations (the Institute for Education and Student Support, the Institute for the Promotion of Science and Technology, the Institute for Collaborative Relations, and the Institute for International Relations) responsible for functions as a university in the region.
Today, in addition to the medium- and long-term issues of a declining population due to a low birthrate, and increasingly serious global environmental problems, we are confronted with essential and serious problems such as natural disasters that have occurred frequently since the Tohoku earthquake in 2011, and the COVID-19 pandemic. This requires us to restructure our social systems, including the creation of new values. It may be a bit of an exaggeration, but we urgently need to build “sustainable” and “resilient” societies for the survival of the human race. We must also use new ideas and technologies such as SDGs, Society 5.0, and DX (Digital Transformation) to address these challenges.
As a national university based in the region, Ehime University is required to contribute to regional development in addition to producing talented young graduates and promoting academics. Ehime University will contribute to regional revitalization and fulfill its function as a “center of knowledge” in the region through a variety of initiatives, including participation in regional industrial innovation; recurrent education for working people; involvement in the diversification of work styles, such as migration to regional areas and the spread of remote work; creation of new industries through the utilization of intellectual property and industry-academia-government-finance-private partnership; and reevaluation and dissemination of regional culture. The development of human resources to promote DX in the region and local industries is another pressing issue that we must address.
In the field of education, we have reaffirmed that “students will continue to live for the next 60 years.” To this end, we want students to acquire the “ability to live as independent individuals” who can flexibly respond to the new social system, and design and implement their own way of life and work, the “ability to protect themselves from various disasters”, the “ability to imagine the near future through scientific knowledge and logical thinking” and the “ability to talk about one’s visions to others”.
The invasion of Ukraine by Russia made people surprised and angry that such a thing could happen even in the 21st century, and reminded us that the peace, human rights, and democracy we have achieved are on the basis of a very delicate balance. Today, the world has lost its shared values. There is an argument that “one of the raison d’être of universities is to show values and the future of society in advance of actual social changes”. As an organization intimately involved in the “intellectual activities of humankind” known as academia, universities need to work harder.
My basic policy is to contribute to the construction of sustainable and resilient societies by promoting the multi-functionality of our university as a “center of knowledge in the region” for all generations through organizational diversity. In April 2022, we also established a university-wide organization for comprehensive strategies to sensitively recognize social changes and stakeholder expectations and to take necessary measures as a university in a timely manner. I sincerely hope that you will continue to support Ehime University and our various initiatives.
|Birthday||Born in 1954|
|Degree||Doctor of Agriculture|
|Abbreviation history||April 1998 Professor, Faculty of Agriculture, Ehime University
April 2011 Dean of Faculty of Agriculture, Ehime University (until March 2015)
April 2012 Director, Research Center for High-technology Greenhouse Plant Production, Ehime University (until March 2020)
April 2015 Director / Vice President of Ehime University (until March 2021)
October 2017 Member of Science Council of Japan
April 2021 President of Ehime University
|Specialized field||Agricultural environmental engineering, plant factory|