南山大学

 

Alumni Network Message from the President

Yoshifumi Torisu, SVD
President, Nanzan University

Hello everyone. This is Yoshifumi Torisu, President of Nanzan University. I hope that this message I am sending out to our alumni through our website finds you all well.

When I was appointed President of Nanzan University, I shared the words ‘awareness’, ‘growth’ and ‘maturity’ with all of the people who make up our educational institution. I stated that while I am President, these words would represent our fundamental stance on running the University. I believe that these three words are the essence of the way people connected to Nanzan lead their lives.

For example, students who have just entered Nanzan will be thinking hard about what to study while they are with us, or how to press ahead with their research. Experienced teaching staff will be thinking about how to make progress on issues and what outcomes they can achieve. The idea is that if each and every person on our campus is self-aware and reflects on their existence as a human being and their mission on this earth, they will improve as they exchange dreams and ideas with friends and colleagues around them, growing in the process, and as a result, helping to further develop our school. This thinking in turn sees us strive to achieve the maturity of the school and all of the people connected to it.

I am very keen to see this process of ‘awareness’, ‘growth’ and ‘maturity’ for Nanzan realized on a global dimension. I offer the following three points as efforts to that end:

  • Initiatives directed at the heart of Nanzan: A rediscovery of the significance of the motto “Hominis Dignitati (For Human Dignity)” in the context of a global society.
  • Initiatives directed from within Nanzan to the outside world: A strengthening of the ability to convey information about the enhancement of the internationalization of Nanzan due to a diverse range of initiatives being carried out on campus and the various study-abroad programs for Japanese students; in addition, a strengthening of exchange among researchers.
  • Initiatives directed at Nanzan from the outside world: An expansion of the acceptance of foreign students and researchers into Nanzan. In addition, a strengthening of the links and cooperation between our alumni and Nanzan.

I hope that our alumni can join our teaching staff and students in participating in Nanzan’s process of ‘awareness’, ‘growth’ and ‘maturity’ and, in doing so, contribute from all over the world to Nanzan’s own maturity.

南山大学留学生同窓生の皆さん、お元気でしょうか。学長の鳥巣です。ホームページの片隅からご挨拶します。

学長に就任したときに、私は任期中の大学運営の基本的姿勢として、「自覚・成長・円熟」という言葉を母校のすべての構成員と共有しました。私は、これら3つの言葉が南山につながる人々の生き方を問うものだと考えています。

たとえば、入学したばかりの学生であれば、南山在学中に何を学びまたどのように研究を深めて行くのかについて思いをめぐらせます。あるいは、熟練した教職員であれば、課題をどのように展開し、結果を出して行くのかを考えます。キャンパスに集う一人ひとりが置かれた状況で、人間という存在や自らの使命について自覚的に省察し、周囲にいる級友や同僚と夢や思いを交換しながら切磋琢磨し、それぞれが成長することによって結果的に母校全体が発展を続け、将来における母校ならびに母校につながるすべての人々の円熟を目指そうという考えです。

私は、このような南山の「自覚・成長・円熟」のプロセスをグローバルな次元において実現したいと願っています。そのための取り組みとして、ここでは次の3点を挙げます。

  • 南山の核心へ向けた取り組み:グローバル社会における、「人間の尊厳のために」というモットーの意義の再発見。
  • 南山から世界へ向けた取り組み:母校内におけるさまざまな取り組みによる国際化の充実と日本人学生の各種留学プログラムを介した学外への発信力強化。加えて、研究者間の交流の強化。
  • 界から南山へ向けた取り組み:留学生や研究者の母校への受け入れ拡大。加えて、卒業生と母校とのさまざまな次元での連携また協働の強化。
留学生同窓生の皆さんも、母校の私たち教職員や学生とともに、南山の「自覚・成長・円熟」のプロセスにそれぞれの方法で参加し、世界中から南山の円熟に貢献してくださることを期待しています。