In early April, the Saitama University (SU) campus shines brightly with the beautiful pale pink of cherry blossoms in full bloom in harmony with the soft fresh green of the trees’ new buds and young leaves. The campus, relocated in the riverbed of Arakawa without green about 50 years ago when I was a SU student, was somewhat out of taste, but has become now a rich, beautiful and my favorite campus in all seasons, because the trees planted by the fifth SU President S. Okamoto 40 years ago has grown. This teaches us the weight of the time flow as a time axis, and the importance of the initial action as its origin.
“Saitama University, All in One Campus at Metropolitan Area Saitama – Embodiment of Diversity, Synergy and Integration” is the present SU vision. Since it was established in 1949 as a small university comprising only two schools, Saitama University has grown into a middle-sized national university with five undergraduate schools and three graduate schools in the academic fields of liberal arts, economics, education, science and engineering. The university is distinctive in that all the schools are located together on the one rush green campus in Saitama, just north of Tokyo. Under this vision, Saitama University has been adding to its brightness more and more by pushing forward two functional enhancements. The first is the base reinforcement by extensively enhancing the functions of fundamental/applied researches and education for global human resource cultivation as a center of intellect. The second is the SU self-branding as a regional center for activating the metropolitan area around Saitama by the industry-university-government collaboration.
Saitama University celebrates its 70th anniversary in 2019, and the catchphrase of the 70th anniversary is “Connect to The Future“. “An attraction of Saitama University is to be a bridge connecting people in all positions. For examples, international students and Japanese students, alumni and present students, regional people and SU people are always connected. I want Saitama University to connect this 70-year role of connecting people’s hearts, to the future.” This is a very impressive message of the student who proposed the catchphrase. As the President, I am delightful and proud of the fact that one of students thus feels about Saitama University.
In the long SU history, there are several distinguished alumni and their achievements spreads in the diverse fields, that is, the academic, cultural and artistic fields. This is exactly what SU holds as “All in One Campus” and “Diversity“. The first is Dr. T. Kajita who was awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics for his discovery of neutrino mass. He graduated from the Faculty of Science in 1981. The second is Dr. K. Komatsu who was chosen as a Cultural Contributor in 2016 in the “Yokai” (specter) culture study. In 1970, he graduated from the Faculty of Liberal Arts. And the third is an oil painter, Mr. Y. Negishi who was appointed as a member of the Japan Art Academy in 2018. He graduated from the Faculty of Education in 1961. All faculty members, students, and alumni are extremely pleased with these achievements, and very proud of Saitama University.
Saitama University continues to provide high quality education, research, and social contribution proudly from now on, and connect its history to the future.
April 1, 2019
Hiroki Yamaguchi, Dr. Eng.
President, Saitama University