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  4. Fundamental Principles

Fundamental Principles

Yokohama National University declares

Since its foundation, Yokohama National University (YNU) has been committed to the spirit of solving actual, real-world problems by putting theory into practice, encouraging new endeavors, widely opening its doors to society, and fostering exchange with other nations.

In testament to this commitment, YNU declares that it will make every effort to establish a strong footing in academic research and education in the world of the 21st Century by upholding four fundamental principles: “Be Active,” “Be Innovative,” “Be Open” and “Be Global.”  YNU will commit to put these principles into practice according to the following long-term goals:

Be Active
  • YNU will help each student develop flexible and creative problem-solving capabilities that enable him/her to see into the essence of each problem and meet the changes of the times.
  • By focusing on academic disciplines rooted in real-world issues, YNU will contribute to society’s welfare and development by bringing to bear on it the fruit of its education and research.
Be Innovative
  • YNU will play a leading role in the intellectual improvement of mankind by producing cutting-edge research results in collaboration with world’s leading scientists and researchers.
  • YNU will commit to build and effectively manage a flexible organization that supports freewheeling thinking and innovative approaches to education, research and societal contribution.
Be Open
  • YNU will put education and research into practice that will help solve issues faced by civic society, local communities, businesses, governments of Japan and other countries around the world.
  • YNU will encourage its students and faculty members to participate in various activities of society and will aim to become an organization that is open to society in all aspects of education, research and management.
Be Global
  • YNU will foster students’ and researchers’ understanding of different cultures and their communication skills so that they can play important roles on the global stage.
  • YNU will accept more students and researchers from overseas and send more of those from Japan abroad, thereby expanding exchanges and cooperation with world’s leading universities.

With the above objectives in mind, YNU will press forward with a unique university reform by building a highly transparent organization and administrative system, and by running the continuous cycles of planning - implementation - evaluation. In addition, all students and staff at YNU will do their part as stewards of the exceptionally leafy, green campus in an urban setting, and enjoy a healthy university life both in body and spirit.

Yokohama National University, April 1, 2004

(Contact: Strategy Planning Office)


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