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Vice President of the University - Hiroto Oonogi

I believe that arts education was originally "the making of man"—the refining of young people into full-fledged adults.

This has not been the case in the late 20th century, when we have recklessly pursued ever-increasing economic growth. In this modern age of rampant chaos and an uncertain future, the most important members of our society are the new generations of young people who are active, expressive, forward thinking, and can adapt flexibly to societal changes.

Young students at this university are given the opportunity to reconsider their preconceived ideas. We use art as the most easily understood and unique method of guiding students into a life of collaboration and communication within society. We offer the "Monday Project," in which students discover the unlimited potential of teamwork, and "Real Projects," which consist of more than 40 real-world projects entrusted to the university by the community each year and in which students can utilize their talents. We also offer "Ultra Factory," in which students can join frontline artists in production and a "Career Design Program," which consists of internships and career-support classes.

Our approach has been successful. In past years, we have kept high level graduate employment rate of all arts universities and our graduates have stood out from the crowd and been more active in many circles than graduates from other arts universities.

In the future, we will not simply be content to stay where we are. We will continue to improve our meticulously thought-out instructions to meet the individual needs of each student by using the latest teaching methods. This is vital in order to enable all our students to possess their own vibrant individuality.

We frequently reiterate to our beloved students our lofty ideals of having an "artistic renaissance in Kyoto" and "a nation founded on the arts." This is because we believe that these ideals will boost their abilities as talented resources for society, help them find the right path in society, and boldly face new challenges. We are determined to give all we can to support our students.

Vice President, Kyoto University of the Arts Hiroto Oonogi

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Vice President, Kyoto University of the Arts

Hiroto Oonogi

Graduated from Kyoto City University of Arts, Department of Sculpture. Exhibited his sculpture works at solo, group and public exhibitions from 1967. Started three-dimensional modeling in display-related work from 1972. Responsible for doll production for Issey Miyake's "Body Works" in 1983. After that, produced many new mannequins together with fashion designers. Main works include; Issey Miyake "Heart Exhibition "and "AUN Exhibition", Tomio Mohri "Clothes of Mohri", Rei Kawakubo "Three Women Exhibition" etc. In addition, involved in art direction and venue setup in the project exhibitions of museums, such as "Mask Exhibition of Equatorial Africa" at the National Museum of Ethnology, "Exhibition of Music and Musical Instruments of Latin Africa", "KENZO Exhibition", and "Exhibition of Modern Java Calico" etc. Also as industry-university cooperation projects, worked on several projects like Nijo Castle light up, Matsue warrior procession etc. He has widened the scope of his activities in always trying to find "what people-friendly space is".

Vice President of the University – Kundo Koyama

It’s great that Kyoto has Kyoto University of the Arts…

I take on this new position with the strong hope that more people believe this.

At Kyoto University of the Arts’s sister school, Tohoku University of Art and Design, the new Department of Project Design was established in the School of Design in 2009. I had the honor of serving as its first Department Director. What I taught the students was the field of “planning.” Planning involves the knowledge to be able to solve problems, as well as the ability to create a new sense of values. It is because of this age we live in, where the boundary of art and design is blurred, that I strongly feel the ability to plan is essential for the arts.

With works that are born from high-level creativity, how they are evaluated is greatly dependent on who sees them and in what way, as well as how they are handled. The true worth of planning is to create the best conditions for a work to be presented.

What are the opportunities that should be created and what goals should we strive for in order to have university students reach their full potential? Combining my network and planning ability, my mission as the Vice-President of Social Partnership will be to maximize “the benefits to students.”

Kyoto University of the Arts is fortunate to have two strengths. One is a faculty that features active figures in the forefront of their fields. The students of our university are truly fortunate to be able to observe their teachers’ way of life up-close and polish their creative sensibilities while taking in stimulation.

The other strength of the school is that it is located in Kyoto. This may seem as a given, but we cannot forget this value. When you view it from a global perspective, Kyoto as a city holds a Japanese brand sense that is stronger than Tokyo. But, above all, Kyoto is a very student-centered city, with one in ten residents being students. And with the decision to move the Agency for Cultural Affairs to Kyoto, there is no better place to study culture and the arts.

A world-class faculty, Kyoto with its history of 1000 years as capital and brand power – both have a strong “magnetism.” It’s a force that can make things happen, draw people in and attract attention. First, students must realize the unlimited number of chances this school's magnetism can lead them to. And only through great effort can they make use of this power.

Sensibility is something that is built up through knowledge and experience. And this becomes the soul of a work. By providing the best environment through all means, let’s polish the student’s sensibilities and spirit. At this school, the founding principle is that we can make a better society through the artistic creativity and human power of students. I believe that the works and students put forth by Kyoto University of the Arts will not only contribute to the value of Kyoto, but also lead to this country to a brighter future.

Vice President of the University – Kundo Koyama

Vice President, Kyoto University of the Arts

Kundo Koyama

While still an undergraduate student at Nihon University, Koyama began writing for broadcasts and was involved with the planning and composition of numerous programs. He received Emmy Awards for “Iron Chef,” and “Torisetsu.” Furthermore, he helped with the screenplay for the film, “Departures,” which was awarded Best Foreign Language Film at the 81st Academy Awards, and has received high praise both in and outside of Japan. Besides being active in many fields such as essay-writing and lyric-writing, he serves as an advisor to many governmental, regional, and corporate bodies, acting as head of Shimogamo Saryo, Director of Kyotokan, general producer of the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry’s "JAPAN DAY PROJECT,” and member of the Review Committee for Japanese Cultural Heritage Properties. He also was advisor to the Kumamoto regional project and is the creator of the popular mascot, Kumamon. Finally, he served as Director of the Department of Project Design, Tohoku University of Art and Design, from April 2009 to March 2017.

Vice President of the University – Masato Honma

A Leading Model for Universities in the 21st Century

What I promote is “Learnology,” something that goes beyond “education studies.”

The role of universities is not to award students their “final educational qualification,” but to instead build the foundation for students to continue learning for their whole lives, updating their “most recent educational qualification.” In this age where there are sudden changes in society, it is impossible to “stop learning.” When you look at how current university students will be active in society some decades from now, there is no such thing as “a stable occupation.” This is why it is important to build one’s creative and human abilities to take advantage of one’s strengths while accepting changes of the times.

The old style of classes, where knowledge is imparted, is now rapidly being replaced by E-learning. This is why campuses with undergraduate programs must provide something that smartphones and tablets cannot. If not, their meaning of existing will disappear.

In recent years, the term, “Active Learning (AL)” has gained attention and has even been incorporated into the government curriculum guidelines. Humans are originally “active learners” and the goal of AL is to recognize or re-discover this fact. At Kyoto University of the Arts, through the Monday Project and Nebuta, as well as the art-making of each specialized department, the school has served as a pioneer in this field since its establishment and has accumulated a great deal of know-how. This is why I think more students are active as creators and more companies and organizations that hire our graduates are saying, “We can really use KUA students.”

Furthermore, constant effort is put into Faculty Development (FD) at this school. The idea is that one condition to be a good educator is to serve as an example of a good learner. Even with the one-on-one interview guiding system, it is no doubt that our school is a leading standard for universities in Japan.

At the beginning of the Analects of Confucius, it is written, “Studying is a pleasure, and meeting friends is a joy.” A university is indeed a place that cultivates the ability to create one’s future, where each student can realize their potential by meeting faculty members and classmates, senior and junior, as well as encountering working people through projects.

I believe the initiatives at Kyoto University of the Arts will serve as a model for 21st century higher education institutions, and will expand not only in Japan but also the world.

Vice President of the University – Masato Honma

Vice President, Kyoto University of the Arts

Masato Honma

Born in Tokyo, 1959. He has over 25 years of experience as an instructor of Active Learning and “fun and instantly practical" participatory-style corporate training and chairs the “Training Instructor Coaching School.” Serves as Directing Chairperson of NPO Learnology International, and is a member of the Board of Directors of NPO Hello Dream. Graduated from the Division of Sociology, Faculty of Letters, Tokyo University and earned his Ph.D. in Adult Learning at the University of Minnesota. He has worked with the Minnesota State International Trade Bureau, as the research head of the Matsushita Institute of Government and Management, as well as instructor of business English with NHK Educational TV. Homma has published over 60 books on coaching and positive construction development, words of praise, English learning, among others.