Peace, Freedom, Progress
To prepare students to make a positive contribution to our international society
In 1994, Meio University began as the sole privately managed university in Okinawa, established with public funds by Okinawa Prefecture as well as the northern 12 towns and villages which have the city of Nago as their center. In 2010, Meio was reborn as a public university. However, from its very inception Meio has always espoused its founding spirit of, "peace, freedom, and progress."
If we trace the history of humanity, it is no exaggeration to say it has been a history of warfare; and for that fact alone, the spirit which aspires to peace for humanity will not die away. In particular, in our own Okinawa Prefecture, which was transformed into a battleground for the last fierce fighting of World War II where intense ground warfare unfolded, the cultural legacy built up by our forebears was utterly demolished with over 200,000 precious lives lost. Accordingly, the aspiration for peace is a matter of great consequence for the citizens of the prefecture. Born out of this kind of historical understanding and from a desire to contribute to the construction and maintenance of world peace, this university was established to accomplish the mission of proclaiming a message of peace.
Without peace, there can be no freedom. Yet the struggle for freedom has been at the heart of human history. humanity has struggled to liberate itself from dictatorship, oppression, social injustice, discrimination, poverty and starvation. However, our own country has a history where we experienced a time when we were a militaristic nation and a feudalistic society which oppressed freedom; and in the case of this prefecture, we were placed under American occupation and administrative authority starting from the Battle of Okinawa and extending over the succeeding 27 years. About what this university has been emphasizing most-it goes without saying-freedom of speech, of faith and of inquiry, we expect no argument. Without freedom, there can be no progress in university research and education.
Without peace and freedom, there can be no progress for human society. Without peace and freedom, culture cannot prosper. The remarkable progress of modern-day science has been making great contributions to the happiness of humanity. In addition, the makeup of society too has succeeded in accommodating rapid change. And the results-internationalization and globalization-are making swift progress, with each country mutually dependent and no longer able to remain isolated. This university, exerting itself for progress and improvement in the realm of science and learning through education and research imbued with the spirit of internationalism, has taken as one of its missions contributing to the happiness of both regional society and human society at large.
On the basis of these three main pillars, peace, freedom and progress, this university proclaims in its educational goals that it will cultivate capable individuals who can be active in the community of nations. For this purpose, we have taken as a founding ideal of education the cultivation of capable individuals who, expressing themselves with an open mind and an understanding of problems from an international perspective, know how to solve just such problems. It is precisely on account of our objective to nurture internationally-minded, well-cultivated individuals that this university has strengthened the liberal arts. Standing on that foundation, and by virtue of maintaining high-level expertise in education and research, we expect to train capable individuals who can contribute to the region as well as the community of nations.