Founding philosophy and basic educational goals

Founding philosophy

The Three Founding Principles

  1. To produce individuals dedicated to our nation’s ideal of incorporating the cultural values of East and West
  2. To produce individuals equal to the challenge of acting on the world stage
  3. To produce individuals capable of independent thought and research

Rooted in the first seven-year high school in Japan

The roots of Musashi University can be traced back to Musashi High School, the first seven-year high school in Japan under the nation’s prewar educational system, founded in 1922 by the early 20th-century financier Kaichiro Nezu I.
Following subsequent reforms to the educational system, in 1949 Musashi High School—with its philosophy of “fostering, through the building of character, the exceptional graduates who will take up the reins of tomorrow’s Japan”—became Musashi University. Even amid the dramatically changing social conditions of the time, the three founding principles of the former High School became the starting points for the University’s education.

Musashi University's basic educational goals

Based on the spirit expressed in the Musashi Academy’s three founding principles, Musashi University aims to train students, through the common courses open to all the students (i.e., general education courses, foreign language courses, and common specialized courses) and specialized courses of each faculty and the individual educational programs of each of its graduate schools, with the basic educational goals of cultivating comprehensive and profound knowledge, specialized knowledge, the ability to work together with others and practical skills, in accordance with the philosophy of ‛liberal arts & sciences ’ Musashi University's liberal arts mean comprehensive, cross-disciplinary education that goes beyond classical distinction between general and specialized education. The sciences include mathematical sciences such as mathematics and statistics, natural sciences such as physics, chemistry, and biology, and social sciences such as economics, sociology, and politics. Because of humanities are also occasionally categorized as sciences. Because liberal arts and sciences overlap, Musashi University uses the expression ‛liberal arts and sciences’. The spirit of the integration of arts and sciences is also expressed here. We aim to utilize scientific information and data in every academic discipline including humanities. The ability to work together with others and practical skills are cultivated in seminars and practical training courses, which belong to a long tradition of Musashi University. The ultimate goal of our liberal arts & science education is to cultivate global leaders who can contribute to promoting people-to-people exchange across the world and to resolving organizational, regional and global issues, and work on intellectual exploration and practical activities in their own immediate surroundings, equipped with well-balanced comprehensive and specialized knowledge, the ability to work together with others, and practical skills.

Background of the University’s philosophy, and its vision for the future

At the University’s first entrance ceremony for new students (in 1949), the first President of Musashi University, Wakichi Miyamoto, advocated an educational philosophy built on small class sizes based on seminars and enriched foreign-language education, inheriting the Musashi Academy’s three founding principles the former Musashi High School. He stated that the University would “train Japanese students with broad-ranging worldviews, who are capable of original research and independent thinking as members of the world community while never losing their critical spirit.”

Later, the Musashi Academy Future Vision formulated in 2006 amid dramatically changing social conditions of the world and Japan, set the university's vision to "integrate knowledge and practice" in education that emphasized the importance liberal arts, based on the three ideals.

Later amid the accelerated process of globalization, the Board of Directors meeting held in March 2014 adopted as the management strategy of the Musashi Academy as it marks the centennial of its establishment the following Chairman’s Doctrine: “Directing our gaze outward toward the world, we aim to be a school that fosters internationally-oriented graduates able to take on the challenges of the 21st century.” Then, in October of that year the Board established an Academy Chancellor’s Plan entitled “Becoming a Liberal Arts Academy Open to the World.” In response, Musashi University established in its Third Medium-term Plan (2016–2021) a new vision for the run-up to the centennial of the Academy’s founding in 2022: “Training global citizens with the educational grounding to understand different cultures and build a new future: Revisiting the Academy’s three founding principles on our centennial anniversary, we aim to pass these on to the next generation as we implement reforms for the future.” 

Based on this vision, the Third Medium-term Plan identifies the strategic theme of “training global citizens with a firm grounding in liberal arts education,” under which the University has decided both to steadily implement new programs and courses in each faculty geared toward an age of globalization and to enrich its liberal arts education even further. At the same time, We have reviewed the three policies of each faculty and graduate school and formulated the Musashi University Global Education Policy.

In March 2021, the Board of Directors decided to establish the school of Liberal Arts and Sciences (set up in April 2022) based on the new global courses in existing faculties and to shift to a four-faculty system, which resulted in a considerable degree of change. In addition, the Board adopted a new "Chairman’s Doctrine" entitled "School that Cultivate Intellectual who Exercise Leadership in Finding Solutions to the Challenging Problems Facing Mankind together with Diverse People around the World: Management Policy of Musashi Academy for the Next 100 Years" and a new "Chancellor’s Plan" which calls for the goal of becoming an "Academy of Liberal Arts and Sciences Open to the World." Based on this, the Fourth Medium-Term Management Plan (2022-27) was formulated at the Board of Directors meeting in October 2021, which looks ahead to the next hundred years. In line with the above-mentioned documents, Musashi University set up new education and research objectives  to "cultivate global leaders who can contribute to promoting people-to-people exchanges across the world and resolving organizational, regional, and global issues, and work on intellectual exploration and practical activities in their own immediate surroundings, equipped with well-balanced comprehensive and specialized knowledge, the ability to work together with others, and practical skills acquired through liberal arts and sciences education". These objectives were established based on the recognition that we are all expected to be global citizens without exception even if we never live outside Japan, which requires us more active visions and goals than ever before. In conjunction with this change, we revised the three policies of all faculties and graduate schools, and the Global Education Policy.

Musashi University Global Education Policy (MGP)

Musashi University Global Education Policy (hereafter MGP) builds on Musashi University’s principal educational goals as well as Musashi University’s “New Vision” which clarifies our mission to educate global leaders of sufficient knowledge, skills and abilities.
  • Three major goals are as follows:
  1. Promoting the intercultural understanding
  2. Providing opportunities for collaborative learning with others of diverse backgrounds
  3. Cultivating abilities to think, interact, and empathize

In order to reach these three goals outlined in MGP, all Musashi University students should aspire to strengthen their abilities and, as graduates, seek to contribute to society and take an active interest in solving issues of mutual concern.


Specifically, Musashi University supports the following three aspects:

       i.       Broadening knowledge of diverse cultures

      ii.      Improving communication skills in foreign languages

      iii.     Strengthening global leadership competence

Target figures of each MGP-based policy

Musashi University’s global education includes two major components; 1) various programs supported by the Musashi University Global Education Center; and 2) the curriculum of each undergraduate and graduate department.


What follows are the four major target figures of the programs (implemented as part of university-wide endeavors) which aim to be achieved by the end of the Academic Year 2027 (the final year of the Fourth Middle-Term Plan). Each undergraduate and graduate program develops relevant policies for its discipline-specific global education.

  1. Supporting and expanding long-term exchange programs (one semester or more) and short-term study-abroad or language-intensive programs
    • i. Expanding exchange programs
    • ii. Exploring double-/joint- degree programs with partner institutions
    • iii. Expanding credit transfer system with other institutions in Japan
    • Target figures: Over 40 exchange-program partner institutions; 100 or more long-term exchange program participants per year
  2. Increasing inbound exchange students and providing diverse interactive activities among inbound exchange and Musashi students
    • i. Providing systematic supports with inbound exchange students from partner institutions
    • ii. Developing inbound short-term internships and study-tour programs
    • iii. Expanding opportunities where inbound long- and short-term exchange and other program participants have cross-cultural experiences together with Musashi students
    • Target figure and other: Over 100 inbound long-term exchange students per year; regular event coordination involving both inbound exchange and Musashi students
  3. Improving communication skills in foreign languages
    • i. Enriching multi-lingual education according to the university-wide Liberal Arts and Sciences Education Policy
    • ii. Introducing various language proficiency test opportunities with subsidies and scholarships
    • Target figures:
    • (1) 20% or more undergraduate students shall demonstrate English proficiency of the CEFR B2 level or above (IELTS 5.5 or above)
    • (2) More than 30 undergraduate students per year shall attain the proficiency in any language other than English – German, French, Chinese, and Korean – of the CEFR B1 level or above before graduation
  4. Enriching cross-cultural experiences and the global leadership skills implementing schemes into action
    • i. Developing and sustaining networking opportunities with students outside of Japan
    • ii. Providing Musashi students with exchange programs, internship or volunteer programs
    • iii. Expanding and promoting students’ use of Musashi Communication Village (MCV) programs
    • Target figures: 50 or more class-based MCV orientations per year