What is Toyo University?Philosophy as the foundation of all learning

For 130 years since its founding in 1887, Toyo University has been the only private university in Japan that puts "philosophy education" into practice.

Its predecessor, the Philosophy Academy, was a product of the social circumstances that existed in Japan at that time. Its founder, the philosopher Enryo Inoue, was alarmed at how the Japanese public was being swept along by rapid changes in values as new cultures from the West pressed into Japan following her opening to the world. He thus established the Philosophy Academy as a place where "philosophy education" - an academic approach that enables students to develop their own perspectives and insights- is respected.

In today's society, which is marked by increasing globalization and the intermingling of various cultures and values, Toyo University reaffirms the importance of "philosophy education" as a pursuit that cultivates ability to examine the essence of things and establishes the foundation of the individual.

It sees "philosophy education" as the encountering of phenomena with an inquisitive mind - in other words, with the question “Why?” foremost in mind. Even more specifically, it defines philosophy education as the repeated practice of deep thought aimed at discovering true nature. The university engages in character-building that is founded on such "philosophy education."

Toyo University also stresses "philosophy education" as the foundation for education in all areas of specialized education, and makes lectures on this topic a part of all academic activities in its classrooms.

Today, Toyo University's educational slogan is "global human resources development." In light of its selection as a "Super Global University" by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in 2014, it is introducing new educational programs and making further efforts to internationalize itself.

Toyo University's goal is to develop "human resources" capable of thriving in not only Japan but any region or society of the world following graduation. With this in mind, it gives students comprehensive skills that are built on three pillars; namely, "philosophy education," "globalization," and "career preparation." And in 2016 it plans to began a new "basic education program" by reinforcing and reorganizing its liberal arts education to link these three pillars.

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