Fulfilling our mission as a "University of Peace"

Mitsuo Ochi



この地に今年、新たな1ページが刻まれることになりました。キャンパスの一角に、米国アリゾナ州立大学サンダーバードグローバル大学院の広島大学グローバル校を開設しました。2021年にオープンした広島大学フェニックス国際センター「ミライ クリエ」とともに、グローバルキャンパスとして世界への懸け橋となることを期待しています。




It is at this time of the year when the wind starts to feel like a pleasant breeze. At the Higashi-Hiroshima Campus, located on the Kamo Plateau, 200 meters above sea level, a fresh breeze gently moves through the new green leaves, while the chirping of wild birds can be heard in the near distance. These things serve to lift our spirits. The Higashi-Hiroshima Campus, blessed with a rich natural environment, is the symbol of Hiroshima University, the colour of which is green.

In 1949, four years after the first atomic bombing in the history of humankind, Hiroshima University was established in the burnt ruins of Hiroshima. Mr. Tatsuo Morito, the first president of the university, wrote to universities around the world, asking for saplings and seeds, as he wanted the image of Hiroshima University “to be transformed from   burnt-out, red rusty surroundings into a campus full of fresh green trees and plants.”

All the donated trees--- including sequoias and giant bodhi trees---were carefully nurtured; at the time of the relocation of HU, some of them were replanted and have been well looked-after in the Higashi-Hiroshima Campus together with the spirit of pursuing peace.

This year, HU will open a new chapter in the history of its Higashi-Hiroshima campus, in the form of an on-site branch opening of the Arizona State University/Thunderbird Graduate School of Global Management-Hiroshima University Global Initiative.  I hope that the Global Initiative described above, coupled with the “MIRAI CREA” (Hiroshima University Phoenix International Center opened in 2021), will serve as a bridge to the world.
In two years’ time, Hiroshima University will be celebrating its 75th anniversary. Since becoming President of Hiroshima University, my aim has been to cultivate “peace-pursuing, cultured individuals with an international mindset and challenging spirit”.

Hiroshima University was ranked in the world’s top 100 in five of the 17 SDGs in THE (Time’s Higher Education) University Impact Ranking 2021, which shows the social contribution capacity of universities around the world. We are taking on the new challenge of achieving carbon neutrality and of realising a smart campus by 2030.

In addition to the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a spate of casualties due to warfare. I do not think anyone but a few experts dreamt that the 21st century would see a Russian invasion of Ukraine. I had been under the impression that we were heading towards a society without major wars, despite the twists and turns at the end of the 20th century. Hiroshima University was one of the first universities to issue a statement, protesting against Russian aggression on 25 February 2022.
 I strongly hope and believe that now is the time to fulfil our mission as a ‘University of Peace’ to realize a free and peaceful international society, contributing to the well-being of humanity as well as producing people who can think and act for peace.