Kyoto Seika University

Mission Statement

Kyoto Seika University(SEIKA) was founded on the principles laid out in the Foundational Principles of Education proposed by its first President, Seiichi Okamoto. Staff and teachers who agreed wholeheartedly with Okamoto’s Memorandum on Foundational Education Principles committed their support and in 1968 Kyoto Seika University (then Kyoto Seika College) opened.

Kyoto Seika University Mission

  1. As its basic educational principle, SEIKA will respect the autonomy of the individual. Our objective is to promote a spirit of independence, thereby contributing to human society by intellectual and artistic learning.
  2. In order to fulfill its objective of promoting the spirit of independence combined with social responsibility, SEIKA will always maintain awareness of the social viewpoint and contribute actively to society.
  3. SEIKA will form an organic community incorporating faculty members, students, and administration, and we will educate our students on the basis of human relationships within that community.

Foundational Principles of Kyoto Seika University

  1. SEIKA will create outward-looking educational opportunities within Japan and abroad. To fulfill the ideal that human society should transcend national, religious and ethnic differences, it is essential that we develop human relationships that respect differences in values.
  2. SEIKA will not limit its education to the promotion of any specific religious or ideological viewpoints. However, we will respect universal values which human beings have cherished through history, and the spirit of trust and love.
  3. SEIKA will offer an education that promotes human independence and meaningful co-existence, by basing its approach on the real problems faced by contemporary society. Formation and management of the university’s intellectual resources must be organized in a way that makes a positive contribution nationally and internationally.
  4. SEIKA’s education and research, which aims to provide constructive criticism and contribution to contemporary society, must be guaranteed by university governance which always upholds social responsibilities and faces social realities.
  5. SEIKA will be governed with egalitarianism among faculty members, students, and administration, and the values consciously chosen by the community members will be equally respected. The exclusive promotion of any particular principle would be an oppression of individual freedom preventing development of true independence, and is therefore rejected.
  6. SEIKA’s community will be improved by the self-enlightenment of the community members, and mutual constructive criticism, creating new educational and research potential. Undignified attitudes and speech are unacceptable. No discrimination will be tolerated.
  7. All members of this community are expected to uphold the above principles and have the right to participate in formulating new concepts of what a university can be.

Bio: Oussouby SACKO is Professor at the Department of Liberal Arts, Faculty of Humanities at Kyoto Seika University, Japan, and was Dean of Faculty from April 2013 until March 2017. In April 2018 he became the President of Kyoto Seika University. He is also affiliated with the Graduate School of Humanities and the Graduate School of Design (Architecture). Born in Mali (Bamako), he went to China (Beijing and Nanjing) after graduating High School to pursue his education in the field of Architecture. He got a Bachelor Degree from South-East University (Dongnan Daxue), Nanjing China. He moved to Japan afterward and got a Master Degree and a Doctor Degree of Engineering in the field of Architecture and Architecture Planning from the Graduate School of Engineering at Kyoto University, Japan.

He is member of Ordre des Architectes du Mali (OAM) and member of many scientific associations such as, The Architectural Institute of Japan (AIJ), Architectural Design Association of Nippon (ADAN), The City Planning Institute of Japan (CPIJ), Japan Association For African Studies (JAAS), Society for the Study of Early Modern Kyoto, International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES), ICOMOS-MALI, ICOMOS-ISCARSAH, ICOMOS-ISCEAH and many others. He has conducted field researches and worked on housing planning, policy and design in Mali and Japan. Recently, his main interest is on community architecture, community re-design and architecture conservation, restoration in historical cites. He has recently conducted field researches in Japan, China, Mali, Mauritania’s historical cities, Burkina Faso and Niger.