Chancellor and Chair of the Board of Governors
These are the first lines of a poem written by the renowned Japanese poet Kotaro Takamura, from his book of poems titled The Itinerary. The phrases suggest that our roads must be created by our own efforts, and that every process along the way merges into a single road called life. The words inspire us to take charge of our own lives, although the kind of life we may lead would depend on the decisions and efforts made at each and every moment.
In the turmoil after the end of World War II, the Kyoto University of Foreign Studies was founded with sincere hopes of promoting international understanding and to help achieve world peace. Our school motto pax mundi per linguas ("world peace through languages") represents our founders' wish to produce bright minds who would take active roles in the international community.
In the course of 75 years since establishment, our University has sent the world many promising graduates with global perspectives. Our graduates not only work in the field of education, but are also engaged in a variety of industries and organizations as civil servants, certified public accountants, novelists, musicians, film critics, pilots, politicians and entrepreneurs.
The Kyoto University of Foreign Studies is located in Kyoto, also known as the thousand-year capital as well as a university town. With a history of flourishing as a city where various cultures blend together, Kyoto is the best place for you to begin your journey. At the Kyoto University of Foreign Studies, we warmly welcome you to take your first big step in preparing yourself for success in the international community. We spare no effort in supporting you to discover your own road.