It is my pleasure to welcome you all here today. Congratulations on taking this new step in your education. This year at Kaichi International University we offer two new departments; the Department of Education and the Department of International Liberal Arts, and you will all be members of our inaugural classes. We welcome students from China, Vietnam, Mongolia, Cambodia, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Peru, the Philippines, and of course from Japan.
International students here will study the Japanese language, culture, and history and become part of the local community. Japanese students will become friends and share culture and language with our international students, and we will all study and grow together, learning from one another.
In 1961, John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States of America, delivered the famous words: “ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country”. With these words in mind, I would suggest to you all, “ask not what your university can do for you, ask what you can do for yourself”.
There is a human tendency for members of an organization, group, or school to wonder what benefits they can receive with minimal effort from themselves. Those lacking initiative are missing out on many chances in life as every day we encounter situations where we need to operate independently, think for ourselves, and take positive action without depending on others. Ideally we should create opportunities rather than waiting for them to happen. Many people in the world complain and blame others when good things don’t come their way, because if we merely wait for good things to happen, often they won’t.
I hope you will make the most of your four years here at this university: be productive, cultivate yourself, engage in research, join club activities, make lifelong friends, and enjoy yourselves. Remember to be pro-active and always ready to take initiative. I wish you all the very best with your studies!
Thank you and welcome to Kaichi International University!