Our Philosophy: "Freedom and Enlightenment & Creation of the Future"
Shizuoka University came into being after the integration of the former Shizuoka High School, Shizuoka First Normal School and Shizuoka Second Normal School, Shizuoka Normal School for Youth, and Hamamatsu Technical College (formerly Hamamatsu Technical High School) in 1949, followed by the absorption of Shizuoka Prefectural College of Agriculture in 1951. Prior to their integration, the university’s predecessor institutions all had educational policies that placed importance on students’ independence, reflecting the liberal social atmosphere that prevailed in Japan under the “Taisho democracy” of the Taisho period (1912–1926). Of these institutions, the Hamamatsu School of Technology, in particular, espoused a philosophy of “freedom and enlightenment”, conducting a form of education that avoided restricting students through exams or rewards and punishments, and instead placed them in an environment that was as free as possible, aiming to give full rein to students’ talents by respecting each person’s individuality.
422-8529 Shizuoka, Shizuoka, Japan