Human beings are part of the earth’s ecosystem. The word ”ecology” originates from “home (oikos)” in Greek, and the earth is the home of diverse life forms living in interdependent harmony. Located in the subtropical Ryukyu Islands, Okinawa is rich in cultural heritage and has developed a unique worldview－such as niraikanai－which represents the community’s special connection to nature. As an integral part of the Okinawan community, we, members of the University of the Ryukyus, hereby declare that we will continue our tradition of education, scholarship, and social contribution, but we will also strive to reshape our traditions to meet the needs of the new age of global ecology.<Harmony with Nature>
The campus is a place that is integral to communal and global ecology. Living on “campus”, we need to understand its ecology and how it relates to the neighboring ecosystems. We need to learn how to live in balance with other living beings within its “Web of Life”, and, at the same time enrich our lives while being committed to our responsibilities as global citizens of this planet.<People and Dialogue>
Every life form has its own cultural, historical, and geographical background. In a campus environment where we are able to have active interactions with other kinds of human and non-human beings, we will learn who we are and how we live as human beings in the context of the global ecosystem.<Education>
Our university will become the center of this new culture. Through education which respects autonomy and originality, we will create a place for students to learn new attitudes and ways of thinking as global citizens. In doing so, the students will increase their capability and motivation to solve global problems through local action.<Research>
Survival of the global community is inseparable from the future vision of academia.
We must seek true academic vision which will enable us to fulfill our responsibilities as members of the community of living beings. On the basis of our academic heritage at this university, we will further pursue the global perspective and interdisciplinary and liberal thinking and make the university become the intellectual center of the future global community.
We will be fully aware of our campus environment both in terms of its ecological and interpersonal significance. By creating a communication system that connects not only people on and off campus, but also people all over the world, we will establish interactive relationships with other communities and contribute to them through our academic achievements.