Meikei Educational Vision
Our mission is to foster young people capable of implementing the kind of creative thinking required to contribute to the modern global society.
Amidst the rapid progress brought by globalization and technological advancements, the structure of society is also undergoing great changes. To align with our core education vision, Meikei is committed to its model of experiential education embolden with liberal principles which aim to foster young people with unique qualities. Hence, all of the school activities are committed to this vision.
Junichi Tashiro, Meikei High School Principal
Mission as an IB World School
The International Baccalaureate® aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.
These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
(IB mission statement , https://www.ibo.org/about-the-ib/mission/)
History, Foundation as an Educational experimental school
Meikei High School was established in 1979 to commemorate the more than 130 years of the Meikei alumni group from the former Tokyo University of Education (now the University of Tsukuba). Rare at the time, Meikei High School was established by the alumni association of a national university as a coeducational middle to high school level private school.
Forty years on, Meikei High School has continued to foster generations of students who inherit progressive ideas, and are capable of creative thinking and action, guided by a comprehensive and all-rounded educational experience Since its foundation, Meikei High School has actively accepted returnee students or students who experienced living abroad. Such returnee students currently account for 17% of the total 1,577 students enrolled at Meikei..
Meikei High School graduates have made contributions in various fields, such as science (including the international space programme), medicine, business, art, and education. The wide scope of their activities is not limited to Japan - a great source of pride for Meikei High School.
Partnership between Meikei and the University of Tsukuba
The Global Promotion Partnership was signed between the University of Tsukuba and MHS in July 2019. The University of Tsukuba is considered as a top-ranking multi-disciplinary national university in Japan, thus is accredited by the government, the mission of Fostering Global Human Resources. The partnership mentioned above would likely be the premise for corporations in educational research and development of promising Global HR for the future.
A rich educational environment
MHS is located in the city of Tsukuba, a major academic hub in Japan often referred to as the “Science City.”
Many of Japan’s essential research facilities are concentrated here, with 1 out of 14 people being a researcher, and roughly 8000 residents are doctoral graduates. Moreover, Tsukuba city is only 45 minutes away from central Tokyo by train, 50 minutes to Narita airport by bus, making it connected both with the central area and international access.
MHS facility firstly consists of 4 main buildings: the Junior and Senior High School area, Agora hall and Schola hall, then a library hosting around 75,000 books, two large auditoriums, two playgrounds including a vast ground of artificial turf, a gymnasium with a martial arts hall and a pool, a cafeteria that can accommodate more than 1,000 people at one time, a cafeteria, and a store. Special faculties such as doctors, nurses and school councilor are also available to provide both mental and physical support to students.