Ritsumeikan Uji Junior and Senior High School seeks to nurture the next generation of global leaders, students who possess a penetrating intelligence combined with excellent language ability, exhibit mature interpersonal skills, and are informed at all times by a spirit of tolerance and a keen sense of justice. We believe that students with these characteristics will contribute to the peaceful development of Japan and the world.
In a globalized and computerized world, it is essential for us to concentrate on the question, “How do we develop an answer for a question that has no right answer?” rather than the more commonly asked “How much have we learned?” It is only through this change of focus that we can develop an outwardly directed spirit of learning that will lead to students engaging in dialogues to develop their problem-solving skills. Ritsumeikan Uji Junior and Senior High School’s international education initiatives are guided by the Ritsumeikan Charter: Ritsumeikan Charter
The IB Learner Profile
Ritsumeikan Uji Junior and Senior High School strives to build the ideal leaner and person through all of its educational activities. Our image of the ideal learner is based on the International Baccalaureate’s (IB) Learner Profile, a set of ten attributes that all IB World Schools endeavor to inculcate in their students. A student who graduates from our school will ideally exemplify all of the attributes of the Learner Profile, and it is the shared goal of teachers, students, and staff to build character and personal excellence through these ten characteristics.
We nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. We know how to learn independently and with others. We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life.
We develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines. We engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance.
We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyse and take responsible action on complex problems. We exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions.
We express ourselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. We collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups.
We act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences.
We respect the perspectives of others. We understand that our experiences shape our understanding of the world, and we seek new and challenging experiences to broaden our world view.
We show empathy, compassion and respect. We have a commitment to service, and we act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around us.
We approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; we work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. We are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change.
We understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives—intellectual, physical, and emotional—to achieve well-being for ourselves and others. We recognize our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live.
We thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and experience. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development.
* The English language descriptions of the learner profile attributes above are taken from the “IB learner profile booklet,” and are the exclusive copyright of the IB.