TOKAI UNIVERSITY EUROPEAN CENTER (TUEC)
Tokai University European Center (TUEC) is the representative organ in Europe of Tokai University, Japan. Located in Denmark (just north of Copenhagen), TUEC works to promote academic and cultural exchange between Tokai University and relevant partner institutions/organizations in Europe.
TUEC was established in 1970, in close cooperation with the Danish authorities, as an independent non-profit association.
TUEC’s location in Denmark attests to the unique and abiding bond that exists between Tokai University and Denmark – a relationship that stretches back prior to the founding of Tokai University in 1942 and still pervades the educational ideals and values that underpin the Tokai University Educational System (TES) today.
TES founder, Dr. Shigeyoshi Matsumae (1901-1991), was deeply influenced by the educational ideals espoused by N.F.S. Grundtvig (1783-1872) and manifested in the Danish folk high school movement, and a visit to Denmark in the 1930’s provided the necessary impulse for him to dedicate his life to education upon returning to Japan.
Tokai University European Center (TUEC) is located in Vedbaek, a town in the northern suburbs of Copenhagen. On our spacious 9,000 square meter premises, three sharply contrasting buildings are found: the main building (a stately old Danish mansion dating back to the 1890’s), a modern new wing (constructed in the mid-1980’s and housing conference facilities) and a traditional Japanese Tea House.
Tokai University Educational System (TES)
M I S S I O N
The academic spirit of the Tokai University Educational System (TES) aims at contributing to global peace and the peaceful coexistence of Man and nature. In the modern era of the 20th and 21st centuries, it is necessary to understand the complex interrelationship between diverse cultures and civilization's impact on the natural world. It is such an understanding which TES strives to instill in the minds of its students through education based on humanism and mutual respect. TES is founded on the philosophy of merging liberal and natural sciences in order to foster broad-minded scientists, researchers and students whose moral compass and worldview exceed narrow academic boundaries, and who thus are capable of contributing to peaceful existence around the world, in harmony with nature.
H I S T O R Y
TES was established in 1942 by Dr. Shigeyoshi Matsumae on the principle of harmonious coexistence between science, technology and philosophy, and aimed at reforming Japan’s educational system. Since then, it has grown into one of the largest private educational systems in Japan, including institutions from pre-school to postgraduate level. Tokai University, which is the nucleus of TES, is spread throughout Japan on 8 different campuses, and consists of 21 undergraduate schools, 21 graduate schools and many research facilities. Tokai University offers a diversity of academic majors in the humanities, science and technology, medicine, marine science and agriculture.
Since the late 1940’s, TES has established a number of university institutions, high schools, elementary schools as well as kindergartens throughout Japan. This expansion continued in the 1970’s at university level with new institutions such as Kyushu Tokai University in Kumamoto (1973) and Hokkaido Tokai University (1977). In 2008, however, Tokai University, Kyushu Tokai University and Hokkaido Tokai University were integrated under one banner, making a fresh start as Tokai University.
Tokai University started establishing itself overseas in the 1970’s with the opening of Tokai University European Center (TUEC) in Copenhagen, Denmark. Later on, in 1984, the Tokai University Matsumae Budo Center (MBC) was established in Vienna, Austria. The MBC promotes martial arts and is now owned and operated by the City of Vienna. In 1988, a second institution was established in Denmark (this time in Praestoe on Southern Zealand). This was Tokai University Boarding School in Denmark (TUBS), which aimed at providing education for Japanese children residing overseas. TUBS, however, was closed in 2008 and its facilities are today run as the independent sports folk high school, Bosei (www.bosei.dk). In 1990, the Tokai University Pacific Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, was established as a multi-facility center for research and conferences, and finally in 1992, Hawaii Tokai International College (HTIC) was opened as an accredited American liberal arts junior college. All of the above overseas institutions aim at promoting international exchange through activities in academia, culture and sports.
For more information on the Tokai University Educational System please click the following link: http://www.u-tokai.ac.jp/english