On July 2, the anniversary of the death of Shigeo Hasegawa, founder and first president of Kyoto Computer Gakuin (KCG), which marked its 60th anniversary, the KCG Group posted a commemorative lecture online titled "The Spirit of Shigeo Hasegawa, First President of KCG: The Spirit of a 'Private School' Reaching Its 60th Anniversary.Students, faculty, and staff watched the lecture at their own times and places to remember the legacy of a pioneer in information processing technology education.On June 30, 2023, before the anniversary of Kando's death, students and others concerned paid a visit to his grave at his family temple, Hyakumanben Chionji.
Dr. Shigeo Hasegawa passed away on July 2, 1986 at the age of 56, and 2023 will mark 37 years since his death.Kando" is his stage name, meaning "a quiet space for meditation away from the world.
The commemorative lecture was given by Dr. Tomoko Tanaka, Professor of the Graduate School of Education, Kyoto University, and part-time lecturer at the Kyoto Institute of Information Science.Professor Tanaka, who studied at Kyoto University with current President Yasuko Hasegawa, is also a junior of Professor Shigeo Hasegawa, who gave the lecture "Shigeo Hasegawa, the First President of Kyoto University and Kyoto University: Searching for the Origin of Ideas" on the anniversary of Kando in 2021 and "A Quarter Century of the First President of Kyoto University: Times and Words" in 2022, which is the third part of his memorial lecture.In the past two lectures, we have clarified the origin of KCG's philosophy through a historical study of Dr. Hasegawa's younger days, and reviewed KCG's progress over the past quarter century until his death through the "words" he left behind.
Professor Tanaka introduced that "the 60th anniversary of KCG would be the 60th birthday of a human being," and that "while searching for old records, we came across a valuable document in the handwriting of Dr. Shigeo Hasegawa, in which he wrote that he established a private school in 1953 (10 years before the founding of KCG).In his curriculum vitae, Mr. Hasegawa explained that he had positioned himself almost consistently as a "private school principal" from the time he opened "Yojojuku" in April of the same year until he became president of Kyoto Computer Gakuin in 1969, and that KCG had inherited the spirit and philosophy of the private school after its establishment, including "establishment of voluntary school regulations," "free practice in computer use," "personal guidance," and "open education.
Professor Tanaka said, "The words 'private' and 'private' that the first president Hasegawa Shigeo loved remind me of private and private educational projects in the early Meiji era," referring to Niijima Jo, who founded Doshisha, and Fukuzawa Yukichi of Keio University.Professor Tanaka said, "I believe that Dr. Shigeo Hasegawa's educational activities can be positioned in a way that overlaps with the substance of these people's philosophy of private, private school, or private ownership.KCG is 60 years old this year, 70 if you include the pre-history of the private school.Mr. Shigeo Hasegawa reminded us once again that the spirit of the private school is an educational philosophy that we must pass on to future generations," he concluded his lecture.
On June 30, students, faculty, and staff visited the graves while giving priority to their classes and other activities.The students who visited Chion-ji Temple laid their hands on his grave and prayed for his repose and for the further development of the KCG Group.