Respecting fundamental human rights has always been an essential part of the Chuo University philosophy, with strong educational emphasis placed on cultivating awareness of the value of peace, freedom and human dignity. Both on and off campus, Chuo University maintains a basic stance of intolerance for discrimination in any form and, in addition to promoting human rights education that raises students’ awareness of the issues, the University has been offering lectures on human rights issues since 1985.
The Business Affairs Section at Tama Campus is composed of three divisions; publishing, insurance and student services, and makes positive contributions to the University’s finances through profit-making activities primarily focused on publishing.
With a distinguished history, the publishing division was established in 1948, and has the primary objective of making research findings accessible to the public. The division publishes a great number of quality textbooks and educational references each year, primarily in the form of specialist academic texts.
Chi no Kairo (Corridor of Wisdom), an educational program jointly produced with the cable TV station Hachioji Telemedia, was launched with a desire to introduce the local community to the Chuo University teaching staff and the research they are engaged in, and make a positive contribution to the community. As of July 2010, 73 episodes have been aired, with production and broadcast of new episodes on new themes scheduled to start in October 2010.
The program can be viewed on cable TV throughout Japan, and recently on the Web as well, through video-sharing sites such as YouTube and iUniv.
Chuo University stockpiles disaster relief supplies as part of its disaster preparedness efforts. In addition to stockpiling water, food, and temporary toilets (on the Tama, Korakuen and Ichigaya campuses and at the Surugadai Memorial Hall), the University has prepared water treatment equipment on the Tama and Korakuen campuses that can produce drinking water by purifying water from ponds and other sources.
The Tama and Korakuen campuses are designated as evacuation areas for a large region of Tokyo, and have entered into a Mutual Aid Agreement on Stockpiling and Provision of Disaster Relief Supplies with the city of Hachioji.
The Chuo University President’s Cup Community Sports Competition was inaugurated in 1991 with the goal of promoting interaction with the community and contributing to the healthy growth of local elementary and junior high school students.
With the support of the Education Boards of nearby Tokyo communities including Hachioji, Hino, Tama, Machida, Inagi, Tachikawa, Fuchu, and Kunitachi, as well as the Tokyo headquarters of the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper, the competition has grown into a familiar summer event, involving some 4,000 participants in all, including supporters.