Beyond the accolades, Elisabeth University has become a fine example of the Society of Jesus creating an environment in which young people can dream about the future, one of the accents from the UAPs. In this case, the university promotes a dimension of humanist idealism that is not often ignored in a technological age. The current President, Mr. Yuji Kawano, is proud of his institution, comprised of some 300 students, 30 professors, and nearly 150 staff members, mostly professional musicians. The institution operates according to the principles of Jesuit Catholic Education: small class sizes, personalized instruction and personalized follow-up. Even as the institution has evolved over the course of its 72 year history, the university has remained firm in its commitment to professional education in the spirit of Christian humanism: the integral formation of the person.
During the visit, we met Ms. Misato Aratani, an alumnus of Sophia University, the Jesuit University of Tokyo where she studied theology, and now an Assistant to the President at Elisabeth University. After devoting much of her youth to mastering piano and sacred singing, she found her calling at Elisabeth University.There she found a working and living environment in which spirituality and culture came together through music. There is a meeting point there, she says, which she feels is related to Ignatian spirituality that animates her. Elisabeth, she adds, is a part of the Jesuit way of life.