Yumonkai(Alumni)

Presidential Greeting Rules of the Association News Contact information

Presidential Greeting

On 4 August 2017, the Alumni of the Graduate School of Advanced Integrated Human Survivability Studies, Kyoto University (GSAIS/Shishukan), was officially inaugurated at Higashiichijo-kan, Kyoto University, and named “遊聞会(ゆうもんかい/Yumonkai)”. The purpose of “遊聞会” is to reunify the members after graduation, coursework completed without degree or withdrawal by deepening the friendship among members and contributing to the development of our alma mater.
 
According to traditional Japanese thinking, wisdom acquired by listening is referred to as “mon” 「聞」, while wisdom gained through thinking and reflection is known as “shi”「思」, and wisdom gained through practice is called “shu”「修」. The name of the Graduate school “思修館”is based on this traditional philosophy, a Buddhist term “mon-shi-shu”, on the other hand, after “聞(もん/to listen)”, “思(し/to think)” and “修(しゅう/to practice)” comes “遊(ゆう/to play)”. “遊” is referred to in Li-Chi as an activity to make full use of the acquired knowledge and play with it. In the world of Zen, there is a stage called “遊戯三昧(ゆうぎざんまい/to enjoy your life without being bound by anything)”. Expecting that the graduates including those who complete the coursework without degree and withdraw will rejoin the circle of 聞-思-修 even after reaching the “遊” stage, we name our association “遊聞会”.
 
It has been 6 years since the first students joined the Leading Programme of Graduate School of Advanced Leadership Studies, Kyoto University (GSALS), the predecessor of GSAIS, and graduates who have obtained the “mon-shi-shu” philosophy have started playing active roles in the real society. I believe that the establishment of 遊聞会 and its activities will contribute to further develop GSAIS. As one of the graduates I also would like to personally support to the education and activities of GSAIS/Shishukan.
 
Thank you again for allowing me the opportunity to serve as your Alumni Association President. I’m excited about the next two years, and hope 遊聞会 will be a successful platform to exchange views and enlarge networks in various fields among the members.
 
Best wishes,
Kosuke Shiraishi
(Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations /
Graduate of the Shishukan Programme in 2017)

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Rules of the Association

(Name)
The name of our association is “遊聞会(ゆうもんかい/Yumonkai)”.
 
(Date of the establishment)
August 4, 2017
 
(Location)
The office of “遊聞会” is located at:
Higashiichijokan, 1 Nakaadachi-cho, Yoshida, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, JAPAN
 
(Purpose)
The purpose of “遊聞会” is to reunify the members after graduation, coursework completed without degree or withdrawal by deepening the friendship among members and contributing to the development of our alma mater.
 
(Meaning of the Name)
After “聞(もん/to listen)”, “思(し/to think)” and “修(しゅう/to practice)” comes “遊(ゆう/to play)”. “遊” is referred to in Li-Chi as an activity to make full use of the acquired knowledge and play with it. In the world of Zen, there is a stage called “遊戯三昧(ゆうぎざんまい/to enjoy your life without being bound by anything)”. Expecting that the graduates including those who complete the coursework without degree and withdraw will rejoin the circle of 聞-思-修 even after reaching the “遊” stage, we name our association “遊聞会”. Below is the conceptual diagram.

 
(Membership)
The membership of this association is given to those who had been selected as “京都大学大学院思修館プログラム履修生(Students in the Leading Programme of Graduate School of Advanced Leadership Studies, Kyoto University)” or those who had enrolled in “京都大学大学院総合生存学館(Graduate School of Advanced Integrated Human Survivability Studies, Kyoto University)”. The office will contact the individuals to ask if they want to join the association or not, when they have finished the Ph.D., the master degree or the leading program, or when they withdraw from the school. The active professors and staffs, former professors and staffs and other related people can join the association as supporting members after being approved at the board of directors.
 
(Activities)
To achieve the aforementioned purposes, we do the following activities:
1. Activities which deepen the friendship among members and which are related to lifelong learning.
2. Researches on Integrated Human Survivability Studies and other related fields.
3. Education and communication of the members.
4. Asking for donations to improve our association.
5. Other activities that are necessary to achieve the purpose of our association.
 
(Directors and Their Assignments)
Our association has directors. Their assignments are stated below.

Position Number of People Assignment
President Represent our association.
Supervise the members.
Vice-president and Accountant Assist the president.
Represent the president when he or she is absent.
Manage the membership fee and other moneys.
Make a financial report every year.
Professor Representative Represent the professors.
Connect the professors and the association.
Staff Representative Represent the staffs.
Connect the staffs and the association.
Student Representative Represent the students.
Connect the students and the association.
Assist the president with the operating procedures.
Vice-Representative of students Assist the student representative.
Represent the student representative when he or she is absent.

Note1: When needed, our organization may have an honorary president and honorary advisors.
Note2: When needed, our organization may have secretaries, organizers of the alumni, audits and other relevant managerial positions.
 
(Election of Directors and Term of Office)
The directors will be elected from the official members at the general meeting. The term of office is two years and reappointment is not forbidden.
 
(The General Meeting)
1. The regular general meeting is called by the president once a year.
2. The president is authorized to call an extraordinary general meeting if necessary.
3. At the general meeting, the election and dismissal of directors, activity policy, budget and settlement of accounts, change in the rules of the association and other important issues will be discussed.
4. At the general meeting, the decision will be approved when more than half of the attendances agree.
5. When the general meeting cannot be held for unavoidable reasons, the discussions will be submitted to the board of directors.
 
(The Board of Directors)
1. The regular board of directors is called by the president once a year.
2. The president is authorized to call an extraordinary board of directors if necessary.
3. At the board of directors, activity plans, budget plans and other plans which will be submitted to the general meeting will be formulated.
4. The board of directors must sincerely follow the instruction of the president when to enforce the activity plans, budget and other issues that are decided at the general meeting. At the end of the year, the board of directors will make activity reports and financial reports.
5. At the board of directors, the decision will be approved when more than half of the attendances agree.
 
(Accounting)
The accounting year of our association is from April 1 to March 31 in the following year.
 
(Membership Fee)
1. Official members should pay the registration fee when they graduate, complete the coursework without degree or withdraw. Supporting members should pay the registration fee immediately after their membership is approved by the board of directors.
2. The registration fee is 2000 JPY for both official members and supporting members. Additional membership fee may be collected when the number of the member increases and the alumni directory needs to be printed and delivered in the future.
 
Supplementary Rules
The rules of this association will be enforced from August 4 2017.

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News

1 Establishment of Yumonkai (Alumni) and the organization of the 1st Yumonkai (August 4, 2017)
  https://www.gsais.kyoto-u.ac.jp/blog/2017/08/07/20170804
 
2 Opening Yumonkai webpages (March 22, 2018)
  https://www.gsais.kyoto-u.ac.jp/blog/2018/03/22/20180322

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Contact information

Address of Yumonkai secretariat
Higashiichijokan, 1 Nakaadachi-cho, Yoshida, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, 606-8306, JAPAN
Graduate School of Advanced Integrated Human Survivability Studies, Kyoto University (Shishukan)
Yumonkai (Alumni) secretariat
MAIL  yumonkai-office * gsais.kyoto-u.ac.jp(replace * with @)

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