The mission and visions of The Mathematics Certification Institute of Japan.
The Institute holds the following vision and engages in the following activities.
The Institute conducts a mathematics testing and certification business that is widely recognized as a highly trusted and useful indicator of mathematics learning. By returning to society the knowledge and know-how we have acquired, the Institute contributes to inspiring a lifelong interest in mathematics and raising the level of mathematical ability in people around the world.
To realize Institute's vision, medium- to long-term development of our testing and certification business is necessary not only in Japan but also throughout the world community. We hold the following three visions as the foundation from which we endeavor to move our business forward into the future.
Lifelong Mathematics Learning
We recognize that the number of Suken examinees is a significant indicator of the mathematics population in Japan. As we work toward achieving 500,000 examinees, we are building an environment that encourages the study of mathematics by everyone, regardless of age or gender.
De Facto Standardization of Mathematics Learning
The Institute desires to return to society the knowledge and know-how we have cultivated in conducting our testing and certification business in Japan by administering Suken tests primarily in the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, and other Southeast Asian countries, in the aim for de facto standardization of mathematics learning.
Eliminate Dislike and Increase Liking for Mathematics
The Institute will continue to provide mathematics-related content and events to communicate the merits and fun of mathematics with the objective of eliminating the dislike felt by many for these subjects and instead inspiring liking and interest.
The mathematical constant π (Pi), which represents the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, is the motif used to produce these symbol marks.
Pi is said to be the most important mathematical constant, a value that is indispensable to things such as the advancement of computer technology and space development that have brought us to this point in the evolution of mankind. It is also a transcendental number, a mysterious value with a decimal representation that is unending, which gives us a sense of the romance of mathematics.
"Through the administration of Suken tests that measure practical skills in mathematics, we desire to contribute to inspiring a lifelong interest in mathematics and raising the level of mathematical ability in people around the world with the intention of promoting the continuing advancement of mankind as we move into the future." The Institute has chosen π as the symbol mark to express our desire and intention in the sense that it contains endless possibilities.
The four colors below each represent a separate concept.
Each Pi circle is colored in with a separate color from our awareness of the difficult mathematical "four color theorem," which states that no more than four colors are required to color contiguous regions of a plane so that no two adjacent regions have the same color. This expresses the Institute's spirit of persistence and resoluteness in meeting challenges, no matter how difficult they may be.