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Sacred Heart Global Plaza (Building No. 4)

Sacred Heart Global Plaza is located on the first to third floors in the 4th building of the University of the Sacred Heart. We provide open access to the community and wider society, offering education and research, as well opportunities to make social contributions through collaboration, on both a local and global scale.


The BE*hive, which is a designated area within the Sacred Heart Institute for Sustainable Futures, is an important space for students and visitors to meet and engage in critical thought, while being challenged by “quality questions”. We sincerely hope that you will encounter various global issues through our exhibitions and workshops, and then begin to sharpen your intellect by studying these issues, and/or actively joining with others to propose solutions for these issues. BE*hive’s “BE” originates from UNESCO’s call for “Learning to Be”, and from Rev. Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk who created a new word “Interbeing”, which reflects the word “Kyosei”, or “Symbiosis”. These “Bes” are rightly nurtured in this Hive.
Le Pommier d’Or, the majestic apple tree mosaic located on the ground floor of this building, is symbolic of the BE*hive space. To bear apples, bees are indispensable for pollination. Thus, our BE*hive is the starting point for students to engage in various issues, and as a result, bearing fruits in the future, harvesting sustainability in spots around the globe.

Mural painting “Le Pommier d’Or, golden apple”

by Kyoji Takubo, artist of the mural

Mural painting “Le Pommier d’Or, golden apple”

“Le Pommier d’Or, golden apple” originated from Greek mythology, but the theme is deeply connected to biodiversity and sustainable society, both of which are critical for contemporary culture and civilization. The mural represents the importance of confronting global problems, as well as taking action, through refining our human thought and sensibility. Through this learning process, we can care for the lives of others, and all things. This mural is made of natural stones from all over the world, including countries in Europe, Africa, Asia and America. “I hope that the ‘golden apple’ will be a symbol of the intellect and culture of the students of the Sacred Heart University, and eventually, I hope it becomes a symbol of a sustainable world,” says Mr. Kyoji Takubo, artist of the mural.