Providing education that lets students grow: Looking 50 years into the future
Kobe Gakuin University was established in 1966 with Shigeki Mori as the first President. It initially offered a singlecourse of study with 100 students, in the Faculty of Nutrition, being founded on the philosophy of “shinri-aikokosei-soncho” (love of truth and respect for individuality). Today, 50 years later, the University has expanded to become the largest private university in Kobe City, with two distinctive campuses, ten faculties and seven graduate schools,and a total of more than 11,000 students. About 80,000 students have graduated from the university or completedgraduate school courses.
In 2012, Kobe Gakuin Educational Foundation celebrated the 100th anniversary of its founding. In 2016, the Universitymarked the 50th anniversary of its founding. Reflecting our belief that the timing of these 100 year and 50 year anniversaries provides us with an excellent opportunity for Kobe Gakuin University to transform itself, we announced the Kobe Gakuin 100-Year Declaration and carried out a mid-term action plan over five years. During AY2018, we will develop a second mid-term action plan and transition to implementing that new five-year plan. In addition, we took advantage of the 50th anniversary of the University’s founding to announce a vision for its next 50 years. That vision articulates the issues that the University needs to address, and we’ve begun to do so in a steady manner.
As part of that effort, the Faculty of Psychology, which will offer a curriculum designed to prepare students to earn Japan’s new certified psychologist qualification, will start accepting students on Arise Campus as the University’s 10th undergraduate faculty. We will also start to offer credits under our inter-professional education (IPE) program, a workshop-based offering in which students of the four faculties and six departments related to medicine, health, and social welfare learn about the requirements (and qualifications) of each other’s disciplines to facilitate collaboration.
Going forward, I believe it must be the mission of Kobe Gakuin University to offer an education based on its founding philosophy so that students can experience their own growth and go forth into society with a sense of self-confidence,and to provide a range of support so that all students can achieve their dreams and goals. We must also strive to become an institution that will continue to operate into the indefinite future, one that is prized for its essential role insociety, by enhancing our education, research, and social outreach programs. I hope that we will have your understanding and support as we do so.