Institute for Promotion of Higher Education

The Institute for Promotion of Higher Education was founded in 2014 with the objective of improving the quality of education university-wide and of enriching general education, teacher training education, and career education. The Institute currently includes the Center for General Education, Faculty Development Center, Center for Teacher Education, and Center for Career Education.

Center for General Education

(Established in April 2014)

The purpose of this center is for students to gain wide and rich knowledge of culture, society, and nature, to obtain the knowledge and skills required for effective communication with people and for independent living through various experiences, to foster a sense of ethics and responsibility as a member of society, and to form a self-reliant learning foundation required for lifelong learning.

Offering a broad range of study as only a university with ten faculties can

Kobe Gakuin University takes advantage of its status as Kobe’s largest private university with both humanities and science programs to offer a diverse range of courses. By actively studying fields that lie outside specialized courses offered by their own faculty, students are able to cultivate a broad perspective and the ability to think flexibly.

Sports Science Unit*, a program that invites students to undertake a multifaceted study of sports theory and practice

The sub-major program allows students of the Faculty of Law, Economics, Business Administration, Humanities and Science, and Contemporary Social Studies to study sports. Today, the promotion of sport has come to encompass both government and business. In the Sports Science Unit, we have put together a diverse learning program that goes beyond lecture-based courses to encompass exchanges with overseas universities and research institutions, participation and orchestration of local sports and health events, and hosting of sports festivals as part of a community service focus. The program serves to prepare students to contribute to society through their involvement with sports.
*Prior to the 2016 academic year, the program was known as the Multidisciplinary Education Institute Sports Management Unit.

Kobe Gakuin College, a special English-language program that seeks to train global professionals

This special program allows students with a high level of English proficiency who are interested in improving their English skills to do so while studying specialized courses offered by their own faculty. First offered during the 2016 academic year, it is part of a university-wide effort to prepare students for careers as global professionals. Selected students are offered special courses on topics such as English conversation and TOEIC preparation. In keeping with its mission of not only offering special English courses, but also cultivating broad knowledge that will allow students to pursue careers as global professionals, the College plans to offer a special study abroad program in the future.

Faculty Development Center

(Established April 2009)

The Faculty Development Center was established in order to develop the University’s baccalaureate and graduate degree programs while promoting and supporting faculty development. The Center is dedicated to achieving further improvements in the quality of the education offered by the University by developing mechanisms related to University-wide education and discussing associated issues based on guidelines established by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology and the Central Council for Education, for example in the December 2008 report entitled “Towards the Enhancement of Undergraduate Education.” Its overarching aim remains to implement the University’s founding philosophy ofLove of Truth and Respect for Individuality” in the institution’s education.
Faculty development activities are pursued collaboratively by the University’s faculty members. Each year, the Center holds a workshop for faculty deans, administrators, faculty development officials, and other faculty members. In the workshop, participants reviewed three policies, developed a curriculum map, and evaluated the curriculum in order to visualize learning results. The Center also holds a range of faculty development seminars on topics such as active learning. Some of those seminars are open to nearby universities through the Consortium of Universities in Hyogo and other organizations in order to deepen partnerships with the local community.

Center for Teacher Education

(Established April 2013)

The Center for Teacher Education was established in order to improve the quality of the University’s teacher training course and museum curator training course. It has three primary functions. The first is to offer support to students who wish to become teachers. Specifically, the Center operates a Teacher Education Support Office at both of the University’s campuses. A rotating group of teachers with actual experience at elementary schools, junior high schools, and high schools offer advice to students along with guidance on how to prepare for Japan’s teacher certification examination. These offices also offer a range of resources for free use by students, including collections of books and magazines and computers. The Center’s second function is to support educational research conducted by the University’s teacher training course and museum curator training course. One example of this mission is its publication of the Journal of the Center for Teacher Education, an annual bulletin that collects research papers published by faculty members, including part-time instructors. Finally, the Center’s third function is to offer courses for teachers seeking to renew their licenses. The Center holds these teacher license renewal courses for active teachers in early August, and the 2016 course attracted more than 1,200 participants.
In this way, the Center for Teacher Education offers detailed support to the University’s students.

Center for Career Education

(Established April 2016)

The Center for Career Education was established with the objective of promoting activities related to the implementation, development, and application of career-oriented education across all of the University’s programs in order to foster the skills necessary for social autonomy on the part of students.
In addition to administering an employability course as part of the University’s regular curriculum to foster students’ ability to chart their future careers and develop them over time, the Center offers a variety of extracurricular courses through its Extracurricular Course and Certification Support Office, which is dedicated to helping students earn various certifications and pass Japan’s difficult civil service examination.
Going forward, the Center will continue to develop the University’s curriculum in order to implement its vision for integrated, career-oriented education by creating and offering a program of courses, both as part of the University’s regular curriculum and on an extracurricular basis.