Providing education that lets students grow: Looking 50 years into the future
Kobe Gakuin University was established in 1966 under Shigeki Mori as the first President. It initially offered a single course of study with 100 students, in the Faculty of Nutrition, having the school philosophy of “shinri-aikō kosei-sonchō”(love of truth and respect for individuality). Today, more than half a century later, the university has expanded to become the largest private university in Kobe City to offer programs, combining the humanities with sciences with multiple distinctive campuses, ten faculties and eight graduate schools, and a total of more than 11,000 students. Nearly 90,000 students have graduated from the university or completed graduate school courses, who are taking on an active role in various fields.
In 2012, Kobe Gakuin Educational Foundation celebrated the 100th anniversary of its founding. In 2016, the university marked the 50th anniversary of its founding. At this opportunity, when our university has marked the milestones of both these 100 year and 50 year anniversaries, we announced the“Kobe Gakuin 100-Year Declaration”and implemented our
“mid-term action plan”as a five-year-long plan based on that declaration. From AY2018, we have formulated our“second mid-term action plan”and implemented a new five-year-long 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 clarifies the issues that the university
needs to address, and we are tackling those steadily.
Under the above-mentioned effort, in AY2018, we opened a “Faculty of Psychology” at the Arise Campus as the university’s 10th faculty. This faculty offers a curriculum designed to prepare students for Japan’s new Licensed Psychologists. In AY2019, we also opened a Graduate School of Psychology. We have also started 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 and social welfare learn about the possibilities of multi-disciplinary cooperation.
In AY2020, we began offering a course of Medical Technologies in the Department of Nutrition, Faculty of Nutrition.
From now on, I believe it must be the mission of Kobe Gakuin University to offer education based on its school philosophy through “wisdom”and “ingenuity”in response to the COVID-19 crisis, so that students can realize their own growth and enter the workforce with a sense of self-confidence, and to provide various support for all students to be able to 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 in society, by enhancing our education, research, and social outreach programs. I would be must grateful if you could understand and support our university.