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The origin of Sanyo Gakuen lies in Sanyo Eiwa Women's School established in 1886 by dedicated members of the Okayama Christian Society. Currently, Sanyo Gakuen is comprised of five educational institutions: Sanyo Girls' Junior High School, Sanyo Girls' High School, Sanyo Gakuen College, Sanyo Gakuen University, and its affiliated Kindergarten.
Sanyo Gakuen College was established in 1969 and produced 16,319 graduates and Sanyo Gakuen University, founded in 1994, turned out 1,294 graduates. Both institutions have been playing an important role of higher education for women and have been sending out graduates who have become successful members of society.
In 2009, these institutions became coeducational. And in the same year the University has expanded to include two departments: the Faculty of Nursing and the Faculty of Human Sciences.
"Love and Service" is the teaching principle that underpins the excellence of education in all the institutions and it will continue to guide us to future success. The principle of "Love and Service" was first taught by Kajiro Yoshi , who laboured to achieve the goal of providing women with a high quality education in the 1900s. It later became the founding philosophy of Sanyo Gakuen, and is the basis of its educational activities today. It is through the philosophy of "Love and Service" that faculty, staff, and students at Sanyo Gakuen have strived to enhance their humanity and find their place in the world community. We are determined to provide our students with an excellent standard of education by supporting their career development and fostering essential abilities and skills that they can use in the work place. Our ultimate aim is to make a positive contribution to society in this way.
We are also devoted to nurturing people who have intercultural understanding. We welcome international students and promote international exchanges with other countries.
Fumihiko Jitsunari M.D., Ph.D.
Our Founding Principle: "Love and Service"
Our Education Philosophy: “Education Inspiring Individuality”
Our Vision and Mission:
To nurture people who take responsibility of their own lives
To realize education emphasizing the individuality of each student
To support students’ career development and foster essential abilities and skills
To produce people with new value who respect human diversity
As a group of educational institutions to make a positive contribution to society
1886 Sanyo Eiwa Women's School established.
1908 Kajiro Yoshi, President.
1969 Sanyo Gakuen College, Department of Home Economics, established.
1970 1970 Department of Home Economics comprised
・Home Economics Major, and
・Nutrition Science Major
1971 Specialized Studies of Home Economics Major established.
1972 Department of Pre-School Education established
Specialized Studies of Nutrition Science Major established
1974 Sanyo Gakuen Junior College affiliated Kindergarten established.
1975 Specialized Studies of Pre-School Education Major established.
1988 Department of Intercultural Studies established.
1991 Department of Home Economics was reorganized into:
a) Department of Nutrition Science, and
b) Department of Life Science
・Life Science Major
・Life Science Design Major
Specialized Intercultural Studies Courses established.
1994 Sanyo Gakuen University, Faculty of Intercultural Studies, established.
1996 The name, Specialized Studies of Home Economics Major, was changed to Life Science Specialization and Life Science Design Specialization.
Department of Intercultural Studies in College abolished.
1999 Department of Home Economics was reorganized into:
a) Department of Human Culture, and
b) Department of Life Science Design
2003 Faculty of Intercultural Studies was reorganized into
Faculty of Communications.
The name, Department of Life Science Design, was
changed to Department of Career Design
2005 Department of Human Culture abolished.
Specialized Studies of Home Economics Major abolished
Specialized Studies of Nutrition Science Major abolished.
2009 i) Faculty of Nursing established.
ii) Faculty of Human Sciences established, comprising: -
a) Department of Psychology and Human Life, and
b) Department of Language and Culture.
iii) Sanyo Gakuen University and Sanyo Gakuen College became coeducational.
Department of Nursing
Recently, medical techniques have developed, the aging society has changed disease structure, and home health care has been prompted. Nursing services have therefore become complicated, and nurses’ roles have become more and more important. At the Faculty of Nursing, through the founding principle of “Love and Service,” the faculty staff and students have strived to foster humanity in nurses and to impart the knowledge and skills that will fulfill the demands of society.
102 years ago, Kajiro Yoshi, the Principal of Sanyo Gakuen for 51 years, visited Florence Nightingale, the mother of modern nursing. They both believed that nursing is a vocation to do the best for people. Here at Sanyo, we strive to teach and study nursing science with the aim of making this vocation a reality for all our students and staff. We welcome students who have a clear purpose to work actively in nursing services (including nurse, public health nurse and school nurse teacher), those who can communicate considerately and tenderly with people, and those who have a strong desire to learn and improve themselves.
Department of Psychology and Human Life
The goal of the department is for students to acquire the ability to improve their quality of life by dealing with the mental problems deeply related to the human condition.
We provide two main studies: psychological studies and home economics. There are also plenty of subsidiary courses for business and information technology skills. Students can freely choose courses according to their objectives and interests.
For instance, students who mainly take psychology courses can prepare for the graduate school entry. Here, they may obtain the qualification of clinical psychotherapist in Japan. Students who learn both psychology and home economics may become an interior planner or a fashion advisor, with a full understanding of the consumer mind. Those who master business and information skills can face the job market confidently.
Department of Language and Culture
In the Department of Language and Culture, students not only make traditional language and literature studies, but also deepen the understanding of history, society and culture. We offer a curriculum where students can develop intercultural competence as well as language ability. The keywords of our department are; “Language,” “Culture,” and “Communication.”
In the 21st century, we find ourselves living in multi-cultural circumstances, even inside Japan. Students with true intercultural understanding will be able to make active contributions to the community. Why don’t we see what happens when we are open to different cultures and accept them as a global society?
The Department of Preschool Education
The Department of Preschool Education has a long history of nurturing excellent talent in the field of early childhood education. It is the only department among private junior colleges in Okayama prefecture that has an affiliated kindergarten located on campus. This allows our students to learn through direct contact with children. With successful completion of the program, students can obtain two qualifications in two years: a type 2 teacher's license for kindergarten and nursery teacher's qualification.
The department is proud of its students' outstanding employment record; each year all students are offered jobs upon graduation. We are dedicated to securing our students' employment through the "Careers and Training Advisory Office." Here, each student receives one-to-one tutorials with specialist staff. Between eighty and ninety percent of graduates work as specialists in preschools or kindergartens.
The department provides students with various courses which emphasize hands-on experience and practical skills in childhood education. Our curriculum includes a new course called "Childcare and Family Support Training," where students participate in volunteer activities in preschools, kindergartens and various welfare institutions. We also collaborate with local communities to host childcare events six times a year, which aim to promote child-caregiver interactions.
Department of Food and Nutrition
This department aims to provide students with the education and training necessary for them to become the kind of dietitians who will maintain and promote excellent human dietary health.
When students enter the department, they are carefully screened by not only scholastic abilities but also motives and aptitudes.
Within a two-year institutional framework, the curriculum has been designed to enable students to gain the essential knowledge and skills required by dietitians. This is achieved through fundamental fields of study such as the structures and functions of the human body, and other major studies including food, nutrition, and cooking. The department especially lays emphasis on the development of students’ practical abilities to manage school lunch and to guide nutrition, we are therefore proud of our fully equipped training facilities.
Since the foundation of the department, more than 3,000 graduates have played active parts as food specialists in their work places, including kindergartens, schools, hospitals, companies, care houses, and others.
Approach to education
Sanyo Gakuen Junior College
Department of Nutrition Science
‘Striving to produce nutritionists who understand and preserve the relationship between ‘human health’ and ‘food’…’
Department of Pre-school Education
‘Seeking to educate pre-school teachers who can both aid in child development and share in the world of children …’
Sanyo Gakuen University
Faculty of Human Science
Department of Psychology and Human Life
‘Seeking to deepen genuine mutual human understanding through the study of psychology while fostering practical communication skills …’
Department of Language and Culture
‘Striving to deepen intercultural understanding and nurture global citizenship through the study of languages and cultures …’
Faculty of Nursing
Department of Nursing
‘Aiming to foster humanity in nurses and to impart the knowledge and techniques that will fulfill the demands of society …’
Number of Staff as of September 1, 2009
Library as of September 1, 2009
|Total Number of Books||139,564|
|Academic and Professional Books||78,710|
|General Interests Books||60,854|
|Journals and Magazines||350 (types)|
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