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Students First, Okayama First Open the way to the Future at a Dynamic “Center of Community” University.

Okayama Prefectural University traces its history back to the Okayama Prefectural Junior College of Nutrition, which opened in 1955. The university opened in 1993, and currently houses three unique faculties: Health and Welfare Science, Computer Science and Systems Engineering, and Design. In an era when people live to be a hundred years old, the university is still in its adolescence.

The university is a combination of students, teachers and staff; and these three components work together to enhance the university’s education and support system for students, always bearing in mind the Students First concept. To facilitate this, the university has just opened the Support Center for Student Life and Career Formation. It has also adopted active learning systems. Additionally, it works together with the local area under the Okayama First concept. It has provided students with opportunities for volunteer and internship activities that allow them to interact with the local community. The university’s long-term internship program in particular has contributed to career education.

Following education and research, the third mission of the university is contributions to society. The university adopted the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology’s COC (Center of Community) + framework in 2015, and has been promoting regional partnership education in cooperation with corporations and municipal governments in Okayama prefecture. It has encouraged students to gain the title, “Community Revitalizer.”The university develops local leaders with a high degree of specialized knowledge, an abundant sense of global society and deep-seated humanity.

Nobody can predict the future. However, the more technology, such as AI, big data, IoT, robotics, advance, the more society requires human sensibility and humanity. The university develops professionals with diverse values and the ability to think flexibly. The school philosophy is embodied in the words, “Respect for human dignity and promotion of welfare.”This is essential philosophy shapes the leaders of tomorrow.

Don’t just dream of your future. Take active steps toward it. We invite you to open the way to the future on a campus covered in “Chinese Pistache”, the holy tree of learning, chirping birds, and an exotic hall.

Yoko Oki

Yoko Oki
President, Okayama Prefectural University

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