Message from the Deangreeting
The Kyushu University School of Education was established in 1925 as the Faculty of Law and Letters’ Education Course at Kyushu Imperial University. Since its establishment in 1949, Education and Psychology have been its two main pillars. Furthermore, the course has produced many outstanding human resources over the years, and become a center of higher education that seeks to understand the different aspects of the human mind and growth, learn about the various areas related to these aspects (such as family and school), and explore the structure of these areas. At the time of its establishment, the School of Education had a mission to create a democratic society in Japan based on the reflections of the pre-war period, and made various efforts to reform the educational system and spread democratic educational ideas in each prefecture of Kyushu. Today, we are involved in the academic and practical development of educational and psychological sciences around the world. Our primary aim in this endeavor is to contribute to international society, while pursuing universal education and psychology, promoting exchange through education between countries and societies around the world (starting with Asia), and working toward the sustainable development of society.
Many graduates of the School of Education go on to obtain Master’s and Doctoral Degrees, and are now active teachers, researchers, and advanced researchers at Universities and Research Institutions in Japan and abroad. In addition to training numerous high school teachers through the teaching program, which is an integral part of the undergraduate professional education, we have also produced a wide variety of human resources at home and abroad, such as national and local government officials, employees of international organizations such as the United Nations, writers, and musicians. Through its highly specialized programs for social education supervisors and clinical psychologists, the School also offers a curriculum for the first national qualification for psychologists in Japan, which started in 2017. As such, through the school and graduate school education, we aim to cultivate highly specialized professionals in the field of psychological clinical care.
In the 2019 academic year, the School of Education began to offer an international course that aims to develop global human resources that can play an active role in the world, particularly in Asia. In this universal course, students learn about the characteristics and problems of education, psychology, and development in Asian countries, as well as in advanced Western countries, from the perspective of cultural diversity. In this course, enrolled students participate in fieldwork, do internships overseas, interact with students, faculty, and researchers from international partner institutions, and write their graduation thesis on international issues in English.
Over recent years, social changes—including globalization and the Internet—have had a huge impact on the minds and upbringing of children and adults. In addition to how they approach knowledge, such changes have affected the ways in which parents and schools work, as well as children’s lifestyles and learning styles. In order to address these changes in society, the new campus’s East Zone offers minor programs whereby students can take classes from four Schools of Humanities. This is a program that allows students to study more specialized subjects than the traditional core education offered to first-year undergraduates and senior year education, and to attend classes in other faculties in addition to the School of Education. Moreover, we have also started a new program, the Humanities and Social Sciences Cooperative Research and Education Commons, which reflects the growing desire for interdisciplinary research through a system that weaves vertical connections between undergraduate and graduate research.
The 70-year tradition of the School of Education will support you, but at the same time, I hope that you will transcend existing boundaries to create a new School of Education with us. I also hope that you will develop your own unique educational research field that fuses together education, psychology, the humanities, and social sciences, as well as natural sciences.