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The Philosophy and Educational Objectives of IUHW

Helping to bring about a more harmonious society
The three fundamental principles of the International University of Health and Welfare are, to become a university focused on humanity, a university that is open to society, and a university that is dedicated to internationalism. To make these fundamental principles a reality, we have set the following seven educational principles: Focus on character formation, focus on specialization, focus on interdisciplinary approaches, proactive use of information technologies, internationalism, free exchange of ideas, and a novel approach to university management. The education we provide is aimed at helping to create a more harmonious society in which all individuals—individuals suffering from illness, individuals with disabilities, and able-bodied individuals recognize each other's standpoints and live in harmony.

Three Fundamental Principles

Focus on humanity
In addition to helping them to acquire the specialized knowledge and skills that are required of professionals, we aim to foster broadminded, balanced, and sensible students.
A university that is open to society
In addition to pursuing learning in a creative manner, we aim to become a university that is harmoniously integrated with the local community, a university that meets the medical and welfare needs of the local community, and that functions as a base for lifelong learning for professionals working in healthcare and welfare-related fields.
A university that is dedicated to internationalism
We aim to foster internationally-minded students with a truly global outlook who are able to work well with people from any cultural background.

Seven Education Principles

Focus on character formation
We aim to foster students with not only the required knowledge and skills, but also fully developed intellects, emotions and volition as part of our efforts to help bring about a more harmonious society. We work to foster students with broadminded and balanced characters who think and act for themselves.
Focus on specialization
We provide and promote education and research that evolves in tandem with the rapid advancement and specialization that we see in the fields of medicine and welfare today. During their time studying with us, our students acquire the capabilities expected of professionals in the healthcare and welfare fields.
Focus on interdisciplinary approaches
We take advantage of our strengths as a university that specializes in both the healthcare and welfare fields by enabling students to study elective subjects in other departments as part of a more general education. We also place emphasis on extramural activities. We aim to produce healthcare and welfare specialists with a wide grounding in the field as a whole.
Information Science and Technology
To ensure that they are able to excel in the information society, we enable students in all departments to acquire the latest knowledge and skills to foster healthcare and welfare specialists who are adept in the use of information technologies.
Internationalism
Through not only the general education such as language tuition we provide, but also through specialized education and through their experiences on campus, we work to foster professionals with a global outlook both in their capacities as private individuals and as specialists (public figures).
Free exchange of ideas
We encourage each of our students to think and act outside the box provided that they maintain their dignity as individuals and comply with societal rules and mores. We are also particularly careful to show respect to students' interest in and investigation of religion, thought, and social movements.
A novel approach to university management
To ensure that we are able to foster a spirit of independence in our students within a free-spirited campus culture and remain in step with the changing times, we carry out revisions to our management approach whenever appropriate, and have, for example, abolished the seniority system and have introduced a framework that allows teaching staff to be evaluated from the standpoints of students. With regard to postgraduate education, we pay particular attention to the perspective of those engaging in lifelong learning and constantly work to enhance those aspects of our education and research activities aimed at fostering specialists.