Kagawa University consists of six undergraduate faculties and seven graduate schools and provides education to about 5,600 undergraduate students and about 700 graduate students. Kagawa University was established in 1949 through the amalgamation of Takamatsu College of Economics, Kagawa Normal School, and Kagawa Normal School for Youth into the Faculty of Economics and the Faculty of Education. The university expanded to include the Faculty of Agriculture in 1955, the Faculty of Law in 1981, and the Faculty of Engineering in 1997. This was followed by a merger with the Kagawa Medical School in 2003, resulting in the establishment of the new Kagawa University. Acting as the center of knowledge for the region, the university aims to cultivate and produce human resources with the capacity to embark on tasks ranging from revitalizing regional growth to tackling and solving problems on a global scale. In 2018, the Faculty of Engineering and Design was launched to train engineers to develop products that are useful from the viewpoint of users. At the same time, the Faculty of Economics with its long history and traditions, started afresh by streamlining programs into one single department offering 5 distinct courses grounded on the domain of tourism, with the aim of nurturing outstanding human resources to rejuvenate the local economy as well as to tackle a broad range of issues in this global era.
Furthermore, Kagawa University established the first Department of Clinical Psychology to be based in a Faculty of Medicine at a national university in Japan. This program is designed to train future medical caregivers with a strong foundation in clinical psychology as well as fundamental knowledge in the field of medicine, thereby equipping them to respond professionally to the needs of society. In 2020, a master course for this program was launched to provide a platform for candidates aiming to become certified psychologists. Kagawa University also initiated a unique three-pronged approach in general education, dubbed DRI. This initiative cuts across the idea of combining Design thinking abilities (D), Risk management (R), and the skills in Informatics (I) to cope with the modern era of high-level information and communication technology (ICT) and artificial intelligence (AI). The DRI approach also aims to provide students with a strong foundation as a global citizen to work with society at large to innovate and to resolve unpredictable problems such as abrupt weather fluctuations and pandemic crisis resulting from new contagious virus strains that may inflict humankind. Diversity is a crucial component to achieve success in education. In this aspect, Kagawa University has teamed up with Shibaura Institute of Technology, Tsuda University, and Tokyo University of Agriculture in 2018 to encourage the active flow and exchange of ideas among participating students from across the urban-regional divide. This fits well with the effort espoused by the Global Café of Kagawa University in continuing to offer a platform for international and Japanese students to inter-act with one another on a day-to-day basis. Meanwhile, internships through fieldwork and the use of a problem-solving approach are being expanded via the cooperation and collaboration from business enterprises and government divisions.
To channel resources into research and development evolving around the problems forwarded by business enterprises and members of the local community, the Innovation Design Institute cuts across divisions and disciplines, thereby forming an industry-government-academia collaboration to provide solutions and generate new value. Furthermore, a new graduate school incorporating both the arts and science components is due to be launched in 2022. The syllabus covers aspects of engineering, economics, law, and education. Research themes range from problems faced by the local community to broad based challenges encountered by the global community. The new graduate school provides a re-learning opportunity for working adults who wish to engage in lifelong study.
The symbol of Kagawa University expresses a strong determination to pursue research on a broad scale that will extend across the globe. Confronting the many problems from the perspective of a regional institution, Kagawa University goes beyond disciplinary boundaries to create new value, develop human resources, promote research, and is committed to contribute to the realization of a ‘Sustainable Decentralized Society’.