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.
In 2018, several university reforms were undertaken. First, the new Faculty of Engineering and Design was launched to train engineers to develop products that are useful from the viewpoint of users. Next, 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.
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 area of medicine, thereby equipping them to respond professionally to the needs of society. From 2020, the master program for this course is launched to provide a platform for candidates aiming to become certified psychologists.
In April 2020, a unique three-pronged approach in general education, dubbed DRI, was initiated. This initiative cuts across the idea of combining Design thinking abilities (D), Risk management (R), and the basic skills in Informatics (I) needed to cope with living in an increasingly sophisticated artificial intelligent society. The DRI approach also aims to provide students with a strong foundation to work with society at large to resolve unpredictable problems 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 across the urban-regional divide.
Now in the sixth year, the Global Café of Kagawa University continues to offer a channel for international and Japanese students to inter-mingle with each other on a daily 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.
Problems forwarded to the university by business enterprises and members of the local community often turn out to be ‘seeds’ for research. Coupled with full support from the authorities, Kagawa University rides on this strong industry-academia-government collaboration to establish the Innovation Design Institute in October 2018 with the aim of providing a platform for ‘open innovation’ through the creation of multidisciplinary research teams that collaborate closely with private-sector corporations to solve problems and generate new value.
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, and is committed to contribute to the realization of a ‘Sustainable Decentralized Society’.