When our school first opened in 2004, our primary aim was to educate our students so that they will understand and apply the knowledge of “kyosei”, the symbiotic relationship between themselves and the world around them, through their everyday lives. We did so with the hope that they will be able to tackle the rapid and complex changes that we must face in the 21st century such as globalization, decreasing birthrate and the increasing aging population, and advancing technologies.
The sole department that we have at our school is the Faculty of Life Network Science. We encourage our students to acquire the knowledge to traverse between areas such as education, environment, international affairs, and welfare. The majors that we provide at our school are life network science, primary education, and sports and physical expression.
As a member of Seisa community, we follow by the three guiding principles;
“Understand each other”, “Leave nobody out”, “Make friends”
As our school is a distance learning university, we teach through correspondence courses. Our classes consist of using textbooks and students are taught through schooling. Aside from the schooling facilities located on our three campuses in Hakone, Ashibetsu, and Oiso, we also have twenty-two satellite colleges located all over Japan.
Starting from 2013, we have installed a post graduate pedagogy course and from this year, we have also installed a nursing educational course. The total number of undergraduate students enrolled full-time is 3,668 and we also have 1,186 part time students. Out of the total student population, one third of them are currently working as teachers. Our graduate students have been helping us spread the message of “kyosei” to local communities and the next generation. Additionally, we have 52 full time graduate students and 2 part time graduate students.
Our school runs on correspondence courses and we do not have a set number of years of enrollment. Under the principle of inclusion, we provide education for any student who shows willingness to learn. 80% of the student body are adults and the students with disabilities are given any necessary support.
We have a research center, an international affairs center, a clinical center for developmental support, and a support center for the teaching profession.
The research center encourages our faculty members to engage in collaborative research both within and outside of the school and also provides them with a grant. In previous years, approximately ten studies in the field of education, special education, and regional studies have been adopted.
In our research for regional studies, to further increase our knowledge of the three regions that our campuses are located in and to create a future where we can all live together in harmony, we have been conducting surveys to use as the foundation of our investigation into each region. The results of the research done at Seisa’s research center have been compiled and published, and can be downloaded for free through our website.
Our research center consists of two branches, Seisa’s Shonan Oiso Campus Branch of Kyushu University’s International Center for Space Weather Science and Education, and the Asian League on Developmental Disabilities Asia Resource Center Branch. Our Asia Resource Center annually presents an award called the “Star Raft Award” to organizations within Asia that have put in admirable efforts to aid those who are in need. Our research center is also affiliated with the National Institution of Education Federation and the Private Institute of Education Federation. Through utilizing these organizations, our students and faculties have been able to gain access to resources that contain information about their areas of research.
We have established a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Bhutan’s Royal Thimphu College and starting from 2012, we have been carrying out a short term exchange program. In our exchange program, which ranges from a term of one to two weeks, we have the students visit schools and homes of the respective countries in hopes of deepening ties between our two nations.
To get our students to consider future plans for the sustainability of the environment, we have been providing field studies in the Borneo Island of Malaysia since 2009 and in Mongolia since 2011. We hope to continue these programs so that our students can obtain a wider perspective in the areas of human security, global environment, and culture. Our goal is to nurture them so that they will attain the ability to consider the symbiotic relationship between the people and the natural environment.
UNAI（UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT）
The United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) is a global initiative that aligns institutions of higher education with the United Nations in furthering the realization of the purposes and mandate of the Organization through activities and research in a shared culture of intellectual social responsibility.
Seisa University was added as a partner institution of the UNAI on August 21st, 2015.
UNAI is guided by ten universal principles; for continued membership, UNAI members are expected to carry out at least one activity in support of these principles.
|1.||A commitment to the principles inherent in the United Nations Charter as values that education seeks to promote and help fulfil;|
|2.||A commitment to human rights, among them freedom of inquiry, opinion, and speech;|
|3.||A commitment to educational opportunity for all people regardless of gender, race, religion or ethnicity;|
|4.||A commitment to the opportunity for every interested individual to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary for the pursuit of higher education;|
|5.||A commitment to building capacity in higher education systems across the world;|
|6.||A commitment to encouraging global citizenship through education;|
|7.||A commitment to advancing peace and conflict resolution through education;|
|8.||A commitment to addressing issues of poverty through education;|
|9.||A commitment to promoting sustainability through education;|
|10.||A commitment to promoting inter-cultural dialogue and understanding, and the “unlearning” of intolerance, through education.|
As stated in Principle 4, we provide all students with opportunities to acquire skills and knowledge that is required for higher education. We would like to continue carrying out the programs that we have to increase their awareness as global citizens, as stated in Principle 6, and promote sustainability, as stated in Principle 9.
From 2014, through JICA Yokohama, we have been accepting exchange students from Brazil. Our school looks down upon the discrimination against other people based on their ethnicity, gender, language, and religion, and maintain our stance of providing education for all. This meets the standard for Principle 1 of the U.N. Constitutions.