Public Relations Office        February 16, 2016

Research Center for Christianity and Culture

A human-centered research and education organization that draws on the Christian ideals the school was founded on to seek answers and meanings to modern issues. Holds educational activities and releases research project results in academic journals. Holds seminars and presentations.

Christian Center

Offers several Christian education programs in line with the school’s founding spirit. The Center’s Chapel Hour program offers practical Christian education. Its other programs include the Early Morning Prayer Meeting, United University Worship, concerts and Christmas Chapel. The center calls for active student participation, to encourage interaction among congregations and ministers and spread Christian truths.

Center for Japanese Language Education

Established in 2011 to enhance Japanese language education for international and exchange students and to develop instructional materials and programs through research and education.

Language Center

Offers intensive programs in English, French and German along with elective foreign language courses. Conducts collaborative research on language and culture. The Center’s wide range of research activities includes providing research seminars in seven languages (English, French, German, Spanish, Chinese and Korean), and publishing a research journal.

Research Center for Teacher Development

A center for students who want to qualify as teachers, school librarians or museum curators. Holds briefings, one-on-one meetings, educational training, and guidance for hands-on training in areas such as home care. Also carries out research on practical school education, releasing findings in its ‘Bulletin’ and other journals.

Center for Common Educational Programs

Plans, proposes and runs a series of courses open to all the university’s students known as the Common Educational Program. Provides a wide array of courses with objectives such as getting students motivated to study at university, and providing broad acculturation and skills.

Center for Research into and Promotion of Higher Education

A center created in April 2010 to improve faculty teaching skills and student learning skills by promoting a broad range of measures driven by specialist knowledge. Work areas include education development/support using faculty development (FD) and information communication technology (ICT), and creation and augmentation of educational environments. Also promotes the LMS (Learning Management System) .

Institute for Human Rights Research and Education

Carries out various human rights education and research activities that deal with a wide range of discrimination issues from the perspective of human rights. Holds research seminars, publishes a research journal and educational pamphlets, plans human rights issues presentations for lectures in human rights courses, and collects and organizes human rights publications and materials.

Office for Educational Collaboration

For the coordination of Kwansei Gakuin’s comprehensive and integrated education, provides a single point of contact, gathers, shares, and transmits information.

Museum Planning Office

Opened in 2008 on the first floor of the Nishinomiya Uegahara Campus clock tower. Carries out surveys and research, aiming to reopen as the Kwansei Gakuin University Museum in 2014 when the university will celebrate its 125th anniversary. Its findings are presented in exhibitions, presentations, illustrated records and public research seminars.

Institute for Advanced Social Research

Established in 2008 as a center for theoretical and practical study of modern social phenomena and problems. Reexamines established theoretical concepts and survey methods. Promotes on cutting-edge social survey research projects by partnering with research facilities in Japan and overseas. Works with public and private-sector organizations to feed back research findings into a wide range of applications in the public interest.

Institute of Disaster Area Revitalization, Regrowth and Governance

Symposium (Jan. 2009)

The first research facility in Japan devoted to research on reconstructing disaster-struck areas. It was created on January 17, 2005, the tenth anniversary of the earthquake that devastated Kobe in 1995. In 2008, the institute, a research center open to the public, joined with nationwide researchers, media representatives, volunteers and lawmakers in creating the Japan Society for Disaster Recovery and Revitalization. In 2009, the institute released a draft for a Basic Law on Disaster Reconstruction, and is now working on promoting it.

Institute for Industrial Research

Created in 1934 to carry out economic and industrial research, the Institute conducts analytical research on the economic activities of society using a wide variety of approaches. It organizes lectures on contemporary issues by speakers from academic societies, government departments and the private sector. It also acts as the administrative office for the EU Institute in Japan, Kansai (EUIJ-Kansai) at Kwansei Gakuin University, and in that context promotes research and lectures specifically on the EU. With its stock of EU publications and access to databases containing statistics on industry and the economy, the Institute supports research activities of teaching staff, researchers as well as students.

Child Center

The Child Center, established in 2010 on the Nishinomiya Seiwa Campus, focuses on three project areas:
• Assisting children and child rearing in the community
• Supporting the development of children with special needs
• Toy and picture book room as a resource for students’education and research

Kwansei Gakuin Archives

We hold the records that document the history of Kwansei Gakuin and its management, staff, and students from its foundation in 1889. In order to use the past in the present to enhance the future of our institution, we publish the Journal of Kwansei Gakuin History annually and the Archives Newsletter semiannually and hold seminars occasionally.

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