The history of Kanagawa University begins in 1928 when it was founded in 1928 as Yokohama Academy in Yokohama, the port of Japan which was first open to the whole world. The Department of Trade Studies, which would go on to have a long history, was established soon after the establishment of Yokohama College the following year.
That tradition was passed onto Kanagawa University, which was officially established after the Second World War, with the Foreign Trade Course (later to become the Department of Contemporary Business) in the Faculty of Economics and Commerce and effort was put into foreign language training on the basis of these professional trade courses. In 1965, the Faculty of Foreign Languages was established, extremely rare at the time, and in 1989 the Department of International Business and Management, Faculty of Business Administration, was established in the newly opened Shonan Hiratsuka Campus in order to foster people who could operate actively in international society.
In this manner, Kanagawa University has from the days that it was known as Yokohama College developed academic studies with an international perspective and focus on foreign language study.
In 2008, on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the foundation of Kanagawa University in the international port of Yokohama, looking towards our centennial, we drew up a Vision for the Future. Included in this is the "Vision for the Centennial" which states “Kanagawa University was founded in Yokohama, the city by the sea that became Japan's point of contact with the world. In an era in which diverse values coexist, our campuses offer personal interaction and cross-cultural rapport, interplay between knowledge and practice, and a melding of education and research. Through these, we provide learning that is truly attuned to the real world of the 21st century, and solutions to problems both local and global. We aim to be a university that attracts the world and disseminates our knowledge to the world.”
In addition, measures to improve internationalization were include as important goals, such as “promotion of global research”, “expansion of international academic exchange” and “support for global learning”. Of these, by placing expansion of international exchange as a focal policy, we have actively put in place various measures to further develop academic and student exchange across borders, including but not limited to signing numerous academic exchange agreements with partner institutions overseas, and promoting sending our students overseas as well as receiving international students from overseas.
In addition, through the Kanagawa University Diversity Declaration of 2019, we expressed our desire to make the effort to create a diverse university community.
Based on the Vision for the Centennial, Kanagawa University has a policy for further internationalization that aims to develop research and education that can foster people who can operate actively in international society through forming a place for international exchange that crosses differences of both national borders and cultures and also to return the fruits of that education and research to international society and the local community.