Kanagawa University’s Minato Mirai Extension Center, KU Port Square, in the Minato Mirai district of Yokohama has been operating since 2004. Inspired by our founding principles, the center is part of our endeavor to answer to the mandate of the times and the society in which we live, and to serve as a university more open to the community and the world.
Through lifelong-learning courses and programs such as symposia, the center serves as a learning hub that links the university and the community. Kanagawa University also supports educational activities at the senior high school level by sponsoring two national grand prizes, one for haiku and the other for science essays.
Conveniently located in the Minato Mirai 21 district, KU Port Square offers lifelong learning courses in diverse areas of business, qualifications and certifications, information, language, lifestyle, culture, and general education.
The Kanagawa University National High School Haiku Grand Prize was established in 1998 to mark the University’s 70th anniversary. The purpose of the award is to give high school students an opportunity to express their own sensibilities through the medium of the traditional Japanese short poem, the haiku, and to help them communicate about culture. Every March, Kanagawa University opens a symposium and awards ceremony to the local community, and shares the award-winning poems with the community at large by publishing the collection Youth in 17 Syllables: Messages of High School Students in the 5-7-5 Verse Form (in Japanese).
Amid public concern over high school students’ declining academic performance and lagging interest in science subjects, Kanagawa University founded the Kanagawa University National High School Science Essay Grand Prize in 2002. The award has the dual aims of encouraging high school students to take an interest in science and study scientific subjects, and supporting science education at the high school level. In the program, students throughout Japan submit essays on the findings of their scientific research, experiments, observations, or other investigations. Award recipients gain the opportunity to present their work at the award ceremony, spurring students to pursue their research further.
Entries receiving awards are published in the collection Dialogues with Scientists of the Future (in Japanese), a title that attests to the budding potential of high school students’ original ideas and achievements. As with winning entries in the Haiku Grand Prize, this makes the entries available to the community at large.
This exhibition hall is designed to introduce educational and research activities at Kanagawa University to university faculty and staff members as well as to the general public, to foster understanding of the university’s founding principles and educational philosophy. The hall features three exhibition spaces. The first is the Kanagawa University History Exhibition Room, which deals with the history of practice-oriented education and research at Kanagawa University. The second is the Exhibition Room of the Institute for the Study of Japanese Folk Culture, Kanagawa University. This space showcases the history and future prospects for the institute, which, since its founding by Keizo Shibusawa in 1921 has created unparalleled achievements across the fields of Japanese folk culture studies, including collection and classification of folk implements and ancient texts, and research into the history of fishing.
The third space in the exhibition hall is the Special Exhibition Room, designed to share the creative products of education and research at Kanagawa University with the wider community.