When Kanagawa University marked its 80th Anniversary in 2008, looking ahead to our 100th
Anniversary, we drew up a Vision for the Future, embodied in a set of guiding principles (the "Mission") and a set of goals (the "Vision for the Centennial").
As an educational institution that incorporates one of Japan’s largest universities and an integrated junior and senior high school system, Kanagawa University aims to draw on our Vision for the Future to create a more attractive academic environment in every dimension of campus life, from education and research to social contribution.
In accordance with the university’s founding principles, we will contribute to a prosperous and stable society by nurturing talented individuals who will create new value in a self-directed way, guided by a constant desire for the truth, by a worldview marked by self-discipline and a commitment to coexistence, and by a deep, globally oriented awareness of the challenges and missions that face our society in the new era.
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.
Looking ahead to the achievement of our Vision for the Future, we pushed forward with stage one of the medium-term action plan for our Vision for the Future from its establishment in 2010 through 2015, and entered stage two of the plan in 2016.
In 2017 we made the decision to open the Minato Mirai Campus in 2021. With the move of faculties from the Shonan Hiratsuka Campus, the establishment of a new faculty, and the progress we are making in investigating reorganization of other educational bodies in the university, we formulated an action plan for the university’s Vision for the Future for the years 2018 to 2028, looking ahead to our Centennial. Under that plan, we will work to nurture individuals who can further contribute to global society.
Kanagawa University has contributed to a prosperous and stable society by nurturing promising young talent for careers in every field, including business, in accordance with the school’s founding principles: "Simple and Sturdy," "Forward-thinking," and "Balanced and Steady."
"Simple and Sturdy" epitomizes a respect for tradition and the classics, a regard for sound judgment, and an unwavering sense of justice, while "Forward-thinking" indicates a readiness to take on difficult challenges and to seek progress and positive change. The "Balanced and Steady" individual, while deeply aware of the values contained in these above two principles, creates new value in a self-directed way, discerning what is true and essential by bringing to bear an inquiring mind and a spirit of harmony and rapport, within a worldview marked by a spirit of selfdiscipline and a commitment to coexistence.
In keeping with its founding principles of "Simple and Sturdy," "Forward-thinking," and "Balanced and Steady," and with its tradition of providing learning that is truly attuned to the real world, Kanagawa University aims to equip students with powers of judgment, practical skills, international awareness, communication abilities, specialized knowledge, and eagerness for self-development as responsible and sensible citizens. At the same time, as a university that opens itself to the local community and to the world, and accepting the trust conferred on us by society and the times, we conduct research that contributes to the advancement of humankind and society and then invest the findings of that research back into society.
In accordance with the university’s founding principles of "Simple and Sturdy", "Forwardthinking," and "Balanced and Steady," and with its tradition of providing learning that is truly attuned to the real world, Kanagawa University has set forth the following three basic polices to help students develop the judgment, practical capabilities, and international mindset and communication skills required of independent, sensible members of society, and to acquire the expertise and skills to develop themselves in response to the issues of the time and social demands.
Kanagawa University accepts a diverse range of students who support our philosophy of emphasis on learning that is attuned to the real world, and who have a clear sense of purpose, a strong desire to learn and grow, and the academic abilities to engage in university-level education.
In order to do so, we are actively working to enhance our first-year education program and to promote programs in partnership with high schools, while diversifying our entrance exam system and improving our methods for student selection.
To ensure that all students obtain the fundamental skills required of our undergraduates, Kanagawa University requires students in the four-year undergraduate program to master necessary and sufficient basic academic skills, by linking the core education required of all students with the introductory education offered in students' chosen faculty and department.
By developing diverse, high-level, systematic, and specialized curricula that further the basic academic abilities that students already possess, our faculties and departments provide learning that is truly attuned to the real world.
In implementing curricula, we aim to further enhance our small, interactive classes founded on the Kanagawa University tradition of seminars and graduation research studies. We also aim to ensure that students have time for studies, and to improve our academic credit system by making grading stricter.
In light of our school’s tradition of emphasizing learning that is truly attuned to the real world, Kanagawa University expects its students to become dynamic and vital members of society who cooperate with others and initiate their own development.
Toward this end, we award degrees to students who are recognized as having gained a broad general education, specialized and systematic knowledge needed for the new era, and practical skills that draw on that knowledge, and who are further recognized as having demonstrated the ability to think and engage in dialogue from a global perspective, as well as the ability to work toward the practical resolution of issues by building cooperative ties with others.