Jissen Women’s Educational Institute, made up of Jissen Women's University and Jissen Women's Junior College, was established in 1899 by Utako Shimoda, a pioneer in Japanese women's education, whose spiritual motto was that "when women change society, they change the world". It was established with the philosophy of " Fostering self-confident women who can be independent and self-directing". The year 2019 marked the 120th anniversary of our founding, and this spirit and philosophy has been passed down to us to this day. We have produced a large number of graduates in a wide range of fields. In 2021, COVID-19 continues to have a tremendous impact in all aspects of society.
At our university, we are carefully taking measures against the spread of the virus while paying close attention to the transmission of the virus. At the same time, we believe that it is essential for education that students and instructors be able to meet each other in person. However, the COVID-19 pandemic situation, requires us to provide meticulous attention to the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff by combining face-to-face lessons with online lessons using information communication technology. Thus, under such circumstances, we are making efforts to create new educational value by enhancing our education, research, and social cooperation based on the traditional education that we have developed to date.
Today's society, economy, science and technology are linked together on a global scale and are undergoing widespread structural changes. It is essential then that all people are proficient in the use of information and communication technology such as AI, IoT technology, ICT regardless of the presence or absence of individual disabilities, social background, and regional differences. In this age of globalization, such a diverse and fluid society demands that students can think in new ways and actively solve problems by considering issues contained in sustainable development goals by making them their own issues while dealing with them in a comfortable environment.
Students who can create and maintain this sustainable society have a wide range of education and deep expertise nurtured by transferrable learning, as well as problem solving ability, foreign language proficiency, and an understanding of different cultures. Abilities such as cross-cultural logical thinking ability and judgment ability that cannot be replaced by AI will continue to form key components of the education we provide our students. Therefore, we will enhance education in our regular lessons so that students can nurture and practice these abilities.
When students are confronted with issues facing society, communities, and companies, they become aware of themselves as members of society, understand the social significance of their learning, and proactively deepen their learning. In addition, in a globalized society, it is essential to acquire foreign language proficiency, communication skills and deepen an understanding of different cultures. We can convert such abilities and understanding into practical skills by having students engage in overseas activities such as studying abroad. These activities are important opportunities for students to develop an awareness that they are members of the international community. We will review our curriculum and educational platform so that students can expand their learning both in their classrooms to off-campus venues, as well as to connect to local and international communities. By cooperating socially through education, it is necessary to expand students’ learning from the inside to the outside of the university, while at the same time providing a learning environment for working adults and international students in our on-campus classrooms. We will expand our offerings of public lectures and lifelong learning opportunities, and create an environment for accepting international students.
Research in higher education plays an important social role, such as accumulating knowledge that contributes to social development and world peace, and intellectual inquiry that leads to personal life and introspection. Moreover, today, the creation of new knowledge and value is also expected in research. In order to respond to these needs, it is necessary to proceed with interdisciplinary research activities that are not limited to specialized and subdivided fields. Based on this trend, we are promoting research that seeks to integrate its focus inside and outside the university, along with contract research and joint research. While doing so, we will continue to actively support the acquisition of public research funds such as scientific research grants and the research activities of our graduate students.
In a globalized society, the relationship between individuals and higher education is undergoing major changes. In a situation where the time to go on to higher education, students' academic ability and interests, and career paths after graduation are extremely diverse. Therefore, it is important to provide support tailored to the needs of individual students. With his goal in mind, we have introduced the university-wide individual support system "J-TAS (Jissen Total Advanced Support)" to provide individual support that places value on the individuality of each student from before enrollment to after graduation. In the future, faculties, departments, curriculums, learning methods, etc. will become unstructured by utilizing AI and ICT, and it is expected that we will increase admission to adults and acceptance of long-term and short-term international students. We will further promote student support using J-TAS and consider a system to support appropriate learning for students with various careers in higher education.