About Shiraume Gakuen University & College
President’s Message to the New Students
In March 1942, the predecessor of Shiraume Gakuen, Tokyo Katei Gakuen was founded. The school was dedicated to nurturing child education and welfare specialists after WWII, which marked a new chapter in the history of education based on its principle, mutual respect/the spirit of humanism. After the foundation of Shiraume Gakuen University in 2005 based on Shiraume Gakuen College (founded in 1957), Shiraume Gakuen University & College has focused on the cooperation with local community and has promoted the spirit of humanism as social and public interest through its initiatives including Shiraume Kosodate Hiroba (parenting square). It was the 75th anniversary of our foundation in 2017.
Shiraume Gakuen University & College offer academic research opportunities -Enjoy learning and equal discussion without restrictions-
Shiraume Gakuen University & College ask for prospective students to “have a will to contribute to our society with the spirit of humanism” as the foundation of education and research activities. The principle of our education is “mutual respect”. We are all unique and respectable. As any children should be embraced, any grownups and their existence should be respected. Our modern society is very complicated, and challenges have piled up there. Still, we offer opportunities to our students to enjoy learning and discussion as equal without restrictions and we want to present issues to our society from our university.
Improvement of specialized knowledge and skills of childcare, education, psychology and welfare- creation of the prosperous future for everyone from preschoolers to elderly people-
Understanding humanity is necessary in education and all research activities in Shiraume. The students will learn wide fields of studies based on practices, focusing on every lifestyle in every developmental. stage from infant to elderly. Also, our students will be committed to acquisition of vocational qualification and license and improvement their specialized knowledge and skills and find a job which they aim for. “Intellect” of education will equipped us to develop human connection. Let’s Enrich school life through learning, playing and interacting.
Shiraume Gakuen University & College
President Kondo Mikio
President graduated from the faculty of education of Shinshu University. He completed the doctoral program of pedagogy of the Graduate School of Seitoku University and attained his PhD. He worked as a nursery teacher and director in Nagano, Yamanashi and Chiba. Then, he started serving as a full-time instructor for the Faculty of Early Childhood Education of Nagano Prefectural College and the director of the nursery of the College in April 2004. Before being appointed as president in April 2018, he had taught at Shiraume Gakuen University & College as a professor since 2007.
Shiraume Gakuen College continued education since 1942 when the predecessor and a part of the Social Education Society, Tokyo Katei Gakuen was founded in the present Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo.
Activities in University & College
■ Target-focused curriculum
The goal of our curriculum is to learn childcare, pedagogy, psychology or welfare, to develop specialized knowledge and skills in each field, and to attain necessary education and foster rich humanity to be a member of society.
The compulsory “General Education Program” in all 3 divisions offers various classes including the study of humanism such as Modern Humanism and Labor and Human Rights. The aim of general education program is to acquire basic skills to continue further learning at the university and to accomplish with broad knowledge on human, society, nature, culture and different perspectives.
The “Baccalaureate Degree Program” added a new subject for all students in the department in 2014- Core Child Studies. Basic classes for specialized fields including modern child studies, early childhood care and education, pedagogy, psychology and welfare and specialized small group workshops are also available. Leaning subjects specialized in each division in depth along with these options allows for pursuing higher level of specialized knowledge and skills.
College-2-year’s substantial learning
Our college offers 2 courses for students to acquire skills for on-site child education and welfare specialists in the future. In the general education course, students will increase general knowledge through learning in the humanism class which teaches our principle, the spirit of humanism as well as learning various subjects including literature, history and natural science and enrich their own humanity and understanding of the world.
In the “specialized education course”, students are able to learn both theoretically and practically to become professional child education and welfare specialists. They will master child education and welfare theories related to needs of today’s society and acquire practical skills through many exercises and hands-on practice. They will participate in a small group tutorials at the end of their first year to conduct their own research for the topic they have chosen.