History : Message from Josho Gakuen

Pioneers in developing technical engineers

Background of Foundation

Founder and Proprietor Kyozaburo Honjo , First President and Chairman of the Board of Trustees Yasushi Kataoka

Josho Gakuen Educational Foundation (hereinafter referred to as "Josho Gakuen" ) was founded on September 7, 1922 as Kansai Engineering Technical School by Kyozaburo Honjo, the founder and proprietor, after receiving approval for the establishment of the school from Osaka Governor Tokikazu Ikematsu and in collaboration with the following: Yasushi Kataoka, the first president and doctor of Engineering, Minoru Ikeda, chief of the Construction Department, Osaka Prefecture; Shigeharu Shima, chief of the Civil Engineering Department, Osaka Prefecture; Takujiro Nakamura, chief of the Building and Repairs Department, Osaka Prefecture; Rintaro Naoki, chief of the Urban Planning Division, Osaka City; Junichi Sawai, chief of the Waterworks Division, Osaka City; Hikaru Shimizu, chief engineer of the Railroad Division, Osaka City; Taisuke Okumura, director of the Civil Engineering Division, Osaka Prefecture; Kenichi Tagami, engineer of Osaka Prefecture; Kenkichi Sakaida, civil engineering director, Japan Electric Power System; Sutejiro Ono, executive managing director, Taisho Shintaku Co., Ltd; Michio Ohashi, druggist; and Chuzaburo Okazaki, auditor, Kansai Sekizai Co., ltd.

At that time, public awareness of the need for industrial education was low, and particularly in Osaka, where a strong focus was placed on commerce, there were few institutions that offered industrial education. In such a social context, the pioneer spirit of people involved is worth noting, as they acutely sensed the approach of the times where engineering technologists were desperately needed and boldly entered the field of industrial education, which had been considered the most difficult field for a private school to manage. After having overcome many hardships, Josho Gakuen grew into a group comprising Osaka Institute of Technology and its graduate school, Setsunan University and its graduate school, Hiroshima International University and its graduate school, Josho Gakuen Junior and Senior High School, Josho Keiko Gakuen Junior and Senior High School. Approximately 268,000 graduates of the Group schools, now play an important role in various fields of society.

History

Establishment of Setsunan University

1975
Setsunan University was established. The Faculty of Engineering (Departments of Civil Engineering, Architecture, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Management Engineering) was launched.
1977
At Osaka Institute of Technology, a doctoral course was added to the major in Applied Chemistry, Graduate School of Engineering.
1982
At Setsunan University, the Faculty of International Languages and Cultures (Department of International Languages and Cultures) and the Faculty of Management Information (Department of Management Information) were added.
1983
At Setsunan University, the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences (Department of Hygiene and Pharmaceutical Sciences and Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences) was added.
1984
A course system (Ordinary Course and English & Mathematics Course) was introduced into the Ordinary Program of Osaka Institute of Technology High School.
1987
The corporate name was changed to Osaka Technology Setsunan University.
1988
At Setsunan University, the Faculty of Law (Department of Law) was added. The Graduate School established, and a master's course was launched in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences.
1989
At Setsunan University, a master's course was added to divisions of Social Development Engineering and Mechanical Systems Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering.
1990
At Setsunan University, a master's course was added to the Division of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, and a doctoral course to the Division of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences.
1991
At Osaka Institute of Technology, a doctoral course was added to the major in Industrial Management, Graduate School of Engineering.
1993
At Setsunan University, the Department of Business Administration and Information was added to the Faculty of Business Administration and Information.
1995
At Setsunan University, a master's course was added to the Division of Business Administration and Information, Graduate School of Business Administration and Information.
1996
At Osaka Institute of Technology, the Faculty of Information Science and Technology (Department of Information Processing and Department of Information Systems) was added.
1997
At Setsunan University, a master's course was added to the Division of Law, Graduate School of Law.
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