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 Hiroshima International University

1998
Hiroshima International University was established. The Faculty of Health and Welfare (Department of Health and Social Services and Department of Health Services Management) and the Faculty of Health Sciences (Department of Nursing, Department of Clinical Radiology, and Department of Clinical Engineering) were launched.
1999
At Setsunan University, a master's course was added to the Division of International Languages and Cultures, Graduate School of International Languages and Cultures.
2000
At Osaka Institute of Technology:
A day and night course system was introduced into the Faculty of Engineering.
A master's course was added to the major in Information Science and Technology, Graduate School of Information Science and Technology.
2001
The Faculty of Human Environment (Departments of Clinical Psychology, Language and Communication and Kansei (sensitivity) Information) was added to Hiroshima International University.
At Osaka Institute of Technology High School:
Information and other courses were added to the ordinary courses.
The technical course was reorganized into two courses and five programs.
Recruitment of students for automobile, electrical, and civil engineering courses was discontinued.
2002
At Osaka Institute of Technology: The Department of Media Science was added to the Faculty of Information Science and Technology and the Department of Information Processing changed its name to the Department of Computer Science. In the Faculty of Engineering, the following departments names were changed: the Department of Civil Engineering to the Department of Civil Engineering and Urban Design; the Department of Electrical Engineering to the Department of Electrical and Electronic Systems Engineering; and the Department of Electronic Engineering to the Department of Electronics, Information, and Communication Engineering. A doctoral course was added to the major in Information Science and Technology, Graduate School of Information Science and Technology. The major in Civil Engineering and Urban Design in the Graduate School of Engineering changed its name to the Major in Civil Engineering and Urban Design.
At Setsunan University:
The Faculty of Science and Engineering changed department names as follows: the Department of Civil Engineering to the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the Department of Electrical Engineering to the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and the Department of Management Engineering to the Department of Management Systems Engineering.
Hiroshima International University launched the Faculty of Socio-Environmental Science (Department of Architecture Technology, Department of Socio-Environmental Design, and Department of Information and Communications Technology).
Osaka Institute of Technology High School adopted a five-day school week system and the semester system.
2003
The Faculty of Intellectual Property was launched at Osaka Institute of Technology.
At Hiroshima International University:
The Department of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, was reorganized into the Department of Nursing, Faculty of Nursing. The Graduate School was established. Graduate courses included a master's course in the major in Nursing, Graduate School of Nursing Studies, and the following in the Graduate School of Integrated Human Science Studies: a doctoral course in the major in Clinical Psychology and a master's course in the major in Health Sciences Management and the major in Medical Engineering and Technology.
Osaka Institute of Technology High School reorganized its ordinary courses into five courses and discontinued the recruitment of students for the technology course.
2004
At Hiroshima International University, the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences (Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences) and a master's course in the major in Health and Social Services, Graduate School of Integrated Human Sciences Studies, were added.
2005
At Osaka Institute of Technology, a professional degree course was added to the Graduate School of Intellectual Property (major in Intellectual Property).
At Setsunan University:
The Division of International Languages and Cultures, Faculty of International Languages and Cultures, changed its name to the Department of Foreign Studies, Faculty of Foreign Studies. A doctoral course was added to the Division of Business Administration and Information, Graduate School of Business Administration and Information.
At Hiroshima International University, a doctoral course was added to the major in Medical Engineering and Technology, Graduate School of Integrated Human Sciences Studies.
2006
Osaka Institute of Technology reorganized the Faculty of Engineering: The recruitment of students under the day and night course system was discontinued, and three new Departments of Environmental Engineering, Design and Architecture, and Biomedical Engineering were added. The Department of Management Engineering changed its name to the Department of Technology Management.
Setsunan University launched the Department of Business Administration, Faculty of Business Administration and information. The Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences shifted to the six-year system, and the current structure comprising two departments (Department of Hygiene and Pharmaceutical Sciences and Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences) was reorganized into one department (Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences).
At Hiroshima International University:
The Department of Physical Therapy was added to the Faculty of Health Sciences. The following names were changed: The Faculty of Human Environment to the Faculty of Psychological Science, the Department of Languages and Communication to the Department of English and Communication, and the Department of Kansei (sensitivity) Information to the Department of Kansei Design. The Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences shifted to the six-year system. A master's course was added to the following departments in the Graduate School of Socio-Infrastructural Technologies: Department of Information and Communications Technology and Department of Architecture and Environmental Technology.
Osaka Institute of Technology Junior College closed (September 30).
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