Basic Philosophy of Kanagawa University of Human Services
Human beings are living in a century often referred to as the "Century of Environment" or "Century of Science and Technology." Although the times are changing, all human beings hope to see the world at peace, while leading healthy and spiritually fulfilling lives, and being well settled in their local communities.
Our daily lives greatly benefit from scientific knowledge and sophisticated technologies achieved to date, while the natural environment is subject to "global" issues of pollution in many fields that could possibly be solved by a certain harmony of human activities with the natural environment.
Reforms and technological innovations have steadily been achieved in health, medical care and social welfare. However, these changes have caused and are causing problems pertaining to bioethics and human rights. Greater sophistication, specialization and segmentalization have been developed in these fields to make better use of the findings acquired and technological developments achieved.
At this time, we should probably keep in mind that the recipients of health, medical care and social welfare are people with feelings concurrently subject to various elements and aspects. They are not sheer physical entities to be viewed simply from a scientific perspective.
Thus, each individual should not be treated from any single aspect, but as a whole person, and the priority needs of an individual should be detected using insight and sympathy, be taken appropriate measures and be provided with optimal human services adapted to that individual.
To implement a full range of human services, each professional in a respective field should possess the knowledge and skills of other fields. Moreover, specialists in other fields should also collaborate and cooperate with other professionals, thereby breaking the boundaries that separate these fields.
To cultivate specialist as required by today’s modern age, Kanagawa University of Human Services has set basic educational philosophy consisted of under mentioned three articles and provided the campus as the base for creating new cultures from an international viewpoint.
However, the 20th century was often regretfully referred to as "an age of lost humanity." KUHS is committed to being a university that provides professional education, with emphasis on reliance and dialogue between humans, thereby making the whole world joyful and hopeful in all respects.
1.Collaboration and Integration in fields of Health, Medical Care and Social Welfare
KUHS nurtures persons who can provide human services with profound insight and acute sensitivity, having a high-level awareness of human rights and moral values, and who can accept the variety of humanity in the spirit of tolerance.
KUHS follows educational programs that allow students to acquire a wide range of knowledge and skills in the three fields of health, medical care and social welfare. These educational programs should not be vertically divided, because students must be trained to become professionals capable of providing comprehensive services.
Moreover, students should assimilate basic knowledge necessary to cope with the technical progress being made in nursing, nutrition, social welfare, and rehabilitation, thereby becoming professionals capable of utilizing newly acquired knowledge to contribute to the local as well as international community.
2.Importance on Continuous Lifetime education
As the sophistication and specialization of medical technologies are being intensified, there is a growing need to collaborate and integrate health, medical care and social welfare services. All professionals in these fields are expected to assimilate a wide range of knowledge and skills not only in their own fields but also in related ones. Thus, lifetime education is becoming even more important in the changing environment.
The University provides lifetime education programs based on basic professional education to meet these requirements of active persons and to enhance the quality levels of persons working in health, medical care and social welfare. Through these lifetime education programs, professionals in these fields develop their capabilities to cope with various needs, including those for the increased sophistication and specialization of medical technologies, and for home health/medical care and home nursing.
3.Contribution to Communities
Kanagawa University of Human Services intends to become an open institution that conducts practical research on how to enhance the levels of health, medical care, and social welfare services corresponding to an ever-changing social environment and new needs, and makes effective use of its educational resources to play a role in the construction of communities with the participation of local residents.
To meet the growing needs of bringing up professionals in the fields of health, medical care and social welfare, Kanagawa University of Human Services was established in 2003.
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