Why study economics at a university specializing in welfare? As economics is an academic discipline that thinks about an ideal affluent society where people can live happily and the system to achieve it, it is undoubtedly a discipline which is deeply linked to welfare. The Faculty of Economics was established in 1976 with the aim of nurturing human resources who can drive the economy for the happiness of all people. It was a time when Japan was facing serious social problems due to the end of the rapid economic growth the nation was enjoying. Therefore, in addition to economic and management theories, we also placed emphasis on voluntary learning. Currently, we have a well-balanced system providing opportunities for both active learning in the region, such as the “Regional Research Project”, and practical learning by inviting guest lecturers from industries and local governments. It is divided into the Local Economics Course, which contributes to building a comfortable local community, and the Medical and Healthcare Management Course, which supports the growing need for medical care and welfare in an aging society suffering from a declining birthrate.
Department of Economics
1．Our ideal student
We welcome applicants willing to actively tackle the following:
- Learn about business, medical care and welfare, and meet challenges in those fields by proposing new ideas and projects
- Take part in social participation programs contributing to community revitalization and welfare
- Be active in independent initiatives such as sports, culture or voluntary activities
- Use a variety of means, including ICT (information communication technology), to collect and analyze information to better understand a problem
- Present an improvement or solution to any found problem using logical thinking
- Practice the Nihon Fukushi University Standards
2. Expected academic and social skills
We highly evaluate applicants with the skills listed below:
- Be a high school graduate or capable of demonstrating similar abilities and knowledge.
- Demonstrate team communication skills through participation in student council or club activities, such as cultural or sports clubs (managers included), or in other activities based in their local area.
- Acquired commonly recognized qualifications and skills such as the Official Business Skill Test in Bookkeeping (Zensho or Nissho Boki), the Eiken Test in Practical English Proficiency, TOEIC, qualifications in retail marketing, or completion of the Nursing Care Worker Induction Course.
- Demonstrate the ability to make good school friends and to have a caring attitude towards socially vulnerable people.
- Understand the Nihon Fukushi University Standards.
3. Selection procedures
- Admission office-managed entrance selection: Appropriate examination categories are set in accordance with the candidate’s eligibility for application. With a focus on the three elements of academic ability and Nihon Fukushi University Standards, any required skills are subject to a multifaceted evaluation through document screening, interviews, or other methods.
- Admission based on a school recommendation: Any required skills and aptitude for learning are evaluated through an essay examination and report creation after attending a lecture on society and the economy.
- General selection: By applying a diverse subject-selection system, a candidate’s academic ability acquired up until the end of high school is evaluated.
The Faculty of Economics aims to help realize a collaborative welfare society, and to cultivate students equipped with logical thinking and initiative who have acquired specialized knowledge regarding regional economics, medical care and welfare through the study of Economics, Management and other relevant subjects. With these objectives, we have established 2 courses in the curriculum: (1) Local Economics Course, and (2) Medical and Healthcare Management Course.
Students will acquire the foundations of the entire curriculum taught at the Faculty of Economics. In addition to subjects that will equip students with reading comprehension and writing skills, and subjects that will teach the knowledge necessary to advance in the academic course, we have also included subjects that will raise the students’ interest in the local area.
The grounding consists of a comprehensive range of subjects that form the foundation for the modern education that the students will receive. In particular, students will acquire skills (information processing, problem finding, logical thinking and judgment skills) that are required to analyze and understand social, economic, medical and welfare issues. In General Training, students will learn literature searching and research and presentation methods, with an emphasis on debates and discussions. In addition, through subjects that involve fieldwork, students will be active in the community and develop the ability to investigate and enhance independent learning skills.
We have incorporated subjects that are necessary for both courses, and established specialized training as the core of learning. Common subjects from both courses will present students with the objective of writing a graduation thesis on their field of study, making full use of their overall learning experience to date. In addition, we will be establishing conditions for graduation in the fourth year of the curriculum that include subjects that will prepare students to enter society.
Local Economics Course
The Local Economics Course develops human resources that can contribute to regional revitalization and the development of communities that are comfortable for all people.
Medical and Healthcare Management Course
The Medical and Healthcare Management Course equips human resources with management skills that enable them to play an active role in various healthcare, medical and welfare organizations, such as medical institutions, social welfare organizations and nonprofit corporations.
From the first to third years, we have incorporated subjects with a view to life after graduation. We have also included internships as a lesson subject for the first and second year for students to experience on-site learning. Career education subjects not only increase the employment awareness of students, but also enable them to always act based on sympathy and cooperation with others; by recognizing the existence of various members in the community students acquire the intention to act appropriately In addition, by systematically incorporating career subjects, students will develop an interest in working and acquire practical skills for employment through job hunting.
Students are eligible to acquire qualifications to become social researchers and the Healthcare Management Ability Certification. In addition, we will train students to become social studies teachers who are able to teach junior high school social studies, high school civics and high school geography and history.
Local Economics Course
The Local Economics Course develops human resources who can play an active role in organizations such as government agencies and financial institutions, and contribute to regional revitalization and development of communities comfortable for all people.
Medical and Healthcare Management Course
The Medical and Healthcare Management Course is a course unique to Nihon Fukushi University which nurtures human resources who can play an active role in medical institutions, welfare facilities and nonprofit corporations, as well as medical welfare corporations, which is a growing field.