Liberal Arts Education
The objective of Liberal Arts Education is to foster student s’ humanity multilaterally and to develop their personality fully through education in a wide range of areas. Recently, however, many people have expected Liberal Arts Education to deal with far more than traditional issues. The new scope of Liberal Arts Education includes basic education in each professional field, up-to-date problem solving methods and skills, and so on.
There are five areas included in the Oita University Liberal Arts Education Program: “Common Subjects”, “Introductory Subjects”, “ Foreign Languages”, “Health and Physical Education Subjects”, and “Basic Educational Subjects”. For international students, “Subjects for Japanese Language and Culture”, and “Subjects for IPOU (International Program at Oita University)”are also provided. In the above-mentioned program, various kinds of classes are offered to foster high levels of achievement expected in the wide scope of a Liberal Arts Education.
Oita University has actively been engaged in educational reform to assist students to develop their potential further. In 2016, for example, with the exception of classes in the areas of “Foreign Languages”, “Japanese Language and Culture,” and “IPOU”, classes were regrouped into five fields of studies in order to enhance the focus of students’ interest in learning. The fields of studies are “Introduction/Transition”, “Welfare/Regional Studies”, “Culture/International Issues”, “Society/Economics”, and “Nature/Science”.
Oita University also provides shuttle bus services between Hasama (Faculty of Medicine) and Dannoharu campuses, which are far apart from each other. Some classes are also provided via a multimedia remote lecturing support system for the convenience of students.
The Oita University Liberal Arts Education program implements a “whole staff mobilization” system. The General Education Organization manages its executive processes and continuous improvement of the education we provide to enhance the achievement of students.
Based on the “Charter of Oita University”, we intend to strengthen our research system and reform educational programs in the areas of Human Educational Science, Welfare Science, and Life Science. Our ultimate goal is to create an effective educational curriculum, which is based on a sole and firm educational philosophy commonly underlying liberal arts, undergraduate and graduate education programs.