History of KONAN GAKUEN

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History of KONAN GAKUEN

HIRAO Hachisaburo, Founder of the University

Hirao Hachisaburo was born into a Samurai family. In the business world, Hirao made major contributions to the establishment and modernization of the property insurance industry in Japan and to the rebuilding of the KAWASAKI Shipyard. As a social benefactor, he also established the KONAN Hospital. Hirao's superb leadership was evident in political circles and he served for a time as Minister of Education, making a significant contribution to the modernization of Japan's educational system. He brought his greatest passion and dedication to the work he did in the educational world. He founded KONAN Kindergarten and KONAN Elementary School, followed by KONAN Middle School and KONAN High School based on the ideals of character building, physical fitness and respect for the individual.

1918 Konan Gakuen Middle School opens
1919 Konan Middle School opens
1923 Konan High School (7-year system) opens
1947 In accordance with the reorganization of Japan's educational system,Konan Junior High School opens.
1948 In accordance with the reorganization of Japan's educational system,regular classes discontinued Konan High School (pre-war 7-year system)
1951 Konan University opens, Arakatsu Bunsaku is appointed its first Principal
Faculty of Humanities and Sciences established
1952 Faculty of Economics (Department of Economics) established
1955 Konan University's first graduating class.
1957 Faculty of Humanities and Sciences is abolished
Faculty of Letters ( Department of Japanese,
Department of English, Department of Sociology) established
Faculty of Science (Department of Physics,
Department of Chemistry, Department of Biology) established
1959 Faculty of Science (Department of Management Science)established
1960 Faculty of Law (Department of Law) and Faculty of Business Administration (Department of Business Administration) established
1962 Faculty of Science (Department of Applied Physics and Department of Applied Chemistry) established
1963 Konan High School and Junior High School move
from Okamoto to Ashiya
1964 Faculty of Science (Department of Applied Mathematics) established
Konan University Graduate School established
Master's Programs established:
Graduate School of Humanities (Japanese Literature, English Literature, Applied Sociology)
Graduate School of Natural Science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology) Doctoral Programs established:
Graduate School of Humanities (English Literature and Language)
Graduate School of Natural Science (Physics)
1965 Graduate School of Social Science (Master's programs in Economics, Law and Business Administration) established
1969 Konan Gakuen celebrates its 50th Anniversary
1970 Faculty of Letters (Department of German) established
1971 Graduate School of Humanities (Doctoral programs in Japanese Literature and Applied Sociology) established
Graduate School of Social Science (Doctoral program in Business Administration) established
1976 Electronic Calculating Center established
Konan Illinois Center established
1990 Graduate School of Natural Science (Doctoral program in Life and Functional Materials Science)
established
International Exchange Center established
1991 Lycee-College Konan de Touraine in France opens
(High School and Junior High School)
1993 Faculty of Letters (Department of German) closes
Graduate School of Natural Science (Master's program in Information and Systems Science) established
1994 Faculty of Law (Department of Business Law) established
1995 Great Hanshin/Awaji Earthquake destroys approximately half of campus buildings
Names of Departments of Japanese and English changed to Department of Japanese Literature and Language and Department of English Literature and Language
Names of Graduate School degree programs in Japanese
Literature and English Literature changed to Japanese
Literature and Language and English Literature and Language
Science and Mathematics Course established at Konan High School
1996 Faculty of Letters (Department of Human Sciences) established
1997 Counseling Center established
1999 Graduate School of Humanities (Master's program in Human Sciences) established
Konan Gakuen celebrates its 80th Anniversary
2001 Name of Faculty of Science changed to Faculty of Science and Engineering and departments reorganized as Department of Physics, Department of Biology, Department of Chemistry and
Functional Molecules, and Department of Information Science and Systems Engineering
Faculty of Letters (Department of History and Culture) established
Graduate School of Humanities (Doctoral program in Human Sciences) established
2002 EBA Program is incorporated into Faculty of Economics and Business Administration
Graduate School of Social Science (Master's program) and Business Administration Business Course (night school) established
Institute of Human Sciences established
2003 Frontier Institute for Biomolecular Engineering Research (FIBER) established
2004 Law School established
Frontier Research Promotion Organization for new themes (FRONT) established
2005 Institute for Business Innovaition established
Teacher Education Center established
2006 Accounting School established
Konan Business Low Center established
2008 Faculty of Intelligence and Informatics opens the Department of Intelligence and Informatics
2009 Nishinomiya Campus completed
Hirao School of Manegement opens Department of Management
Kobe Port Island Campus completed
Frontier Institute for Biomolecular Engineering Research (FIBER) expanded
Faculty of Frontiers of Innovaitive
Research in Science and Technology(FIRST)(for doctoral and post-doctoral studies) expanded