Center for Education in General Studies

Culturally enriching people with a wide range of knowledge

The Center for Education in General Studies (CEGS) functions under the Institute for Education in Liberal Arts and Sciences to advance the quality of education at Konan University. CEGS adopts an integrated approach to general education that nurtures “virtue, physical health, intellect” and provides courses that include basic general studies, health and physical education, and career creation for a university-wide comprehensive liberal arts education.

CEGS supports the seamless transition from high school to university and offers first-year courses in general studies and health and physical education to ensure students build a solid foundation necessary to pursue their specialized fields of study in subsequent years. General studies offer students pathways to a wide range of interdisciplinary liberal arts subjects, including humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Students develop the foundation of learning with a liberal arts background acquired during their four years of university education and engage in robust health and physical education to build resilience to sustain a healthy mind and body throughout their lifetime.

Career creation courses are designed to cultivate the diverse sets of practical skills essential to succeed in society. Undergraduate students in their second year of study and beyond are also eligible to take these courses. All undergraduate students, regardless of faculties and departments, can gain broad perspectives and develop practical skills by engaging in meaningful fieldwork experiences incorporated into university and society collaborative courses, linking classroom learning to practical application in the community.

Konan University provides a holistic approach to education based on the founding philosophy of character building, physical fitness and respect for the individual rather than strictly knowledge-oriented education. It aims to provide education that fosters character through a well-balanced nurturing of “virtue, physical health, intellect.” Specialized fields of study offered through undergraduate faculties and general education offered through CEGS comprise the two wheels of education that serve as the propelling force for students' growth and development.

Name Title Field of Research Subject of Research
YAMASAKI, Shunsuke Professor Coaching(Judo) Especially for the analysis of safety of "UKEMI" and research of existing state of World Judo.
FURUTA, Kiyokazu Professor Accounting, Auditing, Bookkeeping, Education of accounts Unification of accounting and auditing, Practical accounts
HATOGAI, Koichi Professor Educational Technology, Information Science Study of educational methods by means of multi-media technology.
Methodological study of computer literacy and information science education.
Study of management for distributed information systems.
NISHIKAWA, Kohei Professor Organization Development,
Organizational Behavior,Human Resource Development,Turnaround Management
1) Building the conceptual theries of OD
2) Building the practical theories of OD
3) Understanding the human dynamics of action research processes
KO, Yong-Soo Professor Asian economy Comparative Studies of Big Business Groups of South Korea
KATSURA, Yutaka Professor Majoring Coaching(Soccer) , Motion analysis Coaching techniques of soccer(especially for youth) movement; analysis soccer
IKARUGI, Chikako Professor Sport History Study of Badminton History in Late 19th to mid-20th century, Study of the internationalization of sport
UMEMOTO, Yoshimasa Professor Commercial law, Corporation Law, Securities Regulation regulatory architecture of the modern market and insider trading law
YOSHIKAWA, Ayumi Professor Fuzzy theory, Subjective information processing Analysis of subjectivity, vagueness, fuzziness, ambiguity, non-linearity and intuition in human information processing and its application for solving real-world problems
MIZUSAWA, Katsuko Professor Sports medicine, Volleyball, Yoga, Pilates Research of athletic training on college athletes: the prevention and the athletic rehabilitation of sport injuries.
ITO, Koji Professor Coaching(Athletics) Instruction and Motion Analysis in Track and Field.
SOGABE, Akitoshi Professor Sports Medicine, Training Science, Human Growth and Development, Sports Policy, Budo Theory. Development of the training method according to the characteristic. A study of muscle activity and skeletal motion by the different of knee alignment from electromyographic, kinetic and kinematic analysis. Influence of Budo on human development.
KUBO, Haruka Professor Public Administration, Environmental Policy 1) Research on environmental policy process and governance; interlinkage between international and domestic politics, role of knowledge in policy process, and comparative analysis of environmental protection agencies.
2) Research on community engagement and local authority.
SHIMIZU, Tokiyo Professor Civil law, Family law Japanese and German comparative study of private and public assistance, long-term care insurance, adult guardianship, inheritance
KONISHI, Yukio Associate
Higher Education Policy,EU Legal Studies, International Relations 1) Comparative Studies of Higher Education Policies in Member States of EU.
2) Brexit and future of Single Market.
YAMAMOTO, Takaaki Associate
Civil law Law of Set-off
YOSHIMOTO, Tadahiro Associate
Theory of sport movement and behaviour, Lifetime sports, Coaching (Artistic Gymnastics) Theory of sport movement and behavior, Lifetime sports, Methodology of artistic gymnastics
SHINODA, Yuji Associate
e-learning system 1) Modeling of the students' scenario on e-Learning courses.
2) Development of a mathematical formula scoring system.
CHIBA, Mihoko Lecturer Higher Education, History Measuring Student Learning Outcomes in Higher Education Muscovite Russia (16th and Early 17th Century)
History Education
MIYAGAWA, Kimiko Specially Appointed Professor Clinical Psychology, Sandplay Therapy 1) Evidential study on sandplay therapy
2) Fundamental study on some sandplay expressions of elderly people
3) Study on psychological process and developmental theme for elderly people
4) Research on clinical psychological support for non-attendance student
HASEGAWA, Takehiko Specially Appointed Professor Library and information science Study of the organization and administration of a library and of its technical, informational, and reference services
TAKEDA, Yoshihisa Specially Appointed Associate Professor Career design 1) Active learning
2) Workshop
OKAMURA, Kozue Specially Appointed Associate Professor Non-Profit Activities, Citizen Participation, Regional Cooperation 1) Study of Non-Profit Organizations for Citizen Participation in Public Services
2) Study of Social Participation Programs through Industry-University and Public-Private Coordination
NISHIURA, Taro Specially Appointed Associate Professor Student counseling, Clinical Psychology, International students in Japan Counseling and Consultation in Japanese universities, Organizational assistance for international students, Mentality of Japanese returnees
YAMAMOTO, Shari Lecturer Global Education Research on self-access learning centers and active learning in higher education