Fukushima University is a comprehensive university consisting of five faculties - Human Development and Culture, Administration and Social Sciences, Economics and Business Administration, Symbiotic Systems Science, and Food and Agricultural Sciences - and four graduate schools - Human Development and Culture, Public Policy and Regional Administration, Economics, and Symbiotic Systems Science and Technology.
Approximately 4,500 students study on our campus, while also actively engaging in extracurricular activities such as clubs, circles, and volunteer activities.
As an area intensely affected by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and the accompanying accident at Tokyo Electric Power's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, Fukushima Prefecture can be said to have experienced the challenges of the 21st century ahead of other places. In order to meet those complex challenges, which include global population growth and Japan's population decline, related economic and resource issues, environmental problems, globalization, and the accelerated development of technology, we must change the way education is carried out. What education in today's world calls for is not looking for already-prepared answers, but learning from reality, persistently investigating problems, and participating directly in the problem-solving process. For that reason, Fukushima University attaches great importance to student education, providing small-class-size learning in all school years with the aim of producing graduates who can take on the challenge of addressing unsolved problems in present-day society. In other words, we focus on "education based on problem solving."
The most prominent feature of Fukushima University is our emphasis on free, self-directed learning by each student. By allowing students to study independently, without being constrained by conventional academic boundaries, we aim to develop people who possess a broad perspective and abundant creativity, people with a "21st century" ability to respond to globalization and the challenges faced by local communities. We emphasize the changing of society, globalization, and the rapid development of information and communication technology, and, above all, the things that we are uniquely able to do as a university located in the area that experienced the Great East Japan Earthquake and nuclear accident.
Fukushima students live a full university life, shaping their own studies in pursuit of their individual goals and dreams.
At Fukushima University we want our students to acquire not only skills that can immediately be put into action, but also fundamental abilities that will serve them well over a period of 20 or 30 years. We also place great importance on "learning from the community." Decentralization of political authority, environmental issues, and the aging of society are all local issues, so there are many things to be noticed and understood in a regional location. Fukushima Prefecture is a treasure trove for learning! We encourage our students to be actively involved in the community through fieldwork, and by doing so to learn many different things.