Message from the University President
Osaka Ohtani University the University that Cherishes ‘People’ and ‘Heart’
The university aims to enhance the practical skills of its students so that they can gain professional knowledge. This is achieved by fostering a close relationship between teaching staff and students.
Osaka Ohtani University continues its tradition from Ohtani Women’s University and became co-educational with the founding of the Faculty of Pharmacy in 2006. The university has developed to its present status of four faculties, six departments and a graduate school. Next year, the university will celebrate its 50th anniversary.
The spirit of the university is derived from the concept of ‘Repaying Gratitude’ as taught in Mahayana Buddhism. The spirit of ‘Gratitude’ is based on the idea that the life of an individual is supported by the lives of many so that an individual is able to live through a greater existence. This spirit of ‘Gratitude’ purifies the individual and the ‘Repaying’ of gratitude provides people with strength in their day to day endeavors.
With an emphasis on ‘people’ and the ‘heart’, the university educates students to have a deep consideration in making connections with people. Based on this education policy, a familiarity between staff and students is achieved and this characterizes the nature of the university.
The structure and values of Japanese society today are changing greatly due to globalization, a decline in the child population and the rapid aging of the Japanese population. All students will have to live in this radically changing, unpredictable society. To do this it is necessary to have deep, specialized knowledge, to be able to think about problems from a variety of perspectives, and, through co-operation with others, to have the ability to challenge the difficult problems that confront them.
Following the education principles of ‘independence’, ‘creativity’ and ‘collaboration’, Osaka Ohtani University endeavors to help students to obtain knowledge and ability. It has established an education system based on small tuition numbers so that teaching staff are always there for students, fostering a one-on-one relationship so that the students’ potentials can be maximized. Also, the university has established a variety of programs such as practical training, volunteer activities, internship and fieldwork projects in connection with the local community. In establishing these programs, specialized knowledge is obtained and practical skills are nurtured at the intersection between experiential learning and classroom learning.