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Brief History of Ibaraki Christian Education Community

As with many institutions of service and education, Ibaraki Christian University has a fascinating history. Situated near the Pacific Ocean in the small town of Omika, Ibaraki Christian University has developed into an important academic institution including: Graduate Schools of Literature (2 programs: Language & Linguistics, Education), Life Sciences, and Nursing, The College of Literature, The College of Life Sciences, The College of Nursing, and from 2011 the College of Business Administration and two new graduate schools: Life Sciences (with Food Sciences and Human Nutrition Programs) and Nursing (with Basic Nursing Sciences and Practical Nursing Studies programs).

The evolution of the institution can be traced to the opening of a kindergarden in Taga in 1948 and a high school and junior college on our current campus. The founders of the school included both Japanese and Americans. Shunzo Asano and Sakari Nagano were employees of Hitachi Manufacturing Company. They were men of business who recognized that Japan needed a spiritual as well as financial recovery from the war. Ryohachi Shigekuni and Shoichi Oka were two other Christian visionaries who dedicated their talents to the establishment of the school. The American founders included such names as Orvil Dean Bixler, Harry Robert Fox, Sr. (both served in Japan as missionaries before the war), E. W. McMillan (a minister in Memphis, Tennessee) and the sons of H.R. Fox, Sr: Harry Robert Fox, Jr, and Logan Fox. The institution has had an international focus from its inception.

In the early days, the schools were largely funded by contributions from American Christians, and the campus was a training ground for evangelists. Ibaraki Christian University is no longer a mission school, but we remain a school with a mission: educating and equipping students from diverse backgrounds in order that they might contribute to the advancement of society. Although the majority of present students and faculty come from non-Christian backgrounds, the university encourages respect for its unique heritage, and continues to base its education on principles found at the heart of the Christian faith.

 

1948 Establishment of Shion (Ibaraki Christian) Campus
1949

Establishment of Shion Junior College and Senior High School

1950

College name changed to Ibaraki Christian Junior College (ICJC) and Ibaraki Christian High School (ICHS)
(Department of Liberal Arts and Department of English)

1951 Department of Home Economics established (ICJC)
1955 Counseling Center (Present Institute of Counseling) established (ICJC)
1962 Junior High School established (ICJHS)
1967

Ibaraki Christian College (Bachelor's Degree Program) established (ICC)
(Department of Biblical Studies and Department of English Language and Literature)

1974 Department of Japanese Literature established (ICJC)
1982 Department of Elementary Education established (ICC)
1987 The Institute of Language and Culture established (ICC)
1995

Graduate School of Literature established (ICC)

(Two programs: Education, and English Literature and Linguistics)
1998 Department of Cross-Cultural Studies established (ICC)
2000

College of Life Sciences established (Department of Human Welfare and Department of Food Sciences)

Institutional name changed to Ibaraki Christian University with initials of IC

2004

College of Nursing established (IC) (Department of Nursing)

2007

Ibaraki Christian University Recieved Accreditation from the Japan University Accreditation Association

2011

College of Business Administration (IC)

(Department of Business Administration)
2011

Graduate School of Life Sciences (IC)

(with Food Sciences and Human Nutrition Programs)
2011

Graduate School of Nursing (IC)
(with Nursing Programs)

2013

College of Life Sciences Departrment of Human Welfare renamed

Department of Psychology and Welfare

2014

Renewal of Accreditation Received (every 7 years)

from Japan University Accreditation Association

 

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