Strategic Development Initiatives for Niigata University of Health and Welfare (2014-2017)
In April 2010 I became President of Niigata University of Health and Welfare (NUHW). Since then, four years have passed. Right from the beginning of my tenure, my first priority was to make the Strategic Development Initiatives (SDI) for NUHW. The SDI consisted of very specific goals and action plans across ten domains. In October, 2013, NUHW had to apply for an accreditation from Japan Institution for Higher Education Evaluation (JIHEE). The university received the long-awaited official document from JIHEE at the end of March, 2014, and soon after we were accredited as a University.
I am grateful to JIHEE for their support and recognition of my strong leadership at NUHW. I am also privileged to be allowed to keep my tenure in2014.
Masaharu Yamamoto, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D.
The Object of NUHW
The University was established in 2001. At the time of its establishment, a mission statement was declared in order to provide Quality of Life (QOL) to those who needed help accessing health and social welfare services, and to contribute to the community, and to promote international exchanges. In short, the goal of NUHW was to "Foster qualified QOL supporters for the people who need help in health and social welfare services."
Basic Goals for NUHW :
1. Long-term Goals (2010-2020)
In order to foster the health professionals who will work not only in the super-aged society, but also in the upcoming global society in Japan, we aim to increase the number of students from 2800 to 5000 within 10 years.
2. Mid-term Goals (2014-2017)
To produce qualified QOL supporters who will work in the super-aged society as well as the upcoming global society in Japan, we provide educational support for all our students and the graduates who can work not only in local communities, but also in many parts of the world. In addition, we provide basis for education and research according to the following ten domains (refer to the table below).
I Campus Development
II Enhanced Provision of Entrance Exam Information
III Enrichment of Education
IV Promotion of Student Support
V Securing Staff Resources and Faculty Development
VI Enrichment of Research Functions
VII Supporting the Alumni Association and Lifelong Learning
VIII Promotion of the Collaboration with Local Communities, Industries, and Governments
IX Promotion of International Academic Exchanges
X Reform of Organization Management and Staff Development
1) Educational instruction consists of five STEPS for qualified QOL supporters. The STEPS were formed from the initial letters of the following words :
(1) Science & Art
The main specific behavioral objective (SBO) of this step is to gain basic knowledge and techniques about each specialized area of profession based on evidence-based health and social welfare.
(2) Teamwork & Leadership
To work well together in teams consisting of persons from various professions
To empower clients to make decisions, and take actions, to improve their QOL
To empower clients, professionals need to master communication skills
To point out a problem or difficult situation encountered, to suggest the best method to solve the problem, and to take the initiative in carrying out the plan
To make every effort to the best of one's own ability in order to accomplish the goal, and to feel a sense of accomplishment
2) Our behavioral objective is to provide students as well as the alumni with various kinds of educational and academic services at any time in order to become qualified QOL supporters. The university applying the ideal of educational and academic services is defined as "mendomi no yoi daigaku" in Japanese.