We are WAKHOKStudying Information Media and Regional Development in Wakkanai, the northernmost city of JapanFour Specialized SubjectsMathematical Information Science, Social Information, Media and Expression, and Library and Information ScienceInternational ExchangeWe offer students various programs to get connected to the local community.
Wakkanai Hokusei Gakuen University, abbreviated as Wakhok University, is a leading university in the northernmost city of Japan, Wakkanai. We offer various study programs under the Faculty of Integrated Media, Department of Integrated Media. We focus on gaining comprehensive creative knowledge that ensure our graduates are well-prepared to address complex contemporary issues we are facing locally as well as globally.
History and Philosophy
Wakkanai Hokusei Gakuen University (WAKHOK) was founded as a junior college in 1987 on the wish of Wakkanai citizens and people in northern Hokkaido, “higher educational institution in Soya region”. In 2000, we established the first Information Media Faculty in Japan and moved to a four-year university. Since its inception, people in Wakkanai and surrounding areas gave great support.
Based on the history of its establishment, Wakkanai Hokusei Gakuen University (WAKHOK) has a principle “to foster people who contribute to the local community, value people’s freedom and dignity underlying Christian spirit and love peace (Article 1, University Regulations)”. In this light, we are conducting education and research activities aiming to develop human resources with practical skills that can respond promptly to the flow of global information and advanced academic knowledge that contributes to the development of local culture. Besides we aim to be a university that bears responsibility for the sustainable development of the local community, and that is open to the public as the core of the community.
Wakkanai Hokusei Gakuen University (WAKHOK) has a principle “to foster people who contribute to the local community, value people’s freedom and dignity underlying Christian spirit and love peace (Article 1, University Regulations)”. In this light, we are conducting education and research activities aiming to develop human resources with practical skills that can respond promptly to the flow of global information and advanced academic knowledge that contributes to the development of local culture. Besides we aim to be a university that bears responsibility for the sustainable development of the local community, and that is open to the public as the core of the community. To that end, Wakkanai Hokusei Gakuen University(WAKHOK) seeks the following students:
- People who are interested in the development of information media and the multifaceted use from a wide perspective and actively try to solve concrete problems using them.
- People who have an interest in the local and international community and are willing to work with others in the society.
The curriculum of Faculty of Integrated Media of Wakkanai Hokusei Gakuen University (WAKHOK) is composed of the “Liberal arts subjects” group and the “Specialized subjects” group which include various social and mathematical information courses. In the daytime class, student are required to earn 38 credits or more from liberal arts, 40 credits or more from specialized subjects, in total 124 credits or more. In the evening class, students are required to earn 2 credits or more from liberal arts, in total 124 credits.
In the liberal arts subjects, introductory education will be conducted, paying attention to the continuity from high school education. The aims to acquire a wide range of education as well as critical minds with regional problems, and to develop fundamentals of information media.
The “specialized subjects” group is composed of 4 specialized ones, “Mathematical Information Science”, “Social Information”, “Media and Expression”, and “Library and Information Science”. Many of subjects involving community development are now integrated into “Social Information”. This aims to cultivate specialized skills in each field supported by multifaceted utilization of information media.
Students from their 2nd academic year will choose one of the Specialized Subjects for their further study after consulting to their supervisor.
We implement a homeroom system in all grades to support students in their own learning plans and its achievements, so that students can respond smoothly to their studies and form careers that suit their interests.
We emphasize implementing classes by active learning throughout the curriculum, and help students foster commitment to the local community by providing many practical learning opportunities that “make the town a classroom”. Furthermore, we develop the mind of collaboration by learning and practicing with support each other.
Faculty of Integrated Media of Wakkanai Hokusei Gakuen University (WAKHOK) offers a bachelor’s degree (Integrated Media) to those who stay enrolled for a given term and earn certain number of credits. With the education of this department, you are expected to acquire the following ability.
- Fundamentals of Information Media: Basic knowledge and skills that can respond to technological and social changes in information media
- Expertise: Ability to develop information media and its multi-faceted use
- Contribution to local community: Ability to be aware of local issues and work independently and cooperatively to solve them in profession and social life.
International Exchange Support
Connecting to the Japanese community at the Satellite Campus
Japanese Communication Program
Japanese Culture Experience Program
“Nepal Culture Day” at the satellite campus
Wakkanai Hokusei Gakuen University (WAKHOK)
Wakabadai 1-2290-28, Wakkanai City,
Hokkaido, JAPAN 097-0013
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