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COC Program

University of Shizuoka chosen for the FY2014 Center of Community (COC) Project of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
What the University should do today to support the healthy longevity and future of Shizuoka?
The University of Shizuoka’s Fuji-no-Kuni program to develop a center for the training of human resources to support mental, physical, and community health has been chosen for the FY2014 Center of Community (COC) Project of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.

Building a facility for the healthy longevity of the Mt. Fuji region

Taking advantage of the University’s strengths in advancing research related to healthy longevity, the selected program adds the concept of community health to the traditional focuses on mental and physical health, aiming to create a culture of healthy longevity through the fusion of five schools across the fields of science and the humanities.

Fuji-no-Kuni Center for Future Education and Future Exchange Satellite Centers opened

This program has established a new Future Coeducation Center as an on-campus coordinating center to link the community and the University to address issues faced in the community, in cooperation with Shizuoka Prefecture and the cities of Shizuoka and Makinohara, along with the Future Exchange Satellite Centers operated jointly with local governments in the cities of Shizuoka and Makinohara.
Through a series of campus-wide Shizuoka Studies courses, students learn about Shizuoka in a wide range of fields. The Satellite Centers serve as bases for health improvement and for building the community’s future, through cooperation between students and local residents in periodic workshops and other activities.

Training human resources with the ability to carry out community work

The core of community-oriented initiatives is working together with the community to train the next generation. We train human resources with the ability to carry out community work* to lead activities to resolve community issues across the boundaries separating generations, fields, and occupations.
In cooperation with the community, the Shizuoka Studies courses teach about the distinctive properties and appeal of Shizuoka and foster a mindset of contributing to the progress of the community. Students also can attend seminars in cooperation with various professions and foster team-building capabilities through internships and volunteer activities.
Through these activities, students earn the title of “Community Fellows.” After graduation, they take leadership in community vitalization and realizing a culture of healthy longevity, together with community residents.
Through coeducation by the University and the community over the five-year period through FY2018, this program will graduate numerous highly capable human resources to contribute to the community into the future. To do so, the University will serve as a center of knowledge in the community, demonstrating its overall abilities by helping build on the health and future of Shizuoka Prefecture together with each local community.
This is defined as the ability to take leadership in team activities across the boundaries separating generations, fields, and occupations, in order to resolve community issues. The community work abilities possessed by graduated of the facility consist of the three elements of “knowledge, skills, and motivation to support a culture of healthy longevity,” “team-building abilities,” and “the ability to advance innovation in local communities toward their revitalization.”
We believe that graduating into the community large numbers of graduates equipped with these abilities is key to community vitality.