About Aichi Toho University
The Aichi Toho University was established in 2001. It succeeds the tradition of its two-year college, Toho Gakuen Junior College that started in 1964 (and closed in 2008),and Toho High School that dates back to 1923. Aichi Toho University has two faculties: Faculty of Business Administration which has Department of Community Business, and newer Faculty of Human Studies which has Department of Human Health and Department of Child Development. Faculty of Business Administration has an annual admission of 200 students and Faculty of Human Studies, which started in April 2007, has 150. Situated in industrious Aichi Prefecture the University strives to educate innovative community entrepreneurs and professionals, tapping a wealth of recourses accumulated over the region's superb socio-economic infrastructure.
The University is only 15 minutes subway ride from Nagoya's prime business district Sakae. Nagoya (population: 2.2 million) is the capital of larger metropolitan prefecture Aichi (population: 7 million). Located in central Japan, the area is the nation's third largest metropolis after Tokyo-Yokohama and Osaka-Kobe. Toyota Motors has its world headquarters here in Aichi.
Nagoya also has headquarters for Brother Industries, Daido Steel, Matsuzakaya and other big corporations, as well as numerous smaller businesses in information technology, machinery, and retail industries. As of 2003, Aichi Prefecture has the annual manufacturing output of 355 trillion yen ($3.2 trillion U.S. dollars), the highest among Japan's 47 prefectures. The region produces 1.2% of the global GDP.
The University's location in this vital economic area makes the University one of the best places to learn business and management. Based in urban Nagoya, the University gives students great opportunities to learn from the real-world business and community life, while exposing them to a sea of information and sophistication of urban culture.
The University emphasizes small class education. The core of its academic programs is seminars, which start in freshman year. Usually with a dozen or so students, seminars respond to each student's need and ensure an individualized academic/professional development. The University actively conducts business internship and other real-world experiential learning. It also provides expanded job placement services and organizes special classes for students to get business and professional licenses. The University makes every effort to create a talented and diverse faculty to ensure quality education on campus.
Aichi Toho University follows its junior college's tradition of active community involvement. The University conducts "Toho Gakuen Meito Community College (TMCC)," an adult education program for the people in the neighborhood. Six or seven weekly courses are provided on evenings and weekends. Faculty members as well as professionals tapped from the community teach the classes. Subjects include a wide range of fields such as computer training, business startup, nonprofit organization management, or Batik Malaysian painting. Without credits, University students can also participate in those classes, sitting side by side with community people.