Welcome Message form the Dean

I am delighted that you are interested in Iwate Prefectural University, School of Social Welfare. The School of Social Welfare offers three levels of degree programs in social welfare: Bachelor of Social Welfare, Master of Social Welfare, and Ph.D. in Social Welfare.

Many people mention the existence of elderly people who need care or persons with disabilities around them when they are asked for their reasons for studying social welfare. Their interest in the study based on their actual experience is precious as it feeds their academic desire and energy. Now, what can we do to respond to this as the Faculty of Social Welfare? Is it to provide an opportunity to improve care techniques? Is it to give people who need special assistance instruction in interviewing skills? While we do have systems and venues that allow students to learn specific assistance techniques and improve their skills, could assistance be given by techniques alone? What does it mean to be helpful for others? Those are the questions we would immediately have to face. What kind of assistance does the person really want? How much assistance is appropriate? Is the assistance given to one person relevant to another? We are faced with various fundamental questions. Thus we need to learn and study basic thoughts, theories, and issues behind the assistance. It would also be necessary to learn about laws and institutions to practice the assistance and the value they are trying to attain as well as learn how to attain that value. Sometimes this involves learning specific methods to figure out effective and useful ways of assisting people through research and experiments.

As you can see, learning social welfare leads to a broader range of academic disciplines. Questions raised by practicing welfare must be addressed with a broader perspective and sophistication. While there seems to be a lot to learn, it also means that all learning could lead to social welfare. Pursuing your curiosity vigorously instead of limiting your view to welfare in a narrow sense would ultimately lead to a deeper understanding of welfare.

We are proudly promoting small group education under the guidance of a faculty with a wide variety of expertise. You can expect something rich in your college and academic life that will satisfy your aspirations. Your passion will attract friends with the same spirit. Take a proud step into this academic path in front of you to pursue vigorous learning that surpasses the standards required by a qualification that you might be seeking to practice your future profession.

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