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Three Philosophies of Shimonoseki City University

Creation of New Wisdom Built on Unity of Education and Research

 Firstly, a university is a cooperative organization seeking the creation of new wisdom hand in hand with students and faculty members. For this reason, teaching staff must not only have research capabilities, but they also must have educational power to fully reflect their research results in their teaching. Students, too, cannot just passively receive teaching, but they must proactively raise their learning capabilities and possess highly inquiring minds. The university firmly maintains the unity of education and research, enhances the education and research capabilities of teaching staff and heightens proactive learning of students in order to create new wisdom.

Education and Research with Eyes on East Asia and the World

 Shimonoseki is surrounded by ocean on three sides and has served as the nodal point of human and physical interaction with the Korean Peninsula and Asian Continent from olden times. With here as the reference point, diverse international relationships expanded in concentric circles. Viewing East Asia and the world from Shimonoseki enables an understanding of the current structure of international relationships and how they developed. The University makes the utmost use of this location to deepen understanding of interaction and coexistence with international society, aiming to create a new outlook.

Education and Research Rooted in the Regional Community as Intellectual Center

 As a public university set up in a regional city, contributing to the formation of a rich local community is our important responsibility. That is why we think that our education and research must be deeply rooted in the community. We consider problems of the regional community together with citizens to seek solutions. On the other hand, we actively open our intellectual resources in order to provide lifelong learning opportunities for local citizens. Shimonoseki City University aims to be an intellectual center for the regional community as a “university for citizens,” in other words, as a place of intellectual interaction and creation together with citizens.

 The education and research of Shimonoseki City University is based on the three philosophies described above with the objective of;


1. Fostering well-balanced, refined and sophisticated professionals
2. Contributing to the development of regional and international societies



1956. April
Shimonoseki Commercial Junior College founded
1962. April
Shimonoseki City University, Faculty of Economics, Department of Economics founded with an admission capacity of 100 students
1975. April
Admission capacity increased to 200 students
1978. April
Education Course established
1983. April
Department of International Commerce established with an admission capacity of 100 students
Education course set up in the same Department
1988. April
Admission capacity for the Department of International Commerce increased to 200 students
Begins accepting international students
1989. October
Exchange agreement with Qingdao University, China
1990. January
Exchange agreement with Dong-eui University, South Korea
1990. April
Shimonoseki Institute for Research of Industry and Culture established
1992. April
Admission capacity for all departments increased to 250 students (temporary)
1994. November
Exchange agreement with Griffith University, Australia
1997. May
Exchange agreement with the University of Queensland, Australia
2000. April
Graduate School of Economics established
2003. March
Exchange agreement with four universities in Shimonoseki
2003. October
Exchange agreement with Peking University, China
2004. November
Exchange agreement with Los Medanos College, USA
2006. May SCU
joins Universities Consortium Yamaguchi
2007. April
Public University Corporation Shimonoseki City University established
2007. November
Whale Library and Museum established
2008. March
Academic exchange agreement with Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Kagoshima University
2008. April
Institute of Collaborative Community Development established
2008. October
Blowfish Library and Museum established
2008. December
SCU joins Universities Consortium Kanmon
2009. June
Exchange agreement with BOĞAZİÇİ University, Turkey
2010. May
Exchange agreement with Mokpo National University, South Korea
2011. April
Department of Public Management added with an admission capacity of 60 students
2012. July
Exchange agreement with National United University, Taiwan
2014. July
Exchange agreement with Ludwigshafen University of Applied Sciences, Germany
2015. June
Exchange agreement with Algoma University, Canada
2015. August
Exchange agreement with Ming Chuan University, Taiwan


Overview of the University

Faculty / Department (Capacity)
Faculty of Economics (450)
- Department of Economics (195)
- Department of International Commerce (195)
- Department of Public Management (60)

(As of May 1, 2018)
Full-time teaching staff 54 (Of which 1 staff member is from overseas)
Specially-appointed teaching staff 6 (Of which 4 staff members are from overseas)
Students 2,219 (Of which 42 are international students)

Overview of the Graduate School

Graduate School Program (Capacity)
Graduate School of Economics (10)
- Economics and Business Administration (10)

(As of May 1, 2018)
Faculty 31
Students 10 (Of which 5 are international students)