Message from the President
After being founded in 1987 as a three-year college for providing higher education to people with hearing and/or visual disabilities, Tsukuba University of Technology made a new start in 2005 as a 4-year university. Since then, we have been providing learner-oriented education based on small class sizes which are best suited to the conditions of students with various developmental characteristics; we support them not only in the classroom, but also in other aspects of their campus lives.
Along with the recent uptrend in the university enrollment of students with disabilities, an increasing number of higher-education institutions that accept these students have begun to examine and implement policies which support them in a rational and thoughtful way. Amid this social change, what is the advantage of Tsukuba University of Technology? The answer is that we not only empower our students with disabilities, but also provide them with superior "education support," in contrast to other institutions' so-called "support for handicapped students" that compensates for their disadvantages in participating in learning and campus life activities. Our system includes helping the students discover their potential and offering an active provision of additional information on which to build a foundation for their knowledge. We perform the essential role and function of education with a special awareness, intended to clearly deliver information to students with hearing and/or visual disabilities so that they can absorb information as knowledge, integrate knowledge in various fields, and develop such knowledge into wisdom. The knowledge gained through our practice is shared openly with society through our research and is utilized for support for handicapped students at other universities that we provide as their essential partner.
With our 'recurrent education courses for adults with disabilities' program starting in April 2019, we are responding to the lifelong-learning needs of people with disabilities after graduation. Our new program is based on our accumulated expertise gained from former alumni courses. Our hope is that the program will contribute to the realization of an inclusive society, not only in concept, but in practice by further developing high school-university cooperative projects as well as business projects with corporations.
President, Yasushi Ishihara