Shikoku Gakuin University is a small university (1400 students) on Shikoku island in Kagawa prefecture in Southern Japan. The university has three faculties: Art and Humanities, Social Welfare and Social Sciences. it is known especially for its Social Welfare faculty.
TAMK has hosted three groups of Social Welfare students since 2008.
The President of Shikoku Gakuin University, Takaaki Sueyoshi, and the President of TAMK, Markku Lahtinen, signed the partnership agreement.
TAMK is planning cooperation especially in the "hikikomura" phenomenon: over one million Japanese youth are in danger of alienation from schools and working life due to extensive use of the social media. TAMK's lecturer in Social Services Ulla-Maija Koivula is planning a teacher exchange to Japan in spring 2012.
Text and photo: Mirja Onduso