About Shobi University

A Message from the University President & Vice President

A Message from the University President

Training people who are capable of playing an active role in various fields in modern society with a new curriculum suited to the needs of today.

University PresidentKimito Kubo (久保 公人)

Career Summary Graduated from the Faculty of Law at Kyoto University in 1980; appointed to the post of Manager at the Department of Facilities Planning and Administration at the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology; appointed to the post of Director for University Reform at the Higher Education Bureau; Manager at Private Education Institution Department; Manager at Policy Planning and Coordination Division of Lifelong Learning Policy Bureau; Deputy Director-General of Lifelong Learning Policy Bureau; Manager of Personnel Division at the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology; Deputy Director General of Higher Education Bureau; Director General of Sports and Youth Bureau; Fellow at National Science Foundation of the United States; Director of Planning Bureau at the City of Kitakyushu; Trustee and other posts at the University of Tokyo; a member of the Japanese Association of Higher Education Research.

The Faculty of Sport Management was established at Shobi University in April 2020. In recent years, the concept of sports has expanded from “doing” into “watching” and “supporting,” and the development of the sports industry has been remarkable. This Faculty was created in response to the requirements of today, to train people who are capable of actively participating in sports and related business fields. In addition to this development, the Department of Music Expression will undergo renewal in April 2021. The department will also expand its curriculum to include the study of classical and pop music from wider perspectives to respond to recent changes in the music industry, thereby opening its doors to all those who are interested in music and are full of enthusiasm for the enjoyment of music. Shobi University derives its name from the reverence and respect of beauty. As the university’s inception, we have promoted the development of individuals who have the potential to play an active role in diverse fields of society, fostering a wealth of education and a caring spirit based on the university motto of “wisdom and love.” Moving forward, we are introducing new study potentialities, as required in modern times, by operating an educational system based on the three pillars of “arts,” “sports,” and “business” while aiming toward the further creation and development of tradition with a simultaneous focus on the individuality of every student.

During their studies, students of Shobi University will encounter many people and have a variety of experiences as they make efforts to spread their wings in the real world. Our teaching faculty and staff members are all very much looking forward to meeting you here on campus.

A Message from the University Vice President

Grow to become a unique individual in the world by constantly asking questions and acting independently.

University Vice PresidentIssei Tomisawa (富澤 一誠)

Career Summary Born in 1951 in Nagano Prefecture. Graduated the Faculty of Letters, Language and Culture Department, of the University of Tokyo. While studying worked as a musical critic for a music magazine. The Japan Record Award judge, Album Award chairman, and Executive Committee member. Also is a host and commentator on the radio show "Age Free Music!" and the TV show "That Year This Song". Author of many books such as, "That time, this song, bringing back the strongest legend". Worked as a visiting professor at Shobi Music College since 2008, as a Shobi Gakuen School Corporation councilor since 2009, and is serving as a director since 2014 year to the present day.

At Shobi University, we welcome students who want to actively pursue their own interests. With that feeling within you, we will support you to find the future that you are really aiming for. The university has always regarded music as an art as well as entertainment and business, and it has regarded music business as an academic discipline from the outset. Recently, there has also been a demand for diverse musical knowledge and skills in the music industry, and we took the lead in engaging in education that trains talented personnel who can rightly be called multi-professionals.

One of the unique features of this university is the development of hybrid learning by means of inter-departmental collaboration based on this kind of specialist knowledge. Our students will acquire new values brought forth from multilayered learning combining music and sports as well as physical and digital expression. These individuals will be able to skillfully ride the waves of an ever-changing society, gaining an accurate understanding of the ebbs and flows of our times.

When facing a situation, always ask yourself, “What would I do?” We expect our students to take a proactive attitude as they act based on the ideas that they gain from maintaining this kind of questioning attitude. Through the four years of study at our university, we hope that students will grow to become a unique individual by pursuing the ideals of being an expressive person.