Geographically located along the Ring of Fire where frequent earthquakes, tsunamis, typhoons and volcanic activity occur, Japan faces a wide variety of adverse conditions including threats of man-made disasters as well. Promoting preventative measures and establishing means of mitigating damage created by these negative forces is a top priority facing the government at both the local and national levels. With ever increasing demands to promote safety for the whole of society, there is an urgent need to prepare well-balanced and equipped leaders with specialized knowledge and diverse skills to meet the challenges.
In April of 2010, Kansai University opened its Faculty of Safety Science at its new MUSE Campus in Takatsuki, Osaka, to address the safety issues of the 21st century. Undergraduates can choose between two tracks to specialize in the area of natural disasters or choose to concentrate on the field of man-made disasters. Students will be expected to discuss how to minimize and prevent damage created by natural forces and man-made accidents. They will also learn how to create policies and systems that ensure security. The Faculty of Societal Safety Sciences is committed to develop future leaders who will serve in diverse areas of the public and private sectors.
The faculty name that is “Safety Science” had been used in several overseas universities before the establishment of Kansai University’s faculty of safety science. Although the faculty name of “Safety Science” helps applicants or others with understanding what safety science is, “Safety Science” evokes traditional ideas on safety science that is usually based on safety engineering. As mentioned above, the scope of research at our faculty is broader than safety engineering, in other words, safety engineering is a part of our scope of research. To reflect the features of our faculty, we have changed our faculty name from Safety Science to Societal Safety Sciences in April 2016.
To address the wide field of issues that threaten society as a whole, students are expected to take a comprehensive, interdisciplinary approach to these issues, through the study of law, politics, economics, business administration, psychology, sociology, science, informatics, engineering and social medicine. Our teaching and research focuses on the accumulation and systematization of safety and security knowledge, while equipping students with skills and experiences that will form a foundation upon which they can build future careers as specialists in safety science.
The Faculty of Societal Safety Sciences aims to develop higher level thinking in students, including how to do risk management, policy planning and policy implementation. Specifically, the following abilities will be needed to address safety and security issues at the local, national and international levels.
The ability to think ligically and analytically about the safety and security issues facing the various levels of society.
The ability to formulate and implement policies and plans to tackle such issues.
The ability to understand the mechanisms and measures for maintaining and assuring safety and security.
The ability to coordinate specialists and engineers from different industries.
The ability to communicate in English to network with people from other nations.