・ Why a new Christian college in Japan?
・ Why Osaka?
・ Why an English language college?
・ Where will the college meet?
・ What will be the academic priorities of Genesis College?
・ As a new college with no track record or history, what type of student will you be recruiting to attend Genesis College?
・ What are the spiritual priorities of Genesis College? What is the theological statement of Genesis College?
・ How will this school be evangelistic?
・ What will be the language of instruction?
・ What degrees and certificates will you offer?
・ What sorts of courses will you offer?
・ What sort of faculty will you be hiring?
・ Can church planters apply to your team?
・ How will the school be funded?
・ How can I donate?
・ How can I join the team?
・ What sorts of jobs will be available for graduates?
・ Will there be a church on campus?
・ Will you have a library?
・ What is your online strategy for courses?
・ What is your connection to CBI Japan in Nagoya?
・ What is your connection to Mission to the World?
・ Why the name Genesis?
Why a new Christian college in Japan?
Japan is the largest unreached nation on earth. It is a nation where less than 0.22% of the population attends a Protestant church service of any kind. This is not the Christian rate nor is it the Evangelical Christian rate, but rather the church attendance rate of Japan. The church in Japan, in particular, is lacking in young people. Genesis College seeks to be a catalyst for training and deepening the roots of the gospel into the next generation of Japan.
Osaka’s metro area has a population over 19 million people, larger in population than 135 nations. Like the rest of Japan, Osaka is a place with very few Christians and few churches. In particular, we hope to reach the next generation of young Japanese in Osaka. We hope to be the very first independent English-language Christian junior college in Osaka.
Why an English language college?
First, as an English-language foreign accredited school, Genesis College is not bound by the Japanese government’s educational restrictions with respect to religious colleges. That is, we can require chapel for all our students and openly promote Christian activities in the college. This would not be possible as a Japanese-language school with Japanese governmental accreditation.
Second, as an international English-language college, we can start recruiting native-English speaking missionary professors from the USA and other English nations and focus on the next generation of young Japanese who are interested in English.
Finally, this is an important time for English language instruction in Japan. Several of Japan’s new upstart companies are pushing for English (rather than Japanese) as the language of business to internationalize Japanese corporations. Young Japanese who have been educated in English will have a unique and strategic advantage in the job market. Hiroshi Mikitani, CEO and founder of Rakuten (Japan’s largest online store) is convinced that the English language holds the key to Japanese corporations being more competitive in this global market. He is requiring all of his Japanese employees to learn the English language and be able to conduct business in English or risk being fired. Read more here: Rakuten Article
Where will the college meet?
We are currently seeking rental facilities near the heart of downtown Osaka, near Osaka/Umeda Station. We will initially rent facilities and then look to purchase our own property in the future as the Lord provides funds.
What will be the academic priorities of Genesis College?
As a two-year (junior) college, there will be no official majors. However, we will offer two concentrations: Christian Leadership and Business Communications. The curriculum will primarily be aimed at providing a general foundation for a humanities or business major when the student graduates.
As a new college with no track record or history, what type of student will you be recruiting to attend Genesis College?
We will not be competing with Osaka University, Kyoto University, or Tokyo University or with any of the top ranked universities in Japan. We are hoping to provide a new opportunity to Japanese students who are seeking to study in English in a smaller college setting. We want to offer not only the best English-language college curriculum but a relational commitment to showing a grace-based and gospel-centered lifestyle. Our students will be primarily from the lower middle class/working class poor of Japan. We believe many in that group will benefit the most from the kind of education we hope to offer.
To give some perspective on the size of Christian colleges in Japan, the largest evangelical Christian college in Japan is in Tokyo and has approximately 100 total students (70 Japanese students + 30 international students). There are other Japanese language colleges but almost none are evangelical and some of them have less than 70 students.
What are the spiritual priorities of Genesis College? What is the theological statement of Genesis College?
Genesis College’s goals are to reflect the faith, hope, love, and grace of God as shown in the bible. We hold to the Lausanne Theological Covenant available here: Lausanne Covenant
How will this school be evangelistic?
We will require require all students to take an introduction to Christianity course. We will offer chapel services where we will invite Christian leaders from many nations to share their testimonies and build relationships with our students. Finally, our students will be required to do service projects in local communities in partnership with local Japanese churches and new church plants. Above all, we hope to foster deep relationships between our Christian faculty and our mostly our non-Christian students at Genesis College. Our goal is to practice relational evangelism inside and outside the classroom.
What will be the language of instruction?
All courses will be in English. However, our chapel services and other activity clubs will be bilingual (English and Japanese) so that we can foster deeper relationships and connections with our Japanese non-Christian students.
What degrees and certificates will you offer?
We will offer a US accredited Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree. We will also offer an English Academic Training Program (EATP) that will prepare the students to enter a 4 year university in the USA, UK, or Australia.
What sorts of courses will you offer?
We will offer courses such as: Intro to Christianity, Intro to Accounting, Intro to Management, Public Speaking, Persuasive Writing, History of Christianity, Intro to Computer Science, and other courses.
What sort of faculty will you be hiring?
We are seeking Christian missionary professors who hold graduate degrees who will raise their own financial support to serve at Genesis College. In the future as the college grows, we may be able to provide some financial support to our missionary professors.
Can church planters apply to your team?
Yes! We are also seeking church planters who will raise their own financial support to serve at an associated church plant in partnership with Genesis College. We are willing to partner with a variety of Christian organizations and missions organizations who also hold to the Lausanne Covenant.
How can I donate?
Please visit our Support page.
How can I join the team?
Are you passionate about reaching the next generation in Japan with the gospel of Jesus Christ? Do you have a strong desire to see young Christians and non-Christians experience the doctrines of grace through higher education? Would you enjoy working in a startup environment? Are you ready to make a long-term commitment? If so, apply to join the Genesis Osaka team!
Please visit our Serve page.
What sorts of jobs will be available for graduates?
We are planning on offering internships in the USA, South Korea, China, and Japan with various corporations and organizations. However, our hope is that the majority of our students will transfer into a 4 year degree program after they graduate.
Will there be a church on campus?
There will not be one single church on campus. We hope to have multiple churches assist us in this work by partnering with us in addition to new church planting teams we hope to assist in the Osaka area.
Will you have a library?
We will not have a physical library but all of our courses will be utilizing online resources like Google Books so that the students can access their books online at any time.
What is your online strategy for courses?
The majority of our course lectures will be available online so that our students can access their courses anytime. A large portion of our students will be working part-time jobs to support their studies, so we want to have our courses highly accessible.