Mindanao Kokusai Daigaku is a tertiary institution of the Philippine Nikkei Jin Kai in Davao City, Philippines.
It started as a dream. In Davao City, the Japan Philippines Volunteer Association, Inc. (JPVA) is assisting the Filipinos who are Japanese descendants (Nikkeijin) as early as 1980. The first project was Japanese Language School and with it as a benchmark, the association trails its way to an environmental protection project, to a basic education institution, to community medical welfare activities, to educational and cultural exchanges then to a trainee’s dormitory. Then the pinnacle of all dreams emerged – the establishment of a welfare college.
The late Ayako Honda – Uchida dreamed of a welfare college after visiting the city many times. Touched by the deplorable conditions seen in some areas of the metropolis and the plight of the orphaned, abandoned and neglected children, she funded activities to alleviate their conditions and in the end included a donation of a substantial amount for the construction of a college building. A committee was formed to brainstorm and prepare for the opening of a college. The name Mindanao Kokusai Daigaku (MKD) was registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on April 18, 2001. The requirements of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) were gradually achieved. This gigantic job of preparing the documents paralleled the construction of the educational edifice.
The Commission on Higher Education Regional Office XI gave the go-signal for a maximum of five courses. The permits for Bachelor of Elementary Education, with concentrations in Early Childhood Education / Special Education and the Bachelor of Secondary Education majors in General Science and Mathematics were issued on February 13. Then came the permits of Bachelor of Science in Social Services majors in the Care of Older Persons / Child Governance and the Bachelor of Science in Community Development on May 10.
Finally, the permit for the Bachelor of Science in International Studies major in Japanese Language and Studies was issued on May 20, all in 2002 and all before its formal opening.
On June 3, 2002 the Mindanao Kokusai Daigaku opened its doors to high school graduates and baccalaureate degree holders. Representatives of the tri-people Christians, Muslims and Lumads enrolled with only handful of the Nikkeijin. Twenty-three (23) males and forty (40) females or a total of 63 students were pioneers. The grand opening salvo on June 10 was followed by three packaged tours of Japanese students, teachers and vacationers in the month of August. It was truly beneficial and informative for both parties. Everything was in the spirit of “Gakusai”. Years had passed and the college continues to grow like a child being nurtured by very committed parents. Student population soared from 60s to 100s and 200s then leaped to 400s. Students came from north to south of the country and also from Japan, Korea and the United States.
The BS International Studies sustained its being the most saleable course. The BS Social Services joined the BSIS as the two flagship programs of the college. In a short span of time, MKD harvested grandiose accolades such as in the National Nihongo Speech Contest sponsored by the Japan Foundation, Manila.
The college has coached and assisted 190 passers of the worldwide examination in Nihongo. This is the Japanese Language Profiency Test (JLPT) that comes in four levels. As of 2007, MKD has produced 167 Level V passers, 68 Level III passers, 4 Level II passers and the 2 Level I passers.
MKD is established primarily to help the young Filipinos of the 21st century in the pursuit of academic excellence, in education and service to humanity alongside their goal of becoming globally competitive.