Need parenting tips? Go to college.

Yashima Gakuen University, scheduled to open in Nishi Ward, Yokohama, in April, will feature an unconventional objective: educating parents on the theory and practice of child-rearing.

Hirohito Wada, chairman of the board at the private university, said the idea of creating the nation's first college accredited by the education ministry dedicated to family education came up while he was serving as president of a high school-level correspondence school catering to dropouts and truants.