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Aim and Policies

Course of International Tourism Management, Graduate School of International Tourism Management Aim in Human Resource Development and Other Educational and Research Aims

[Master’s Program]

(1) Objectives of Human Resources Development:
This Program is designed to cultivate professional specialists and researchers equipped with the capabilities required for a highly specialized profession, to promote the development of international
tourism, a wealth of knowledge that underlies such a high degree of research prowess, and a global perspective and mindset, and to foster human resources who can play a leadership role in the
management of the tourism industry.
(2) Objectives of Education and Research: Knowledge and Skills Students Are Expected to Develop:
Students are expected to develop the abilities required to play a global leadership role in research in the field of tourism and in front-line jobs. This Program also places emphasis on the promotion of
education of adult students who have experience in work related to tourism.

[Doctoral Program]
(1) Objectives of Human Resources Development:
This Program is designed to develop students into university instructors and researchers specializing in international tourism who have the research skills required for a highly specialized profession, to promote the development of international tourism, a wealth of knowledge that underlies such a high degree of research prowess, and a global perspective and mindset, and to foster human resources who can play a leadership role in domestic and international tourism industries after obtaining a doctoral degree in international tourism.
(2) Objectives of Education and Research: Knowledge and Skills Students Are Expected to Develop:
Students are expected to develop abilities to achieve concrete results that contribute to the further development of tourism industries and the tourist industry, while watching trends in global society with keen interest.

Policy for Completion Certification, Degree Conferment (Diploma Policy)

[Master’s Program]
Based on its aim in human resources development and other educational and research aims, the Course of International Tourism Management, Graduate School of International Tourism Management will award a Master’s degree to students who have acquired the following kinds of expertise and abilities, have satisfied the requirements, including the specified duration of study and number of credits, and have passed the examination of the Master’s thesis or of research achievements on a specific subject (research paper), and the final examination:
(1) The research skills required for highly specialized professions that contribute to the development of international tourism and a wealth of knowledge that underlies such a high degree of research
prowess;
(2) A global perspective;
(3) The ability to assimilate the knowledge obtained from earlier research findings, appropriately apply them to one’s own research, and offer new insight in one’s area of specialization; and/or
(4) The ability to present one’s own unique research findings based on a consistent theory.

[Doctoral Program]
Based on its aim in human resources development and other educational and research aims, the Course of International Tourism Management, Graduate School of International Tourism Management will award a doctoral degree to students who have acquired the following kinds of expertise and abilities, have satisfied duration-of-study requirements, and have passed the examination of the doctoral thesis and the final examination.
(1) The ability to create seeds that can bring innovation to the field of global tourism studies;
(2) The ability to provide guidance about/play a leadership role in Japanese tourism from academic and practical perspectives; and/or
(3) The ability to provide guidance/play a leadership role, from a global perspective, in the fields of global tourism and tourism policy.

Policy for Curriculum Development and Implementation (Curriculum Policy)

[Master’s Program]
(1) Curriculum Development / Educational Content and Methods
To achieve the goals mentioned in the Diploma Policy, the Course of International Tourism Management will systematically develop a curriculum with an appropriate combination of “coursework” and “research work.”
The coursework is characterized by a systematic arrangement of courses on the tourism industry, tourism policy, tourism culture and hospitality so that students can acquire the broad knowledge
necessary for their area of specialization. The curriculum is also designed for students to develop the three major abilities required of executive managers who can play the role of an engine for the
development of the tourism industry: ① the ability to manage business resources (people, things, money, etc.) and information, ② the ability to carry out a statistical analysis of tourism-related data, and ③ the ability to conduct qualitative research on tourism-related cases from a unique perspective.
The research work features practical and interdisciplinary guidance with more emphasis on the application of theory by making use of case studies, fieldwork, and fact-finding surveys. An effective combination of coursework and research work is also designed to impart working tourism management knowledge and techniques, and enhance communication skills in English and other international languages, which are required of students to play an active role in global society.
(2) Evaluation of Academic Performance
Academic performance will be evaluated objectively and strictly, using the following procedures and methods.
① In coursework, students’ academic performance will be evaluated by instructors in charge in the manner that is stated in the syllabus of each course and in accordance with the evaluation criteria clarified in advance.
② In research work, students’ research achievements will be systematically assessed by research advising instructors and faculty members of the Course of International Tourism Management
through thesis presentation sessions, etc., based on the research advising plan clarified in advance.
③ Master’s degree theses will be evaluated in accordance with the thesis review criteria and procedures clarified in advance.

[Doctoral Program]
(1) Curriculum Development / Educational Content and Methods
To achieve the goals mentioned in the Diploma Policy, the Course of International Tourism Management will systematically develop a curriculum with an appropriate combination of “coursework” and “research work.”
The coursework is designed for students to acquire the research skills necessary for research work through class discussions and to obtain highly specialized knowledge from faculty members of
various fields. Workshops involving students working on relevant research themes will also be held so that students can be inspired by each other in pursuing their research activities.
The research work features practical and interdisciplinary guidance with more emphasis on the application of theory by making use of case studies, fieldwork, and fact-finding surveys.
An effective combination of coursework and research work is also designed to develop human resources who can conduct academic research in English, a global common language, and who can
bring innovation to the field of global tourism.
(2) Evaluation of Academic Performance
Academic performance will be evaluated objectively and strictly, using the following procedures and methods.
① In coursework, students’ academic performance will be evaluated by instructors in charge in the manner that is stated in the syllabus of each course and in accordance with the evaluation criteria clarified in advance.
② In research work, students’ research achievements will be systematically assessed by research advising instructors and faculty members of the Course of International Tourism Management
through thesis presentation sessions, etc., based on the research advising plan clarified in advance.
③ Doctoral degree theses will be evaluated in accordance with the thesis review criteria and procedures clarified in advance.

Admissions Policy

[Master’s Program]
The Course of International Tourism Management will accept students with the following qualities and abilities by conducting a variety of examinations, including a written exam, an interview and a screening of application materials, according to applicants’ characteristics:
(1) An individual who is willing to address domestic and global issues facing the tourism industry and has sufficient basic knowledge to propose improvement measures and solutions;
(2) An individual with the English or other linguistic skills necessary to meet tourism needs on the ground;
(3) An individual who seeks to become an executive manager who can play the role of an engine in the field of tourism, especially the hospitality industry; and/or
(4) An individual who is willing to actively engage in research and studies to address issues related to regional development in Japan and abroad and the development of global tourism.

[Doctoral Program]
The Course of International Tourism Management will accept students with the following qualities and abilities by conducting a variety of examinations, including a written exam, an interview and a
screening of application materials, according to applicants’ characteristics:
(1) An individual with knowledge of or with experience in research or work in the tourism industry or in the field of tourism policy or tourism development;
(2) An individual who is willing to engage in research in the field of global tourism in English or any other global language and who has the ability to contribute to tourism studies using his/her research achievements;
(3) An individual who is positive about increasingly complex social trends and who has the ability to conduct research by taking full advantage of ICT (Information and Communication Technology);
(4) An individual who is willing to actively engage in research and studies with high ambitions to address issues related to regional development in Japan and abroad and the development of global
tourism; and/or
(5) An individual who is eager to pursue the empirical discipline of international tourism studies to contribute to the development of a sustainable society, and continue to pursue research after
completion of this program.