Development of practical skills

Japanese (TOYO Global RDS)

Develop Practical Skills Applicable Throughout Life

 The global human resources that the Faculty of Regional Development Studies aspires to foster relates to people whose communication skills in foreign languages are combined with critical thinking and other practical skills that are applicable around the world. In accordance with our emphasis on experiential learning in fieldwork, we help students equip themselves with the ability to grasp pressing issues through hands-on experience, observation and analysis complemented by the ability to get things done. We seek to inculcate such qualities as insight, teamwork, initiative, a positive attitude, cooperativeness, a sense of responsibility, commitment to the mission, relishing a challenge, respect for human rights, concern for the good of the community, and ethics.

 Recognizing that students are unlikely to acquire these qualities only through lectures, we seek to develop them through practical experience in the field. The Faculty of Regional Development Studies offers a number of programs focusing on the acquisition of practical skills in Japan and abroad, including internships overseas.

Fieldwork

 In their third and fourth years, students pursue specialized studies in seminars. These seminars have a truly international dimension as they include about a dozen fieldwork opportunities spanning the world—Taiwan, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia and elsewhere in Southeast Asia, India, Africa, Europe, and the nations of Oceania. Students do fieldwork corresponding to the seminars’ research themes, such as poverty and environmental issues, regional culture, and development of tourism.

 Students have opportunities to work with and socialize with counterparts at the universities they visit overseas in connection with their fieldwork. It adds up to a great opportunity for international exchanges and cross-cultural understanding.

 In addition, the Faculty of Regional Development Studies offers two- or three-work programs at partner universities overseas. Programs are offered at the University of the Philippines Cebu, Chulalongkorn University in Thailand, Bournemouth University in the UK, University of Saskatchewan in Canada, and Konkuk University in South Korea. These programs enable students not only to enhance their foreign language skills but also to learn about the issues confronting the countries where the programs are held, such as poverty, community development, and development of tourism.

Overseas Internships [new]

 The Faculty of Regional Development Studies will introduce an overseas internship program as a new scheme for developing global human resources. For this purpose, we will open an office in Bangkok, Thailand. Students will have internships at Japanese companies operating overseas, non-government organizations, international institutions, and local governmental organizations. These overseas internships are another practical expression of our commitment to fostering global human resources and will help our students be a force for good amid globalization.