Message from a Faculty Representative

Chieko Nakabasami, Dean, Faculty of International Tourism Management

 

1. Human resource development aims
The Faculty of International Tourism Management approaches tourism through logical thinking from an international perspective. It also fosters human resources capable of independently 
and proactively promoting tourism exchanges, and we further prioritise contributing to regional  revitalization and managing tourism-related companies and organizations.
 
2. Skills students should be taught a variety of educational goals

Our educational aim is to foster outstanding human resources able to recognize the social responsibilities of tourism and play an active role on the world stage. We pursue this aim by having students experience wide-ranging knowledge and learning built on our university’s founding principle of philosophy as well as on culture, religion and other key disciplines. Our students learn and apply this knowledge while also acquiring international communication skills by studying English and other foreign languages. This leads to the real side of the industry through hands-on practice and experience at front-line locations inside and outside Japan.

Frequent mention has been made of late in the tourism industry of the three phases of travel – tabimae (before a trip), tabinaka (during a trip) and tabiato (after a trip) – and the industry needs human resources able to provide customers with maximum service in each of these phases. The Faculty of International Tourism Management offers a variety of subjects covering the travel industry, management, marketing, and hospitality management to develop such human resources. We also provide a wide range of courses in the fields of tourism policy, community development, and the environment to develop human resources able to contribute to regional revitalization through tourism. Our curriculum is further enhanced by language and culture courses that enable students to play active roles on the international stage. Tourism studies is a very diverse discipline, and we hope that our students will become tourism professionals through their diverse studies.

Although it has changed form over time, tourism has been an integral part of humanity since ancient times. Travelers make appearances in numerous myths around the world that often portray gods coming down from the heavens and taking the form of travelers to experience hospitality of that area. Disguised as poorly-dressed travelers who ask the local residents for food and shelter, the gods explore the warm-heartedness of the inhabitants to determine if they are worthy people. It is safe to say that every individual involved in tourism is continually being tested to determine the depth and quality of service he or she will provide to visitors from other places. Humanity will be living through both an era of “living with the coronavirus” and a “post-coronavirus” era, but tourism will remain a familiar part of any era even as it evolves. We hope to see you all become front runners in management across a full range of tourism venues.

Sustainable tourism now plays a prominent role in society with tourists also needing to act responsibly while respecting the environment and culture of the areas they visit. We look forward to being able to discuss similar important issues with you such as how to manage our industry sustainably for the future through our undergraduate program.