Program introduction

Developing Global Human Resources by Cultivating Capabilities and Skills in Four Areas

The Faculty of Regional Development Studies of Toyo University places development of global human resources at the heart of its education. We define the global human resources that we aspire to develop: they are professionals with a globalized mindset who contribute to regional development and tourism inside and outside Japan.

Since academic year 2012, the Faculty of Regional Development Studies of Toyo University has been selected by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science for inclusion in the Project for Promotion of Global Human Resource Development - Type B. Taking this opportunity, we have enhanced our programs to foster global perspectives in our students. Students studying at the Faculty of Regional Development Studies not only have every opportunity to enhance their foreign language skills but also to gain experience of international exchanges through various study programs in Japan and overseas and study-abroad programs.

The Program of Human Resources Development (GHRD Program) of the Faculty of Regional Development Studies defines the capabilities and skills to be acquired. They are 1) communication skill in foreign language, 2) intercultural understanding and national identity, 3) critical thinking skills to analyze issues and implement solutions by way of experiential learning in field work, and 4) a capacity to use technical information in English.

Communication skill in foreign language

We offer highly effective foreign language programs, in particular, English programs, to develop essential communication skills. This includes: e-learning prior to commencing studies at the university, TOEFL/TOEIC/IELTS special courses, and Learning English for Academic Purposes (LEAP), long-term academic exchanges, and follow-up courses to retain and enhance language skills.

Intercultural understanding and national identity

Various programs are designed and offered to expand students’ cultural horizons.Stimulating encounters with diverse aspects of Japanese culture provide a rich experience.

Programs in Japan and abroad, student-initiated international symposia,Ambassador Lectures on various countries,and Japan studies in which Japanese students tutor international students all provide amazing experiences. These programs are designed to facilitate crosscultural understanding and an appreciation of Japanese culture.

Critical thinking skills to analyze issues and implement solutions through experiential learning in fieldwork

We help equip students with practical skills that they can apply and develop throughout their lives. Students choose from a number of programs to acquire the skills they can then apply in Japan and abroad.Seminars for students in the third year and the fourth year include about a dozen field work opportunities a year. A new overseas internship program will be introduced.

A capacity to use technical information in English

Various subjects are taught in English such as economics, sociology, environmental studies, cultural studies and world religions.The number of foreign teaching staff and Japanese teaching staff with overseas experience is being increased in order to offer an even wider range of subjects taught in English. Students are encouraged to write their graduation theses in English. At our Language Center, students can consult professional experts for advice on academic writing in English.

Global Activity Point System (GAPS)

A novel feature of this GHRD Program is that it includes a point system called Global Activity Point System (GAPS). Students earn points by participating in various international exchange activities.

The point system is a reward plan to increase student motivation to participate in international exchanges in Japan and abroad.Selected activities have been rated and given a range of appropriate points for the students to accumulate.

Students who earn 30 points or more will be recognized and commended by the dean.

Educational Process to become global Specialists

Program Designed to Facilitate Smooth Progress to the Next Stage

The GHRD Program of the Faculty of Regional Development Studies emphasizes: 1)communication skill in foreign language, 2)intercultural understanding and national identity, 3 ) critical thinking skills to analyze issues and implement solutions (by way of experiential learning in field work), and 4) a capacity to use technical information in English.

The educational experience consists of three stages, introduction, development, and application,so that students can make smooth progression.

The first-year program provides the introduction and is language-oriented, including TOEFL/TOEIC/IELTS courses. The second year covers the transition from introduction to development and the second-year program is specialty-oriented, including courses in foreign languages. The third year covers the transition from development to application and the third-year program focuses on research, including seminars and internships. The fourth year is devoted to application. In the fourth year, students apply the abilities and skills they have acquired through the GHRD Program to write their graduation theses.

In addition to these programs designed to ensure smooth progress from one stage to the next, students can also use the study-abroad program for studying overseas for a long time and the Study Abroad In Hakusan, Toyo (SAIHAT) Program that enables students to have international exchanges on the campus of Toyo University. With the Global Activity Point System, students can earn points by participating in various international exchange activities.

For integrated management and visualization of each student’s studies over the four-year course, we have introduced a portfolio system. With this system, study of a foreign language, participation in various study programs, and participation in the SAIHAT Program are recorded in the student’s portfolio. The portfolio system is designed to boost students’ motivation and enable teaching staff to systematically provide effective support to the students.