Aim and Policies

Course of Global Innovation Studies, Graduate School of Global and Regional Studies Aim in Human Resources Development and Other Educational and Research Aims

[Master’s Program]
(1) Objectives of Human Resources Development:
This course aims to prepare next-generation leaders with outstanding leadership who are ready to contribute to the development of economic society through innovation based on the mindset of entrepreneurship. They should be able to appropriately identify, from a global perspective, challenges to be solved and put into practice globalism as a principle for global-level total optimization. They should also be able to create innovation to address or solve the challenges in the activities at both for-profit and nonprofit organizations by combining different existing bodies of knowledge from a creative new perspective or by introducing completely new methods and processes.

(2) Objectives of Education and Research: Knowledge and Skills Students Are Expected to Develop:
This course aims to allow graduate students to study specialized, practical theory in various fields that comprise economic society, such as economy, finance, and industry, through lectures and seminars. It also aims to enable the students to acquire the abilities to solve challenges and create value through practical studies on what innovation is. In addition, through practical activity courses, the students will enhance their practical capabilities, such as the analytical and task performance skills necessary for putting the theories into practice. Furthermore, the course aims to
enable students to enhance their communication skills based on high English proficiency and logical thinking ability so that they will be able to deliver their messages from a global perspective to
society as a whole. 

Policy for Completion Certification, Degree Conferment (Diploma Policy)

[Master’s Program]
Based on the University's aims in human resource development, education and research, a Master’s degree is awarded to applicants who are recognized as satisfying all the following quality and ability criteria, meet the requirements in a designated term of study, obtain the necessary number of credits, and have passed the review of the Master’s thesis or the research results on a specific subject (the research paper on a specific subject) as well as the final exam.

<Quality criteria>
Japanese applicants: Identity as a Japanese person involved in the diverse environment with international students, and have the intention and motivation to contribute to society through innovation from a global perspective in Japan and abroad without being limited by Japanese conventions International applicants: Possess a good understanding of Japanese culture, traditions, and values, and the intention and motivation to contribute to society through innovation from a perspective new to Japanese people when in Japan, and/or from a perspective new to other people, which the applicant has acquired in Japan, when in their homeland or in other areas outside of Japan

<Ability criteria>
(1) Advanced practical knowledge and philosophy, and the ability to engage in dialogue and take action, all of which are necessary for the applicant to work as an innovator in various fields in global society
(2) Highly specialized ability to survey and analyze the international business fields of global enterprises, negotiations between different national governments, the activities of international organizations and international NGOs/NPOs, and the current situations in civil society
(3) Ability to create new knowledge and value in the relevant field by acquiring knowledge and applying it through practice, and critically examining previous studies
(4) Ability to offer original, useful proposals on their research achievements based on consistent logic

Policy for Curriculum Development and Implementation (Curriculum Policy)

[Master’s program]
(1) Curriculum design / Contents and methods of education
To carry out the diploma policy, the program is designed with a multilayered curriculum focusing on both theory and praxis by combining lecture and seminar courses (course work), practical activity courses (internship/overseas project work), and research advising (research work).
The curriculum comprises a systematic configuration of courses in three domains: the Global Entrepreneurship Domain, Global Business Domain, and Global Collaboration Domain, in all of which
English as a communication tool for global dialogue is used as a medium of education. The Global Entrepreneurship Domain serves as the common foundation for research in the course.This domain comprises a configuration of lecture and seminar courses with the common key words of “innovation,” “creativity,” and “entrepreneurship,” and practical activity courses that allow students to further enhance their knowledge and ability while acquiring a high level of skills in business, collaboration, and entrepreneurship. In this domain, students can gain practical experience in internships at multinational companies, startups, and/or NGOs/NPOs inside and outside Japan, and in partnership projects with overseas graduate schools or research institutes. They can heighten their own awareness as an innovator, develop their practical knowledge, and increase their ability to engage in dialogue and take action. The domain also includes courses that enable students to systematically learn how to conduct statistical surveys and positive analyses common to the relevant fields, providing them with a strong scientific foundation for their research activities.
The Global Business Domain aims to allow students to acquire the practical knowledge necessary for financial (or marketing) data scientists—highly advanced, highly specialized professionals focusing on specific fields—rather than management generalists. The domain includes a systematic configuration of courses in the fields of accounting, finance, and marketing. These enable students to learn the advanced methods of analyzing financial/accounting data and customer data, and demonstrating mastery of“ business language” that utilizes ICT, including text mining. In addition, the domain also includes courses that allow students to practically learn how to use multiple programming languages, such as XBRL, R, and Python, as global standard methodologies. The
courses in this domain are taught mainly by business professionals with vast practical experience and knowledge in these fields.
The Global Collaboration Domain aims to provide students with an education that serves as a basis for contributions to solving various global issues from multiple approaches. Endeavors to solve
issues from a new perspective found through multiple approaches are the seeds of innovation necessary for both for-profit and nonprofit initiatives. This domain makes the most of the course’s
unique multicultural environment, which consists of instructors and students with diverse cultural backgrounds. Its curriculum is designed based on the educational principle of global interdisciplinarity for students to acquire the advanced level of specialized knowledge and practical ability necessary to become academic human resources who can create new knowledge and value from Japan in the global society. More specifically, the domain comprises courses that deal with challenges in the international community—such as cultural inclusion and adaption to culturally
diverse environments—from the fields of education, the media, political economics, foreign policy, and more. These courses are taught by instructors with advanced knowledge and practical
experience in the relevant fields. They provide students with practical education combining theory with fieldwork and positive research with the aim of imparting to students the knowledge and
methodology required to solve various issues from multiple perspectives.
Regardless of the specialized field, all students are required to take practical activity courses in the Global Entrepreneurship Domain to acquire, through praxis, practical knowledge and the abilities to apply it and to create value, in addition to specialized knowledge acquired from lecture and seminar courses.The program ensures that students receive thorough small-group practical research advising from instructors specializing in the research themes they select. Moreover, the program will actively promote intersectional practical research advising beyond borders between narrow conventional academic disciplines, between human, social, and natural sciences, between industry and academia, and between countries. This is achieved by accepting not only conventional course-work-based Master’s theses, but also research papers on specific subjects based on the results of project work on specific subjects in cooperation with industry and overseas partner graduate schools.

(2) Assessment of academic grades
Students’ academic grades are assessed using the following elements and methods while ensuring a satisfactory level of objectivity and strictness.
① Students’ academic achievement in courses is assessed by the course instructors according to prescribed grading criteria with methods that are shown in the course syllabuses.
② Concerning practical activities, students’ intellectual contribution is assessed in an organized way through cooperation between the host organization and research advisors based on the prescribed practical activity plan.
③ Concerning research advising, students’ achievement level in their research process is assessed by an organization formed by research advisors and other faculty members involved in this course through the thesis report meeting, based on the prescribed research advising plan.
④ Assessment of students’ Master’s thesis or research results on a specific subject is conducted according to the prescribed review criteria under the prescribed review system.

Admissions Policy

[Master’s program]
The course administers various forms of entrance exams that match diverse applicants, and admits applicants who demonstrate the following qualities and abilities through an interview, a document
screening, or similar such process.
(1) A spirit of entrepreneurship characterized by the intention to contribute to the global society through innovation, and the motivation to, for that purpose, acquire practical knowledge, specialized
ability based on mastery of English, and leadership
(2) Motivation to become a researcher, educator, or highly specialized professional who will play a leading role in academia, companies, NGOs/NPOs or other organizations in the future
(3) Basic ability to conduct surveys and research to understand global challenges in contemporary society and solve those challenges, and the motivation to devote positive efforts to improving
(4) Academic basis necessary for actively delivering messages to the international community, and the analytical and practical abilities necessary for putting the knowledge into practice
(5) A tolerant attitude toward diversity and skills in harmonious communication, both of which are necessary for learning while sharing the same purposes with other students in a diverse environment consisting of Japanese and international students