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Aim and Policies

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

[Master’s Program]

(1) Objectives of Human Resources Development:
This Program aims to produce specialists equipped with sophisticated professional abilities that enable them to contribute to self-sustaining and sustainable regional development by, as a regional
development leader, playing an active role in regional planning of regional development from a global perspective.
(2) Objectives of Education and Research: Knowledge and Skills Students Are Expected to Develop:
Students are expected to acquire the ability to conduct research and analysis to understand regional issues in Japan and abroad from a global perspective and obtain new knowledge in this discipline.
[Doctoral Program]

(1) Objectives of Human Resources Development:
This Program aims to produce multidisciplinary specialists and researchers who are well-balanced in theory and practice and can contribute to self-sustaining and sustainable regional development by, as a regional development leader, playing an active role in regional planning of regional development from a global perspective.
(2) Objectives of Education and Research: Knowledge and Skills Students Are Expected to Develop:
Students are expected to develop a global perspective and a bird’s-eye view to address the current status and issues of regions in Japan and other countries; the high level of ability necessary to undertake research independently and put research findings into practice, as a researcher, to address regional issues; and a wealth of academic knowledge that underlies such a high degree of research prowess.

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 Regional Development Studies 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) A global perspective;
(2) Research and analytical abilities to understand and address regional issues in Japan and other countries;
(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
(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 Regional Development Studies 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) A global perspective;
(2) The ability to address the current status and issues of regions in Japan and other countries from a bird’s-eye view;
(3) Research and analytical abilities to understand and address regional issues in Japan and other countries;
(4) The ability to assimilate knowledge obtained from earlier research achievements, appropriately apply them to one’s own research, offer a new and unique insight, and eventually contribute to one’
s field of specialization; and
(5) The ability to present one’s own unique research findings based on a consistent theory.

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 Regional Development Studies will systematically develop a curriculum with an appropriate combination of “coursework” and
“research work.
” The coursework features the systematic arrangements of curriculum, which include a “research skills course” to develop the basic research and analytical abilities necessary to understand and address regional issues, and specialized courses for “global and regional studies” and “regional development.” The course for global and regional studies is designed for students to develop the global perspective that is required to contribute to regional planning with a focus on self-sustaining and sustainable regional development. The course for regional development covers a wide range of fields, including regional communities, regional planning, environmental management, and regional infrastructure. The research skills course aims to develop students’ research and analytical abilities through many opportunities for practical work. The course for global and regional studies focuses on the development of students’ global perspective through literature reading and case studies. The course for regional development is designed for students to develop in-depth expertise by acquiring systematic theories in their area of specialization through the reading of academic articles.
The research work, featuring an effective combination of fieldwork and the reading of academic articles, aims to provide interdisciplinary research guidance with a focus on the development of
hands-on expertise while keeping theory and practice in balance.
(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 Regional Development Studies 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 Regional Development Studies will systematically develop a curriculum with an appropriate combination of “coursework” and
“research work.”
The coursework is designed for students to develop the fundamental expertise required to pursue a career as a researcher by acquiring systematic theories in their area of specialization through the
reading of academic articles and promoting understanding of relevant fields.
The research work, featuring an effective combination of fieldwork and the reading of academic articles, aims to develop students into multidisciplinary researchers who are well-balanced between
theory and practice, so that they can identify solutions to regional issues based on a deeper understanding of them. Guidance is also provided to help students to write a high-quality thesis based on a consistent theory.
(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 Regional Development Studies 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 Regional Development Studies 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 possesses knowledge of the current status and issues of regions in Japan and other countries;
(2) An individual equipped with the ability to understand and analyze the current status and issues of regions; and/or
(3) An individual who is willing to proactively engage in research and study to understand and address regional issues in Japan and other countries

[Doctoral Program]
The Course of Regional Development Studies 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 has a broad knowledge of the current status and issues of regions in Japan and other countries, and has specialized knowledge and analytical skills;
(2) An individual who has the ability to understand and analyze the current status and issues of regions and to present his/her findings as research results: and/or
(3) An individual who has the ability to address the current status and issues of regions in Japan and abroad from a bird’s-eye view and who is willing to pursue a career as a researcher to tackle such issues.