Course of International Tourism Management

Course of International Tourism Management


Chair of the Course of International Tourism Management

Shoji Nomura

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Message from the Course Chair

Tourism has become a significant industry that is a driving force for the world economy.

According to the UNWTO’s (World Tourism Organization) “Tourism Towards 2030,” the number of international tourist arrivals worldwide is forecast to increase by 3.3% a year, on average, in the period 2010 to 2030, reaching 1.4 billion by 2020 and 1.8 billion by 2030. By region, the area that will have the most substantial growth is predicted to be the Asia Pacific region and will go from 331 million to 535 million by 2030 (an annual increase of 4.9%.) We have seen rapid growth in the number of tourists visiting Japan, from around 8.5 million in 2009 to 31 million in 2019. Although the number of tourists has shown drastic growth, in the future, improvement in economic impacts as a result of increases in expenditure, in other words, quality, will also be required.

Toyo University Graduate School of International Tourism Management is a graduate school that was established on top of one of only a few tourism departments with a long-established history in Japan. Our goal is to develop imaginative talent that will play vital roles in domestic and international tourism studies or the tourism industry.

The tourism studies that we address in the Course of International Tourism Management is an interdisciplinary field, and we conduct research using a diversified approach. Currently, society is continuing to change on a global level, and it is difficult to predict the future. It has become an era where rather than predictions for problem-solving and planning, constructing future foresight and the ability to identify issues is demanded. In this course, we are aiming for not only the solution of the various problems related to tourism but also to foster the ability to conceive and identify these issues.

In addition to the Master’s Program, we also have a Doctoral Program. Amongst the graduates of our programs, some are aiming for even greater success in the real world. On the other hand, many graduates are conducting empirical and theoretical research, as they aspire to contribute to Japan’s establishment as a tourism nation. It is also possible to complete the course by taking courses on weekday evenings and Saturdays.

In this course, there are many adult students enrolled, who, with their company experience as a backdrop, have returned to campus and are conducting research. There are also those who, after completing the course, are aiming for new highs in the business world, and others who are mostly pursuing a career as teachers in higher education. There are also international students from diverse countries and regions enrolled in the course. Research is often taken at first sight as something that is done on your own. However, in actuality, it is something that comes together through cooperation between students, their peers, and lecturers. In this course, which is comprised of students with various backgrounds, we are aiming for students to gain intellectual stimulation, and complete the course while engaging with their diverse classmates.

Come and research with us at the Course of International Tourism Management, which has a complete research guidance system and is one of only a few graduate schools dedicated to tourism in Japan.

Overview of the Course

This course was established based on the foundation of the Faculty of International Tourism Management to develop tourism professionals who can be the driving force for sustainable global tourism. We will develop talent who can manage tourism from various perspectives.

In the Masters’ Program, our objective is to send graduates into society who can become leaders of innovation in inbound tourism, and who can work as a bridge between Japan and various countries in international tourism development projects.

In the Doctoral Program, we will develop managers who will pull the field of international tourism from creative perspectives, educators who will educate people who will work in the tourism field of the future, and researchers who can contribute to the academic development of tourism studies.

  • Admission Quota: Master’s Program 15 People/Doctoral Program 3 People
  • Lecture Time: Day/Evening
  • Campus: Hakusan
  • Credit: Master’s Program, Master’s Degree (International Tourism)/ Doctoral Program, Doctoral Degree (International Tourism)
  • Education and training grant system specified course: Master’s Program