Course of Regional Development Studies
Exploring solutions to a diversifying range of global issues
Chair of the Course of Regional Development Studies
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Nurturing individuals capable of solving a diverse range of regional issues
The 21st century has seen some striking cases of economic development, particularly in Asia and Africa. On the other hand, conflict and poverty still prevails in the present world. Under such changes, relations between developed and developing countries are gradually shifting away from that of unilateral assistance to that of mutual cooperation. As the world undergoes dynamic changes and diversification of relationships in this way, the Course of Regional Development Studies welcomes students who intend to address various regional challenges through their involvement in the field.
Based on the fields of economics, sociology, engineering, political science, and anthropology, the course nurtures individuals with specialized knowledge and skills who are capable of solving various regional challenges and enhancing the attractiveness of these regions. Our students explore fields related to community and regional development, aiming to pursue “regional development” that utilizes the unique features and resources of local areas while maintaining harmony with the natural environment. The outcome of the research is expected to strengthen the practices of international cooperation and urban and rural development in Japan and overseas.
In today’s borderless society, having extensive knowledge of a specific field is insufficient for individuals who intend to work in the fields of regional development. This course explores the various issues affecting both developed and developing countries including Japan, and both in urban and rural areas. We hope that our students will acquire analytical capabilities that go beyond a single specialization while conducting research in the field. Our faculty members can meet these research needs.
The task of “regional development” is not like “freely painting on a blank canvas.” Moreover, there are no “trump cards” in solving regional challenges. It is necessary to face the problems and identify the solutions in a waythat unravels the tangle while respecting the history and culture of specific regions. We welcome students who are eager to develop “specialized skills” grounded in these “capabilities in the field.”
Since the beginning of the 21st century, there has been a great demand for individuals with advanced professional knowledge who can respond to problems caused by globalization in the areas of development, trade, and the environment. Moreover, this trend continues to strengthen, as we find more cases that international organizations demand Doctoral degrees when recruiting personnel.
Considering these developments, the Course of Regional Development Studies was established to nurture individuals who can play useful roles in international organizations, global enterprises, and domestic affiliated fields. We welcome highly inquisitive students with the courage and vitality to embrace the challenge of developing new societies.