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Faculty of Modern Chinese Studies

Enabling students to consider the future of China and East Asia from a global perspective

At the faculty, students study the Chinese and East Asian economies, politics, culture, and languages from the perspectives of the relationship between China and Japan and the world situation. In the first year of study, students strive to master Chinese as an indispensable tool for their subsequent studies, and prepare for the Study Abroad Program that will start in the spring of the second year. After returning home, they select a course based on the awareness of questions they have acquired in China. They deepen their studies through specialized seminars, while they can also conduct fieldwork or participate in an internship in China if they wish. The faculty aims to foster human resources who can play an important role in various fields in the international community.


Fostering human resources who can broaden their perspectives from China to the world and take practical action

As the only undergraduate faculty focusing on “modern Chinese studies” in Japan, this faculty aims to foster globally effective human resources with high Chinese proficiency and a comprehensive understanding of Chinese history, economy and culture, as well as a global perspective and insight. A prominent feature of the faculty is a practical initiative we call “field-focused education.” In the Study Abroad Program, all second-year students study Chinese and cross-cultural communication in China, Taiwan, or Malaysia. The faculty provides third-year or higher-grade students with the Fieldwork Program and the China Internship Program as opportunities to deepen their understanding of the local situations and business. In the Double-Degree Program, students aim to receive two degrees from Aichi University and the overseas university where they have studied. In 2017, the first batch of students completed the Double-Degree Program and graduated. Since 2016, the program has added Soochow University in Taiwan as a participating university to Nankai University in China. In addition, taking advantage of the Sakura 21 Project where students aim to develop their understanding of Japan and share their understanding with the world, the faculty has also begun to offer regular courses focusing on cross-cultural communication. The faculty actively promotes international exchange activities in Japan too, including the Sasashima Chinese Café, which is a global lounge where students can communicate with international students in Chinese. As a good result of these initiatives for practical learning, every year many students pass level 5 or higher in the Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK), a Chinese proficiency test officially approved by the Chinese government, acquiring reliable Chinese proficiency, which will help students immensely in society. The faculty aims to cultivate human resources who can play an important role while broadening their perspectives from China to the world, capitalizing on their flexibility and mental strength developed through efforts to understand diverse cultures.

Curriculum Features

Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK)

Allowing students to use their communication skills in Chinese to study abroad and work in society
HSK is a Chinese proficiency test officially approved by the Chinese government, and measures examinees’ communication skills in Chinese. The test is widely used for the purposes of study abroad and business as a source of indicators that conform with the Common European Framework of Reference for Language (CEFR). The Faculty of Modern Chinese Studies has established an HSK-focused learning model, aiming to achieve a goal of 40% or more of the students reaching level 5 or higher in the test by their graduation. The Study Abroad Program is also aimed at increasing students’ language proficiency, allowing them to become prepared for taking the HSK after returning home.

Learning in the Double-Degree Program

Enabling students to acquire two degrees, one from Nankai University (China) or Soochow University (Taiwan), the other from Aichi University
The Double-Degree Program enables students to receive degrees from two universities in five years. Students can receive certificates of graduation and degrees from two universities if they earn the credits necessary to receive a degree from an overseas university during two years of studying abroad, and meet the requirements for graduation at Aichi University after returning home. In 2014, the program was launched with Nankai University in Tianjin, China, with two students of the first batch and three of the second batch acquiring a degree from the College of Chinese Language and Culture, Nankai University. In 2016, the program with Soochow University in Taipei, Taiwan, was launched, and the first batch students are striving to receive a degree from the School of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Soochow University. Program participants are selected from interested students through interviews, etc. on the condition of having a certain level of Chinese and English proficiency. Participants study at any of the partner universities for two years from the fall semester of their second year after completing the Study Abroad Program, and study at Aichi University from the fall semester of their fourth year to the fifth year, to earn credits for graduation and conduct graduation research.

China-based hands-on education: three opportunities for field experience

Fostering powerful cosmopolitans with vast experience in globalized society in Asia
The Faculty of Modern Chinese Studies aims to foster powerful cosmopolitans who have not only high Chinese proficiency and a good understanding of China as knowledge and education but also the ability to play a leading role in real settings of international business and cultural exchange and build a better relationship between Japan and China. To fulfill this aim, the faculty offers the Study Abroad Program as a compulsory program for second-year students, and the Fieldwork Program and the China Internship Program as regular courses for third-year students. In addition, the faculty offers the Double-Degree Program, where students aim to receive two degrees, one each from Aichi University and an overseas partner university through two years of long-term study abroad. The faculty provides practical education based on on-site experience.
Study Abroad Program (for second-year students)
All students study in China, Taiwan or Malaysia for four months
The Study Abroad Program can be called the most prominent feature of the Faculty of Modern Chinese Studies. In this program, all students study abroad for four months in the spring semester of their second year of study. Since AY2015, in addition to Nankai University (Tianjin, China), which had cooperated in the program, National Taiwan Normal University (Taipei, Taiwan) and Southern University College (Johor Bahru, Malaysia) have participated in this program. National Taiwan Normal University is a leading general university in Taiwan, and its Mandarin Training Center is especially famous for Mandarin education with a high international reputation. Meanwhile, Southern University College is the first Chinese university in Malaysia, where students can learn not only Chinese and English in a cosmopolitan environment unique to multiethnic Malaysian society. At any of the participating universities, the Study Abroad Program allows students to not only enhance their Chinese proficiency through classes taught by instructors who are native Chinese speakers but also learn about various elements of traditional Chinese culture, including Beijing opera, fine art, and the erhu (a two-stringed musical instrument). Moreover, at Nankai University or National Taiwan Normal University, students can use a language-partner or tutor system to master local Chinese expressions and immerse themselves in the thoughts of young people and a culture other than theirs. At Southern University College, all program participants can have language partners in both Chinese and English, to master both languages.

Fieldwork Program (for third-year students)
Students examining Chinese or Taiwanese society from the three perspectives of companies, cities and agricultural villages
The Fieldwork Program is one of the China-based hands-on education programs that have been offered since the faculty’s establishment. About 20 participants, selected from interested third-year students at the Faculty of Modern Chinese Studies, form three teams focusing on companies, cities, and agricultural villages respectively, and conduct joint research with local university students in a city in China for about two weeks during the summer break. Participants present their research findings in Chinese at a Japan-China Student Symposium held on the final day of the program with the attendance of local people involved in the research. This program allows students to master fieldwork skills through practical experience and deepen their understanding of contemporary Chinese society and cultures different from theirs, as well as enhancing their Chinese proficiency and presentation skills.

China Internship Program (for third-year students)
One-year overseas internship program, which enables students to experience the global field of work
The China Internship Program was launched in 2005 as one of the three main programs for China-based hands-on education. This program enables students to receive work training while using Chinese at a Japanese company operating in China. It is a long-term program lasting one year, comprising an internship of about two weeks during the summer break, and preparatory and review studies. Since AY2014, the program has incorporated elements of project-based learning (PBL), to allow students to intensively consider how to use the various abilities and skills they have acquired during their internships and exploit their potential in an organic way so that they will be able to make the most of those abilities and skills in their actual lives in society. First of all, about 20 participants are selected from interested students in December of their second year of study, and they attend various extracurricular programs in addition to regular courses from April of their third year, to tackle given assignments and enhance their presentation skills. In August of the same year, they participate in a two-week internship in two groups each in Beijing or Shanghai. After returning home, they conduct review studies and then report their achievements at an achievement presentation meeting held in December, before completing a report. Those students also give guidance to the next year’s participants. These initiatives allow students to notice what abilities and skills they need for their desired future careers and develop themselves into human resources who can play an important role in the wide Asian society.

Four Year Structure

First Year

The first year of the curriculum focuses mainly on training students in the Chinese language. Over the course of the year, students must take the equivalent of 180 hours’ worth of Chinese classes. Native speakers teach a large proportion of these classes.

Second Year

All students are required to spend four months abroad in China, Taiwan or Malaysia. This time is spent equipping students with the knowledge they need to sit Level 5 of the HSK. Upon returning to Japan, students choose from either the Business, Language and Culture, or International Relations course to hone the skills they need for their desired future career.

Third and Fourth Years

Making use of the Chinese honed during their first two years of study, students go on to tackle China from a variety of angles, including its politics, economy, culture, business and its bilateral relationships with other countries. Students also have the option of participating in the China Fieldwork Program, a two week program spent surveying and analyzing Chinese society and culture; or the China Internship Program, where students spend two weeks working in the Chinese office of a Japanese company.

Second Year Course Options

Business

The Business Course aims to cultivate people who will bring Japan and China together through business. Students learn about China’s economy, industry, politics, diplomacy and relationship with Japan, with due consideration also paid to its social and historical background. Students gain an overarching understanding of businesses that trade with and invest in China, and acquire the specific skills needed to conduct business dealings and take part in business negotiations.

Language and Culture

Through linguistic analysis, students develop an understanding of the linguistic peculiarities inherent to the Chinese language. This fundamental understanding of the linguistics behind the language help students to then go on to attain high levels of fluency. Students also learn about the characteristics of Chinese culture from a variety of angles, including that of literature, art, society, history and philosophy. We educate students in Chinese culture in a comprehensive manner, and we hope that they will go on in the future to work in roles that will bridge the gap between Japan and China.

International Relations

The International Relations course offers students the opportunity to learn about the theory behind China’s domestic politics and international political economy, and furthermore how they compare with those of the West and Japan. Students also learn about the varying perceptions of China in the West and Japan, helping to orientate their understanding of China’s position in international society. The course also equips students with the knowledge necessary to understand the Sino-Japanese relationship and the bilateral relationships between other countries, fostering a new generation of people/students who can work across the globe within varying cultural contexts.