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Research on Modern China and East Asian Countries from a Global Perspective

We provide undergraduate courses to study economy, politics, and culture of Modern China and East Asian countries, considering the relationships between these countries and Japan in the changing global situation. Freshman students have Mandarin training, acquiring a primary research tool. Sophomore students study abroad to universities in China, Taiwan, or Malaysia for four months, in order to join intensive Mandarin training program. After the studying abroad program, they decide their research courses based on experiences in China, Taiwan, or Malaysia. Junior and senior students conduct their own researches and also can join optional programs: academic research in China and internship in Beijing and Shanghai, aiming to become global businesspersons.

 

Curriculum Features

A range of China-based study programs to equip students with a thorough understanding of contemporary Chinese society
  The Faculty of Modern Chinese Studies offers a wide range of opportunities for students to visit the country and experience it for themselves firsthand. All second year students are required to spend four months abroad in China ,Tiwan or Malaysia during their first semester on the Study Abroad Program. Furthermore, two other optional programs, the Fieldwork Program and China Internship Program, are also open to those who want to take their studies even further. These three hands-on programs have been designed to equip students with the necessary skills and knowledge that will allow them to work indeed anywhere else in the world.

Two essential languages for a career in business: English and Chinese
  Students undergo rigorous training in the Chinese language, essential for both their four years as an undergraduate and potential careers in business. Students receive an effective blend of language tuition from both Japanese teachers and native Chinese speakers, with the goal of passing Level 5 of the HSK, a Chinese language proficiency exam recognized by the Chinese government, by the time they graduate. A variety of classes in the English language, too, are open to students throughout their four years at the university. Each class is geared to work with students’ varying degrees of fluency, allowing for students to attain a high standard of fluency, an essential skill that is valued highly by the international business community.

A university whose achievements in the field of sinology have given it a reputation for delivering the very best in Chinese research and education
  Established in Shanghai in 1901, Aichi University’s predecessor institution, the Toa Dobunshoin, led the way in its China based research and educational achievements. Aichi University continues this legacy today. In addition to boasting a host of exchange agreements with Chinese and Taiwanese universities, the university is also the home to the International Center for Chinese Studies, a leading center for research in both contemporary and international sinology. The university is also responsible for the compilation of one of Japan’s leading Chinese-Japanese dictionaries, the Chu-Nichi Jiten, and has even been selected by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology a total of three times for its Certificate of Excellence and Good Practice programs. These achievements have ensured that Aichi University has continued to hold its reputation as one of the best universities in Japan for studying or carrying out research on China.

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.

                                China-based Hands-on Education Programs

Study Abroad Program

All second years are required to spend four months abroad during their third semester in China, Taiwan or Malaysia. Training in the Chinese language constitutes the core component of the program, and students take classes in reading, speaking, listening and translation. In addition to language classes, students also take courses on contemporary Chinese society and culture.

Fieldwork Program

For two weeks during their third year, students visit China or Taiwan to conduct firsthand research that informs them about contemporary Chinese or Taiwanese society from a variety of angles. Upon completion of their research in the field, students present and debate their findings in a symposium held in conjunction with the students at their host university.

China Internship Program

For two weeks during their third year, students visit the China office of a Japanese company to take part in an internship. After returning to Japan, students produce a report and give presentations on their experience working abroad in a foreign environment. This hands-on experience at a real-life company often proves to be invaluable when students begin the job-hunting process.

 

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.

Double Degree Program

A double degree program was launched in 2014. In the program, students study abroad to Nankai University in Tianjin, China or Soochow University in Taiwan for two years. Meeting requirements, they are granted two degrees: Bachelor of Modern Chinese Studies from Aichi University and Bachelor of Arts from Nankai University or Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Social Science from Soochow University.

Sakura 21 Reference Room in Nankai University, Tianjin

The office of Aichi University established in Nankai University provides educational and everyday-life supports with students who study aboard to universities in China, including Nankai University. The office also supports activities of the Sakura 21 Project and collects information on universities in China.

Shanghai Exchange Center

The Shanghai Exchange Center opened in April 1, 2015. As the base to promote hands-on education and to send our messages to Japan and China, the center supports those who aspire to be global businesspersons.

The Business English Program in Hong Kong Baptist University was launched!

The short-term business English program in a prestigious Asian university, Hong Kong Baptist University, was launched in 2014. Students can learn practical business communication skills such as organizing a meeting, writing a business email, explaining a product, negotiating, writing CV, and interviewing for a job, while using Mandarin outside a classroom. Moreover students have opportunities to visit major Japanese companies and to have some interaction with students of Hong Kong Baptist University and studying-abroad students from other Japanese universities. In addition, the English training cost in Hong Kong is much lower than that in major English-speaking countries like UK and USA.

*There are some conditions regarding participation in above programs.

 

 


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