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Developing studentsí ability to discover and resolve problems confronting a region, to impart new vigor in an age of regional revitalization

As represented by the Act on Overcoming Population Decline and Vitalizing Local Economy in Japan, which came into effect in 2014, regional revitalization is one of the key phrases that encourage changes in Japanese society in the future. Based on the main concept of “Looking at the Region and Revitalizing the Region,” the Faculty of Regional Policy is committed to fostering human resources who can make regional contribution with the ability to discover and resolve problems, by looking at local communities that are undergoing significant changes resulting from a declining birthrate and an aging population, as well as industrial globalization. The features of the curriculum commonly shared by all courses are small-class education and active learning. From the first to the fourth year, seminars are held in small groups, enabling students to cultivate skills that serve as the foundation for research activities, such as literature study and social surveys. These seminars are also effective in developing the abilities required for graduate research, which students will conduct in their fourth year. At the same time, the faculty provides education focusing on fieldwork, proposals to the local government, and other activities promoting engagement in the region. In the academic year 2018, the faculty will inaugurate the Food, Agriculture and Environment course, in addition to the conventional five specialized courses, i.e., Public Policy, Regional Industry, City Planning, Local Culture, and Heath and Sports. The new course will serve as a venue for learning about the safety of food, agriculture and environmental issues from the perspective of the region. The Faculty of Regional Policy places emphasis on education on the geographic information system (GIS), which is essential for regional analysis. It has also been authorized by the Association of Japanese Geographers as a faculty from which qualification as a GIS Engineer can be obtained. Students are given a wealth of opportunities to cooperate with the local community, including in studentsí local contribution programs. By enabling individual students to learn autonomously in accordance with their own objectives and interest, the faculty has produced graduates who are working at local governments and in various industries.

 

Curriculum Features

Bringing out independence in students to help them make crucial regional change
  In this era of self-government, it is important that residents possess a strong knowledge of the area they live in, can use it to identify problems within, and also come up with solutions. The course also trains students to have an awareness about regional issues and gives them the leadership skills they need for their future careers.

Opportunities to learn about both global and local issues
 
We are not alone in being affected by issues such as the environment, social welfare and health. The whole world is. By learning about how other parts of the world are affected by such problems, students develop a distinctly global outlook. We also make sure students are well versed in issues of a more local nature, in the developed industrial area that is the Tokai Region.

Opportunities to get involved with regional development
 
In their seminar groups, students visit different parts of the Tokai area, carrying out surveys and analysis on issues that are pertinent to that area. Students are offered a wealth of chances to cooperate with locals and make their own personal contribution to the development of the Tokai area. This process helps students to develop skills to make proposals and engage in discussions.

Cultivating the civil servants of tomorrow
 
For students interested in becoming civil servants, there are ample opportunities to learn about both the sort of policy issues that local governments are currently tackling, and about real case studies of policy at work. Such opportunities stimulate students to work for the public good. Such learning opportunities are offered in conjunction with our course that prepares students for the civil service exam.

 

Course Options

Public Policy
 
The Public Policy Course focuses on law and economics at a regional level. Its interdisciplinary approach helps students to identify problems affecting a region, and equips them with the knowledge they need to plan proposals for new public services and the construction of new public spaces.

Regional Industry
 
The Regional Industry Course prepares students for a variety of roles, whether as an entrepreneur, as a promoter of local industry, or a professional who can lead a company in expanding internationally. Students learn about economies and their distribution systems; the history of industries that have long supported the local economy; theory regarding optimal location for a given industry’s operations and capital accumulation; marketing theory for local international companies; and labor and employment strategies. The course also teaches students about how local businesses are cooperating with the community.

City Planning
  This course equips students with basic knowledge about urban and regional areas. Students develop the expertise for consensus building among local residents, and the techniques for carrying out workshops. Team-based exercises where they survey local areas and carry out social experiments help prepare them for a career in a local public body, non-profit organization, or within the field of regional development.

Local Culture
  Regional culture is a both a source of pride and passion for locals. Students on the course learn about the significance of regional culture, and analyze it from a variety of angles including history, cultural anthropology, folklore, tourism studies, linguistics and cross-cultural theory.

Health and Sports
  Students on the Health and Sports Course look into the current state of, and challenges faced by, domestic and regional health and exercise policy. Students also learn about sports science, and pick up marketing and management abilities for a potential career in the sports industry. We hope to produce individuals who play a role in promoting sports, which leads to both regional health promotion and regional regeneration.

Food, Agriculture and Environment*   Newly established in April 2018.
  This course provides a broad range of education on food, which provides the foundation for human life, the agriculture and fisheries industries that support it, and even the natural environment and social system surrounding food. This course fosters human resources who can, based on what they have learned, develop the agriculture and fisheries industries into new local businesses that lead to regional revitalization.

     


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