What's“Regional Science”

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What's“Regional Science”

What's “Regional Science”

When most people hear the term “regional science,” they probably wonder what it means. Although we often hear the word “region,” if asked to define it, most people would have difficulty explaining exactly what it refers to. However, new terms and new academic fields are created according to the demands of society when a sufficient willingness exists to respond to these demands.

In order for students to comprehend and answer the questions “What is a region?” and “What is regional science aimed at?” in specific academic terms, as well as for them to understand the background to the demand for this new discipline, our Faculty of Regional Science offers two required courses: “Introduction to Regional Sciences” for 1st year students and “Foundations of Regional Sciences” for 3rd year students. Students in 2nd year, meanwhile, undertake fieldwork in the local community in order to listen to those engaged in regional activities and learn about regions in concrete terms. This allows them to later go on to do their own research at the regional level. By having students accumulate this kind of comprehension and experience, this approach ensures their exposure to high-level research and allows them to absorb the fundamentals of regional science.

Regional science is a new academic field which aims to draw on the extensive resources of various academic disciplines as well as the rich experience of practitioners in the field in order to develop practical ways to enrich our lives. In the 3rd year course “Foundations of Regional Sciences”, a new theme is chosen each year, and various issues are studied theoretically through lectures by multiple instructors as well as through discussions with the participation of students. In addition, the course invites individuals known for their outstanding practical initiatives as guest speakers. The course stimulates participants to absorb the essence from successful practice, search for new issues to be studied, and develop methods to solve regional problems. Through struggling with a