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Message from the Dean of the Graduate School

Tadashi Fujii

The Graduate School of Regional Sciences was launched in 2007 as part of the Graduate School of Education of Tottori University which was itself established in 1994. Our aim is to foster the development of professionals who can gain a comprehensive grasp of regions, paired with a high degree of specialized knowledge and practical skills. We offer two major courses of study, Regional Creativity and Regional Education, with three concrete goals: (1) achieving vibrant regions through the involvement of their residents, (2) developing regions where people can engage in vital learning for their growth, and (3) creating highly distinctive regions that value the natural environment, regional history, and culture. Regional Creativity involves study of regional policy, culture and environment. Regional Education, on the other hand, involves highly specialized study of regional sciences focusing on the sphere of education to develop professionals with intimate knowledge of regional characteristics.

With today’s emphasis on internationalization, we are encouraging the acceptance of international students into the Graduate School of Regional Sciences. We provide instruction so that international students can gain a sharper awareness of regional issues, taking their own backgrounds into account, and support their studies and research through a tutoring program especially for them.

The Graduate School of Regional Sciences also actively accepts working adults who are pursuing continuing education, particularly working teachers, local government employees, individuals from the private sector, and the staff of non-profit organizations (NPOs) and other organizations involved in regional development. We provide research guidance that organically links practical experience and research, while students can take advantage of special avenues to assist with their coursework.

In order to achieve the aims of postgraduate study, the curriculum features three types of courses: basic subjects that lay the foundation for postgraduate study, core subjects for raising the level of specialization, and advanced subjects. The curriculum is assembled through organic interdisciplinary collaboration that enables students to take classes in other disciplines or majors if so desired, in addition to elective subjects in their field.

Our graduates have gone on to pursue diverse careers. Graduates who majored in Regional Creativity have secured employment with local governments and think tanks involved in public policy and private sector companies, including financial institutions and consultancy firms, as well as securing positions with NPOs and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that are addressing various regional issues from the bottom up.

Graduates who majored in Regional Education have secured employment with local governments in the areas of continuing education and education planning, positions with daycare centers for children and other public welfare facilities, and with education-related companies. Regional Education graduates have also secured teaching positions with elementary schools, special needs schools and kindergartens, particularly positions that involve school development and learning assistance skills.

The Graduate School of Regional Sciences welcomes students who seek to contribute to the development of vibrant and highly distinctive regions that value the natural environment and regional history and culture.

Tadashi Fujii