Aims of Our Institution

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Aims of Our Institution

With the aim of resolving social issues and creating sustainable regions full of unique characteristics, we aim to cultivate highly specialized human resources in distinct fields of regional science, such as policy, culture, environment and education, and foster intimate familiarity with regional characteristics. The types of regions which we strive to create through research and education are as follows:


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The major and developmental subjects

The major and developmental subjectsIn order to revitalize and develop regions toward the realization of a safe and rich regional society, it’s necessary to develop problem-solving ability in the three following specialized areas: the area related to such issues as natural environment conservation or coexistence of nature and humanity (regional environment area), the area related to improvement of cultural environment which will enrich human lives (regional culture area), and the area related to regional policy in order to implement necessary measures for regions, including the enhancement of social environment (regional policy area). To that end, this course is composed of the three divisions: Regional Policy, Regional Culture, and Regional Environment.

Master of Education

Master of EducationRealization of regional revitalization and development depends on both the independence and cooperation of the regional residents involved. To that end, each individual is required to continue learning throughout their lifetime and to cultivate themselves in highly educational areas.

This course is aimed at realizing this kind of development and learning process and fostering support methods for it. It is composed of two divisions: Fields of Human Development Science and Learning Science.

Concepts and Features of our Educational Curriculum

Our coursework is divided into basic, major, and developmental subjects for achievement of our curriculum goals. (See Curriculum Chart)

The Basic Subjects

The basic subjects comprise the core group forming the foundation of this graduate school. The courses Master’s Thesis Research I (first year, 4 units) and Master‘s Thesis Research II (second year, 4 units) are offered for the purpose of encouraging students to raise their problem-solving consciousness, helping them pursue their research themes on a student-by-student basis, and providing guidance so that they can channel their efforts and results into preparation of their master theses. The courses Regional Fieldwork (Master of Regional Science), and L. Clinical Developmental Psychology, Research on Regional Education and L. School Education (Master of Education) are designed in parallel with the major and developmental subjects to cultivate students’ capabilities in investigation, analyses, policy making and planning for the purpose of solving regional issues on a practical level. These are unique subjects which are provided as coursework.

The major and developmental subjects

The major and developmental subjects are offered in each separate division in order to provide students with enhanced expertise.

The organization of the curriculum under the organic collaboration of all the divisions makes it possible at the student’s request to apply and study subjects offered not only in the student’s division but also in other divisions or courses as well.