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Faculty of Regional Policy Introduction
 

Faculty of Regional Policy Goals

The Faculty of Regional Policy was established in 1996, as the first faculty dealing with regional policy in Japan for the purpose of nurturing regional leaders who can play a leading role in the decentralization of society. There are two major backdrops behind its establishment. The first is the nationwide trend of decentralization. A full-scale discussion on social innovation, including the decentralization and enhancement of regional sovereignty rose in Japan in the 1990's. This movement was based on the idea that regional problems should be solved by the local government in cooperation with its residents and to achieve this end, a portion of the power and financial resources held by the centralized national government should be transferred to local governments. The second was TCUE's decision to take on further social responsibility as a municipal university. As a city university, TCUE has been actively involved in the local community, aiming at contributing to the region. To further this endeavor and to take more proactive responsible role in society, we decided to engage in nurturing a future workforce to play a role in the decentralization and transfer of sovereignty to regions.

 

Looking at the actual conditions of regional policy in Japan, we can find that regional governments are confronted by diverse problems including the promotion of industries, environmental protection and welfare measures. Geographical conditions are also very different between urban areas and mountainous and/or rural areas. To solve the problems each particular region faces, under its particular set of conditions, not only efforts by local governments, but also the cooperation from local private companies and residents is indispensable. Most needed in these situations are the human resources to assume a leadership role in solving regional problems. However, finding such individuals is one of the largest challenges. Therefore, the Faculty of Regional Policy is attempting to cultivate the human resources who can act in leadership roles to solve regional issues, in both the public and private sectors at posts in municipal governments, companies or NPOs.

 

In this rapidly globalizing era, the Japanese social economy is on the threshold of a major turning point. We are also faced with environmental problems and many other issues that the world must together and cooperate to solve. In an era like this, regions must take the initiative to rise to new challenges.

 

We are waiting for you to join us in our regional endeavor to create a revitalization model for our country.

The Faculty of Regional Policy's Three Departments

The Faculty of Regional Policy was launched as a small faculty, with just the Department of Regional Policy andless than 200 students. However, in order to respond to the diverse regional problems, there was a need to expand the areas of education provided. It was at that time the Department of Regional Development was established within the faculty, to focus on the practice of regional policies.

 

Later, the Japanese government hammered out a new national policy that was aimed at revitalizing Japan's tourism industry. Meanwhile, many regional governments were faced with the challenges of promoting their economy after an aggressive nationwide effort to advance the consolidation of municipalities. Against these backdrops, the Department of Tourism Policy was established as the third department in the Faculty of Regional Policy to focus on tourism as a political measure for revitalizing regional economies. With the establishment of this department, the faculty expanded to three-departments with an admission quota of 420 students.

 

In the Faculty of Regional Policy, students decide which course they will major in during the second term of the second year. During the first term, they decide which seminar they will take during the third year and based on the department their seminar advisor belongs to, they will be assigned to the same department. Students are also allowed to attend lectures in departments other than those to which they belong.

 

Faculty of Regional Policy Curriculum

The Faculty of Regional Policy curriculum is mainly composed of basic subjects and specialized subjects.

 

In the basic subjects, students take classes in fundamental studies as preparation for studying specialized subjects and in liberal arts to learn about a diverse number of fields. English classes focusing on real world usefulness, and improvement of TOEIC scores are an attractive part of this curriculum. Students also learn the basics of informational statistics, which is indispensable in analyzing regional problems.

 

The specialized subjects are composed of introductory subjects to study specialized knowledge, including compulsory subjects for first-year students and "Basic Specialized Subjects" and "Advanced Specialized Subjects" taken step-by-step by students in the second, third and fourth years. With a special emphasis on the education of first-year students, the faculty requires students take an "Introduction Seminar," a compulsory seminar where students learn in a small-sized class how to study in a university during the first term of the first year. "Introduction to Regional Policy," a subject that covers the overall perspective of regional policy is also a compulsory subject.

 

The Faculty of Regional Policy also attaches great importance to the seminars for third- and fourth-year students. They are required to take part in a seminar and submit a graduation thesis. Each seminar, for each year, is composed of about 10 students who are engaged in demonstrative practical study of regional policy in the specialized field of the seminar's advisor. The seminars also provide students opportunities to improve their communication abilities and establish friendship through group work.

Postgraduate career

After graduation, more than a few students find jobs in the public sector at municipal governments, however most students are employed by private companies.. Students who have a desire to return to their hometowns after graduation tend to find jobs with their local governments or financial institutions, including regional banks. Students seeking to work in Tokyo or Gunma Prefecture find jobs in a number of diverse industries, such as the service industry and the manufacturing industry. TCUE's Job Placement Center provides excellent guidance and consultation for students in the job market.

 

To become a civil servant in a municipal government, special preparation for the employment examination is required. Students are recommended to attend a "Civil-Servant Examination Preparation Class," which is conducted by specialists and provided at a low cost by the university.

 

There are many employment choices for graduates of the Faculty of Regional Policy.