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Educational Goals
Goals of the Master's Program

1. Cultivation of highly specialized professionals with an ability to plan policy
Human resources who can lead the regional management and contribute to the creation of a prosperous regional society are becoming increasingly necessary in this society that is becoming more decentralized. This program aims to cultivate human resources who understand regional characteristics well and can propose region-oriented policies based on their highly specialized knowledge and policy planning ability.

2. Provision of refresher training and lifelong education for working members of society
This program provides opportunities to receive further education for municipal officials who would like to consider theoretical and demonstrative problems that they face in their work from a new perspective and improve their ability to propose more effective policies; employees of companies who have a desire to learn specialized knowledge in regional management and strategy; and those who are working members of society with a strong interest in regional policy and management. To achieve the program's goals of providing refresher training and lifelong education, the curriculum and its timetable are arranged so that working students can complete the program by attending only classes starting at 18:00 or later on weekdays and on Saturdays. Of course, such students are also allowed to attend classes in the morning and the afternoon on weekdays.

3. Striving to be an open university that can make a considerable contribution to regional societies
The program aims to contribute to regional societies by nurturing highly specialized professionals and providing opportunities for reeducation to working members of society. We also aim to look for practical solutions to regional development problems and the revitalization of city centers to contribute to regional societies through the activities of the Regional Policy Research Center in cooperation with other research and educational institutions. Postgraduates in this program are allowed to participate in projects as members of the Center.

4. Establishment of regional policy studies and cultivation of quality researchers
Establishing regional policy as a new field of study to examine theories of regional development is a significantly important challenge for us. Aiming at establishing regional policy studies as a theoretical pillar of decentralization, we will continue to accumulate practical research and educational experiences and develop a system to nurture researchers who engage in regional policy research.

Five Research Fields

This program is composed of five research fields, which are expected to achieve the following goals:

1. Research focusing on urban and rural areas
Through advanced study subjects including Urban Geography Research, City Planning Theory, Urban Systems Theory, Agricultural Policy Research, Rural Planning Theory and Rural Geography Theory, this research field aims to cultivate professionals with highly specialized knowledge who can structure theories to become regional development principles, identify urban and rural problems in today's society and determine the direction of solutions to these problems.

2. Research focusing on industries and business administration
Through the Advanced Study subjects including Local Industrial Policy Research, Office Work Research and Business Administration Theory, this research field aims to cultivate human resources who can conduct advanced technical research on the ideal location for regional industries and develop the ability of workers engaged in regional industries or regional management and to have a highly specialized knowledge of policy planning and organization management.

3. Research focusing on administration and politics

Through the Advanced Study subjects including Policy Evaluation Research, Local Administration Theory, Modern European Politics Theory and Modern Politics Theory, this research field aims to cultivate human resources with highly specialized knowledge who can conduct highly technical research on regional planning and regional management that can respond to decentralized society and develop regional management strategies.

4. Research focusing on environment, human beings and welfare

Through the Advanced Study subjects including Environmental System Research, Human Ecology Theory, Social Policy Research, Welfare for Children and Families Theory and Sports Science Theory, this research field aims to nurture highly specialized professionals who can conduct research on the ideal ways for human beings to coexist with the environment and a vision of social policies and welfare, all of which are critical in improving the quality of our lives, and can determine the direction solutions to these issues should take.

5. Research focusing on culture
Through the Advanced Study subjects including Japanese Cultural Research, Regional History Research and Western Regional Culture Theory, this research field aims to nurture highly specialized professionals who can conduct research on the rebuilding and restoration of Japanese local culture and comprehension of Western culture and can contribute to the inheritance of local culture and establishment of mutually cooperative international relationships.