The Graduate School of Human Development and Culture was newly established in the 2009 academic year, based on the foundations of the previous Education Research program, to proactively respond to the variety of needs surrounding human resource development and education of a regional society that supports the 21st Century. At the base of this endeavor is a bachelor’s program in the Faculty of Human Development and Culture that aims to develop educators and facilitators of human development to play a varied and active role, and tackles the training of regional human resources starting with school education. Our research program deepens the academic research carried out in the undergraduate faculty regarding education and human development as well as the underlying current of cultural research. We build on this research foundation by fostering experts in education, development and regional support, who are equipped with highly specialized knowledge and the ability to respond to contemporary educational challenges.
This School aims to develop highly trained professionals with specified knowledge and research capabilities in economics and business administration. It comprises two majors (Economics and Business Administration) and four courses. Under the new curriculum that was introduced in the 2010 academic year, we have established a Specified Research Topics for Practitioners model designed to help people from the workforce develop practical and applicable skills. This academic model does not require a Masters Thesis for graduation and is based on an accumulation of reports and surveys conducted by workers in companies and other institutions, and a research report on a specified topic related to their occupational and practical experience. This model exists alongside the more conventional course where a Masters Thesis is required, so the student can choose the more appropriate study mode for them. Also, responding to the need for ongoing education among those in the workforce, we offer courses at the Koriyama Campus, provide a night and day curriculum, and have adopted long-term academic programs.
Furthering the interdisciplinary training and research carried out in the Faculty of Administration and Social Sciences, this program examines a multitude of issues facing regional society, such as decentralization, welfare, gender equality, community building, environment, education, non-profit organizations and globalization, from a multilateral perspective, and explores ways of resolving these issues. Currently there are five study areas of Regional Administration, Social and Economic Legislation, Foundational Administrative Legislation, Social Planning, and Regional Culture and a wide variety of subjects are offered. Also, the program includes an Introduction to Local Policy Science where students attain basic literacy relating to research concepts, and Special Research on Localities which stretches beyond the academic field and focuses on a specific locality to conduct field work.
Maintaining a keen awareness of research activities in the three majors in the undergraduate faculty, this graduate school is composed of six areas at the Masters level and 3 domains at the Doctorate level. Students belong to one of these areas or domains, where they deepen their expertise while cultivating a broad knowledge base through organically developing links with other areas and domains. We are proactive in accepting international students and people in the workforce and contribute to scientific and technological development in the region and the world. Further, we hold corporate workshops and engage in collaborative research. This structure enables us to contribute to society. We have sophisticated research facilities for the science of the symbiosis of humans, industry and the environment, to support research on current social challenges facing the three research domains of human support, recycling-oriented industry systems and hydrological cycles in water catchments.