Tsukuba Gakuin University
Economics and Informatics Department
Faculty of Business Design and Informatics
Surrounded by a green environment, Tsukuba Gakuin University is located in the center of Tsukuba Science City--which is at the forefront of Japanese science and technology--and is 45 minutes from Tokyo on the Tsukuba Express.
In order to cultivate independent human resources equipped with KVA spirit, Knowledge, Virtue, and Art ̶ which were the philosophy of the founder of Tokyo Kasei Gakuin University, Mrs. Sumi Oe ̶ our education fosters the willingness to contribute to society by acquiring the management and IT skills needed for the globalization of the future.
There are four courses in the business and informatics department ̶ Business Management, Global Communications, Media Design, and Information Design ̶ and beyond the walls of these four courses, you can freely choose from among 150 other specialized foundation courses in order to acquire a broad range of knowledge and education. There are about 600 students and about 80 faculty members including visiting professors. The student-faculty ratio at Tsukuba Gakuin University is 8:1, and the school has 70.4 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students.
There are special international courses for international students to learn the Japanese language, and there are courses for international students in the university departments as well.
I: Educational Principle and Educational Goal
Tsukuba Gakuin University maintains the educational philosophy we call the KVA Spirit, which is to send our graduates out into society equipped with Knowledge, Virtue, and Art, with the aim of developing independent human resources capable of contributing to society in the twenty-first century global society in which we live.
Our educational goal is to develop knowledgeable and intelligent human resources with the skills for thriving in today’s advanced information-oriented society and the eagerness to contribute to society from a global perspective.
01 Admissions Policy
We are looking for students who understand our educational philosophy (the KVA Spirit) and who want to contribute to society as independent professionals; in other words, students who have the willingness to make modern society richer by gaining a global sensibility and mastering the management and IT skills needed to live in society and to thrive in the workplace.
02 Curriculum Policy
From their freshman through senior years at Tsukuba Gakuin University, our students can gain a broad basis of knowledge as they pursue study in line with their individual interests through our general studies curriculum. For the purpose of providing clear guidance on how to build up the knowledge they need, we use a numbering system for each of the following groups of courses: general studies courses, introductory specialist courses, and advanced specialist courses.
03 Diploma Policy
Over a prescribed period of time (four years, in principle), students complete their studies in line with their faculty’s educational philosophy and educational goals. When a student has obtained the standard number of credits, the faculty council deliberates and the dean recognizes them as a graduate, and they are presented with a diploma, a bachelor’s degree in management information. We develop students with the capability to independently contribute to society, a liberal arts education and a specialist education, and experience in extracurricular activities and a wide variety of educational activities on and off-campus, and we also provide support and encouragement in obtaining many types of specialist certifications. Through graduation research (mandatory), students also learn to integrate skills such as identifying and solving problems, critical thinking, self-analysis, and self-expression, allowing us to create human resources with a strong willingness to shape the future both globally and locally.
II: Course Introduction
Tsukuba Gakuin University has five courses of study: business management, global communications, community design, media design, and informatics design.
But regardless of what course you choose, education should mean the freedom to learn freely in line with your own interests, passions, and future goals, and to explore your own potential.
In our diversifying society, there is a demand for knowledge and skills across every field.
Business Management Course
With a variety of approaches to business management such as strategy, finance, marketing, and industrial policy, you will be an able person in a corporation or organization.
What is the composition of a company? What are the factors behind a corporation’s ability to survive? What kinds of changes are taking place in the economic environment around business management? What are the financial differences between a strong company and a weak one? What do you have to do to start a business? How do you win over customers?
By broadly tackling questions like these, you can gain the skills you need to succeed as a member of a corporation or organization.
Acquire the fundamental skills needed to approach business management
Starting from the fundamentals of the study of business administration, develop the skills a businessperson needs, such as business analysis, competitive strategy, bookkeeping, accounting, and marketing.
Acquire practical skills for the workplace
Develop the necessary, foundational job skills required of contributing members of society, such as gathering information from the media and the ability to communicate with coworkers and business partners.
Acquire the skills to handle the new wave of business management
With an understanding of the business environment and the volatile changes it is undergoing both globally and locally, develop the solution skills needed to build concrete plans to respond to these changes.
Graduate career paths
Banks, securities industry, venture companies, management consultants, e-business, business relations, media relations
Global Communications Course
Learn together with study international students in your daily student life, fostering a global spirit and becoming an active communicator in both Japanese and English. Live as a citizen of the world.
A global society requires communication skills and the flexibility to accept diverse senses of values. Become an active communicator by gaining the skills to properly and logically express yourself in Japanese, as a Japanese person, plus the skills to teach Japanese as a foreign language, and to communicate in English, which will serve you as a communication tool in the business world.
Shifting the focus from “English communication” to “experiences in English”
Instead of studying for the sake of learning English, it’s important to find opportunities to use English in order to achieve something.Develop the sense to express your own ideas in English.
Obtain Japanese language teacher certification and use it at home and abroad
There are plenty of people who want to learn to speak Japanese, both inside and outside of Japan.This is a chance to use a Japanese language teacher certification.
Become a multicultural talent
The foundation of intercultural communication is having respect for your partner and an understanding of their culture.Expand the diversity inside yourself, and broaden your worldview to think more multi-culturally.
Graduate career paths
Hotels, travel agencies, airlines, tour guides, foreign trading companies, local governments, interpretation
Community design Course
Design a project that moves people and inspires them to dream
Foster leaders who will shine in metropolitan design, media, and art
bank with an attached library and cafe, or spaces in train stations or city hall buildings where people can encounter books and art, and by giving presentations to foreign tourists on the treasures of the local community. Develop talents who can create encounters between people and people, people and information, and people and things.
Acquire new information skills
Acquire the skills to understand a community, to improve your powers of observation, and convey information.If something touches your heart, learn the skills to put it into words and express it so that others can understand.
Projects that design the community
Cooperate with local governments and corporations, utilize the results of these activities to revitalize the community, and make your ideas a reality.
Obtain certifications and use them in society
Obtain licenses you can use in fields like tourism and media, such as community design curator or digital archivist, and manage museums, libraries, and tourism facilities.
Media Design Course
Get ahead of changes in market needs and develop content that suits next-generation media.
Learn how to produce content using graphics software and master a variety of design techniques.
Experience the processes of product development and event planning, and acquire the knowledge and skills that a professional workplace requires.
Acquire practical skills for the advertising, printing, and editing fields
Learn the techniques, fundamental knowledge, and theory necessary for the design business, and acquire skills that you can apply in the real world.
Systematically learn how to produce video content
First, learn a variety of expression techniques and then the planning and design of video content, animation, 3D computer graphics, and video games, as well as character design and image production.
Produce modern web pages and advance with the industry
Learn how the trend-savvy customer’s side thinks, and produce cutting-edge web pages that always incorporate new designs and technologies
Graduate career paths
Graphic designer, video creation, children's book author, CG creator, production of comic animation, DTP operator, web designer
Informatics Design Course
Develop talents who understand how information technology is going to evolve and can conceive of the ideal IT society.
Master knowledge and techniques for computer hardware and software, programming, systems, and more.
Become an IT professional by learning how to use computers in a business setting and learning system development techniques that fit the needs of society.
Learn programming and content creation
Learn practical knowledge and skills, from smartphone app and e-Learning content planning and design to programming.
Learn to build websites that strengthen business
Aim to learn the skills to create business websites that are compatible with smartphones, tablets, computers, and other devices, and gain a deep understanding of languages such as HTML and CSS.
Learn how to utilize the cloud and develop systems
Gain a broad base of knowledge on how to utilize the cloud to streamline work and how to build user-friendly systems using surveys/analysis of needs.
Graduate career paths
IT-related companies, OA instructor, web programmer, server construction, security engineer, mobile content production, interior/lifestyle coordinator
III : Employment Support
The employment support staff is on call and always available to consult with students. The staff provides help with filling in applications and writing resumes, guidance for interviews, and information on companies.
In the Career Design Course beginning in the freshman year, students develop communication skills, acquire the aptitude for self-analysis, and research companies, local governments, and industries. Consultants provide guidance.
IV: Student Life and Support for International Students
In addition to academics, there are a lot of activities such as clubs, circles, overseas training, internships, and the like. Be sure to make the most of your campus life.
Support for international students
The staff members in charge of international students at the International Exchange Center provide consultation on studies, daily life, and career assistance.
There are also systems for second-year and third-year admissions. In addition, "tuition fee exemptions" and "Let's Live in Tsukuba Scholarships”are available for those who move to Tsukuba.
V: Cooperation with the Community
We conduct educational research as a university cooperating with the local community.
Through the "Make Tsukuba City the Campus" Off Campus Program (OCP) activities, students implement field activities off-campus at companies and local governments in the community, leading to discovering and solving problems in the community. Eight units are required.
In terms of education and research, we are conducting research in cooperation with the community, including: an experimental study with Segways in cooperation with Tsukuba City; tourism business hospitality and airport research; image processing research on famous places in Tsukuba City; Tsukuba Creative Laboratories, and the like.
In addition, for citizens, we offer community college courses, eighty language and culture liberal arts courses, for the intellectual curiosity of citizens, developing their love of learning, and encouraging lifelong education. Students can attend free of charge.
VI: Admissions Information
500 students including 80 international students are now studying under the guidance by 28 professors /assistant professors with over 50 part-time lecturers.
We accept international students to the Japanese-taught programs once a year, in April. An on-campus exam and interview (conducted primarily in Japanese) are held in November for admission. Applicants are also required to obtain the certificate of Japanese Language certificate.
Various types of scholarships and financial aid are available for International students.
VII: Tsukuba Gakuin University International Course
The only Japanese language educational institution in the southern region of the prefecture, the course targets foreigners with intermediate level Japanese proficiency who intend to enter university and work in Japan. In addition to learning about the Japanese language and culture in this intensive one-year course, as research students (in a system of earning units and paying tuition for each subject), students can continue to learn Japanese at their own pace. Students can apply not only from Japan, but they can file directly from overseas as well. In addition, there are incentives for students who wish to enter Tsukuba Gakuin University.
According to a year-end survey of the senior class, including international students, 97 percent of the graduates had secured employment with a variety of local entities dealing in such areas as information technology, software development, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, financial services, and general trading companies, to list just some. The top employers for the graduates of Tsukuba Gakuin University during the past three years have been the Tsukuba City Hall, Toyota Motors East Japan Inc., the Self Defense Agency, the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department, Joyo Bank Ltd., Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ Bank, NTT Systems, and ANA Airport Services Co., Ltd. Over the last four years, the students have out-performed their collegiate counterparts in acceptance rates to graduate schools attached to national universities such as Tokyo University, the University of Tsukuba, and Ibaraki University.
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