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
Business Management Course
Learning examples of successful experiences in management
Studying real business management ̶ including leading edge business, examples of successful experiences in management, and the like ̶ from management case studies in domestic and foreign companies as well as local governments.
Learning how to achieve customer satisfaction
You need to understand customer needs and respond rapidly in order to achieve customer satisfaction. Students learn concrete measures according to the service needs and the industry in the real world.
Creating business innovation
Identify the factors of business success and pursuing the potential for expanding business from case studies, as well as considering the direction for creating and commercializing new business innovation.
Graduate career paths
Banks, securities industry, venture companies, management consultants, e-business, business relations, media relations
Global Communications Course
Learning multiculturalism with a broad perspective as a global citizen
Grasping society on a global scale, including companies and countries, protecting the environment and culture, this is an era of striving for a sustainable society. Let's cultivate the sense of a new era.
Improving English communication skills
Using the spirit of hospitality in business
Graduate career paths
Hotels, travel agencies, airlines, tour guides, foreign trading companies, local governments, interpretation
Media Design Course
Acquiring the practical skills of the advertising, printing and editing fields
Gaining a firm grasp on the techniques, fundamental knowledge, theory, and the like that you need in the design business, and acquiring skills that you can immediately apply in the real world.
Systematically learning the production of video content
Learn the planning and design of video content games, character setting and image production, and the like, after learning a variety of techniques for expression.
Producing new era web pages and advancing with the industry
Promote the thinking on the customer side adopting trends, producing the latest web pages that always incorporate new designs and new 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
Learning programming and content production with an eye toward Smartphone and tablet use
Learn practical knowledge and skills, from planning and designing Smartphone apps and e-learning content, to programming.
Learning to produce websites that are easy to use and beautiful from the perspective of the user, as well as robust for business
Deeply learn HTML, CSS and the like aiming at production of web sites for business applicable to all sorts of terminal such as Smartphone, tablet and computer.
Learning to use the cloud and develop systems to respond to the latest business needs
Learning a broad range of methods including methods for using the cloud for "user-friendly" system architecture, streamlined work, and the like, based on needs assessments and analyses.
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, 92 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.
- Tsukuba Gakuin University
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