School of Policy Studies

Medium of instruction: Japanese
Language requirement: N2 level in Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT)
Location: Nagoya campus

Overview of the School of Policy Studies

In the "Career Design" course held in the spring semester for first-year students, students develop their career and life plans. For achieving the goals, they will design plans for their four-year college life.
First-year students understand the basic disciplines of four broad academic areas (economics, business administration, law, and politics). Following the course models, students in their second year and beyond enhance their expertise in accordance with their career plans.
We offer the Basic Skills for Professionals class wherein students can engage in practical activities to acquire the capabilities necessary to work with companies or public institutions.
Through the Research Project on Policy Design courses, students are expected to strengthen their comprehensive ability with respect to surveys, policy and strategy planning, and presentations.

Features of the School of Policy Studies

Department of Policy Studies

Four Course Models

Public Policy

Developing Professionals Capable of Addressing National and Local Challenges
- National public officials, etc.
Model intended for those who are interested in public policies at national and international organizational levels.
- Local public officials, etc.
Model intended for those who are interested in local challenges, particularly those who aspire to become prefectural or municipal officials.

Business Strategy

Cultivating Professionals Responsible for Developing the Future Vision and Management Strategy for Corporations
- Private companies
Model intended for those who wish to work with private companies in the manufacturing, finance, trading, logistics, and media industries, among others.
- Entrepreneurs and professionals
Model intended for those who aspire to start a business or those who wish to work by utilizing their professional qualifications and skills.

Practical Subjects
- Basic Skills for Professionals Class
The Basic Skills for Professionals class is a practical course that teaches students the skills that are necessary for working in society, thereby allowing them, while in school, to acquire the "basic skills for professionals" advocated by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. Students in this course actually develop public policies on the basis of the feasibility and local situational themes espoused by local governments. They also become involved in the product development process for the development themes espoused by companies, including conducting marketing research and developing product concepts and profitability plans. Working with their colleagues in a team setting to achieve their goals in the real world strengthens their policy planning capacity and their basic professional skills.

Special Lectures for Policy Studies I-VII
- Collaboration Course with Aichi Prefecture (Challenges and Prospects of Aichi Prefectural Administration)
In-service officials from various departments of the Aichi Prefectural Government Office shall give lectures on diverse policy issues of the prefectural administration. These lectures particularly help those who aspire to become public officials, understand the real situation of prefectural administration, and develop a greater sense of purpose.
- Yomiuri Shimbun Course
Executive editors and specialist reporters from Yomiuri Shimbun (newspaper) deliver lectures on the current situation and issues in various fields in a manner that is easy to understand by using the newspaper as a teaching material. Topics include political, economic, and international and social situations.

Research Project on Policy Design *
The Research Project on Policy Design courses are the top-priority subjects of the School of Policy Studies. Students in the courses engage in the development of products and planning strategies in collaboration with industries and authorities and the creation of policy proposals to local governments and public institutions. They are also tasked with providing solutions for other challenges in the real world. Students are independently responsible for all phases of the project--from setting the research theme to organizing a team, conducting surveys and analysis, and making suggestions and proposals. Facing social complexities fosters their independence and problem-solving abilities, which, in turn, shall enable them to meet the needs of society.

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