“If other prefectures are hit by disasters, I would like to extend my support beyond prefectural borders. Instead of simply ‘helping’, I would like to enable the victims to get back on their feet.” is what many people would be thinking. The same could be said for the international community. Extending support beyond international borders to people living in poverty and conflict. It is none other than understanding the local cultural background, sharing problems and their solutions, and working together to support and enable the local people to get back on their feet, instead of merely sending material aid. The Faculty of International Welfare Development aims to nurture human resources who possess “multicultural communication skills” including English and ICT* skills, and “facilitation skills” to gather various opinions and facilitate progress, and are capable of tackling international problems. The skills our students are equipped with will surely be useful not just on a global scale, but also within Japan.
*ICT: Information and Communication Technology
The Faculty is seeking the admission of people with the following kind of motivation.
- Those with a knowledge of the world who work hard to make a difference and actively participate in international activities on a local basis.
- Those who show the willingness to acquire practical communications skills (Japanese proficiency, English proficiency, the ability to utilize ICT and the ability to make presentations etc.).
- Those with a willingness to consciously think about global issues such as the environment, poverty, and peace and who feel motivated to continually address these issues.
- Those who aim to become Japanese teachers or English teachers and who properly practice education in languages and cultures, with a focus on nurturing communication skills in Japanese or English.
- People who are willing to actively participate in the program of the Faculty of International Welfare Development and to be active as leaders in various activities.
Based on the “Nihon Fukushi University Standard” of the “ability to convey”, “ability to look”, “ability to empathize” and “the power to engage”, the curriculum consists of 4 subjects, namely English and Japanese Communication, Welfare Development, Social Education and Training. Active learning opportunities are in place from the first to fourth year that enable students to enhance and systemize their knowledge and skills while traveling back and forth between the classroom and training site, and applying what they learned in the field into practice both domestically and overseas.
English and Japanese Communication
By acquiring a good balance of the 4 Japanese or English language skills of “reading, writing, speaking and listening”, in addition to communication methods by integrating ICT utilization skills, a new course of study will be established to train students in comprehensive English and Japanese communication skills that can be used as a tool.
We will establish a course of study for students to acquire skills in welfare society development methods based on a pluralistic viewpoint regarding different cultures and the education required to be active in the international community.
We will establish a course of study that trains students to acquire universal organizational management skills and practical ICT utilization skills that goes beyond national, cultural and organizational forms (profit and nonprofit) and equips them with a basic knowledge of economics, management and society.
We have included training subjects that will integrate the knowledge and skills acquired by students throughout their overall learning process in the Faculty in the form of their own portfolio and graduation thesis for each year from the first to the fourth year.
A New Program to nurture global leaders
Super Global Class
A small group of elites who will study English and study abroad for half a year
10 students with high English ability will be selected to study English through the 4 Skills program in a special curriculum. They will all participate in the overseas program for up to half a year in the latter part of their second year (with financial assistance). Students can also select destinations in countries and regions they are interested in, other than schools with exchange agreements with our university. Non-English—speaking countries can also be selected. This class will allow students to plan their careers at an early stage and steadily work towards becoming global leaders, while receiving guidance from graduates who are active in their desired industries.
Global Field Internship
Work internship in Centrair and around the world
Overseas internships in countries such as the United States (New York, Los Angeles), Malaysia, Vietnam and the Philippines have begun, in collaboration with AEON COMPASS Co., Ltd., which supports corporate international activities, and AEON TOPVALU Co., Ltd., a major distribution company. We also have many long-term paid internship programs in the global field, including reception clerk training at the Centrair Hotel at Chubu Centrair International Airport, which has a high rate of utilization by international visitors (credits can be acquired through application).
Global Career Design
Career education at the Centrair satellite campus
Chubu Centrair International Airport, a 19-minute ride away on the Nagoya Railroad (Meitetsu) from the Tokai Campus. Within that area, we have established the Nihon Fukushi University Satellite Campus based on an industry-university collaboration agreement. The Global Career Seminar is an intensive lecture course held at the Satellite Campus for second and third year students. Students will learn about and get an accurate picture of the airline and tourism businesses, along with the global distribution business, from people working at and near the airport. In addition, students will also acquire skills that will be useful in seeking employment in the airline and tourism industry.
Quarter system curriculum
The quarter system is a curriculum that divides a year into four quarters, allowing students to take one subject for approximately 2 months (8 weeks). In addition to establishing detailed courses of study, it is expected to be particularly effective for subjects where intensive learning is desirable, such as English Communication. As well as this, it is also possible for students to spend 3 quarters in a year studying at the university, and spend the remaining quarter studying overseas or in a long-term internship, thereby being able to study in their fields both domestically and overseas. By deepening their knowledge of society, students will also be motivated to learn more in the classroom.
Japanese Teacher Training Program
Even in the Chita Peninsula, there is an increasing number of foreign workers, mainly in fields such as the manufacturing and healthcare industry, who are not native speakers of Japanese. This program was created in response to the regional needs for “Japanese language education for foreign colleagues”. Students will study subjects systematically from the first year, and participate in Japanese language teaching practice in the fourth year. A certificate of program completion will be issued at graduation. This program will not only equip students with the theory and skills of Japanese language education, but can also deepen the students’ understanding of working towards a multicultural society and tackling the issues facing foreign nationals living in Japan.