tohoku u

Tohoku University
Sendai, Japan

Tohoku University is a Japanese national university located in Sendai City with 10 faculties, 16 graduate schools, 3 professional graduate schools and 5 research institutes with approximately 5,400 faculty and staff and over 18,000 students from the undergraduate to doctoral level.

Ever since Tohoku University was established in 1907 as Japan’s third imperial university, its philosophy has been always “Research First” and maintained “Open-Door” policy for emphasizing “Practice-Oriented Research and Education.” Over the years, the university has offered world-class education to its students and succeeded in carrying out world-class research. Resolved to play a leading role, the university has come to a point in redirecting the future course of development towards three main principles which are “Challenge,” “Creation,” and “Innovation.” At its core, there is a spirit of “Challenge” that motivates its students and researchers to achieve a level of excellence required to build the society of the future.

Considering international cooperation highly important, the university is a member of AERU (Association of East Asian Research Universities), T.I.M.E. (Top Industrial Managers for Europe), GE4 (Global Education for European Engineers and Entrepreneurs) and Global E3 (Global Engineering Education Exchange) and APRU. These approaches have been successful in gaining acknowledgement as a university with distinctive education and internationality in Japan, which lead the university to be selected for various programs initiated by Japanese government.

Website: http://www.tohoku.ac.jp/english/

VSE Season 1, 2021-22: Courses offered by Tohoku University


Application Deadline

APPLICATION CLOSED
Students must submit an application to the VSE Central Office before:
Aug 20 2021, 12:00 noon Hong Kong Time (UTC+8)



Course Information

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Number of Credits4
Offering DepartmentInstitute for Excellence in Higher Education
Course TeacherN/A
Language of Instruction Other Languages
First Day of ClassOct 1, 2021
Last Day of ClassFeb 3, 2022
Course ComponentLecture
Mode of TeachingSynchronous
Meeting TimeMon, Thu 1440-1750
Time ZoneUTC+9
Course DescriptionStudents will acquire the minimum, basic abilities in conversation and reading/writing necessary for everyday life in Japan.
Course-specific RestrictionsStudents must take three free placement tests: SPOT90, Grammar90 and KanjiSPOT50 (“漢字SPOT50”) at TTBJ: Tsukuba Test Battery of Japanese and submit a score sheet at the time of application. After taking the test, please self-evaluate your SPOT results and choose the course that fits your level. For more details, please refer to the course guide.
Course OutlineDownload
Points to Note for StudentsPlease read the course guide at Link carefully prior to application.
Number of Credits2
Offering DepartmentInstitute for Excellence in Higher Education
Course TeacherN/A
Language of Instruction Other Languages
First Day of ClassOct 1, 2021
Last Day of ClassFeb 3, 2022
Course ComponentLecture
Mode of TeachingSynchronous
Meeting TimeThu 0850-1200
Time ZoneUTC+9
Course DescriptionStudents will learn to understand and use grammar and vocabulary needed to read articles and essays on familiar topics of interest and write reports on them, attend classes, and express their own opinions, toward mastering the Japanese “reading” and “writing” skills that lead from pre-intermediate to intermediate or intermediate to upper-intermediate level.
Course-specific RestrictionsStudents must take three free placement tests: SPOT90, Grammar90 and KanjiSPOT50 (“漢字SPOT50”) at TTBJ: Tsukuba Test Battery of Japanese and submit a score sheet at the time of application. After taking the test, please self-evaluate your SPOT results and choose the course that fits your level. For more details, please refer to the course guide.
Course OutlineDownload (C310-R/W) ;Download (C410-R/W)
Points to Note for StudentsPlease read the course guide at Link carefully prior to application.
Number of Credits2
Offering DepartmentInstitute for Excellence in Higher Education
Course TeacherKAMIHITO TAKEUCHI
Language of Instruction English
First Day of ClassOct 1, 2021
Last Day of ClassFeb 3, 2022
Course ComponentLectureDiscussionGroup Work
Mode of TeachingSynchronousSynchronousSynchronous
Meeting TimeMon 0850-1020Mon 0850-1020Mon 0850-1020
Time ZoneUTC+9
Course DescriptionStudents in this course will learn to acquire the adaptability to the Japanese corporate community by understanding common social practice in Japan. The study style of this course not be the general academic lecture based style, but it will be the style of active learning and project-based(Making EQ Video) learning focused on Japanese social customs, manners, and etiquettes required for prospective business leaders or global facilitators in the corporate society, both domestic and foreign.

The course will be guided and instructed by the CEO of a headhunting agent company, who is a professional consultant with the experience of over 30 years in the fields of human resource (HR) management and Corporate Planning & Management at global companies in and outside Japan.
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Number of Credits2
Offering DepartmentInstitute for Excellence in Higher Education
Course TeacherCHIAKI SUEMATSU
Language of Instruction English
First Day of ClassOct 1, 2021
Last Day of ClassFeb 3, 2022
Course ComponentLectureDiscussionGroup Work
Mode of TeachingSynchronousSynchronousSynchronous
Meeting TimeMon 1030-1200Mon 1030-1200Mon 1030-1200
Time ZoneUTC+9
Course DescriptionThis course introduces students to Japanese corporate culture with the history of changes in employment practices. The classes will cover the Japanese Style Management, Bubble Economy, and the Lost 20 Years. How did Japanese companies develop their management style? Why were Japanese manufacturers regarded as the strongest? What caused the Bubble Economy? Why did they have to give up the practices once thought to be essential? Why is Japan still struggling even without the shock of the big earthquake? While answering these questions, the course will emphasize the role of employment practices to illustrate the Japanese culture. Two main objectives of the course are to possess the knowledge of Japanese employment practices and to understand the rationales for changes in the practices for the past 20 years.
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Number of Credits2
Offering DepartmentInstitute for Excellence in Higher Education
Course TeacherKIKUE YAMAMOTO
Language of Instruction English
First Day of ClassOct 1, 2021
Last Day of ClassFeb 3, 2022
Course ComponentLectureDiscussionGroup Work
Mode of TeachingSynchronousSynchronousSynchronous
Meeting TimeMon 1440-1610Mon 1440-1610Mon 1440-1610
Time ZoneUTC+9
Course Description The purpose of this course is for students to learn an overview of Japanese communication behaviors using a comparative approach with other cultures.

Through the peer teaching discussion in the beginning of each class, they will learn about the other cultures of their peers as well as Japanese values, and their own culture. It is taught in English and some Japanese.
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Number of Credits2
Offering DepartmentInstitute for Excellence in Higher Education
Course TeacherYUKI WATABE
Language of Instruction English
First Day of ClassOct 1, 2021
Last Day of ClassFeb 3, 2022
Course ComponentLectureDiscussionGroup Work
Mode of TeachingSynchronousSynchronousSynchronous
Meeting TimeMon 1620-1750Mon 1620-1750Mon 1620-1750
Time ZoneUTC+9
Course DescriptionThis course aims to enhance students’ key TGL program competencies. Through active learning strategies, students will further develop their English communication skills, international and intercultural understanding, and problem-solving skills. Long-term, this course is intended to boost the mindset of a global citizen leading in the 21st century, who can accept and value cultural diversities, identify issues related to a sustainable society, and try to solve these issues.
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Number of Credits2
Offering DepartmentInstitute for Excellence in Higher Education
Course TeacherYUKIKO SHIMMI
Language of Instruction English
First Day of ClassOct 1, 2021
Last Day of ClassFeb 3, 2022
Course ComponentLectureDiscussionGroup Work
Mode of TeachingSynchronousSynchronousSynchronous
Meeting TimeWed 1300-1430Wed 1300-1430Wed 1300-1430
Time ZoneUTC+9
Course Description This course is held in cooperation with the SENDAI Young Entrepreneurs Group (SENDAI YEG), an organization of young entrepreneurs from local companies in Sendai. This course is an international collaborative course; international students and domestic students collaboratively learn through a group project. Students will visit a local company in Sendai, conduct research, and present solutions for a problem of the company. This class aims to be beneficial not only for students and local companies, but also the Sendai community through discussions and group work by international and domestic students that use their diverse perspectives. Through this course, students will be able to have a better understanding of business in Sendai, and to develop employability by enhancing professional competencies such as communication and problem-solving skills. Domestic students can improve their English language skills and cross-cultural competency. International students can gain an understanding of Japanese business culture and Sendai's local companies.

The language used in this course will be primarily plain English, supplemented by Japanese.
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Number of Credits2
Offering DepartmentInstitute for Excellence in Higher Education
Course TeacherKAZUKO SUEMATU
Language of Instruction English
First Day of ClassOct 1, 2021
Last Day of ClassFeb 3, 2022
Course ComponentLectureDiscussionGroup Work
Mode of TeachingSynchronousSynchronousSynchronous
Meeting TimeWed 1440-1610Wed 1440-1610Wed 1440-1610
Time ZoneUTC+9
Course Description Collaborative projects by students with diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds are built into the learner-centered lessons where different ways of thinking, values, and working-styles are respected. The intensive interactions across cultures enable students to gain deeper insights into their differences and similarities, reflect on their own cultures and identities, and reconstruct themselves. Leadership and teamwork development is also an important component of this class.
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Number of Credits0.5
Offering DepartmentInstitute for Excellence in Higher Education
Course TeacherN/A
Language of Instruction Other Languages
First Day of ClassOct 1, 2021
Last Day of ClassDec 1, 2022
Course ComponentLecture
Mode of TeachingSynchronous
Meeting TimeWed or Thu 1300-1430
Time ZoneUTC+9
Course DescriptionThe "Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT)" is the most important examination in the Japanese language proficiency evaluation paticipated by Japanese learners. In this subject, you aim to acquire the Japanese ability to pass the N1 or N2. Study kanji / vocabulary, grammar and idiomatic expressions etc using countermeasure collections and aim for passing in this exam.
Course-specific RestrictionsStudents must take three free placement tests: SPOT90, Grammar90 and KanjiSPOT50 (“漢字SPOT50”) at TTBJ: Tsukuba Test Battery of Japanese and submit a score sheet at the time of application. After taking the test, please self-evaluate your SPOT results and choose the course that fits your level. For more details, please refer to the course guide.
Course OutlineDownload (N480); Download (N580)
Points to Note for StudentsPlease read the course guide at Link carefully prior to application.
Number of Credits2
Offering DepartmentInstitute for Excellence in Higher Education
Course TeacherMINO TAKAHASHI
Language of Instruction English
First Day of ClassOct 1, 2021
Last Day of ClassFeb 3, 2022
Course ComponentLectureDiscussionGroup Work
Mode of TeachingSynchronousSynchronousSynchronous
Meeting TimeMon 1030-1200Mon 1030-1200Mon 1030-1200
Time ZoneUTC+9
Course Description The purpose of this course, while learning about multicultural community and human rights as a theme, is to discuss what knowledge, skills, attitudes and ability to take action are necessary for global citizenship. Further, this course aims to cultivate the ability to participate in society, and become citizens who can enthusiastically express their own opinions. Thus, in order to build a culture founded on multicultural understanding and human rights as its central pillar, each participant is expected to enthusiastically take part and contribute in class.

This course integrates a range of learning resources such as videos, and discussions, and while grasping multicultural understanding and human rights issues of immediate concern within global society not as other people’s problems but are rather as issues connected to one’s own life, we will concretely think about and make suggestions concerning how to solve the issues. Based on the knowledge gained through this course, participating students will heighten their knowledge of various issues and problems occurring in global society and cultivate the power to take action and change the surrounding society, the training of which will be reinforced through a final presentation.
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