Community Engagement forms the core of what we study in the Faculty of Global Engagement. It is a project aimed at tackling and resolving issues such as the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) defined by the United Nations, by working together with members of communities throughout the world. This is not your standard practical training.
* Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the schedule for participation and the locations of fieldwork are subject to change.
First, you will see what interests and concerns you during your preparatory studies as you continue to learn the basics, and then will work toward solving issues in countries and regions. Unlike standard practical training, you will work together with members of the community (regional community) and work in real society. Rather than acting as a mere participant, you will cooperate and collaborate as a member of the community. Expect to encounter frustration and failure. However, these experiences will lead to major growth and will increase your potential. This growth is the goal of "Community Engagement."
You will deepen your understanding of a wide range of world affairs related to global engagement and their major issues, through concrete examples and the guidance of instructors with plenty of practical experience. You will also learn about the practical process of global engagement and its methods, as well as diverse value systems, and will gain the ability to observe things from a multifaceted perspective.
You will begin learning by forming an idea of your actual role in communities inside and outside of Japan. You will then begin gathering and collating information related to your project. After clarifying the goals of your project, you will analyze required tasks, costs, and risks, and then refine your plan.
You will put your project into practice in communities inside and outside Japan. You will become a member of a regional community, and take a central role in resolving a range of issues. After completing your project, you will reflect back on what you experienced during your ex post facto study, clarify issues, and continue to grow.
Based on the experience you have gained during your Community Engagement program, you will then select seminars to deepen your understanding. You will consider the results and issues connected with specialized education at university. You will then take your own research results over the past four years and develop a graduation thesis or graduation research project.
Unlike typical training or study abroad programs provided by universities, Community Engagement requires students themselves to plan their projects and bring them into practice. Although students are provided with overall frameworks and venues, the topics and goals vary from student to student, and so it is important for each student to engage in their project with a personalized action plan. Students are more than mere participants, and must consider and tackle issues as members of communities, repeat the trial and error process, and form global connections.
First, you will gain the knowledge and skills required to put your Community Engagement project into practice. You will then learn the definition and history of "global engagement," study the roles played by international organizations such as the U.N., and gain specialized knowledge in your desired program.
One unique characteristic of Community Engagement is that, although you are provided with a venue, it is up to you to select your topic and goals. You will create an action plan, set goals to achieve, and get everything prepared so that you can participate fully in your program. Once you have decided on a program, you will work on further polishing your knowledge and skills in areas that need more work.
You will tackle a range of practical issues in communities inside and outside Japan.
We see Community Engagement as a means to develop an awareness of the issues. You will therefore reflect on what you have done as a form of ex post facto study, and make a presentation to verify the validity of your plan and the degree to which you achieved your goals. After identifying any problems with your plan, you will then continue to the next learning step.
The Community Engagement Center serves as a network site with regional communities inside and outside Japan, and serves as a central section for promoting Community Engagement. It provides a range of support for students participating in programs, such as program development and improvement, and even collaboration with activity partners and crisis management work. It collaborates with a range of departments in the university to further enhance programs while comprehensively leveraging the knowledge of the university.
You will participate in Community Engagement Workshops from your first academic year, in order to prepare for Community Engagement. It is important at this stage to make use of the Center and gain a detailed understanding of your activities and what you will need to study.