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“City Science” is an academic discipline that emerged in the United States and Europe at the beginning of the 21st century and has come to the forefront quickly. This academic discipline aims to study the methodology that helps to develop cities with superb livability by introducing completely new ideas and approaches. The Faculty of Urban Innovation offers a learning opportunity in a variety of practical subjects, such as making use of “Big Data,” popularly used in IT industries for the improvement and evolution of city functions—transportation, environment, disaster prevention, and so forth, and thinking about the contents that enhance the city’s culture and transmission capability.
In the Faculty of Urban Innovation, cities are analysed from industrial and social viewpoints and the future of the society is studied from the standpoint of industries and residents in the cities. The goal of the faculty is to nurture the “City Creators,” personnel resources capable to set a vision for the future city that produces vitalities and comfort and implement the vision. Moreover, the faculty develops perspectives to leverage the data made public by autonomous bodies and the huge amount of information pertaining to cities that is communicated through SNS, understands the front-line knowledge in the whole social picture, and utilizes the knowledge to fulfill the needs arising from the cities.
Throughout the course from the freshmen orientation to the bachelor’s project/thesis and further to the practicum of social survey in the senior, subject groups that use an active learning method for focusing on the two-way learning approach are systematically formed. In the “Fieldwork,” which is a required subject, the students go out to cities such as Shibuya or Yokohama and conduct surveys on the actual conditions of the cities by communicating with people and make presentations.
The study abroad program that the Faculty of Urban Innovation offers is not a mere language study. The students go to countries in Asia, America, or other regions, study English as well as local languages spoken in their destination countries, and have a chance to experience the industries of the countries as part of an international internship. The experience of overcoming linguistic and cultural barriers by their own power and putting themselves into the local society will deepen the cross-cultural understanding in their destination countries.