Three Basic Policies for Education in the Bachelor’s Degree Program

Tottori University shall compile its curricula in such a way as to “provide specialized knowledge and skills related to majors in regional sciences, medicine, engineering and agriculture, nurture broad and deep culture and comprehensive judgment, and foster a rich human nature in students” (Standards for Establishment of Universities). Based on its understanding that knowledge and practice are closely related to each other, the University upholds the “Fusion of Knowledge and Practice” as its education and research principle. All of its curricula, therefore, focus not only on the transmission of knowledge, but also on developing the ability to learn from practice and put knowledge into practice. Moreover, in education in specialized fields, it is essential to provide people and society with education firmly based on the deep understanding of and insight into the relationships of the achievements of academic research. Tottori University regards this type of education as “education built on human ability”. The content and degree of expertise vary with the curriculum and therefore the distribution and weight of specialized and non-specialized subjects also differ with each curriculum. However, the “Fusion of Knowledge and Practice” and “human ability” are pursued in all curricula to develop future citizens who will lead the society of the 21st century.

 For each curriculum, the University combines subjects in such a way as to be sufficient for the qualifications required for the acquisition of each degree. The educational content of subjects offered in each curriculum reflects this approach. While students are informed of the outline of each subject in advance via the syllabus, the content of each subject is properly selected and positioned in each curriculum. Since whether such a combination of subjects and their content are effective or not depends not only on academic and social demand, but also on whether or not students are capable of learning from them, the University always gives due consideration to student views and reactions as it makes educational reforms. For teaching, the University goes beyond the one-way provision of knowledge and skills and focuses on the development of  spontaneous student initiatives. In this sense, its attempt to encourage independent research for a graduation thesis constitutes an integral part of education toward obtaining a bachelor’s degree, as do field studies and practical training.

 In the Bachelor’s Degree Program, Tottori University offers a diversity of subject groups that correspond to graduation requirements. The common subjects open to all students vary and go beyond the ordinary set of cultural studies. Foreign language education is positioned as a group of subjects not only to develop practical basic language skills required to learn specialized subjects in line with today’s international trends, but also foster human resources with a cosmopolitan outlook.

 The “Policy for Granting Academic Degrees” stipulates what students at Tottori University should learn, what skills they should acquire, and what qualities they should develop in the bachelor’s degree program. The University always reviews its curricula to see if they meet the requirements stipulated in the Policy. The method of such reviews is defined in the “Policy for the Compilation and Implementation of Curricula”. The qualities of students admitted to the University for these programs are defined in the “Policy for Admissions”. These policies are embodied in each curriculum.
 1.Policy for Granting Academic Degrees
 2.Policy for the Compilation and Implementation of Curricula
 3.Policy for Admissions