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    Application Guidelines

    Application Guidelines for the Nitobe School Basic Program for Academic 2016

     

    To develop future leaders who will play key roles in global society, Hokkaido University (HU) launched Nitobe School1 for graduate students in academic 2015 following the opening of Nitobe College for undergraduate students.
    Nitobe School, also called the Nitobe Program for Graduate Students, is open to all students enrolled in any of the 51 divisions of HU’s 18 graduate schools. It allows students to gain advanced expertise at their graduate schools and develop the competencies needed to use it effectively. These additional competencies include independence, communication skills, collaborative skills, and problem-solving skills, which Nitobe School has defined as the “3+1″ Competencies. The acquisition of these competencies enable students to develop the ability necessary to thrive in the age of globalization, namely, the ability to solve, through teamwork, issues involving interrelated factors, such as issues in science, technology and society.
    Capitalizing on the characteristics of HU as a comprehensive university offering a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs, Nitobe School provides an environment in which students with diverse social, cultural and academic backgrounds representing a microcosm of international society can develop their competencies through active learning (e.g., team learning). More specifically, students will learn to discuss their creative ideas with other students, form opinions and make presentations in suitable terms. During this process, they will be immersed in English and can therefore significantly improve their English proficiency. Students will also keep a record of their whole process of learning using the NITOBE Portfolio, and receive guidance and support from their advisors and course instructors. HU alumni who play active roles in the real world will serve as mentors, providing students with advice about their career paths and helping them build their personal contacts through lectures and personal interactions. In this way, Nitobe School provides graduate students with an opportunity to develop into professionals capable of playing leading roles in the development of the international community.
    Interactions with people from different fields in Nitobe School’s international environment and the diverse network of personal contacts built there will certainly support students as they step into the future. Don’t miss the chance to arm yourself with key career development advantages at Nitobe School.

    1.Eligibility

    The Nitobe School Basic Program welcomes students who are enrolled on HU graduate school programs as of April 20162 and are highly motivated to study the course subjects offered.3The program is mainly intended for students on master’s degree programs and professional degree programs, but students in the latter period of doctoral degree programs and four-year doctoral degree programs are also welcome.

    2.Enrollment capacity

    Approx. 60 students

    3.Course Subjects and Course Schedule

    The course subjects on the Nitobe School Basic Program are offered as inter-graduate school classes. For more information on terms and other course details, see Appendix 1.4 The four major courses (i.e., Nitobe Program for Graduate Students I, II, III and IV) are offered in Periods 5 – 6 on Tuesdays and Thursdays in each term, and students are advised to take them on either day. Two classes of the “Nitobe Program for Graduate Students I” Course and one class of the “Nitobe Program for Graduate Students III” Course will be held on a Saturday.
    The “Nitobe Academic English Skills for Graduate Students, English I a, II a, I b and II b” Courses are offered either in Period 5 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays or in Period 4 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. (See the notes in Appendix 2.)5&6

    4.Requirements for Program Completion

    Requirements for the completion of the program are listed below.

    • Acquisition of at least eight credits from courses of Nitobe School (See Appendix 1 for more information.)
    • - Certification of the completion of the master’s degree program or professional degree program at the graduate school with which the student is affiliated (Waived for students in the latter period of doctoral degree programs or on four-year doctoral degree programs)
    • - Certification of the Program Completion Examination based on self-assessment reports and other requirements as specified by Nitobe School

    5.Selection

    Successful applicants will be selected based on their reasons for applying to Nitobe School as described in the Application Form.

    6. Documentation to be Submitted and Submission Method

    Submit a completed Application Form, downloadable from the URL below, by the application deadline.
    https://qooker.jp/Q/auto/en/nitobeschoole/2016/
    (You can find a sample of the Application Form from here.)

    7.Period for Application Acceptance

    From Friday, April 1 to 9:00 a.m., Monday, April 18, 2016, Japan Standard Time.
    (Punctuality is requested.)

    8.Announcement of Selection Results

    Selection results will be emailed to applicants after 5:00 p.m., Thursday, April 28, 2016. Students granted admission will then be informed of course details, such as classes (days of the week) and the location of classes for Nitobe Program for Graduate Students I.

    9.Admission Procedures

    Students admitted to the Nitobe School Basic Program must submit, at a later date, documentation confirming their enrollment. The documentation must include their academic supervisor’s signature.

    10.Application Information Session

    Date and time: Friday, April 8, 2016, 17:00 – 18:30
    Place: Institute for the Advancement of Higher Education, Lecture Room S1 (address: Kita 17 Nishi 8, Kita-ku, Sapporo)

    11.Future Schedule

    • Start of classes
      Nitobe Academic English Skills for Graduate Students, English I a (elective): Tuesday, April 12 (See Appendix 2.)
      Nitobe Program for Graduate Students I, Start-up (compulsory): Tuesday, May 10
    • Nitobe School Opening Ceremony
      13:30 – 14:30, Saturday, May 14 (Institute for the Advancement of Higher Education, Lecture Room N1 (tentative))
    • Placement test
      Students granted admission must take the TOEFL-ITP or TOEIC-IP test from 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 14 (tentative) at the Institute for the Advancement of Higher Education. They must also take the Student Emotional Intelligence Quotient (EQ) test after enrollment. Both tests will be free of charge. More information will be provided to students granted admission when selection results are announced.

    12. Contact for Inquiries

    Nitobe School Office Academic Affairs Planning Division, Academic Affairs Department
    Hokkaido University
    Address: Kita 17 Nishi 8, Kita-ku, Sapporo 060-0817
    Email: nitobe-school-office@academic.hokudai.ac.jp

    Appendix 1
    Course subject Credits Term
    (Academic 2016)
    Classes held at times other than Periods 5 – 6 on Tuesday/Thursday Requirements for completion
    Nitobe Program for Graduate Students I, Start-up 2 Spring Term
    (May 10 – Jun. 18)
    May 14 (Sat.), 2nd class: 14:45 – 18:00
    Jun. 18 (Sat.), 8th class: 13:00 – 16:15
    Acquisition of 2 credits
    Program for Graduate Students II, Global Issues 2 Summer Term
    (Jun. 20 – Aug. 4)
    Jun. 20 (Mon.), 1st class:
    16:30 – 19:45
    (e-leaning possible)
    Acquisition of at least 6 credits in total, including at least 4 credits from Nitobe Program for Graduate Students II, III and IV Courses
    Program for Graduate Students III, Problem-Solving 2 Fall Term
    (Sep. 29 – Nov. 26)
    Nov. 26 (Sat.), 8th class:
    10:30 – 12:00, 13:00 – 14:30
    Program for Graduate Students IV, Problem-Finding 2 Winter Term
    (Nov. 29 – Jan. 31)
     
    Nitobe Academic English Skills for Graduate Students, English I a 1 Spring Term
    (May 10 – Jun. 18)
    Tue. and Thu.: Period 4
    Mon., Wed. and Fri.: Period 5
    Nitobe Academic English Skills for Graduate Students, English II a 1 Summer Term
    (Jun. 20 – Aug. 4)
    Tue. and Thu.: Period 4
    Mon., Wed. and Fri.: Period 5
    Nitobe Academic English Skills for Graduate Students, English I b 1 Fall Term
    (Sep. 29 – Nov. 26)
    Tue. and Thu.: Period 4
    Mon., Wed. and Fri.: Period 5
    Nitobe Academic English Skills for Graduate Students, English II b 1 Winter Term
    (Nov. 29 – Jan. 31)
    Tue. and Thu.: Period 4
    Mon., Wed. and Fri.: Period 5
    Period 4: 14:45 – 16:15, Period 5: 16:30 – 18:00, Period 6: 18:15 – 19:45

    *Nitobe Program for Graduate Students I, II, III and Ⅳ Courses will be held in Periods 5 and 6 on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

    *Students on the Hakodate Campus may take Nitobe Program for Graduate Students I, II, III and Ⅳ Courses using the videoconferencing system. However, Nitobe Academic English Skills for Graduate Students Courses are available only on the Sapporo Campus.

    Appendix 2
    Registration for Nitobe Academic English Skills for Graduate Students Courses
    • Students may register for Nitobe Academic English Skills for Graduate Students I a, II a, I b and II b (namely, up to four courses). Please note that students are not allowed to register for multiple classes of the same course.
    • The “Nitobe Academic English Skills for Graduate Students, English I a” Course will start on Tuesday, April 12 (and onward between Monday and Friday) before the announcement of selection results. Students wishing to register for the course are advised to read the syllabus carefully, attend the first class and follow the instructions of the teacher.
    • Please note that students who are officially admitted to the course will be determined on Thursday, April 28, and that some applicants for the course may have to change classes or may not be able to register for the course.

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    1 For more information, see the Nitobe School website (http://nitobe-school.academic.hokudai.ac.jp/en).

    2 Including students admitted in April 2016.

    3 HU master’s degree programs (including the former period of doctoral degree programs), professional degree programs, the latter period of doctoral degree programs and four-year doctoral degree programs.

    4 For more information on the courses offered (e.g., periods, days of the week and the location of classes), see the Inter-graduate School Class Registration Information website (http://www.hokudai.ac.jp/gakusei/instruction-info/gclass; in Japanese only).

    5 Nitobe Academic English Skills for Graduate Students Courses are offered at three proficiency levels. For English I a and II a Courses, Tuesday and Friday classes are of Pre-intermediate level, Monday and Thursday classes are of Intermediate level, and Wednesday classes are of Advanced level. For English I b and II b Courses, Tuesday classes are of Pre-intermediate level, Monday and Thursday classes are of Intermediate level and Wednesday and Friday classes of Advanced level. For more information on the courses (e.g., places of classes), see the Inter-graduate School Class Registration Information website.

    6 Students hoping to register for Nitobe Academic English Skills for Graduate Students Courses may attend the classes on the condition that they will also apply for admission to the Nitobe School Basic Program. If applications exceed the enrollment capacity, however, Nitobe School students will have a higher priority. Accordingly, after the announcement of selection results, unsuccessful applicants may not be able to register for the courses.


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