Foundation Program

Be the Architect of Your Own Future !

The Nitobe College for Graduate Students offers a learning environment, which is truly a “microcosm of international society” where graduate students from different fields of study and with diverse cultural values and ethnic backgrounds collaborate, creating shared knowledge and solution to urgent global issues. By so doing, the students develop various skills for productive, interdisciplinary, intersectional, and intercultural collaboration.

Education

Ability for Sustainable Personal Development

  • Curiosity and desire for self-improvement: These comprise the desires to explore the unknown, improve the present, and take action toward self-improvement based on one’s future visions.
  • Challenging new horizon: This is the willingness to take on new challenges, to try again and keep trying until one succeeds.
  • Self-knowledge: This is the understanding of one’s own strengths and weaknesses in light of one’s objectives or challenges.
  • Predictive capability: This is the ability to predict future events and foresee upcoming needs based on one’s comprehensive understanding of past developments and the present situation.
  • Abilities of planning and execution: These mean providing an optimal roadmap for achieving a goal and steadily taking the steps according to the roadmap.
  • Self-management: This is to identify necessary improvements based on the results of implementing a plan and to modify the plan by incorporating the improvements for enhanced efficiency. It may also involve redefining issues to achieve goals.

Team Organization & Management Skills

  • Ability to articulate and share one’s vision: This is the ability to clearly understand the ultimate goals to such an extent that one can share them with other team members and articulate them from various perspectives to ensure appropriate understanding by other team members. It is also the ability to take responsibility for what one says and to share the common goals and anticipated results with other team members.
  • Mutual understanding of the professionality: This means a proper understanding of the abilities and characteristics of others’ professionality. It also means the clear explanation of your professionality to others.
  • Networking skills: These are the skills to identify connections to build a required team of professionals.
  • Trust-building ability: This is the ability to build relationships of trust with collaborators. With this skill, it is highly possible to reproduce the expected behavior.
  • Collaborative skills: These are the skills to work independently as a professional to achieve shared goals with other team members and to produce the maximum team results while drawing out one another’s strengths and compensating for one another’s shortcomings.
  • Abilities to obtain/organize resources: These are the abilities to procure necessary resources or reallocate/sort out resources to use them efficiently.
  • Preparatory negotiation skills: These are the skills to identify differences of opinions and/or interpersonal conflicts among the concerned parties beforehand, and to share information and coordinate opinions.
  • Mediation skills: These are the skills to identify the causes of any interpersonal conflicts and to create a new environment to achieve goals.

Capacity for Knowledge Sharing & Application for Social Benefit

  • Abilities to contribute to society and social wellbeing: These abilities mean considering and trying to contribute to the wealth and wellbeing of society at large.
  • Recognition of needs: This means considering current challenges and issues and grasping the needs of others and society at large.
  • Awareness of social roles: This means recognizing one’s standing and expected roles in society.
  • Ability to propose solutions: This is the ability to work out solutions to social problems and to propose them in a readily acceptable form.
  • Ability of making decisions: This is the ability to select the best of all available options in one’s professional capacity in consideration of the levels of significance and urgency. It also involves taking responsibility for making the decision.
  • Resilience: This is the ability to not give up easily to achieve one’s goals and involves flexibility.

Professional Ethics

  • Consideration: This means looking at things from various perspectives, not only one’s own viewpoint. It also means having the imagination to look at things from another person’s perspective.
  • Risk management: This means predicting risks and acting based on appropriate judgment.
  • Integrity: This means never telling a lie to oneself or others.
  • Ethical sensitivity: This means being sensitive to ethical issues. It means, for example, to be conscious of human rights, environmental issues, and issues concerning harassment, racial discrimination, gender, privacy and waste, as well as having the imagination to consider other people’s emotions.
  • Ethical reasoning: This is the ability to articulate the grounds for ethical judgments, rationally explain the reasons for reaching conclusions and share related processes.
  • Balance of fairness, impartiality and efficiency: These guarantee equal opportunities and honesty. They also involve efforts to achieve optimum results with minimal resources.
  • Distinguish of normative and culture: This means distinguishing ethical issues from cultural ones.

 

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