Faculity of Division of Nature and Culture based Tourism, Urban Environmental Sciences, Tokyo Metropolitan University

Education System

Our mission - development of a new tourism science-

The mission of the Department of Tourism Science and Division of Nature and Culture-based Tourism are to provide students with an environment to learn and develop a new tourism science that incorporates physical methods, such as geography and ecology; urban engineering methods, including transportation planning, urban planning, conservation, and utilisation of historical heritage, and information science methods, such as identification and promotion of new attractive tourism destinations.

Tourism Science as an interdisciplinary research field

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Interdisciplinary points of view

Our instructors' expertise in various specialised areas represents that characteristics of the division and department in offering a tourism-related track in Science and Engineering Faculty and Graduate School. The division and department, which cater to undergraduate and graduate students, respectively, are structured according to two pillars, namely, culture-based tourism, which applies the engineering approach, and nature-based tourism, which applies the scientific approach, both linked by tourism policy and information.

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Characteristics of our education program

1. Students can gain a broad fundamental understanding of tourism, as well as comprehensive skills and expertise, which they can utilize to develop appropriate applications of nature for tourism and the development of tourist places.

2. Students can comprehend the theories behind specific techniques and methods, such as research methodologies, analytical techniques, and visualisation methods using maps.

3. Students analyse regional resources and phenomena from the perspective of sustainable development of a tourism region, and then suggest and conduct social experiments as needed. Further, they can develop a plan based on the previous within community settings and tourist destinations.

4. Students are offered hands-on experience to acquire various specialised knowledge in the field as well as principles and values regarding different environmental issues. We are the first accredited school for the ECO-TOP Program, a training and certificaion system established by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.

5. Students are expected to be human resources who have the comprehensive management skills required to develop ideas for tourism planning and enhance the value of the entire region. As such, studentes are shaped into leaders, such as tour leaders and rangers, who will contribute towards protecting and appropriately utilising the natural environment.

Please see also ECO-TOP Program (only in Japanese) and AIMS Program.

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Human resources to be developed

1. Individuals who, based on a wide range of perspectives, knowledge, and skills, are able coordinators

2. Generalists related to the protection, conservation, and appropriate use of regional resources and various environments

3. Individuals who can appropriately communicate information regarding regional resources and environments

4. Individuals who can appropriately manage and plan regional resources and environments as well as develop and propose new applications of regional resources and environments

5. Individuals who can think for themselves based on field evidence, express opnions through honed explanatory prowess, and perceive issues realistically

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