The Kind of Talent That We Want to Foster


Tokyo University of Foreign Studies has defined five competencies as key to fostering global talent, and has incorporated them into the curriculum policy and the diploma policy.

  1. High-level attainment of language skills, acquired through attendance in language courses.
  2. Knowledge of both Japan and the world, acquired through attendance in area-related courses.
  3. The ability to survive in modern society, acquired through attendance in first year courses and general education courses.
  4. Specialist knowledge, acquired through attendance in major courses.
  5. The ability to think, act, and communicate autonomously, acquired through participation in study abroad programs, volunteer activities, internships, and so forth.

With this policy in mind, the Inter-University Exchange Project (Russia) works to foster the following abilities in students, which will serve them when they engage in the Japan-Russia economic relations.

<Language skills>
The intention is that students whose native language is Japanese will have an advanced command of both Russian and English, while students whose native language is Russian will have an advanced command of both Japanese and English.

<Broad knowledge of Russia and Japan, expert knowledge on economics>
The intention is that students possess foundational knowledge which is indispensable to an understanding of economics, statistics, and accounting, as well as a broad knowledge of the societies, economies, and cultures of both Japan and of Russia.

<Coordination and Negotiation Abilities>
The intention is that students possess the necessary imagination, cooperation, autonomy, and creativity to enable them to balance the demands of various stakeholders, to have the tenacity necessary to seek solutions to complex problems, and to have respect for others.

Through acquisition of these skills, graduates are equipped to excel in any are of business related to Japan and Russia, which they hone through a balance of TUFS education and study abroad.

Students from one of our six partner universities in Russia who attend TUFS, either in short-term or in long-term study abroad programs, are similarly provided with the opportunity to strengthen their language abilities (including Japanese), and of acquiring broad knowledge of Japan and expertise regarding economics.  Additionally, like TUFS students, they will be provided the opportunity to participate in internships, and in so doing hone their coordination and action abilities.