The Faculty, with its long tradition of providing a practical education in the various aspects of corporate activities, is divided into departments that provide specialized courses in four basic areas: business administration and information, accounting, distribution, and finance. The Faculty of Commerce prides itself on the accomplishments of the professionals it has educated and nurtured, as well as for having among the highest number of successful candidates in the country for the CPA Examination.
In 2000, the Faculty switched over to a “Flex” system, and also established four series of special curriculum focusing on certification for accountants, business English, management strategies, and certification for financial specialists, highlighting the new university educational system with its emphasis on providing practical business skills. Furthermore, to respond to changes in the business world, the educational system has also undergone changes, including such measures as introducing the course system for English and other foreign language subjects, and upgrading the information education program through the installation of 500 personal computers.
Further changes took place in 2004, when the semester system was introduced to make the educational process more effective. Other measures, such as the establishment of an internship program and introduction of seminars from the latter half of the second year were also instituted to respond to the changing needs of education.
A series of lectures with leading business experts aim to encourage students’ career design and choice. There are two types of lectures available. ‘Interdisciplinary Lectures’ deal with a variety of related topics，and provide students with opportunities to hear business leaders talk about their on-the-job experience and knowledge. ‘Special Lectures’ contain more specific topics like ‘Intellectual Property Practice’ and the ‘Theory of Securities Business’. Professionals from Cannon, Nomura Securities and other companies are invited for practical lectures.
Since seminars with small class size are greatly important to respect students’ independent and enjoyable study, they are available at suitable levels for each year. The maximum number of students in each seminar is approximately 15. ‘Basic Seminars’ are organized for freshmen to develop their basic academic literacy: reading, writing, information-gathering and critical-thinking abilities. Topics for discussion and presentation are picked up from various fields of the humanities, natural sciences and social sciences. ‘Seminars on Topics’ for sophomores are advanced versions of Basic Seminars. Two-year ‘Research Seminars’ are organized for juniors and seniors to complete their undergraduate research.
Four professional training programs reflect new business concepts in the 21st century. The ‘Accountant Program’, the ‘Business Communication Program’, the ‘Business Innovation Program’, and the ‘Financial Specialist Program’ are available with small-class size. These programs offer students best professional training in order for them to be qualified as certified public accountants and licensed tax accountants, to be proficient in business English, to learn management strategy with IT operations, and to pursue a career in corporate finance, respectively.
The Faculty of Commerce provides a practical education, in its four departments: Business Administration, Accounting, Marketing and Trade, and Banking and Corporate Finance. Our objective is for students to acquire practical skills and exemplary personal qualities through our basic principle of an ever-changing, independent and well-balanced education. One distinctive feature of our program is our large number of alumni playing important roles as CPAs and other types of accounting professionals.
Manao KIDACHI Dean, Faculty of Commerce