Graduate Schools

High-level academic environment and a center of intelligence

In such a complex and fast-developing modern society, the demand for specialized knowledge and skills in various fields has increased remarkably and graduate schools are looked to as centers of specialized intelligence. Our university offers outstanding graduate-level education through its three schools, with the goal of developing top researchers and professionals, and the retraining of working people.

Graduate School of Economics and Business Administration

Development of individuals with practical skills to become competent contributors to our modern, internationalized and diversified society. An excellent environment not only for full-time students but also working people

Motonobu Tokumae
Chairperson

This graduate school was originally established to function as a "business school" especially for those working for prefectural and local governments and companies. At present, this school accepts students who wish to continue studying and researching their specialized areas after graduation from their department, as well as those who already had work experience. Our aim is to cultivate individuals with specialized knowledge and skills to become competent contributors to our modern, internationalized and diversified society.

There are four special features attached to this school: a curriculum with a medley of practical subjects to meet the demands of the local community, meticulous instruction in small-class seminars, workshop style classes that focus on practicality, and case studies provided by guest speakers, such as company owners. In order to make it convenient for those who work, we offer a number of classes at night and on Saturdays. With regard to the doctoral course, there is an extension period system in for those who find it difficult to complete the program in two years, allowing them to extend up to four years under the same amount of tuition as that for two years.

Major Programs in the Graduate School of Economics and Business Administration

Major in Regional and International Policies (Master's Program)

This program fosters students to become highly competent researchers or practicing professionals with advanced policymaking ability with regard to international economy policies and the administration of local governments. There is an added emphasis here on the local features of Fukui Prefecture, such as history and culture.

Major in Business Administration (Master's Program) = Business School

The goal of this program is to provide opportunities for working people in companies or other organizations to develop their practical problem-solving ability based on theories of business administration. It also aims at educating individuals to become highly specialized professionals with an acquired understanding of the theories and practical skills of management from an international viewpoint. Some subjects for the tax accountant examination can be exempted after completion of this program.

Major in Economics and Policies (Doctoral Program)

This program promotes advanced research through a combination of theory and policymaking, based on studies in the department and the master's program, and fosters competent and independent researchers. This program focuses on building a body of research that meets international standards with consideration given to overseas regions, especially Northeast Asia.

Graduate School of Bioscience and Biotechnology

Featuring a specialized environment equipped with outstanding research facilities, this school produces highly competent human resources with practical skills in the bioscience and biotechnology fields.

Toshiaki Miyadai
Chairperson

This program conducts high-level research and education specializing in academic theories and applications related specifically to bioresources. This program cultivates human resources with an independent truth-seeking spirit, broad and flexible views, a wealth of creativity, as well as competent practical abilities based on both fundamental and advanced expertise in their specified areas. The program shares academic information with local communities and promotes stronger ties with other universities in Japan and abroad.

This teaching staff includes full-time instructors from a number of areas and part-time instructors who are active in the front lines of their specialized field. The school is fully equipped with cutting-edge technology and facilities, including a conservatory, mass-culture facility, plant field, and water tank to reproduce the effect of the earth's rotation. In such a special learning environment, students can engage in research into the basics of bioscience and biochemistry. They can also address pioneering challenges in front-line fields concerning the development and utilization of bioresources and the breakthrough and application of biofunction research.

Major Programs in the Graduate School of Bioscience and Biotechnology

Major in Bioscience and Biotechnology (Master's and Doctoral Programs)

Featuring local characteristics with a wealth of nature, this program conducts research in the development, cultivation and utilization of a diversity of bioresources, such as microorganisms, animals and plants. With these bioresources as materials, the program is engaged in the study of biofunctions, such as genes, enzymes, proteins, and metabolic products at the molecular level and promotes applied research based on the findings of such studies. Furthermore, it conducts research into ways of maintaining harmony with the environment through practical research of the utilization of effective microorganisms and preservation efforts for valuable botanical resources.

Major in Marine Bioscience (Master's and Doctoral Programs)

The program conducts research and study of marine environments, including Wakasa Bay near the university with the aim of sustainable utilization of marine bioresources. Research includes the study of actual marine organisms, the study of the marine ecosystem and its surroundings, the study and application of biochemical properties and food material properties for biogenic substances in marine organisms, and the fundamental study of the development of new functional foodstuffs.

Graduate School of Nursing and Social Welfare Science

Development of hands-on skills and advanced specialized competence for an effective collaboration between nursing and social welfare

Masao Omori
Chairperson

In Japan's aging society with its falling birthrate, there has been a growing emphasis on the concepts of team medicine and community medicine. Our school offers inter-department subjects to both nursing and social welfare majors, allowing them to study together and share their knowledge. Students have opportunities to take classes in both specialties to encourage cooperation and collaboration with those in other professional fields. Students do research on theories and practical skills relevant to providing the best assistance to others. The program for nursing majors has been approved as a course for certified nurse specialists in chronic care, the first of its kind in the Hokuriku region. It provides subjects essential for the development practical skills as well as the ability to perform a comprehensive range practices as advanced nurse specialists.

As many of the students in this school are already working as professionals, the school also schedules classes at night and on Saturdays with consideration given to a work-education balance. Furthermore, it offers programs designed to improve students' practical capabilities by having them review their past practice and supports them in theorizing on their own clinical experience to help improve on their future performance. The school also promotes ties and exchanges with various facilities in the prefecture by accepting applicants from hospitals, medical and welfare facilities and governmental institutions.

Both programs develop human resources that play an important role in improving clinical practices as researchers, educators, instructors or high-standard professionals.

Major Programs in the Graduate School of Nursing and Social Welfare Science Major in Nursing Science (Master's Program)

This program conducts scientific studies on general daily nursing skills and research in various areas, including the meaning of health and disease for patients and their families and for community residents, self-care behavior, and the relationship between a restricted lifestyle and the ability to live. It also conducts research in areas related to professional nursing practices, such as nursing education, nursing management and nursing practice assessment. The research methods in this program vary in approach and include coverage of experiments, epidemiology, social psychology, and so on.

Major in Social Welfare Science (Master's Program)

The range of research subjects in this program extend to a variety of welfare-related areas, including social welfare, welfare for the elderly, preventive care, mental health welfare, welfare for the disabled, labor welfare, and the welfare environment. Various types of research are conducted through unique approaches from the viewpoint of assistance skills, such as casework and group work, social policy, and social surveys. For those who actually work as professionals and have extensive experience of social work, the program offers opportunities for practical research based on theorization of their experience.