Case Method for International Development and Human Resources

  • Shinobu YAMAGUCHI & Junichi TAKADA
  • 2Q
  • Monday 13:20-14:50
  • Ishikawadai 4 building – Room B04-05
  • This course aims at introducing practical approaches to development projects. Traditional teaching in the classroom based on lectures and exams, often do not address the need for practical, problem-solving skills. The important and crucial ability for effective project management is the ability to think, analyze, discuss, and develop solutions to problems as professionals may encounter in the field. A case method is an effective approach to strengthening these skills.

Sustainable Development and Integrated Management

  • Shinobu YAMAGUCHI & Junichi TAKADA
  • 1Q
  • Monday 13:20-14:50
  • Ishikawadai 4 building – Room B04-05
  • This course aims at introducing various approaches to sustainable development. The first half of the course looks at major theories of international development and how they are applied in practical situations. The latter part will take a close look at on-going development projects in selected countries with an implication of role of engineering (and engineers). The students are expected to participate in a discussion and analyze the project from an engineering point of view within the context of “Sustainable Development” Then the course will be followed by the field trip to the development project site, possibly for conducting feasibility studies. The students are responsible to prepare, to contribute, and to express own opinions and ideas. This means the students’ participation in a classroom makes a difference.

Joint Reading Seminar

The Changing Nature of Work

  • Coordinator: Yuji Hirai and Jerome Shilla (Ph.D. student)
  • Monday 9:00 – 10:30 (every two weeks)
  • Ishikawadai GSIC building – Room 208
  • Textbook: World Development Report 2019, The Changing Nature of WorkContent overview:  “Machines are coming to take our jobs” has been a concern for hundreds of years. History showed that technology development has caused disruption, yet it created more prosperity. Today, we are riding a new wave of innovation which affects every part of our lives. Robots are taking over thousands of routine tasks and will eliminate many low-skills jobs.  Future of our work will be much different from the work that exists today.   Future jobs require specific skills—a combination of technological know-how, problem-solving, and critical thinking—as well as soft skills such as perseverance, collaboration, and empathy. With those skills, citizens would have to be life-long learners.

      To foster those skills of citizens, with consideration of the accelerating speed of innovation,  governments will need to take rapid action to ensure that they can compete in the economy of the future. But right now too many countries are not making the investment in human capital, especially in education and health. This report unveils the World Bank’s new Human Capital Index, which measures the consequences of neglecting investments in human capital in terms of the lost productivity of the next generation of workers.

      Adjusting to the changing nature of work also requires rethinking the social contract. We need new ways to invest in people and to protect them, regardless of their employment status. This Report challenges governments to take better care of their citizens and calls for a universal, guaranteed minimum level of social protection.

TIME Reading Seminar

    • Shinobu Yume YAMAGUCHI
    • Thursday 9:00-10:30
    • Ishikawadai GSIC building – Room 208
    • Resources: TIME/ Economist/ other newspapers
    • TIME reading seminar is Yamaguchi Lab’s weekly seminar. This seminar aims at expanding our global awareness. We always need to know what is happening in the world at the moment to be internationally aware. Every week students pick one article from TIME magazine
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