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Malaysian Studies

About Us

Peer into Asia through the window called Malaysia… Modern day Malaysia, a multi-lingual and multi-racial society, is a miniature of Asia. It is a region where people, commodities and cultures have come and gone across the South-east Asian seas since ancient times, and a region where Malays and other indigenous races, Chinese and Indians live harmoniously with each other. The Malay language used to be the lingua franca across a wide region of islands in South-east Asia but is now standardized as the national language of Malaysia.

The TUFS Malaysian major was set up in 1984 and celebrates its 21st anniversary this year. However, its roots can be traced back to the pre-war period, almost 100 years ago. Currently, TUFS is the only university in Japan which offers Malaysian as a major and thus plays a very important role.

Characteristics of the Curriculum

Our main objective is for students to acquire balanced proficiency in reading, writing, listening and speaking. At the beginning stage, students use specially designed materials to build up their own foundation in grammar, reading comprehension, conversation and essay writing. In addition, they also learn the language by reading newspapers, magazine articles and academic papers. Besides conversation practice, lessons conducted by native speakers also help to strengthen students’ listening proficiency by making use of local television and radio programs. In addition, such lessons also help students improve their presentation skills through essay writing and oral presentations.

Our second objective is for students to make use of their language proficiency to deepen their understanding of Malaysian society. Students pick up basic knowledge and the foundation for area studies when they study Malaysian history, society, culture, politics and economics in the Malaysian Studies class for beginners. As there are also many lessons on Malaysia and South-east Asian regions even in the discipline-related courses, students can choose lessons based on their interests.

Every year, almost all first year students take part in a study trip to Malaysia. There are also some students who go to study at Malaysian or Singapore universities, among other places, and gain invaluable experiences from their studies.

Careers After Graduation

Graduates have found employment in many private industries such as manufacturing, transportation, telecommunications, service, finance, trading, mass communications, and in government sectors. Many students have also found employment overseas in countries such as Malaysia or progress on to graduate schools both in Japan and overseas.


SODA, Naoki Associate Professor Modern history and comparative politics of Southeast Asia; Nationalism and state-formation in Malaysia
NOMOTO, Hiroki Lecturer Linguistics (syntax and semantics, Malay linguistics)
FARIDAH, Mohamed Visiting Associate Professor Malaysian
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