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Thai Studies

About Us

Thailand is a country with the most promising growth in South-east Asia. In its capital, Bangkok, you will find a system of overhead railways and subways crisscrossing the city and convenient stores found in streets bristling with high-rise buildings crowding with young people. The TUFS Thai major provides students with the opportunity to make use of Thai to learn about the various aspects, such as history, culture, politics and economics of this vibrant country. At the national university level, such a comprehensive study of Thailand can only be done at TUFS and another university in Kansai. Furthermore, TUFS is second to none when it comes to Thai dictionaries and materials. Another of our characteristics is our strength in Thai regional studies. There are also quite a lot of graduates who are now teaching at universities.

Characteristics of the Curriculum

The language course is a modular system (all lessons are for half a year) of 36 lessons per year. Five different types of skills such as grammar, conversation, reading comprehension, are categorized according to difficulty level. In the first year, students are expected to take five lessons per week, out of which four are conducted by experienced Thai teachers who are fluent in Japanese. In March, students also take part in a Thai language course organized by the exchange university in Bangkok. In the second year, lessons are increased to six per week and students will acquire an intermediate level of the language. Once in a while, Thai foreign students will join in a multiple of lessons and participate in debates. Besides the textbooks “Reading and Writing Thai and Elementary Grammar”, “Thai Conversations -- Elementary” and “Thai Reading 1, 2”, dictionaries and supplementary materials are also introduced at appropriate junctures. In the third year, students can choose to read advanced level materials based on their interests and needs in order to upgrade their reading and conversational skills.

Careers After Graduation

As globalization continues, many opportunities await Thai graduates now as economic relations between Thailand and Japan grow stronger. The future is bright for graduates. To list just a few representative employers who are big names in their respective sectors, we have in manufacturing, Toyota, Nissan, Honda, NEC, Hitachi, Fujitsu, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Asahi Kasei Corporation, Ajinomoto; in trading, Sumitomo Corporation, (the former) Nissho Iwai; in finance, Tokyo-Mitsubishi Bank, (the former) Sakura Bank, Daiwa Securities, Tokyo Marine and Fire Insurance; in transportation, JAL and ANA; in construction, Shimizu Corporation, Obayashi Group; in publishing, Iwanami Shoten Publishers, Magazine House, Kinokuniya; and in mass communications, NHK, Broadcasting System of Niigata, Mainichi Newspapers and Kyodo News. In addition, there are also graduates who are working in government organizations such as JETRO, JICA, the Embassy of Japan in Thailand and other ministries, as well as those who are teaching Japanese at Thai universities. Quite a handful of graduates have also gone on to graduate schools here or at the University of Tokyo, Hitotsubashi University and foreign universities.

Staff

UDO, Seiji Professor Thai literature
MIYATA, Toshiyuki Associate Professor Thai economy; Southeast Asian economies
VICHAI, Peinukachon Visiting Professor Thai
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