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Urdu Studies

About Us

Urdu is not only the national language of Pakistan, where Islam is declared the ideology for national unification, but is also spoken by many people in India. Urdu and Hindi (an official federal language of India) share the same grammatical structure and daily vocabulary and are but different styles of the same language. As practical common languages, both are widely used across the South Asian region. They are ranked as the third most spoken language in the world after Chinese and English. Historically, Urdu has strong links with Islam as it was used as the main language of Islamic literature. It is therefore a city language rich in Islamic colors. The TUFS Urdu Major carries out a wide variety of research on the world of Indian/Islamic cultures produced by the convergence of the worlds of India and West Asia.

>A busy street in Lahore

Characteristics of the Curriculum

The Urdu major adopts a modular system which enables students to learn the language structurally and meticulously. The curriculum has two characteristics. One, English textbooks are used from the first year based on the fact that it is an official language of both India and Pakistan.
In the second year, news gathered from the Internet is used as teaching materials and students’ translations of these articles are uploaded onto the Urdu website. Second, we place emphasis on the annual students’ drama as we view it as proof of the result of their language learning, and hold performances not just during the TUFS Cultural Festival but also overseas. In 2002, a performance was given in Pakistan, and another one is scheduled to be performed in India this summer. We position activities such as real-life language learning, understanding of different cultures and interactions with South Asia as the main pillars of education.

Careers After Graduation

Graduates have found employment in trading and manufacturing companies, as Ministry of Foreign Affairs specialist researchers, JICA specialists, Japanese teachers at universities in Pakistan, high school teachers and interpreters for the police. A few have gone on to graduate schools here and at other universities. Recent employers include: TV Tokyo, NHK, Shizuoka Shimbun and Shizuoka Broadcasting System, Chubu Nippon Newspaper, Kyodo News, OCS, Tokyo-Mitsubishi Bank, Fuji Bank, Asahi Bank, HIS, Saiyu Travel, Nippon Express, Kawasaki Kisen, Samsung Japan, Daikin Industries, PHP Interface, Canon, Benesse Corporation, AIG, Suntory, Tomen, Sony, Tokyo Marine And Fire Insurance, Nippon Life Insurance, National Oil Agency, JETRO, Tokyu Hands, Mitsubishi Electric, Nihon Unicom Corporation and Seidosha.

A Urdu billboard

Staff

HAGITA, Hiroshi Associate Professor Urdu linguistics and literature; Panjabi linguistics and literature
AWAYA, Toshie Professor Modern history of South Asia; Women's history
KHAN, Amir Ali   Urdu
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