Proactive Seminar Education

Small-group seminar education was born in Germany. We incorporate not only the format, but also the spirit to create a student-driven learning environment.

Today, seminar education (also known as “Zemi”) has become very common at universities in Japan. It is an education method born in Germany in which classes are conducted with a small number of students gathering to conduct research under supervision of an instructor, and discussing each other’s opinions through presentations and debates. Having its roots in Germany, Dokkyo University has proactively incorporated this education method since the time of its foundation, as we think it is suitable for putting our educational philosophy-“character is developed through learning”-into practice. Today, all Faculties put a great deal of effort into seminar education, and there are a total of 160 seminars among all Departments. In every Department, subjects of research range in variety, enabling the learning experience to exceed the boundaries of regular coursework, and enabling students to delve deeply into a specialized field, mastering the field of information science, and getting the feel of the real world through interacting with graduates. The most important thing about the spirit of the seminar is not forcing knowledge on students, but allowing them to decide the subject of research on their own, and acting on their own to find answers. Here at Dokkyo University, we did not just inherit the format of the seminar, we also inherited the spirit itself, so that students can feel the true excitement and appeal of learning.

Seminar education also creates bonds between students, teachers, and graduates, and coupled with the all-inclusive campus, creates a friendly atmosphere that is unique to this university.