The University of Tokyo Faculty Development in English: UTokyo Global Future Faculty Development Program / UTokyo Faculty Development Open

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Gabriel Hervás Nicolás
Center for Research and Development of Higher Education
Project Associate Professor
The Center for Research and Development of Higher Education provides two types of programs in English with the aim of enhancing the teaching skills of graduate students and faculty/staff members.

1) The University of Tokyo Global Future Faculty Development Program (hereinafter referred to as “UTokyo Global FFDP”)
UTokyo Global FFDP is a program launched in AY2022 to support graduate students and faculty/staff members in acquiring educational and practical competencies to fulfill the role of teaching at universities in Japan and overseas. It was originally developed as an English version of UTokyo FFP and has been designed with an international perspective. Designated as a Common Graduate Course, it offers one course annually in the S Semester, accepting up to 20 participants. The program is characterized by its diverse participants. The participants of the 1st UTokyo Global FFDP came from 15 countries with backgrounds across a variety of academic fields. The result of the questionnaire conducted after the course shows that the participants were highly satisfied with the course; more than 90 percent responded positively to “Satisfaction with the entire course” and “Satisfaction with the instructor”. The instructor and staff are also engaged in organizing activities on and off campus to meet the various needs of the learners by holding workshops and providing opportunities for networking among the participants after their completion of the course.

2) The University of Tokyo Faculty Development Open (hereinafter referred to as “UTokyo FD Open”)
UTokyo FD Open, which was launched in AY2022, is a series of workshops delivered in English addressing educational topics relevant to those interested in developing their teaching skills building upon the experience of UTokyo Global FFDP. Participants are able to obtain a certificate upon completion. UTokyo FD Open consists of workshops on various key educational topics and reflection sessions to discuss real in-class situations. Events are held throughout the year both in-person and online. One of the key features of UTokyo FD Open is RDP: reflection, discussion and practice. The workshops are open to anyone interested in improving their teaching skills, regardless of the affiliation/institution.
A photo from the 1st UTokyo Global FFDP (2022)

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Research collaborators

  • Hervas, G., & Medina, J. L. (2023). Lesson Study: A practice for teachers’ training and professional development at any educational level. In R. Tierney et al. (Eds.), International Encyclopedia of Education. Fourth Edition (pp. 570-580). Elsevier.
  • Hervas, G. (2022, March). Teaching in higher education with experience and little educational training: What conversations among faculty members tell us. Paper presented at the Kyoto University Conference on Higher Education. Kyoto, Japan.
  • Hervas, G. (2021, December). Faculty Development in Japan: Key Factors With Ramifications on the Work of Faculty Developers. Paper presented at the IAFOR II BCE. Barcelona, Spain.
  • Hervas, G. (2021). Lesson study as a faculty development initiative in higher education: A systematic review. AERA Open, 7(1), 1-19.
  • Kurita, K. (2021). Chapter 7: Daigaku kyōiku kaihatsuron [Teaching development in higher education]. In the Division of Active Learning and Teaching, Komaba Organization for Educational Excellence (KOMEX), The University of Tokyo (Ed.) Tōkyōdaigaku no active learning [Active learning and teaching at the University of Tokyo] (pp. 89-102). University of Tokyo Press.
  • Kurita, K. (2020). Daigakuinsei no tame no kyōiku kenshū no genjō to kadai [Current state and issues of programs in university teaching for graduate students]. The Annual Report of Educational Psychology in Japan, 59, 191-208.
  • Kurita, K. (2020). Chapter 3: Daigakuin hakushi katei ni okeru daigaku kyōin yōsei [Training doctoral students to become faculty members]. In the National Institution for Academic Degrees and Quality Enhancement of Higher Education (NIAD-QE) (Ed.) Daigaku ga “chi” no leader ni naru tame no seika jūshi management [Results-oriented management for universities to become the leader of “knowledge”] (pp. 97-117). Gyosei Corporation.


  • Gabriel Hervás Nicolás Project Associate Professor, Center for Research and Development of Higher Education
  • Email: utokyo_fd[at]
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