The aim of the Graduate School of Policy Studies is to foster people of talent with ability and qualifications capable of superb policy analysis and of understanding other cultures. Specifically, students undertake interdisciplinary, global research that renders them able to correctly perceive and analyze paradigms in Japan and around the world. This becomes the basis for formulating practical policy based on study of policy issues and theory at several levels, with the aim of equipping them to serve as mediators between Asia and the rest of the world, and enabling them to contribute to human development and harmony. The supervised areas of research offered are Law and Society, Economics and Public Policy, Enterprises and Management, International Relations and Development, Civilization and Nation States, Asian History and Cultures, Methods for Policy Studies, and Globalization and Japan. From among these research areas, students select one field and a research supervisor for their chosen field, and complete a program of the Basic Curriculum and Advanced Curriculum in incremental steps, under the individual direction of their academic advisors.
The Graduate School of Policy Studies tackles various issues and phenomena occurring in Japan and overseas, regionally and organizationally from multiple perspectives, with a focus on trying to solve and clarify issues and proposing solutions for them. In other words, as a graduate school, we are addressing real-world themes. To that end, we welcome all sorts of people who are eager to learn, including students who wish to enhance their studies, exchange students, public servants, business people, NPO/NGO workers, journalists, housewives and retired seniors. Some of the distinguishing features of our school are a devotion to teaching by professors in various fields, and specialists in law, economics, management, history, culture, regions, religion, media, information, and science who can give advice to students on their dissertations. In this regard, there are usually three supervisors, including a main academic supervisor and a substitute academic supervisor, and students can receive advice from many other professors in seminars and informally. Please join us for your studies.
Susumu HIRANO Dean, Graduate School of Policy Studies