School of Policy Studies
The Graduate School of Policy Studies aims to foster experts for policy analysis and policymaking.
With the fundamental principle of "coexistence between human and nature, and coexistence among people," the Graduate School of Policy Studies aims to develop students' highly advanced pragmatic abilities to create comprehensive views of issues in modern society, in order to identify problems and make policies. The goal of the school is to nurture researchers and highly professional workers with sufficient expertise who can take on the roles of leaders in various fields in society.
To achieve this goal, in the first stage of the doctoral program (the master’s course), students will deepen their logical understanding of policy making and evaluation, and master multifaceted research methods to identify and solve problems. At the same time, students will acquire practical and professional policy-making skills by working on concrete research projects that mentors in different fields of expertise are in charge of. In the second stage of the program (the doctorate course), the school aims to foster dedicated researchers who can elucidate various problems in modern society to come up with innovative ideas for solutions, based on logical viewpoints, multifaceted research methods, and the practical training obtained and provided in the first stage of the program. Students will receive guidance on the path to obtain doctorate degrees, and instructions on research to work on their dissertations.
Fostering the Power to Take Action in Solving the World’s Problems
The School of Policy Studies is comprised of 4 Departments: Policy Studies, which fosters the ability to make concrete policy proposals in response to world problems, such as environmental issues, public affairs, and language and culture issues; Applied Informatics, which helps students explore information systems that will contribute to a fair society that benefits everyone; Urban Studies, which fosters the capability to create safe and comfortable urban areas; and International Policy Studies, which pursues peace building, international development and protection of human rights; Here, students strive to come up with appropriate policies for the problems and challenges that face the world, based on a philosophy of “Coexistence between people and nature, coexistence among people.” The school turns out people with superior English communication and ICT skills who can use their specialized knowledge in an international setting and in the ever-advancing information age. The aim of the school is to produce people who “think globally and act locally;” people who have the imagination and the power to identify problems and then come up with policies to solve them.
International Policy Studies
The School of Policy Studies is dedicated to developing both a student’s general perspective of the world as well as the specialized skills needed to conquer the various problems the world faces, and to develop our life-long relationship with nature and with other peoples of the world in a harmonic way.
The school consists of four closely-connected departments, each focusing on various areas of policy studies. Each department approaches the problems of its area in a unique way as part of its specialized research program. The school is known for developing concrete strategies that span national borders.