Dean's message

Dean of the Graduate School of Governance Studies, Yuriko Minamoto

Economic globalization brings better livelihood, but at the same time, it brings about inequal social development in a fierce competitive environment. Poverty, disparity, environmental destruction and social exclusion are global issues that all nations in the world are now facing. Those negative effects are widely observed not only in the national level but in local settings such as community, working place, school, and family. In other words, they directly affect people’s everyday life. It now becomes urgent that we strengthen the capacity of various actors involved in the public sector to facilitate effective implementation of policy and programs for well-being of people.

Efforts to tackle these challenges are led by our three programs - “Public Policy Program”, “International Development Policy Program” and “Community Management Program”. A closer look at these programs shows that our school adopts an interdisciplinary approach and focuses on both theory and practice of a real world. The programs include case studies and presentations of updated policy formulation and implementation, while working closely with faculties who have extensive experiences both in international and Japanese public sectors. We believe those approaches are needed to train highly-skilled professionals capable of working in government, international organizations and the private and not-for-profit sectors.

We welcome highly motivated students who aspire to their career to play a leading role in the public sector. Our mission is to pursuit and develop both theory and practical solutions to support those students. We hope to work with you, challengers, to expand your thinking and enhance your ability to cope with rapidly changing society in the world. After completion of our program, we can continuously work and build our network of “governance family” consisting of professionals from more than 20 countries.

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