Go Forward

The Image of Our Ideal Graduate

The Graduate School of Governance Studies was established against the background of decentralization reform, or the enactment of the Comprehensive Decentralization Act, which came into force in 2000. Those who have pursued their studies at the School include (1) elected leaders, representatives, and public servants involved in government at the local level and in international cooperation; (2) NPO and NGO workers, corporate employees, and professionals (members of nationally certified occupations such as architects, administrative scriveners, tax accountants, and public health nurses); (3) recent university graduates who aspire to public service and have an interest in these fields of public policy; (4) international students, including those sponsored by their own governments, those granted MEXT cholarships, and long-term trainees under Japan's official development assistance. They are now embarking on promising careers in the various communities they serve.

Concrete Goals to Achieve This Ideal

With the objective of supporting "endogenous" political, economic, and cultural development by local authorities well-versed in governance, the program enables students to improve their theoretical and practical skills. From there by the end of the program, they will have a command of both the theory of public policy and an array of techniques, grounded in the theory, with which to address the issues facing their own communities.