Dean's Message

Fostering Highly-Skilled Public Policy Professionals with a Global Perspective

Dean of the Graduate School of Global Governance, Hideaki Tanaka, Ph.D.

Fostering Highly-Skilled Public Policy Professionals with a Global Perspective

 As a result of globalization, today’s world is right in the midst of a deepening of interdependence on a global scale. While globalization is bringing affluence through economic  development, it is also bringing unequal global development through the process of competition for survival. It is not always a neutral phenomenon that “brings the world together as one.” The surfacing of global issues (transborder issues on a global scale) that cannot be resolved by any one country, such as poverty, disparity, environmental destruction, and violation of human rights, can be regarded as negative side of globalization. With national capacities for governance now in relative decline, the resolution of such issues calls for social operations (= governance) through the collaboration of different actors, such as governments, international institutions, NGOs, private enterprises, and civil society. In response to the urgent needs for development of human resources, the Graduate School of Global Governance offers a doctoral course in English with the aim of fostering highly-skilled public policy professionals who are able to assist in solving global issues. 
 The following three educational pillars are the basis of our fostering of highly-skilled public policy professionals who take on the challenges of global issues. 
The first is an interdisciplinary approach. The Graduate School of Global Governance consists of three programs: Public Policy, International Development Policy, and Community Management. It handles topics of a both important and urgent nature, linked directly to issues facing the world. Specifically, these are administrative and fiscal reform, decentralization, eradication of poverty, sustainable development, development and economic cooperation, human rights and democratization, regional development, citizen participation, and crisis management. As can be seen from the three programs, the Graduate School takes interdisciplinary approaches that cut across and interlink conventional specialized fields.
The second is practical problem-solving. It is the mission of the Graduate School’s doctoral program to foster experts with research capabilities grounded in theory and analysis. However, the program also emphasizes the fostering of business persons who can resolve actual problems by applying these capabilities. This is a distinguishing feature that sets the program apart from conventional ones, because it is aimed at fostering not only public policy scholars but also highly-skilled professionals who will work in government, international institutions, private enterprises, and the non-profit sector.
The third pillar is an emphasis on diversity. Interchange among people is rapidly progressing on a global scale. It is expanding opportunities for new contact between different cultures, but this is also raising possibilities for conflict. Our starting point must be to view this conflict not in negative terms but in positive ones, as something that provides an opportunity for the creation of new value originating from this contact. I believe this is a key premise that must never be forgotten in the operation of a graduate school that uses the word “global” in its title. Encounters with different cultures can open up new perspectives in conventional outlooks on value and spur paradigm shifts. Many policy issues can also be born from them. 
 The Graduate School of Global Governance provides a venue for scientific examination of policy from perspectives that are not bound by entrenched concepts. We welcome all students who want to take up the challenge of policy innovation.

Dean, Graduate School of Global Governance
Hideaki ,
Professor of Policy Research


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