Go Forward

Messages from the Dean


One of the questions we are often asked is what specific field or fields of study the Graduate School of Global Governance (GSGG) covers. Traditionally, research on public policy had focused largely on the hierarchy of the administrative system. In the 1980s, however, it began to shed a new light on policy processes from the perspective of partnerships between administrative organizations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), thus creating the foundations of governance (or network) theories.
A closer look at the world today shows that while globalization has brought economic prosperity, it has also brought uneven development in the competitive process of survival, in which poly-crisis (complex crises) that cannot be solved by one country alone, such as wars, pandemics, climate change, and refugee problems, have emerged. The emergence of these poly-crisis reflects a relative decline in the governance capacity of the state. Therefore, solving these issues requires social management or governance through coordination among such actors as governments, international organizations, NGOs, private businesses, and civil society.
To meet the need for sophisticated professionals in public policy who can help solve these global issues, GSGG is designed to train not only researchers but also policy makers and practitioners, experts at international organizations and NGOs, and other people who can play a part in problem solving and value creation in various international arenas. With this in mind, GSGG offers its doctoral program conducted entirely in English.
GSGG established for these purposes has the following three pillars for its education:
The first pillar is an interdisciplinary approach. GSGG comprises three programs: Public Policy, International Development Policy, and Community Management. Specific focus is placed on crucial and pressing challenges facing the world, such as intergovernmental relations, administrative reform, fiscal policy, capacity development for government employees, corruption prevention, crisis management, e-government, citizens’ participation, fostering of sub-national governments, development and economic cooperation, community development, climate change countermeasures, and poverty reduction. Across these three programs, GSGG intends to adopt an interdisciplinary approach that cuts across and connects the existing fields of study.
The second pillar is practical problem-solving. Although GSGG is primarily designed to train talent that is capable of conducting research based on theory and analysis, it also places focus on training practitioners who can capitalize on such capabilities to solve real problems. To this end, the faculty includes many former practitioners. This feature, which sets GSGG apart from traditional doctoral courses, highlights the commitment to training advanced professionals who will become researchers as well as those who will work in the government, international organizations, private businesses, or non-profit sectors.
The third pillar is the quest for diversity. The rapid growth of a digital society at the global level can be taken as an opportunity for value creation. GSGG characteristically maintains diversity by accepting students from countries around the world on a doctoral course that is offered entirely in English. Faculty and students will have in-depth discussions to discover new values and act on them.
GSGG was founded in academic year 2014. For the tenth year of its foundation, GSGG welcomes students who will challenge themselves to aim for policy innovation of a changing modern society. We look forward to studying global policy-making research together with you at GSGG.
Dean, Graduate School of Global Governance
KIMURA Shunsuke