Dean's Message

June, 2015



院長 城山英明

Hideaki Shiroyama, Dean

Established in April 2004 as a joint venture between the Graduate Schools for Law and Politics and the Graduate School of Economics, the Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP) provides professional degree courses that train experts in planning, implementing, and evaluating public policy. Japan is going through major social and institutional transformations that include a changing industrial structure and an aging society with a falling birthrate. Ongoing globalization, meanwhile, is another source of major change throughout the world. For Japan to ignore its relationships with the rest of the world would leave its politics, foreign policy, and economics without direction. This means that those people with a broad involvement in policy need the ability to identify issues accurately, determine how to respond, and build a consensus by presenting these ideas to the other parties involved. They must also be able to communicate this to the rest of the world. The objective of GraSPP is to produce people who can demonstrate these skills in the highly specialized field of policymaking in Japan and internationally.

As we mark the eleventh anniversary of our founding, GraSPP is seeking, on our successes to date, to enhance our research and teaching capabilities.

Firstly, we are strengthening our international activities. Since 2009, we have offered double degree programs in partnership with the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore; the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University; the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po); the Hertie School of Governance in Germany; the Graduate School of International Studies at Seoul National University; and the School of International Studies at Peking University. We have also set up academic exchange agreements with the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at the University of California, San Diego; Heidelberg University in Germany; the Business Administration School of São Paulo at the Getulio Vargas Foundation in Brazil; and HEC Paris (École des hautes études commerciales de Paris). In 2010, we established the Master of Public Policy, International Program (MPP/IP), which is taught in English. This was followed in 2013 by the Campus Asia Program (MPP/CAP), which requires students to participate in exchanges through our academic exchange or double degree agreements with Peking University or Seoul National University.



まず、第1に、国際化に対する取り組みを強化しています。2009年以来、シンガポール国立大学リー・クァンユー公共政策大学院、コロンビア大学国際公共政策大学院、パリ政治学院、ドイツのヘルティ・スクール・オブ・ガバナンス、ソウル大学校国際大学院、北京大学国際関係学院との間でダブル・ディグリー制を導入しました。また、カリフォルニア大学サンディエゴ校国際関係・環太平洋地域研究大学院、ドイツのハイデルベルク大学、ブラジルのジェトリオ・ヴァルガス財団ビジネススクール、フランスのHEC Paris 経営大学院(École des hautes études commerciales de Paris)との間でも交換留学の枠組みを設定しています。さらに、2010年度より英語で教育を行う国際プログラムを設置し、また、2013年度より北京大学やソウル大学への交換留学やダブル・ディグリー制を用いた留学を必須とするキャンパスアジアコースを設置しました。

Secondly, we are utilizing funding from various external sources to bridge the gap between the latest research and teaching and their practical applications. Our research programs include international transportation, energy and the global environment, healthcare policy, capital markets, urban and regional policy, maritime policy, space policy, e-government, and science, technology, and innovation policy. We are able to offer more advanced and practical research and teaching by drawing not only on our on-campus resources, but also on our extended network in the real world of public policy.

Thirdly, we are at the forefront of interdisciplinary research and teaching. We play a key role in two of the University of Tokyo's university-wide graduate education programs: the Science, Technology and Innovation Governance Education Program, where we play a core role, and the Interdisciplinary Education Program on Ocean Science and Policy.

Moreover, from the 2013 academic year, GraSPP has also been taking a central role in the Global Leader Program for Social Design and Management (GSDM), a Program for Leading Graduate Schools that brings together departments from the following graduate schools at the University of Tokyo: Graduate Schools for Law and Politics, Graduate School of Economics, Graduate School of Engineering, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, Graduate School of Medicine, Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies, and Graduate School of Frontier Sciences. GSDM started as a new initiative to develop personnel with advanced doctoral degrees who can take leadership roles at policymaking authorities and industry groups in Japan and overseas. Having a doctoral degree is becoming a requirement for playing a role in the international arena. To students with high-level specialized backgrounds in a variety of fields, GraSPP offers its expertise in developing administrators equipped with specialized skills.

GraSPP is now planning a new doctoral program (application pending at Japan's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology). This new PhD program aims to develop high-level PhD holders who have a global perspective as well as cross-cutting, multidisciplinary, and practical skills for policymaking in the international community in addition to high-level research capabilities in their area of specialization (law/politics or economics).

Through these activities, GraSPP aims to fulfill its core roles of creating new educational programs and producing people with high aspirations underpinned by specialist knowledge while also addressing such issues as internationalization, engagement with society, and cross-disciplinary collaboration.

I look forward to receiving your support and cooperation.







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