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東京大学公共政策大学院 | GraSPP / Graduate School of Public Policy | The university of Tokyo

院長メッセージ Dean's message

April 2024

Challenges demanding well-designed public policy are on the rise, including rapid aging, population decline, global warming, disruptive technology, globalization, and evolving national security. With their growing complexity, the breadth and sophistication of skills required by policymakers have also increased. The development of artificial intelligence has emphasized the value of being able to formulate questions and find solutions beyond confined scopes. Furthermore, the roles of private corporations and non-profit organizations in public policy have become critical. The Graduate School of Public Policy of the University of Tokyo (GraSPP) aims to help students actively acquire the knowledge and skills required for this new collaborative setting.

GraSPP courses are interdisciplinary and taught by world-class researchers and practitioners in law, political science, international relations, and economics. Uniquely, it includes classes for data analysis to foster evidence-based approaches and develop soft skills for negotiation and leadership. We cater to students with diverse backgrounds and career transitions, with half from around 30 countries. About half of our classes are offered in English, and we are the only graduate school member in Japan of the Global Public Policy Network (GPPN), which includes major international public policy schools such as Columbia University, the London School of Economics, Sciences Po, and the National University of Singapore. We offer dual degree programs with nine schools and a Campus Asia program for studying public policy and international relations in East Asia through exchange. Participating in these programs allows students to earn master’s degrees from both the partner university and the University of Tokyo.

The doctoral program cultivates high-level research abilities in law, political science, international relations, and economics, as well as interdisciplinary and practical skills. It produces leaders in global public policy in areas such as international development and finance, security, and science and technology policy, while tackling cutting-edge practical issues, deepening research in respective fields, and pioneering new academic disciplines.

GraSPP is committed to improving public policy by nurturing internationally active leaders and advancing academic research for solutions to real-world challenges. We look forward to welcoming those who share our goals into our community.

Daiji Kawaguchi
Dean, Graduate School of Public Policy, The University of Tokyo