International studies require in-depth expertise and transdisciplinary approaches. Accordingly, our faculty and students naturally comprise a good balance of different backgrounds in both the sciences and the humanities. Our educational and research programs are concentrated on three clusters, with each covering one of the aforementioned areas of global challenges: development cooperation, resource/environment governance, and policy coordination and system design. Each cluster has a three-tier curriculum comprising core courses, advanced studies, and practical coursework that includes internships. Added to these are cooperative courses co-led by University of Tokyo research institutes and inter-organizational courses affiliated with development assistance agencies (JBIC and JICA). Together, all these courses form a system designed to efficiently achieve our department's educational objectives.
Although a mere seven years have passed since our department's founding, our graduates are already active to a remarkable degree at a variety of organizations inside and outside Japan, including international cooperation institutes, development assistance agencies, consulting firms, NGOs/NPOs, and general businesses. The world is filled with service opportunities that stimulate our intellectual curiosity and sense of justice. However, it is not good enough just to go rushing off to the front lines, so we place strong emphasis on comprehensively enhancing communication skills, from those needed in field data collection to those necessary for sorting and disseminating that data.
All prospective applicants, whether currently studying in undergraduate programs or working out in the real world, are invited to join our department and pursue the "science of optimal management of global public goods" in order to realize, as universal value for the 21st century, sustainable co-existence and co-prosperity on a global scale. Please use our program as springboard to attain your inspired dreams.