Presently, (world) economies are linked together on the global scale and, one could say, are approaching an even more significant turning point. The economic development in such countries represented by so-called BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China) used to be eye-opening but now the world economic issues are more broadly intertwined. In particular, such issues have become critical problems as the maintenance and distribution of natural resources, environmental problems well exemplified by global warming, the production and self-sufficiency of food, regional conflicts and terrorism, the proper way the international trade ought to be and the industrial protection of each individual country. With these major issues, the present situation in the financial world is that what could be said to be once-in-100-years crisis crops up every three years. Each single problem is one that is impossible for only Japan, even in bilateral cooperation with, for example, the U.S., to bring to a resolution. Expectations [Hopes] are beginning to center on specialists of economics, business administration and policy studies who can deal with such difficult problems from a broader perspective.
The aim of this School is to train experts who are capable of successfully coping with various problems that arise every day in the world, or in regional communities, drawing upon advanced knowledge, international perspective, profound insight, problem-solving ability and, not the least, high sense of morality. Prospective or current students are encouraged to become researchers who exercise their interdisciplinary-oriented, problem-oriented and policy-oriented mind, grapple with research activities that meet the needs of the times and contribute to so-called sustainable development. Since 2004, we have reorganized our old MA course into “Program in Economics” and “Program in Business Administration”, and Ph.D. course into “Program in Economics and Business Administration”. We educate experts who try to make thorough investigations in their own fields of research and aim to deepen their studies.
There are two reasons for the recent reorganization. One is to achieve consistency with the undergraduate programs and the other is to bring up experts who are in accordance with the role required for contemporary graduate school.
Formerly, the curriculum was organized so that Program in Economics and Administration focuses on “research” and, in contrast, Program in Policy and Administration on training students to be practical “experts” and tax accountants, not according to the categorization based on fields of research. Now, however, there are growing needs for researchers who are well-trained in one particular field and can achieve appreciative results in the global arena. Therefore, we have reorganized this School so that students can be specialized in their respective field, namely, economics and business administration, and try to be leading researchers in their own field or practical experts, which exactly meets the needs of the present time. We will spare no effort to produce as many such researchers and experts as possible.
Among these fields of research, we place particular emphasis on the development of such new fields as corporate ethics, finance and international public policy.
Economics (M.A. Program)
Business Administration (M.A. Program)
Economics and Business Administration
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