Message from the President
The world in the 21st century witnesses both bright opportunities to human society as well as uncertainty and risk which may cause catastrophic crisis. It is a blessing that many of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), including the reduction of extreme poverty, have been achieved. But it will not be as easy to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which was agreed internationally in 2015. In addition, some countries have experienced drastic political changes, and one cannot rule out the possibility that world politics is radically destabilized. There are a whole host of difficult policy issues, such as geopolitical conflicts, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, the increase in terrorism, the difficulty of escaping vulnerability, the middle income trap, and the challenges involved in realizing democratic governance based on the rule of law.
The mission of GRIPS is to conduct policy studies that address these issues and to provide graduate education for leaders of the next generation based on the results of the studies. G-cube is a program particularly carefully crafted to fulfil this mission. It fosters broad perspectives supported by historical as well as technical knowledge. It cultivates the imagination and creativity of students so that they will be able to deal with those issues that have no easy answers. I hope you will join this intellectual and practical effort at GRIPS.
Vice President, Professor
This program features many innovative instructional approaches. One such approach is student-led tutorials, in which students take the lead in rigorous discussions of their subjects of interest with professors and several other students. Every week, students will explore different issues and organize and defend their own ideas. Professors will in turn face a real test of their intellectual depth and versatility. We expect such discussions to be mutually rewarding as they boost students’ intellectual capacity and allow professors to observe students’ progress first hand. I look forward to meeting new students—young leaders who aspire to the global stage.
Students in G Cube program have diverse experiences from all over the world. Most of the courses are specially tailored for G-cube students, which provides suitable environment for understanding their policy issues from a broad and deep perspective by interacting with colleagues and faculty members actively. For their dissertation, students have been challenging new research themes based on their working experiences and analytical skills obtained in the coursework.
G Cube program is full of highly motivated students and faculty. Most of the students already have a certain working experience in various institutions. Because they are from different countries or regions, they often play the role of the representatives of each country or region and compete with each other. At the same time, they can nurture communication skills and life-long friendship through various assignments they have to work as a team. We the faculty are very much excited at working with this vibrant student body. We look forward to seeing you as a new member of our dynamic journey.