Located in the heart of the fascinating city of Tokyo, The National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) is an international premier policy school with the aim of contributing to the betterment of democratic governance around the world. We excel at providing interdisciplinary education for future leaders in the public sector and conduct research on contemporary policy issues to generate innovative solutions.


Founded in 1997 as a stand-alone graduate institute, GRIPS is comprised of world-class academics and distinguished practitioners with expertise in public sector policy formulation and management. Around 20% of the faculty and 70% of students are recruited from outside Japan. Our vibrant, diverse student body consists of almost 400 members hailing from 63 countries and regions – all with the ambition to advance good governance across the globe or contribute to policy related research.


We offer a diverse array of Master’s and Doctoral Programs, from which students cultivate the ability to analyze issues and suggest solutions, develop interdisciplinary knowledge and skills that span related fields, and gain practical expertise. In addition to our degree programs, we also offer executive level short term training programs across a wide range of themes.


Since our inception, our achievements in promoting good governance are considerable and far-reaching. Today, our impressive Alumni network of over 4,000 strong are actively shaping policy in more than 100 countries around the world. 




  • Training of Policy Professionals and Researchers

The central goal of GRIPS is to cultivate future leaders with the ability to identify challenges in public policy and to offer diverse and innovative solutions. GRIPS works toward this goal by providing an opportunity for students to gain expert knowledge of and a creative perspective on policy planning.


  • Promotion of Interdisciplinary Policy Studies

Going beyond the students’ specific fields, GRIPS fosters their ability to develop wide-ranging solutions to policy-related challenges and to take an interdisciplinary approach to the resolution of real issues.


  • Serving as an International Center for Policy Research

In order to offer world-class programs, GRIPS maintains innovativeness in both its research and its education systems, in an environment that meets international standards.
In addition to its leadership in establishing world-class policy studies and academic disciplines, GRIPS also maintains a platform for the provision of well-timed recommendations regarding current policy issues.





About the GRIPS Logo


The GRIPS logo design consists of three arcs, formed by six curved lines following a Japanese katana (sword) motif. The logo uses purple because of that color’s association with intelligence and dignity.



7-22-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-8677

TEL : +81-(0)3-6439-6000     
FAX : +81-(0)3-6439-6010


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