Message from the President
The National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), a graduate school established in 1997, aims to contribute to the development and advancement of democratic governance both in Japan and abroad through research and education in governmental policy and policy reform. Since its inception as the Graduate School of Policy Science at Saitama University in 1977, GRIPS has conducted policy research relevant to the current affairs of Japan and the world and has provided graduate education in advanced policy studies designed primarily for mid-career administrative and government officials from Japan and overseas, mainly from developing countries. At GRIPS we place particular emphasis on education for our international students; many of our degree programs can be obtained through study entirely in English.
GRIPS endeavors to produce young policy-makers who can tackle problems faced by countries, cities, international organizations, companies, and civil society at large. To that end, graduate education at GRIPS focuses on the fundamentals of policy research as well as practical problem-solving. Students benefit from high-quality instruction in economics, political science, public administration, international relations, engineering, and other subjects. They also have the opportunity to acquire a valuable set of data science skills. Leveraging GRIPS’ location in Japan, we have formed our curriculum around the examination of selected case studies reflecting the experiences of Japan and other Asian countries related to modernization, rapid economic growth, and disaster management.
GRIPS’ current policy on education, research and management is strongly linked to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015. Our curriculum highlights the 17 goals of the SDGs: we work to raise awareness and knowledge of the SDGs amongst our students—many of whom will go on to become future leaders of their countries. I am also keen on encouraging research that will contribute to the achievement of the SDGs.
Currently, international students make up 60% of our student population. Even by global standards, we are a particularly international research and education institution. In this environment, international students have the opportunity to engage in friendly competition among themselves and with the people who will lead Japan in the future. On the other hand, our Japanese students have the chance to create bonds with those who will go on to be future leaders in their home countries around the globe.
In this global atmosphere, we particularly welcome Japanese applicants to the English program. We also place strong emphasis on improving the English of the students in the Japanese program, and encourage them to participate in classes conducted in English. We also provide English classes and other learning opportunities at the Center for Professional Communication (CPC). For international students, the CPC provides Japanese classes and other learning opportunities, notably through the center’s programs for rich exposure to elements of Japanese culture.
GRIPS is centrally located in Tokyo and has extensive access to the Japanese government and its agencies and to other major stakeholders. This proximity allows our students to observe important Japanese policymaking action closely as they conduct their research.
In addition to high-quality graduate education, we offer training programs that meet the needs of various stakeholders including the government agencies of a wide array of countries; we also accept funded research that draws on our faculty’s expertise.
The world in the 21st century faces a great number of urgent issues that require action on both national and international scales. These issues, reflected in the SDGs, impact on areas including economic development, security, the environment, population, equality, and technological progress. GRIPS will continue to conduct research addressing these issues, and to nurture policy professionals who are motivated and equipped to take on global challenges.
National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies
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