Saitama University is distinctive in that all the schools are located together on the lush green campus in the city of Saitama, just in the northern suburb of Tokyo, which takes about only one hour from JR Tokyo Station. This is advantageous in many respects, being conducive to research and learning in integrated fields of humanities and science, academic and student lives, and cultural activities. Over the past 65 years since it was established in 1949 as a small national university comprising only two schools, Saitama University has grown into a middle-sized university with five undergraduate schools and three graduate schools in the academic fields of liberal arts, economics, education, science and engineering.
As a comprehensive institution, Saitama University has set the following goals, in line with its key policies of developing human resources as the mainstay of a civil society and generating knowledge and technology in response to the demands of the day: 1) To fulfill universal role as a seat of knowledge; 2) To strive to solve the challenges facing contemporary society; and 3) To contribute to the global community
Mongolia is now transforming its economic structure to reduce its high dependence on natural resource revenues. The focus of the economic reforms is to enhance governance in the fields of fiscal control and monetary policies for attaining self-sustained growth. In this context, JDS aims to develop human resources with high skills and knowledge for enhancing the governance.
The Department of Japanese and Asian Studies in Saitama University (hereafter, the Department) offers an English-only program (MEcon Program) to provide international students with education covering the theories and practices of economics and management at the Masters-degree level. Under the framework of this MEcon Program, considering the key issues within “Fiscal Control and Monetary Policy” in the Mongolia JDS Project, the Department will provide a program based on the following key concepts for the JDS Fellows.
The first concept is a “Triple-mix of Theories, Empirics and Practices”. For designing fiscal and monetary policies, a theoretical grounding is needed for accountability and transparency in policy formulation. At the same time, the policy should be based on empirical evidence, in the sense that the policy design and assessment require quantitative analyses. In addition, the policy-menu often includes the practical details such as tax system and financial scheme. The Department has professors with experience in policy and business as well as with academic research, and also provides JDS Fellows the opportunity to interact with Japanese businessmen and officials The “Triple-mix” program is, therefore, necessary and feasible in our Department.
The second concept is “All-in-one of Economics, Management, Law, and Public Policies”. Policy-making needs the wider scope of knowledge, which is usually beyond one academic science. Economics supports policy-makers in justifying proposed policies by providing theoretical backgrounds and empirical technique, whereas Management and Law contribute to materializing and implementing policies. The professors of the Department include experts within four majors: “Economic Analysis”, “Global Business and Social Development”, “Business Innovation”, and “Law and Public Policy”. The “All-in-one” program is, therefore, necessary and feasible in our Department.
The third concept is the “Custom-made” program. The Department will set up a supervisory team with relevant professors and officials for each JDS Fellow. The team first examines the capacity level and needs of the student, and then presents a curriculum menu specific for the student. The team also conducts monitoring and follow-up on the study progress. In addition, the Department has a lot of foreign professors and professors with overseas experiences. Regarding English leaning, the Department can assign the other foreign student as an English tutor for a JDS Fellow with lack of English ability. Providing an appropriate “Custom-made” program is, therefore, necessary and feasible in our Department.
TThe Department offers an English-only program (MEcon Program) to provide international students who cannot speak Japanese with education of theories and practices of economics and management at the Master-degree level. The MEcon Program will offer the attached curriculum, focusing on the development issue, “Fiscal Control and Monetary Policy”, in the Mongolia JDS Project.
The specific research issues supposed in the JDS Project under “Fiscal Control and Monetary Policy” are, for instance, “Fiscal control & policy and tax system”, “Public management” and “Monetary control & policy and development finance”. These issues can be covered with the attached curriculum as follows.
The List of Curriculum for JDS Fellows
The credits and years needed for graduation are 30 credits for 2 years.
■ English Courses: Students should choose 11 Courses (22 Credits) or more from the following courses (one course awards two credits)
|【Classes on Japanese and Asian Economy】|
|Money, Banking and Financial Markets||Takeshi Osada|
|Economic Structure of Japan||Osamu Ito|
|Public Finance and Socioeconomic Development in Japan||Masayuki Takahashi|
|Asian Economy||Tamaki Endo|
|International Trade in Japan and Asia||Timothy Bolt|
|Social Development||Satoshi Iijima|
|Microfinance and Development||Kazuto Tsuji|
|Economic Development in Asia||Masaharu Nagashima|
|Economic Policies in Asia||Hiroyuki Taguchi|
|Public Policies in Japan and Asia||Not fixed yet|
|Advanced Econometrics||Kohei Marumo|
|Econometrics Methods in Macroeconomics||Kitti Limskul|
|【Classes on Japanese and Asian Management and Society】|
|Global Business Strategy||Young Won Park|
|Global Business in Japan and Asia||Wiboon Kittilaksanawong|
|Japanese Enterprises in Asia||Motoi Ihara|
|Human Resource Management in Asia||Sung-Chul Noh|
|Japanese-style Management||Vesa Peltokorpi|
|Development of Japanese-style Marketing||Kazuo Usui|
|Japanese Material Culture||Nao Nomura|
|Diffusion Studies in Asia||Momoyo Shibuya|
|Global Environment and Asia||Not fixed yet|
|Applied Urban Planning in Asia||Naomi Uchida|
|Advanced Research in Japanese Society||Matthias Hennings|
■ Seminars and Supervised Thesis Writing: Students will obtain two credits in each semester (awarded 8 credits in total for the two years)
■ The main and secondary supervisors will be determined by curriculum committee, reflecting the student’s choice to the maximum extent, right after the admission in October. The following is the list of faculty members capable of guiding JDS Fellows.
|Teaching Staff||Teaching Staff|
|Takeshi Osada||Money, Banking and Financial Markets|
|Osamu Ito||Economic Structure of Japan|
|Masayuki Takahashi||Public Finance and Socioeconomic Development in Japan|
|Masaharu Nagashima||Economic Development in Asia|
|Hiroyuki Taguchi||Economic Policies in Asia|
Reference: The case of the students for admission in 2015
Admission: October, 2015
Research Proposal: June. 2017
Thesis-submission: July, 2017
Final Examination: July – August, 2017
Graduation: September, 2017
Saitama University has the “International House,” a residential facility for international students. The applications for the International House are accepted in July (moving in October). For those wishing to move in International House, please forward application to the Office of Faculty which you belong to. Since the number of rooms is limited, you may not be able to move in, even though you submit the application. Allowed residence period is maximum one year.
Recognizing that the focus of the economic reforms in Mongolia is to enhance governance in the fields of fiscal control and monetary policies for attaining self-sustained growth, the MEcon Program of our Graduate School in Saitama University offers an appropriate program for the JDS development issue, “Fiscal Control and Monetary Policy”. It includes the curriculum covering such essential issues as “Fiscal control & policy and tax system”, “Public management” and “Monetary control & policy and development finance”. The expected outcomes of the MEcon Program are: 1) to obtain balanced knowledge and skills based on theories, empirics and practices in economic policies under the “Triple-mix” program; 2) to obtain overall knowledge of Economics, Management, Law, and Public Policies under the “All-in-one” program; and 3) to develop abilities following the students’ capacity under “Custom-made” program.
Our emphasis is that our Graduate School has accepted Japanese employees from first-class Japanese companies and government offices to study at the Masters and Doctorate levels. Based on our experience, we have recognized that the actual interactions between these Japanese working students and international students can provide valuable opportunities for international students to understand and learn about the actual conditions in Japanese companies and central government offices. In addition, Saitama University has had intimate relationship with Saitama Employers Association, Saitama Association of Corporate Executives, and Saitama Prefectural Government. Based on these relationships, we can arrange observation tours of Japanese companies/governmental offices.