Kobe University’s inception can be traced back to March 1902 with the establishment of Kobe Higher Commercial School. In April 1929, the School was renamed as Kobe University of Commerce, and in October 1944, it became Kobe University of Economics. In May 1949, Kobe University of Economics and other colleges and schools in Kobe were brought together to form Kobe University. Currently, Kobe University is made up of 11 faculties, 14 graduate schools, one research institute and many research centers and is known as a cosmopolitan university both at home and abroad for its frequent academic and research exchanges with overseas universities and research institutions, and for hosting over 1,000 foreign students from more than 70 countries and regions.
Known as the sole national university located in the center of damage and destruction of the 1995 Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake, Kobe University has accumulated the most advanced knowledge of disaster risk management as well as the support of reconstruction of affected communities. An interdisciplinary teamwork, head by the Disaster Risk Management Unit of the Inter-faculty Initiative in the Social Science, has been formed to consolidate the teaching capacities of social and natural sciences, offering a uniquely interdisciplinary program for foreign young scholars and practitioners who wish to acquire comprehensive knowledge in the field. The Research Center for Urban Safety Studies has led this unique interdisciplinary approach since its establishment soon after the 1995 Hanshn-Awaji earthquake. The Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies concentrates the opportunities of education in English by the scholars involved in all aforementioned interdisciplinary activities.
The Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies (GSICS) was established in 1992 and offers four academic programs in social science: International Studies, Development and Economics, International Law and Institution Building, and Political Science, providing a number of courses taught in English. Currently, international students from over 20 countries account for about 40 percent of our students. The faculty members of GSICS are experts in international cooperation, development economics, international law, and international relations from Japan and abroad. We offer a flexible curriculum in which students can acquire a wide range of skills and knowledge. In addition to our own courses, we also offer joint courses with other graduate schools specializing in disaster risk management as well as economics, law, business administration, education, engineering, and urban studies. Accordingly, our academic programs are truly multidisciplinary. All in all, we welcome international students who wish to join our vibrant academic community.
It is also beneficial for students to make use of the international network between the disaster affected universities, led by GSICS, Kobe University of 1995 Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake, Iwate and Tohoku Universities sit in the center of post-2011 East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, Tokushima University etc. in preparation for coming mega-disaster named Nankai Trough Earthquake, as well as universities abroad, such as Syiah Kuala University sitting in the center of 2004 Aceh Tsunami devastation and recovery, Sichuan University in the 2008 Sichuan Great Earthquake, Canterbury University in the 2011 Crist Church Earthquake, University of the Philippines hit by the 2013 Typhoon Yoanda. This network enables the young scholars to have practical experience in the various fields both in and outside of Japan.
◆ In an effort to make our unique multidisciplinary academic environment available to international students, GSICS has developed a Master’s program in English, namely the Special Course for Development Policy, in which all courses are taught in English. While its curriculum is multidisciplinary in nature, this program also emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach and thus provides a series of interdisciplinary seminars encompassing economic development, political development, international law, and international relations. GSICS expects the graduates of this program to become experts and professionals in their fields and contribute to the development of their countries.
◆ The goal of this particular program on disaster risk management includes:
(i) Students can acquire the comprehensive knowledge on the disaster risk management cycle consisting of effective emergency response, disaster relief, rehabilitation and recovery, and the preparedness toward next risks.
(ii) Students can acquire the objective comparative attitude to apply international knowledge to the domestic problems.
(iii) Students can deepen the thoughts on policy choices through a process of completing a master thesis.
◆ The outline of the program on disaster management studies includes:
◆ The standard length of study is two years. International students are required to earn at least 30 credits including a total of 8 credits from special seminars, complete a Master’s thesis in English, and pass a viva. Those who successfully complete the requirements will be granted one of the following degrees: Master of Laws or Master of International Studies.
◆ Main Lectures: With a basic focus on social science, and cooperating with other disciplines such as the disaster management engineering and the medical science, we will offer the following courses in regards of the disaster management. Each course is completed in one semester, and upon successful completion, students will receive two credits for each course, except for a few one-credit special lectures:
-Asia Disaster Law I &II (Prof. Kaneko)
-Disaster Risk Management (Prof. Hokugo)
-Post-Disaster Recovery Planning (Prof. Kondo)
-Disaster Recovery Studies (Prof. Kondo, Japanese course)
-Disaster Recovery in Japan (Prof. Shiozaki)
-Disaster Management (Prof. Beniya)
-Special Lecture on Environmental Health Care Studies (Prof. Nagazawa, Japanese course)
-Comprehensive Administration on Disaster (Prof. Tanaka)
-Disaster Risk Reduction (TBA)
Our faculty members have been actively working for JICA technical cooperation, especially in the area of post-disaster recovery and institution building. In the area of disaster risk management, our faculty members have taken part in the international cooperation projects in collaboration with disaster study centers in each country in Asia, as well as the legal technical assistance projects of JICA.
In this program, JDS Fellows will receive the following benefits and services:
The standard duration of study is two years. Students are required to earn at least 30 credits including a total of 8 credits from Special Seminars, complete a master's thesis in English, and pass a viva.
JDS Fellows from Myanmar who successfully complete the requirements will be granted one of the following degrees: Master of Laws or Master of International Studies.
The following lectures are in English, and JDS Fellows will receive 2 credits for each lecture per semester.
An academic supervisor will be assigned to each JDS Fellow, and the assignment of supervisors will be determined by the academic staff committee in July. All JDS Fellows will be informed of their supervisors.
|〇||ALEXANDER Ronni||Professor||Peace Studies, with a focus on gender and safety,
particularly in Pacific Island Countries
|〇||TOSA Hiroyuki||Professor||Critical Theory and Its Application in International Relations|
|〇||NISHITANI Makiko||Associate Professor||Theories of International Relations,
Transnational Social Movements, International Norms
|〇||TAKAHASHI Motoki||Professor||Economic Development in Eastern and Southern Africa, Development Assistance for Least Developed Countries|
|〇||OGAWA Keiichi||Professor||Economics of Education, Education Finance,
Education Policy and Planning
|〇||SHIMAMURA, Yasuharu||Associate Professor||Development Economics,
Social Research Methods for Development
|〇||MATSUNAGA Nobuaki||Professor||International Trade and Economic Growth,
Enterprise in Economic Development,
FDI and International Division of Labor
|〇||YAMAZAKI Koji||Professor||Development Economics, Welfare Measurement|
|〇||ITO Takahiro||Associate Professor||Development Economics, Applied Econometrics|
|〇||CHEN Kuang-hui||Professor||Applied Econometrics, the Chinese Economy|
|〇||UCHIDA Yuichiro||Professor||Development Economics, Economic Development in East Asia,
|〇||KODAMA, Masahiro||Associate Professor||Development Macroeconomics,
Dynamic Stochastic General Equilibrium Analysis,
|〇||KAWABATA, Koji||Associate Professor||Applied Econometrics,
Economic Development, Industrialization
|〇||SHIBATA, Akiho||Professor||International Law|
|〇||HAYASHI, Mika||Associate Professor||International Law|
|〇||OKADA Yohei||Associate Professor||International Law|
|〇||YOTSUMOTO, Kenji||Professor||Asian Constitutional Law|
|〇||KANEKO, Yuka||Professor||Law and Development，
Comparative Law in Asia,
|〇||SAITO, Yoshihisa||Associate Professor||Social Law in Asia and Transition Economies|
|〇||MATSUNAMI, Jun||Professor||Comparative Study of Deregulation,
Privatization and Local Governments
|〇||KIMURA, Kan||Professor||Korean Nationalism and Historical Disputes in Northeast Asia|
|*||YAMANOUCHI, Kenshi||Professor||Educational Planning|
|*||CHIKADA, Masahiro||Professor||Comparative Education, Higher Education|
|*||NAKAZAWA, Minato||Professor||International Health,
Human Ecology and Demography
|*||KURUSU, Kaoru||Professor||International Relations,
Japan's UN Diplomacy
|*||HOKUGO, Akihiko||Professor||Disaster Mitigation and Management|
|*||KONDO, Tamiyo||Associate Professor||Housing Policy, Planning for Built Environment, Housing Recovery|
|*||FUJITA, Seiichi||Professor||International Monetary System,
Economic and Monetary Union,
Global Flow of Funds
|*||ZHAO, Laixun||Professor||International Trade,
Multinational Labor-Management Relations,
|*||KATO, Hiroyuki||Professor||Chinese Economy,
Comparative Economic Systems
|*||YOSHII, Masahiko||Professor||Comparative Economics,
Russian and Central and Eastern European Economies
|*||HAMAGUCHI, Nobuaki||Professor||Latin American Economy|
|*||SATO Takahiro||Professor||Indian Economy|
|*||YANAGAWA Takashi||Professor||Industrial Organization, Competition Policy|
|*||TAKAHASHI, Yuriko||Associate Professor||Comparative Politics(Latin America)|
|*||MINOHARA, Tosh||Professor||US-Japan Relations,
Diplomacy, International Politics,
Intelligence, and Security Studies
The above information is as of Oct. 2015, and subject to change by Oct. 2017.
○ Teaching staff of GSICS
*Professors belonging to other faculties in Kobe University
25 Dec. ~7 Jan.
27 Mar. ~5 Apr.
8 Aug. ~30 Sep.
Beginning of Fall Semester
End of Fall Semester
Beginning of Spring Semester
Final Examination for Master Thesis
End of Spring Semester
Kobe University Library has collected about 3,600,000 bibliographical materials. The Library is comprised of a General Library and 9 branches divided in accordance with subjects. (But General Library and Library for Intercultural Studies are sharing the same space.) 1 of these at Kusunoki, 1 at Myodani, 1 at Fukae and others at Rokkodai.
Kobe University students, including JDS Fellows, are entitled to use all the libraries.
*Kobe University Libraries; http://www.kobe-u.ac.jp/en/about-kobe-university/departments/library.html
Information Science and Technology Center
Information Science and Technology Center operates a computer system for education and research, campus network and so on. There are about 1,300 iMac computers located in the center’s branch office, classrooms on Rokkodai, Myodani, and Fukae campuses, and all libraries. These are available for general and educational use. Wi-Fi access is also available in almost all buildings on campus.
Medical Center for Student Health
Medical Center for Student Health is open to students for medical examination, first aid, and consultation of physical and/or mental health problems. In case of emergency, students can use the emergency phone lines on campus to call the Medical Center, 119 (ambulance), or campus security service.
*Note: Rooms are not guaranteed due to the limited number of rooms available in these residences.
We are confident that GSICS is one of the most renowned graduate schools teaching international cooperation among Japanese academic institutions. GSICS has lectures/seminars dealing with risk management issues, which we believe are best in quality and richest in coverage in Japan.
The GSICS faculty is the strongest team of education in socio-economy and institution building on risk management. Nowadays, the 2015 Sendai Framework adopted at World Conference on Disaster Risk Management to take after the 2005 Hyogo Framework for Actions emphasizes the needs of incorporating the disaster risk management into the agenda of development. We understand that your government has been placing a high priority onto formulation of sensible strategies for balanced way of economic growth and various social needs including risk management. Our systematic curriculum which covers areas from basics to advanced lectures on social science in cooperation with engineering could contribute much to cultivation of high-level expertise of students in formulation of balanced policy strategies and institution building.
We welcome motivated students who would contribute to the betterment of the disaster management of their countries after completing Master’s program at GSICS. The real social needs for disaster management tend to be comprehensive, the method of research and education on disaster risk management at Kobe University has been featured a uniquely interdisciplinary approach to bridge social and natural sciences, which is solely available at Kobe University.