Brief history of Yamaguchi University
Yamaguchi University began as Yamaguchi Kodo, a lecture hall which was founded by Hoyo Ueda in 1815. Yamaguchi University was established as a regional center of higher education and academic research under the university system reform in 1949. Yamaguchi University celebrated its 200th anniversary last year, making it the third oldest national university in Japan.
Access to Yamaguchi University
Yamaguchi Prefecture can be accessed in 1.5 hours by airplane from Tokyo, 2 hours by bullet train from Osaka, or 35 minutes by bullet train from Fukuoka. The university has three campuses: Kogushi campus and Tokiwa campus in Ube city, and Yoshida campus in Yamaguchi city.
Faculties and Schools
Yamaguchi University has the faculties of Humanities, Education, Economics, Science, Agriculture, Veterinary Medicine and Global and Science Studies at Yoshida campus, the School of Medicine at Kogushi campus and the Faculty of Engineering at Tokiwa campus. It also has Graduate Schools of Humanities, Education, Economics, Medicine, Science and Engineering, Agriculture, East Asian Studies, Innovation and Management of Technology and the United Graduate School of Veterinary Sciences.
International Students of Yamaguchi University
More than 341 international students from 28 countries are studying at Yamaguchi University as of May 1, 2016. Most are students from Asian countries, but they are joined by several students from Africa, Europe and America.
Japanese Language Courses
Japanese language courses are offered to international students on an optional basis. There are courses for beginner, intermediate and advanced students. International students can take any of the courses free of charge according to their Japanese ability. All of the courses are accepted as credits for undergraduates. Moreover, students who do not need credits but are still interested in the classes can audit courses with permission from the lecturer.
Graduate students can as a general rule use the tutor system for up to one year. Under this system, Japanese senior students help international students with their studies and life in Japan. Each international student will be matched with one supporting Japanese senior student.
Strengthening International Student Support
In the university’s medium-term objectives, the following goals surrounding the acceptance of international students have been established:
International Student Center (ISC)
The university’s International Student Center provides international students with systematic language instruction, and advice and information on academic and everyday life. The center helps international students with:
The research guidance policy of the Public Administration Course at the Graduate School of Economics is as follows:
1) A research supervisor for each student is appointed beforehand depending on the research proposal, so that students may start to work immediately after their arrival. Senior students are available as tutors for the first year to provide support in all aspects of daily life from academic to private matters. Thesis instruction is conducted in a multidisciplinary manner by appointing one main supervisor and two sub-supervisors for each student. The main supervisor guides the students throughout the years, providing practical, face-to-face research advice.
2) Informal gatherings for discussion with graduate students are held every year concerning topics ranging from the curriculum and research advising system to academic and daily life support in order to improve course management and education quality. Parties and gatherings are planned with consideration to any religious restrictions. Attention is also given to students’ accompanying family in regards to daily life, social life, and health, in close coordination with volunteers from the local community.
3) Most supervising professors hold periodical tea parties or lunch sessions to encourage interaction with Japanese students to build friendships and allow international students to expand their personal networks.
4) A short visit of about one week to local and central public administration offices is conducted yearly, based on the research needs of each student. This experience allows students to acquire a practical understanding of effective public administration and serves as a basis for comparative study of various aspects of public administration. Past years have included visits to central government ministries, local judicial offices, tax bureaus, prefectural police headquarters, aid agencies, and municipal offices.
5) The Graduate School of Economics has accepted 13 batches of JDS Fellows, and has accumulated knowledge related to the needs of public administrators in developing countries. Policy improvement issues are well understood among professors in charge of taking care of JDS Fellows.
The Public Administration Course at the Graduate School of Economics employs experienced professors in the field of policy development projects in various Asian developing countries as well as experts in East Asian studies. Specialized professors designated to work with JDS Fellows also provide practical guidance and supervision to meet fellows’ specific needs. The course is specifically and carefully designed to be implemented systematically and consistently to develop the academic capabilities and experience of JDS Fellows. If a research proposal requires interdisciplinary guidance, multiple professors can be available for joint instruction specific to the student’s needs.
In developing countries, in the field of public administration, effective and practical implementation of policies is often hindered by ineffective administrative systems and other issues such as disorganization, corruption, defective law and order, or a failed judicial system. Efforts to deliver administrative services that meet community needs, and reforms in public servant systems and government organizations are conducted, however, due to lack of practical experience; countries face several difficulties. In addition, under conditions imposed by International Organizations, decentralization of the government is proceeding, requiring capacity building of local governments in the financial and administrative sections and social management at a local level including administration of ODA projects.
Our Graduate School has two professors in public administration related disciplines with experience providing their knowledge for several ODA projects for more than 20 years, including projects funded by the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, JBIC and JICA. Such experience is used to its full extent to guide JDS Fellows to find solutions to their specific issues.
Our Graduate School understands that human resource development in 1) management of public policy, 2) decentralization of public administration and 3) improvement of governance and anticorruption is crucial to build a stable nation, and aims to train students to be talented professionals who will be able to lead in their fields, exhibiting expertise in solving various problems from a broad range of perspectives related to public administration.
The program offered consists of courses to acquire; 1) the basic academic skills required in the study of public administration & management; 2) the fundamental knowledge and skills required in the implementation of public administration; and 3) knowledge of advanced topics related to public administration and other subjects to allow the understanding of the theories and specific knowledge required in the implementation of efficient public administration.
Considering that not all of JDS Fellows are familiar with social science study, compulsory disciplines such as academic writing, basics of economics, and statistics are offered in the first semester to prepare fellows for subsequent advanced courses.
Special programs are offered such as yearly field studies and internship training at Japanese government bodies. Other ad hoc programs such as discussions with relevant government officials invited from various government sectors are conducted depending on the needs of individual research proposals. Visiting programs at central government bodies, local administrative offices, tax bureaus, police headquarters, land administration offices, judicial affairs bureaus and other relevant Japanese public institutions are also conducted to learn from practical experience in the field.
Exchange of expert professors and joint research projects have been conducted periodically from 2001 based on academic cooperation with various universities in Asia. Moreover, in 2008, our Graduate School sent three JDS Fellows to a conference held by Kyushu University entitled “Transformation of Asia by Social Information Infrastructure.” Subsequently, in 2010, a student was sent to India for the NAPSIPAG conference to present her research results and in 2011 two students were sent to the World Business Institute Conference in New York and the APEA conference in Pusan, South Korea respectively to present their research topics. In 2012, two students were sent to Bangladesh to make presentations at the symposium on Environmental Governance.
For the future, our Graduate School will continue encouraging JDS Fellows’ participation in such valuable conferences as well as holding and sponsoring similar events.
|Preparatory Courses (Compulsory)||1st. Year||2nd. Year|
|Academic Writing||T. Takemoto||1||○||○|
|Mathematics for Economics||Y. Kashiwagi||1||○||○|
|Economic Statistics||J. Nomura
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|Core Courses (Compulsory)||1st. Year||2nd. Year|
|Public Economics||S. Teraji||2||○||○|
|Development Economics||K. Hamashima||2||○||○|
|Public Administration||K. Nishiyama||2||○||○|
|Public Finance||M. Nakama
|Program Evaluation||T. Umada||2||○||○|
|International Economics||K. Yamamoto||2||○||○|
|Principles of Administrative law||M. Hattori||2||○|
|Elective Courses||1st. or 2nd. Year|
|Japan’s International Cooperation Policies||T. Oiwa||2||○||○|
|Media and Society||M. Loehr||2|
|Southeast Asian Economy||2|
|Environmental Policy||L. Chen||2||○||○|
|Social Policy Study||S. Nabeyama||2|
|Regional Economics||H. Saito||2||○||○|
|Public Debt Management||T. Sakano||2||○||○|
|Cost-Benefit Analysis||S. Yamashita||2||○||○|
|Advanced Public Administration Studies IA||T. Umada||2||○|
|Advanced Public Administration Studies IB||T. Umada||2||○|
|Advanced Public Administration StudiesⅡA||T.Umada||2||○|
|Advanced Public Administration StudiesⅡB||T.Umada
|Local Government Finance||M. Nakama||2||○||○|
|International Framework for Environmental Protection||M. Maruyama||2||○||○|
|Cultural Psychology of Administration||T. Takemoto||2||○|
|Public Policy||T. Umada
Objectives: To acquire the basic skills required in the study of public administration management such as thesis writing skills, mathematics for economics and economic statistics.
(Quarter & Semester: 1 to 2 credits courses, to a total of 6 credits)
|2||Mathematics for Economics||1|
Objectives: To acquire fundamental knowledge and skills required in the implementation of public administration such as public economics, public administration, program evaluation and others.
(Semester: 2 credits courses, to a total of 14 credits)
|No.||Course Name||No.||Course Name|
|1||Public Economics||5||Program Evaluation|
|2||Development Economics||6||International Economics|
|3||Public Administration||7||Principles of Administrative law|
Objectives: To study advanced topics related to public administration and other subjects to allow the acquisition of the theories and specified knowledge required in the implementation of efficient public administration.
(Semester: 2 credits courses, to a total of 2)
|No.||Course Name||No.||Course Name|
|1||Japan’s International Cooperation Policies||9||Advanced Public Administration Studies IA|
|2||Media and Society||10||Advanced Public Administration Studies IB|
|3||Southeast Asian Economy||11||Advanced Public Administration Studies ⅡA|
|4||Environmental Policy||12||Advanced Public Administration Studies ⅡB|
|5||Social Policy Study||13||Local Government Finance|
|6||Regional Economics||14||International Framework for Environmental Protection|
|7||Public Debt Management||15||Cultural Psychology of Administration|
|8||Cost Benefit Analysis||16||Public Policy|
*Additionally，students must take in the first year, Seminar IA (2 credits) and Seminar IB (2 credits) and in the second year, SeminarⅡA [ Thesis Instruction ] (2 credits) and SeminarⅡB [ Thesis Instruction ] (2 credits).
|Preparatory Courses||6 Credits|
|Core Courses||14 Credits|
|Elective Courses||2 Credits|
|SeminarⅡA (Thesis Instruction)||2 Credits|
|SeminarⅡB (Thesis Instruction)||2 Credits|
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# Refer to the curriculum chart for each professor’s field of study.
In the Graduate School, when a student is admitted, supervisory professors are appointed beforehand depending on student’s specific area of study. Those professors are prepared to start supervision immediately after the arrival of students. Concerning thesis writing, vice supervisor is appointed at an early stage providing generous and careful guidance.
Yamaguchi University has 2 International Houses as dormitories for international students, 1 in Yoshida campus, the other in Tokiwa campus.
The maximum length to be an occupant of an International House is basically 6 months, but if the International Student Center (ISC) allows the extension of the stay, students can stay longer. When students start to live there, a deposit fee is required.
The room is classified into single, couple and family type equipped with refrigerator, washing machine, air-conditioning, bed and study desk.
The ISC selects the residents of the International Houses in January for the residents supposed to move in between April and September; in July for the residents supposed to move in between October and May next year. Every year, the number of the students who want to live in the International Houses exceeds that of the rooms we can supply. So ISC casts lots for the residents and considers the students’ length of stay in Japan, their status of international students, etc..
For graduate students, research rooms are allocated, each room with up to eight students.
The study desks and room numbers at Graduate School of Economics are designated at the time of registration so as to be able to start immediately after the enrollment ceremony. Each room is equipped with air conditioning, washing stand, printer, etc..
The central library is under repair, now. But it is partially available and students will be able to use all of them from April 2014. Additionally, the library of East Asian Study Institute is available at the Faculty of Economics where students can find more than 780 series of specialized journals and periodicals. Special collection for JDS students is also available equipped with study desks. Trained staffs are on standby to give advice and support to students looking for specific data or academic information needed for research works.
Students are allowed to take up to 1,500 sheets of copy per year free of charge.
New Research Building
New four story research building for graduate students (belonging to Graduate School of Economics and Graduate School of East Asian Studies) was inaugurated in April 2010.
The Public Administration Course at the Graduate School of Economics is awaiting Nepalese students. We look forward to using our deep knowledge about Asian developing countries, their historical evolution, and their governing structures. Professors with experience working for JICA are available to instruct you on your research theme.
Students have opportunities to experience Japanese culture and traditional events through interaction with a welcoming volunteer group for the support of international students, such as forming an international student team to participate in the local sports festival. Yamaguchi is a region richly endowed with nature, and living costs are lower than in metropolitan areas. Yamaguchi University is the best choice for students who want to engage in research and enjoy Japanese culture and daily life.
Yamaguchi City, prefectural the capital of Yamaguchi Prefecture, is located in the westernmost part of mainland Japan, and surrounded on three sides by the ocean.
Normally, Japanese people are very kind, generous, helpful, and friendly with foreigners, and the people of Yamaguchi City are no exception. They are very kind, polite, helpful, and warm-hearted and that has impressed me so much. Moreover, the calm and quiet environment in Yamaguchi City is very congenial for living here. Along with the natural beauty, there is also plenty to see in Yamaguchi City very close to Yamaguchi University, including the superb Ruriko-ji Temple and Pagoda, the modern St. Francis Xavier Memorial Church, Yamaguchi Prefectural Art Museum, Sesshutei Garden at Joeji Temple, local hot spring and more.
In Yamaguchi City, local volunteer organizations and the community involved in arranging local festivals and other activities give foreign students the opportunity to interact with local people and their traditions.
Yamaguchi University’s motto is “Discover it. Nourish it. Realize it. A place of Wisdom ”It is the third oldest university in Japan impressed me a lot with its beautiful environment and facilities. In Yamaguchi University, the international students are provided with a lot of support and facilities while they are study here. The most key ones are as follows:
The International Student Support Center (ISSC) helps international students with problems concerning academic issues, student’s daily life, financial issues, health care and so forth. Japanese Language Courses are offered to foreign students on an optional basis.
The university has two International Houses as dormitories for international students with single, couple and family type rooms.
Besides the central library, there is also a library of East Asian Study Institute at the Faculty of Economics that helps a lot in getting materials for research. Japanese senior students are assigned for one year to help foreign students studying and living here.
【Salient Feature of PA Course, Yamaguchi University】
The Public Administration (PA) Course at the Graduate School of Economics is specially designed with specialized and experienced professors in order to develop both academic and empirical capacity of JDS Fellows in the field of PA.
At the very beginning of the course, one main supervisor and two sub-supervisor professors are appointed to each student based on their research proposal.
The Course is conducted with excellent evaluation system like presentation, assignment, and written examinations.
Yearly short visits to local and central administration offices are held to get the practical understanding of effective public administration required for JDS Fellows.
Every semester, some incentive courses are offered conducted by foreign lectures specialized and experienced in the field of public administration.
Each JDS Fellow is allocated with a research room equipped with air conditioning, a printer, desk and other necessities.
A seminar is held with the government officials of JDS Fellows’ own countries to share their research and to gain valuable suggestions.
Officials are assigned to look after the administrative and official matters of JDS Fellows.
Periodical tea or lunch sessions are held in order to facilitate interactions with Japanese students.