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 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 70+ countries and regions. Many of our international alumni are active in a vast array of fields in Japan and in their own countries.
Kobe University has always been committed to the creation of knowledge in a broad range of fields from Humanities, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences to Bio-Medical Sciences. The intellectual curiosity and the inquiring mind of each faculty member have continually advanced the level of researches since the foundation. In the area of education, faculty and administrative staff members have united their efforts to collaborate on ways to prepare a better learning environment from the students' viewpoint. In the course of our quest for academic excellence, many of our research areas have gained considerable recognition worldwide as the "core research areas" of Kobe University, and the number is increasing on an ongoing basis. Most of them are on the path of becoming a "center of excellence". Kobe University extends an invitation to all students, researchers, public and private sectors, as well as to all persons and organizations interested in studying at or collaborating with the University.
The Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies (GSICS) was established in 1992 and offers four academic programs: 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 twenty countries account for about forty 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 economics, law, business administration, education, engineering, and urban studies. Accordingly, our academic programs are truly multidisciplinary.
One of our aims is to train graduate students who are interested in pursuing international careers. Academic activities at GSICS, therefore, encourage our students to acquire expertise and multidisciplinary knowledge. As one of these activities, GSICS often convenes international conferences and symposia and invites leading specialists from all over the world to deliver special lectures and seminars. We also encourage our students to participate in internships and placements in domestic and international organizations, and recognize the importance of these activities by awarding credits for them, as well as partially subsidizing students’ travel costs. A number of students have so far taken part in internships at the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, Japan International Cooperation Agency(JICA), JBIC (Japan Bank for International Cooperation), and a number of United Nations agencies. We welcome international students who wish to join our vibrant academic community.
In an effort to make our unique multidisciplinary academic environment available to international students, particularly JDS Fellows, 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.
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 Philippines who successfully complete the requirements will be granted one of the following degrees: Master of Economics 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.
Kobe GSICS provides a very comprehensive and challenging program in economics. Graduate students in the program are able to increase theoretical and applicable knowledge/skills for economic policy making and monitoring evaluation. Students are also able to acquire the analytical skills to tackle issues related to job creation, financial reform, SME (Small & Medium Enterprise) promotion, investment policy, etc. Many of our graduates are currently working for universities and international organizations (e.g., UNESCO, UNICEF, UNDP, FAO, World Bank). In addition, high/mid-level government officials from Asia, Africa, Middle-East, and Latin America participate in economics training at Kobe GSICS to enhance their knowledge and skills. In the past several years, more than dozen of students from Philippines have got the Master’s degree at our program.
Ms. Eufemio Joanna Micah Chavez
(12th Batch, Graduated in 2016)
Master of International Studies
Workplace: Office of the President
I came to Japan with these goals in mind – to become a better civil servant and to know my country and myself better.
My brief stay in Japan has honed me to become a better civil servant. From the orientation sessions in the Philippines and in Japan where I met promising professionals from various fields of government service, to the Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies (GSICS) where I had the chance to interact and learn from people from varied academic, professional and cultural backgrounds, I was continually challenged to think of ways to contribute to the development of my home organization. I remember being keen on joining this program because I found its objective very noble: to capacitate government organizations by investing on its people. This objective guides me in obtaining all the lessons I can get from every encounter, every trip, every class discussion.
My stint in Japan has also helped me know more about my country. GSICS provided us the ideal platform to ponder on international issues within the context of our countries, and our place in the international arena as well. I took our academic assignments – research papers and master’s thesis – as a chance to humbly provide policy inputs that may be considered by my organization and may hopefully contribute in addressing targeted priority development issues.
Finally, the two years I have spent in Japan has helped me become a better individual. As I immersed myself in the Japanese society that is known worldwide for its rich culture, innovativeness and extraordinary discipline, the program also provided civil servants like me the opportunity to showcase the Filipino brand of hard work, integrity, and professionalism. It is my utmost hope that I can apply these values as I continue on in my government career.