The International University of Japan (IUJ) was founded in 1982 as the first English-medium graduate school in Japan with extensive support from industrial, financial and educational communities such as the Japan Association of Corporate Executives, as well as from the local communities of Minami-Uonuma region, Niigata. IUJ’s mission is to develop future leaders in the globalized world, and for this purpose, it was initiated as the first English-medium graduate school in Japan. IUJ has accepted over 3, 800 international students from 115 countries and has successfully established its long-standing reputation as a unique educational and research institution known as “mini United Nations.”
The uniqueness of IUJ comes from its campus environment. On our campus, about 370 students from about 50 countries and faculty members live together in dormitories, which enable students and faculty members to create close connections and interactions
IUJ consists of two graduate schools: Graduate Schools of International Relations (GSIR) and International Management (GSIM). GSIR, established in 1982, currently offers two-year master’s programs in International Development Program (IDP), Public Management and Policy Analysis Program (PMPP) and International Relations Program (IRP). GSIM, established in 1988 as the first US-style business school in Japan, offers a two-year or one-year master’s degree in Master of Business Administration (MBA) and a one-year master’s degree in E-Business Management.
Students and Learning Environment:
IUJ campus is multinational. Students can learn how to work with different cultural, historical and social backgrounds in ways that are not easily possible anywhere else. One of the strengths of IUJ is that overseas students live together on campus and study with Japanese students who can introduce them to various sides of Japanese society and culture. Many of IUJ’s overseas students, not limited to JDS scholarship students, are from such entities as government ministries, government agencies, and central banks.
IUJ’s strategic location in the serene heartland of rural Japan provides a unique learning place for young men and women from all parts of the world to gather and to learn from each other and from highly qualified international faculty. Although the International University of Japan is in a small countryside city with a population of approximately 60,000, the shinkansen (bullet train) provides very easy access to Tokyo, the journey taking approximately 90 minutes.
As of September 2015, the number of IUJ alumni has reached 3,809, representing 115 countries including 99 from Bangladesh, 10 Bhutan, 1 Brunei, 65 Cambodia, 203 China, 2 East Timor, 151 India, 518 Indonesia, 30 Korea, 9 Kazakhstan, 48 Kyrgyz Republic, 63 Lao P.D.R., 75 Malaysia, 79 Mongolia, 135 Myanmar, 37 Nepal, 17 Oceanian Countries, 135 Philippines, 59 Sri Lanka, 14 Tajikistan, 151 Thailand, 83 Uzbekistan, 127 Vietnam and 175 from 27 African countries.
The Graduate School of International Relations (GSIR) has been offering international education in English in accordance with global standards from its inception. GSIR equips students with essential political, economic and management skills as well as historical and cultural perspectives so that they may become specialists who understand, analyze a wide range of international issues and problems, contribute proactively, and lead the way to resolve the issues that the world is facing. GSIR, utilizing the experiences of Japan and the Asia-Pacific region, lets students examine these issues within a broad and coherent theoretical and empirical framework in the course of their two-year study.
By going through a process of writing a thesis under supervisors (who themselves have gone through vigorous graduate work at top-notch universities in the USA, the UK and Australia), students will be trained to develop the ability to identify and analyze the issues at a depth and develop problem-solving capabilities and apply these acquired skills and knowledge in their future career after graduation.
JDS Fellows will enroll in the following program:
Public Management and Policy Analysis Program (PMPP):
PMPP, a program established in 2010, is designed to meet the needs of good governance required to implement, administer and evaluate policies that effectively solve diverse public issues. The program, unlike that of any graduate school of public management and administration, emphasizes interdisciplinary concepts of social sciences -- management, economics, political science, law, and public administration -- with a mix of highly analytical and descriptive methodologies in order to solve various issues in the real world. Like IDP, PMPP is designed not only for students who wish to pursue careers in public institutions and international organizations, but also for those who wish to work in research institutes. Graduates of the PMPP receive a Master of Arts in Public Management.
Our Public Management and Policy Analysis Program (PMPP), together with the International Development Program (IDP), offers an excellent training program for governmental officials who would want to play a leadership role in the formulation, implementation, administration and evaluation of public policies in those areas. More specifically, our two-year master’s program is well suited for public officials from the Ministry of Planning, the Ministry of Interiors, the Ministry of Economy and Finance, the Ministry of Women’s and Veteran’s Affairs, the Council of Ministers, the Council for Administrative Reform, the NCDD, and the Provincial Cabinet. The program provides not only basic courses and seminars on general public administration and management issues, but also many practical and advanced courses as well as field training that will enhance students’ capacities for the formation and implementation of more specific social and socioeconomic policies in their relevant fields (such as intergovernmental relations and poverty alleviation). Students will also have various opportunities to improve their skills to analyze and evaluate policies quantitatively as well as qualitatively. Through writing their theses, students can further develop their capacities for conducting independent research on their own policy issues by applying knowledge and skills they have learned in their coursework. It is expected that students will play a pivotal role in the achievement of effective and efficient governance in their fields after they return to the country.
In sum, the JDS Fellows are expected to acquire the following knowledge and skills:
The Public Management and Policy Analysis Program (PMPP) is a multidisciplinary program that is closely linked with the IDP. PMPP is designed to prepare the next generation of leaders in public sectors by providing them with a conceptual framework and practical skills that are necessary to succeed in public administration and management. The program meets the increasing demand for the knowledge and skills necessary to implement good governance in the public sector. By combining rigorous training in analytical, quantitative, and qualitative methods, the multi-disciplinary nature of this program is aimed at students attaining sound knowledge and understanding key concepts, issues, ideas, and theories in management, economics, and public administration, with an emphasis on public management and policy analysis.
PMPP is built on three pillars: (i) advanced training in theoretical foundation and quantitative and qualitative methods; (ii) multidisciplinary approaches through coursework on public administration, management, political science, development economics, governance, and law; and (iii) professional orientation through MA thesis preparation and writing. In particular, PMPP faculty members work with students to analyze their respective countries’ policy issues through thesis supervising and other related research projects. Furthermore, PMPP also encompasses a wide choice of other important policy subjects, such as environmental management and health-related management and economics. PMPP is attractive for people who work in or intend to take up careers in national or regional governments, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, and public enterprises. The core values of the PMPP include:
PMPP, like no other graduate school of public management and administration, emphasizes interdisciplinary concepts of social sciences, such as public administration, management, economics, accounting, law, and politics, with a mix of analytical and descriptive methodologies in order to solve various issues in the real world. In addition, the program trains students to use various software packages for quantitative analyses, such as STATA, E-Views, TSP, GAUSS, Matlab, and LINDO, which are among the necessary tools to conduct quantitative studies and to formulate various policies of public and private sectors. The curriculum of the PMPP enables students to understand the wider scope and implications of public issues faced by different countries.
Highly-qualified Master’s thesis:
Close supervision by faculty members of the PMPP enable students to write a highly-qualified master’s thesis which could contribute to practical solutions to current public issues. The faculty of the PMPP is unique in that every single member holds a Ph.D. degree from reputable universities abroad, which is unseen anywhere else in Japan. The quality of the PMPP theses can be proved by the fact that many of past theses in GSIR have been published in internationally refereed academic journals.
Complemented by other fields of social sciences:
Public policy issues and problems are interdisciplinary in nature. Various dimensions of social sciences, such as economics, regional science, management, international relations, and political science, are as important as the socioeconomic context. To widen the visions, the PMPP students can enroll in the courses offered by other programs (International Development Program, International Relations Program, and International Peace Studies Program) in GSIR. Furthermore, the PMPP students have the option to enroll in the MBA type courses offered by the Graduate School of International Management (GSIM) in order to gain deeper insight into financial markets and institutions as well as corporate policymaking in management. Some of the courses are jointly offered by both GSIR and GSIM.
Residential campus with diversity of student body:
Most GSIR students are from government agencies which are formulating and implementing public policies of their home countries so that they can share development experiences of different countries and develop an extensive global network for their future careers. In addition, most students and faculty members live in on-campus dormitories and housings. This facilitates close relationships among them, leading to close supervision by faculty members. Such an international environment with residential campus provides foreign scholars with a rich opportunity in interacting with Japanese students both inside and outside the classroom.
[Curriculum of PMPP]
PMPP provides the scholars with the academic and policy-oriented training through the combination of theoretical and practical foundations in the field of public management. Through training the scholars, the program assists in enhancing the professional skills of key public agencies in developing and emerging countries faced with consistently changing socio-economic circumstances. In terms of the coverage and quality of the offered courses over the wide fields of public management, PMPP’s curriculum is among the best in the world when compared to other master's-level professional programs.
The curriculum of the two-year master’s program consists of a combination of required courses and elective courses: the former provides basic skills and knowledge that are required to understand all aspects of public management and related fields and to apply them to public-oriented issues; the latter focuses more on the specific aspects of practical and policy-oriented issues and expands the theoretical capability and descriptive knowledge developed in required courses. This combination allows the scholars to facilitate problem identification and problem solving in public management agendas.
Together with the course work, the scholars select a unique and important public policy-related research topic and write a well-qualified master’s thesis while participating in advanced seminar sessions with their academic supervisors. Indeed, writing a master’s thesis and defending it are the center of the demanding components of the program, as in typical academic graduate-level studies. The thesis writing gives the scholars a crucial opportunity to learn how to discuss and analyze their research topic in depth by integrating the concepts and methods that have been acquired during the entire two-year program as well as the knowledge that had been developed in their previous professional careers.
To earn a Master of Arts in Public Management, the scholars need to complete the required number of credits through course work and to submit a well-qualified master’s thesis to the GSIR. Altogether they must complete at least 44 credits. The scholar’s achievement in course work is evaluated on a scale of letter grades, A (distinguished), A- (very good), B+ (good), B (satisfactory), B- (satisfactory low), C (poor), and F (failure). The evaluation criteria for each course are given in the course syllabus and include class attendance, presentations and/or written/oral examinations.
The first-year curriculum:
The first-year curriculum introduces required courses that provide the scholars with tools, concepts, and theories in public management and related fields. These courses expose the scholars to cutting-edge knowledge in public management, thus helping them to analyze public policy issues within inclusive and coherent theoretical and quantitative frameworks. The scholars start preparations for a master's thesis toward the end of the first-year. Before the spring term of the first year, all scholars need to decide their research topic and choose an academic supervisor. In addition, the scholars with their supervisor's guidance have the opportunity to enroll in elective courses that help them explore their research topic.
The second-year curriculum:
The second-year curriculum consists of elective courses and a master’s thesis writing. Practical and policy-oriented second-year courses strive to expand the theoretical and qualitative capabilities developed in the first year. The scholars identify a unique, public management-related issue and write a master's thesis on a research topic of their choice while participating in advanced seminar sessions under supervision of faculty members. Through the process, the scholars have an opportunity to analyze their research topic in depth by integrating theories, methods, concepts and their practical applications that they have acquired in the entire two-year program.
Thesis writing (Advanced seminars I, II, and III):
GSIR regards a thesis as an important final stage in intellectual development. The purpose of a thesis is to give evidence of the scholar’s ability in collecting and evaluating information, critically analyzing empirical facts based on theories in the chosen field of public management arguments. A thesis also demonstrates the scholar’s ability to present research results concisely and in a scholarly form. No credits are allotted to a thesis itself in GSIR. However, the scholars need to register for their supervisor’s three advanced seminars (Advanced Seminars I, II, and III) in three consecutive terms, beginning in the spring term of the first year. These advanced seminars together account for 6 out of the 44 required credits. A thesis with good quality will be sent to outside evaluators to see if they deserve a grade of “distinction.” “Distinction” is awarded to those theses that are of publishable quality in the international referred journals.
|Categories||Course Titles/ Number of required credits|
|Required Courses||Core Required Courses||Microeconomics I
Mathematics for Economics and Management (B) (1 credit)
Public Policy Process
Public Policy Modeling
Public Finance and Budgeting
|Advanced Seminars||Advanced Seminar I
Advanced Seminar II
Advanced Seminar III
|Elective Required Courses||Comparative Government and Politics
Cost Benefit Analysis
Cross-Sectional and Panel Data Analysis
Development of Japanese Industry and Business
Development Planning (Multisector Models)
Financial Accounting and Reporting
Foundations of Web Technologies*
Governmental Accounting and Reporting
Introduction to Electronic Government
IT Strategy and Policy Planning*
Japanese Energy Policy and Regulations
Japanese Public Finance and Administration
Local Government and Public Services
Policy Evaluation and Management
Project Cycle Management
Public Human Resource Management
Public Information Policy and Management
Public Management Information Systems
Public Organization Theory
Public Private Partnership
Quantitative Methods for Decision Making
Urban and Regional Planning
|at least 8 credits|
|Electives||From among all the courses offered in GSIR & GSIM, excluding courses offered in Language Programs.|
|at least 13 credits|
|Total number of required credits||44 credits|
Academic English I
International Finance *
At the time of enrollment, a faculty consultant will be assigned to the JDS scholars to help with studies and research until the end of the second term when the JDS participants find their own supervisors. An academic supervisor will be determined based on scholars’ thesis topic. The supervisors give JDS scholars appropriate guidance in selecting courses useful for their research and writing a master’s thesis. The thesis writing gives the participants a crucial opportunity to learn how to discuss and analyze their research topic in depth by integrating the concepts and methods that have been acquired during the entire two-year program as well as the knowledge that had been developed in their previous professional careers. All professors at IUJ are all capable of supervising scholars in English and following faculty members are capable of supervising JDS scholars.
Information on the faculty members: http://www.iuj.ac.jp/gsir/ir-faculty/
Yongjin Chang, Ph.D
Atsushi CHINO, Ph.D.
Hideaki Goto, Ph.D.
Yusuke Jinnai, Ph.D.
Makoto KAKINAKA, Ph.D.
Ryuta Ray KATO, Ph.D.
Chun-Hung KUO, Ph.D.
Ching-Yang LIN, Ph.D.
Hun Myoung PARK, Ph.D
Shingo TAKAHASHI, Ph.D.
Nawalage S. COORAY, Ph.D.
Naoko KUMAGAI, Ph.D.
Maung Aung MYOE, Ph.D.
Osamu NAKAMURA, Ph.D
Motohide SAJI, Ph.D.
Shinichi WATANABE, Ph.D.
Academic Calendar (Reference)
All facilities at IUJ, including student’s dormitories, faculty’s housing, classrooms, computer rooms, library, gym, cafeteria, school shop etc., are within 5-minute walk. As the official language is English at IUJ, all administrative offices including Admissions, Office of Academic Affairs, Office of Student Services, Accounting, Matsushita Library and Information Center, are staffed with English speaking staff.
Computer Rooms (Open 24 hours):
Two computer rooms, offering PCs with Windows operating systems in English, are available.
Library (Open 8:30 AM – 24:00):
With extensive English database subscriptions and holdings on CD-ROM, the library offers free and easy access on and off campus to thousands of current journals and newspapers, many in full text, as well as to principal world economic statistics and data. The library also subscribes to leading financial data and market research services, which enable students to access real time information on business and market movements.
Study Rooms (Open 24 hours):
A wireless LAN is available, so students can connect their PCs to the campus LAN from anywhere in computer rooms, E-Business Laboratory, Library and Study Rooms.
There are three single student dormitories (SD1, SD2 and SD3 with communal kitchens) and one married student dormitory (MSA). Each single room is furnished and has a private Western-style bathroom and the internet through WiFi or cable access for connecting to the campus LAN. The dormitories also boast computer lounges, numerous meeting rooms, group kitchens and washing machines, TV lounges with satellite broadcasts, a billiards room, a tatami room, a prayer room, and storage facilities. At least one English-speaking housekeeper is stationed 24 hours a day and 7 days a week including weekends and national holidays.
The Campus Cafeteria (Shokudo):
Lunch and dinner are provided. Meats served are halal.
A limited range of groceries, snacks, drinks and a selection of stationary goods are sold here. Services available through the school shop are; dry-cleaning, postal services and parcel delivery service.
Gymnasium and Sports Facilities:
A full-sized gymnasium and a work-out room are very popular places in the evenings. Students gather nightly in the gym for that evenings’ sport or work out on the universal gym. Outdoors, IUJ has 4 tennis courts, two of which are lit for night-time tennis.
GSIR wholeheartedly welcomes JDS scholars from Tajikistan. IUJ is the ideal place to fully enhance your academic and intellectual ability as well as your personal potential. Our lively intellectual community, diverse student body, commitment to training global leaders, and ties with many different countries in the world make it an excellent place for you to pursue your professional and personal goals.
(1) GSIR has faculty members who are professional in the fields of public management, public health, and economic developmental issues. Furthermore, GSIR has a specially appointed professor whose research focuses on development issues in Asia. Under the supervision of these strong faculty members, the JDS scholars can learn various concepts, theories, and skills related to salient issues in development.
(2) GSIR faculty members are conducting research on economic and development issues intensively, and their research outputs are published in international refereed academic journals. Their research fields cover almost all the areas of social sciences, including but not limited to economics, public policy, public management, public administration, and politics. Moreover, many of the GSIR faculty members are conducting joint research on macroeconomics and related issues in cooperation with government officials, researchers, and IUJ alumni members working at public organizations.
(3) 14 students from Tajikistan have graduated from IUJ. After graduation, they have played important roles in their institutions, including Ministry of Foreign Affairs and international organizations. They have continuously moved up the career ladder to hold higher positions and better contribute to their country. We have trained students from Tajikistan and other Central Asian countries for years, through which we have accumulated experiences and developed expertise to effectively work with Tajikistan students in a responsible manner.
(4) GSIR has strong ties with foreign government agencies and international organizations. We also regularly invite specialists on economic policies, public policy, and public management from public institutions in various countries and international organizations. These activities further strengthen our educational and research environments, and help the JDS scholars and our scholarly community discuss, examine, and solve salient development issues.
(5) GSIR has trained government officials from around the world, including a number of developing countries, through various training schemes such as the JICA long-term training program and the JDS project. They are expected to contribute to the socioeconomic advancement of their home countries after graduation. In addition, GSIR has accepted foreign students from various scholarship foundations and sponsors, such as the Ministry of Education, the IMF, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the World Bank, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the Konosuke Matsushita Memorial Foundation, and Mitsubishi UFJ Trust Scholarship Foundation. This indicates that GSIR has earned a high reputation through its rigorous academic training.
In order to train administrative officials who contribute to the implementation of sound economic policies, GSIR will provide the following special programs in addition to its regular curriculum.
(1) Training before enrollment:
To prepare new enrollees for their graduate education, courses on such subjects as Basic Mathematics, Basic Economics and Management will be offered either in scholars’ countries in the summer or in Japan prior to their enrollment.
(2) Training while at IUJ (special classes, seminars, and field trips):
Prominent guest speakers will be invited from other universities, foreign governments, etc. and case studies, seminars, and workshops on agenda policy practices will be conducted. Furthermore, field trips to government organizations, stock exchange, and securities companies in Japan will be organized.
(3) Training after graduation:
GSIR will provide JDS scholars with follow-up training after graduation in scholars’ countries with the aim of continuously improving their knowledge, theories, and skills. Joint seminars inviting graduates, current scholars, and new enrollees will also be held concurrently so that JDS scholars can enhance mutual understanding, share knowledge and experiences, and strengthen their network.
(Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Tajikistan)
Tajikistan as a new born state is in the process of development and this process does not produce the desired results without highly educated specialists. The JDS project gave me the opportunities to significantly improve my knowledge and get necessary experience for my further activities in my country.
Considering the level of Japan’s development in the field of state administration, information technologies, and industry, and energy, Japan experiences would help Tajikistan to find a pathway to higher level development.
Tajikistan students in Japan will not only improve their professional knowledge, but they will also learn many things from Japanese history and culture. No doubts that historical and cultural traditions which form daily life of Japanese are behind their developments. Japan has strict rules and regulations which are part of their traditions.
I have also witnessed many kids who have been enrolled in the local Japanese kindergartens and schools enjoying their school life here in Minami Uonuma-city.