Message from the Dean

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Yuichi Fukuta
Dean of Graduate School/
School of Economics

 Since the foundation of the undergraduate and graduate schools, the faculty members have led economics studies in Japan through their pursuit of world-class research. Today, many faculty members publish the results of their research in the world's leading academic journals. In particular, they have published a multitude of works in both English and Japanese and have received an array of awards, including the Nikkei Prize for Excellent Books in Economic Science. In addition, the Institute of Social and Economic Research, our collaborator in both teaching and research, edits the International Economic Review, which is a scholarly journal, in partnership with the University of Pennsylvania in the United States. The most prominent feature of the education provided in the undergraduate and graduate schools is that it is grounded in the results of cutting-edge research.

 The undergraduate and graduate schools value the spirit of keiseisaimin —governing a nation and providing relief for its people— which is the original meaning of keizai, the Japanese word for economics. Our goal is to develop human resources who possess warm hearts and strive to enhance human happiness, but also possess cool heads to theoretically, empirically, and historically understand the laws related to the diverse economic and social phenomena that occur in Japan and around the world. More specifically, we guide students toward attaining the qualities outlined below.

(1) Systematically mastering world-class knowledge on economics and business administration.
(2) Possessing the ability to think logically.
(3) Mastering methodologies that are grounded in expert knowledge for analyzing real-world problems in economics and business administration.
(4) Acquiring a well-rounded education on human society and the natural world.
(5) Attaining design skills that afford the creation of pathways that allow them to resolve unsolved problems using their own ideas.
(6) Possessing an interest not only in economic problems in their own country, but also in diverse global issues.
(7) Possessing the communication skills required to engage in open dialogue with Japanese and non-Japanese people.
(8) Acquiring the ability to discuss and write logically and convincingly about their own ideas.

 In order for students to acquire these qualities, the School of Economics has established a systematic curriculum and a complete system of small-group teaching. Economics and Business Administration is the only department in the School of Economics and this allows education to be freed from the distinctions between economics and business administration. In addition to receiving substantial instruction in introductory and basic economics, first and second year students acquire a wide-ranging education that centers on the subjects offered by the Center for Education in Liberal Arts and Sciences. From their third year, students begin to further deepen their specialized knowledge. In particular, they participate in research seminars in order to explore their own areas of interest through dialogue and interaction with the faculty members in charge and their fellow students. We provide students with many opportunities to foster internationalism at the undergraduate stage, including social activities with our international students and student-exchange programs with our partner institutions. After graduation, many students find work at private corporations, in governments, and with municipal agencies and non-profit organizations; however, a growing number of students also continue to graduate school. We aim to provide every student with personalized guidance to allow them to make the best use of their individuality and proceed on a unique path that matches their aptitude.

 The Graduate School of Economics is composed of two majors in Economics, and Business and Management. The Master's Program in Economics offers three courses: Economics, Applied Economics, and Economic History and Business History. The Business and Management major offers four courses: Management Research, Management of Technology (MOT), Business Administration, and Global Management. Each course provides intensive coursework equal to that provided by the leading universities in Europe and the United States. After completing the Master's Program, students can find work with international organizations, governments and municipal agencies, think tanks, or private corporations. This enables them to become professionals in economics or in business and management. Alternatively, they can proceed to the Doctoral Program and towards becoming a researcher.

 The Doctoral Program aims to further enhance the knowledge and thinking skills that students acquired in the Master's Program and is available for both Economics and Business and Management. In the Doctoral Program, students work under a supervisor and are provided with training on writing professional papers, how to present at academic conferences and seminars, and how to get papers published in specialized journals. At the culmination of this program, they are required to write a doctoral thesis. While the main objective of the Doctoral Program is to train researchers, it also aims to advance the students' knowledge as professionals. Many of the researchers who have graduated from our graduate school are currently active in Japan's leading universities, at universities overseas, or are playing important roles in the global development of economics and business administration.

 We sincerely look forward to welcoming to our undergraduate and graduate students with the ambition to be responsible for the future as they progress on their own unique paths.

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