GSICS Pamphlet - GSICS_ Kobe University by tangshuming


       GSICS          Graduate School of
       International Cooperation Studies
                        Kobe University
                  The Graduate School of International Coopera-
               tion Studies (GSICS) was established in 1992 with
               the objective of fostering talented young people to
               serve the international community. Kobe Univer-
               sity is one of the oldest Universities in Japan, but
               GSICS is a new graduate school without an under-
               graduate course. Kobe University has an estab-
               lished reputation for excellence in the social
               sciences, and GSICS originated in the Graduate
               Schools of Economics and Laws.
                  Today we are faced with many serious global
               issues such as the global economic crisis, climate
               change, civil wars, nuclear disasters, and so on.
    TOSA       We must examine these issues from an inter-
    Hiroyuki   disciplinary perspective as well as a transnational
               viewpoint. GSICS provides methodologies            of
               Economics, Laws, Political Science, International
               Relations and Educational Development to
               address these complicated issues. Students are
               expected to develop expertise in one of these
               fields, but also to become conversant in the other
               fields as well.
                  GSICS has courses taught in Japanese and
               taught in English. The ratio of international
               students is about forty percent and they come from
               more than twenty countries. Accordingly, you can
               enjoy the international atmosphere at GSICS and
               have a chance to engage with people having a
               diverse range of backgrounds and values. GSICS
               offers a wide variety of programs and a good
               environment to form professional skills. We
               welcome motivated students who will serve the
               international community after empowering them-
               selves through education and research here.

Overview of the Graduate School of International
Cooperation Studies GSICS
                                                               offers courses taught in English at both the Master’s         students build their capacity to address an increasingly
                                                               and Doctoral levels. International students comprise          diverse, complex, and changing world.
  The Graduate School of International Cooperation             approximately forty percent of those enrolled in GSICS,
Studies (GSICS) aims to prepare talented young people          and most of them are from developing countries.             6. The faculty of GSICS includes experts in international
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to work in international • ••• • •and, through their work,                                                                    cooperation from Japan and other countries, serving
to make a contribution to the international community.       3. The course of study in Japanese is comprised of four          as full-time and visiting professors, as well as adjunct
At GSICS we believe that mutual understanding and               programs: International Studies, Development and              lecturers.
respect for human rights is essential for peaceful              Economics, International Law/Law and Development,
global co-existence, and thus strive in our education,          and Politics and Area Studies. The curriculum in           7. In addition to recent university graduates, GSICS
research and community activities to further this goal.         each Program is designed to offer opportunities for           welcomes applicants with various international,
In particular, we endeavor to provide students with the         systematic study, and each offers degrees in their            working, academic and other experiences. GSICS
multidisciplinary background and expertise that will                          lds.
                                                                respective•• ••••                                             aims at training competent professionals and
help them both as researchers and practitioners in the                                                                        academics, able to work in all the different areas of
• ••• •of•international cooperation.
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                                                             4. GSICS offers a • ••• curriculum where students can            international cooperation.
                                                                acquire a wide range of knowledge. In addition to its
                                                                own faculty, GSICS receives support from eight Kobe        8. GSICS helps its students to • • d• employment.
                                                                University graduate schools and institutes including         Recruitment seminars are regularly held at GSICS
1. Our world is confronted with a range of transnational        the Graduate Schools of Economics, Law, Medicine,            by international organizations including the World
   issues such as the emergence of a borderless economy,        Health Sciences, Engineering, the Research Institute         Bank, IMF and WFP. Job guidance, seminars and
   poverty, armed co• • ict, terrorism, global warming
                         ••                                     for Economics and Business Administration, the               information sharing are provided.
   and the spread of infectious diseases. Conventional          Institute for the Promotion of Higher Education and
   methods of international cooperation are not su•• cient
                                                      ••        the Research Center for Urban Safety and Security.         9. In celebration of its 50th anniversary, the Kobe
   to address these problems, and new approaches                Thanks to their assistance, GSICS can provide multi-          University Rokkodai Foundation created the 'Ryoso
   are necessary. The GSICS curriculum re• ••• this
                                                  cts           dimensional education and research supervision.               Award' with the purpose of contributing to the further
   concern. The multidisciplinary curriculum design                                                                           development of work in the social sciences. It is given
   enables students to acquire the knowledge and             5. While some students opt to follow scholarly careers,          annually to the student with the highest grades in
   skills necessary to participate in the creation and          many students become practitioners. In pursuing their         each school/faculty on the Rokkodai campus, and
   development of these new approaches.                         studies, students are encouraged to take a practical and      to selected doctoral students in order to facilitate
                                                                applied approach to international issues. At the same         overseas study.
2. GSICS has courses of study in both Japanese and              time, they are expected to master basic methodologies
   English. International students are welcome. For             for fundamental, theoretical, and empirical studies.
   those are not • • • • in the Japanese language, GSICS        We believe that this approach to education helps



     Studies Program
     Development and
     Economics Program
     International Law /
     Law and Development Program
     Politics and
     Area Studies Program

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