GSICS Graduate School of
International Cooperation Studies
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
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.
• • xible
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
International Law /
Law and Development Program
Area Studies Program