Master’s in International Cooperation Policy

Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU)

Program Description

Master’s in International Cooperation Policy

Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU)

Master’s in International Cooperation Policy

The Asia Pacific region and the international community as a whole are facing many urgent issues which need to be addressed in order to ensure equitable development and sustainable environments. The program provides students with policy-oriented and practical advice, drawing on diverse fields to train creative professionals who can understand complex challenges from multiple perspectives and formulate feasible solutions with integrative approaches from global, regional and local perspectives. Such training will improve practical skills and knowledge to plan, implement and evaluate projects and thereby contribute to organizations that work closely with and in developing nations.

As the program attracts students of diverse backgrounds from all over the world, students easily develop extensive personal networks during their course of studies. Such networks serve as valuable assets even after graduation. Graduates of this program work in industries in or dealing with the Asia Pacific region, national and local governments in Japan and around the world, development agencies and other regional and international organizations.

Course Structure and Content

Students can select one of the following five divisions for their specialization: International Public Administration, Public Health Management, Sustainability Science, Tourism & Hospitality and Development Economics. They are also required to take analytical foundation, core and seminar courses and submit a master’s thesis or a research report to complete their course. Furthermore, current topics are introduced through special study series courses. Some of the subjects are provided jointly with our MBA program for more effective professional development.

This course is designed in such a way that students can develop multi-disciplinary knowledge under the tutelage of multinational faculty members who possess both professional and academic experience. In order to take full advantage of such an environment, students are encouraged to engage actively in various activities in the program. Additionally, numerous seminars and workshops are organized throughout the year. There are many opportunities for students to participate in the exchange of ideas, information and expertise with academics, experts, business executives, policy makers and senior administrators.

Divisions

International Public Administration (IPA)

The International Public Administration division aims to provide knowledge and skills to students interested in pursuing and advancing careers in national and international governmental organizations in an era of increasing globalization. This division enables students to improve professional and practical skills in order to manage and evaluate administrative operations and policies in national, regional and global settings. The major courses in this division relate to international organizations, international cooperation policy and public administration. These courses form the foundation upon which each student can further build more focused study depending on their intended policy fields.

Public Health Management (PHM)

The Public Health Management division teaches students three fundamental skills: skills in budget management, finance, economics and accounting of healthcare costs; skills in epidemiology, health statistics and research methodology as well as information management; and skills in public health, mainly preventive medicine and environmental health. This division puts emphasis on economic, financial and administrative management of healthcare services in both the public and private sectors, while preserving the standard foundations of conventional public health education. Moreover, it encourages students at an early stage to focus on healthcare case studies that relate to significant issues in the Asia Pacific region. They start by reviewing current health issues as reflected in research papers and by raising research questions with policy implications. This aspect of teaching and research is a strategic approach applied throughout the length of the program.

Sustainability Science (SS)

Sustainability Science is the application of science for achieving the goals of sustainable development. Sustainability Science is about using science in the analysis, planning and implementation of policies and actions dealing with interactions between the society and nature with a view to creating a sustainable future for all. It involves the scientific understanding of society-nature interactions; linking research with policy and actions; generating new knowledge, tools and techniques; and enhancing scientific and institutional capability for promoting resilience and sustainability. The students are expected to gain holistic perspective, integrative skills, and trans-disciplinary orientation as they engage in analyzing and managing population-resource-technology-institution interactions relevant to particular problems and issues or ecological settings, both man-made and natural.

Tourism and Hospitality (TH)

Tourism is a fast growing economic sector that is transforming societies and communities in the Asia Pacific region. The Tourism and Hospitality division looks at various aspects of tourism (both mass tourism and alternative tourism) and their economic, social, cultural and environmental impacts on societies and communities through the lenses of culture and social sciences. The division also studies the theory and practice of hospitality management as it relates to the tourism, service, health and welfare industries. The knowledge and academic/professional skills obtained from this division are useful for students who seek employment opportunities in government service, international organizations and private corporations, as well as to those who seek to pursue further studies.

Development Economics (DE)

The Development Economics division is aimed at students interested in socio-economic issues faced by the developing world. Study in this division enables students to improve their critical and analytical skills in development economics, including industrial development, social development, political development, rural development and poverty alleviation, as well enhancing their professional and practical skills related to international development. This division also aims to enhance research skills in this field for those who wish to pursue further studies. The knowledge and skills obtained will provide a wide variety of employment opportunities in international organizations, national and local governments, international development agencies, NGOs and development consultancy firms.

Degree Earned: Master of Science in International Cooperation Policy

Program Duration: 2 years

Enrollment Semester: April, September

Total Tuition Fees: 2,800,000JPY

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated July 31, 2015
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This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Apr. 2017
Sept. 2016
Duration
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2 years
Full time
Price
Price
2,800,000 JPY
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Duration 2 years
Price 2,800,000 JPY
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