To Develop Specialists in International Studies: Three approaches from “Development Studies”, “Studies for Civil Society and Community Design” and “Tourism Studies”

Features of Graduate School of International Studies


F or Graduate School of International Studies, Bunkyo University, “International Corporation” means not support or aid in the narrow sense but a basic attitude for developing and managing a better civil society in this day and age of globalization beyond national and regional boundaries. This graduate school is an institution of small-group advanced education whose full quota is 10 students (5 students per year). Professors from various areas of specialization and students with a wide variety of academic background are trying approaches to the “Studies of International Corporation” from four perspectives: “International Corporation”, Environment”, “Tourism” and “Civil Society or Communal Society”. Graduates from this school choose their career paths to not only the fields that are directly related to international corporation, such as specialized agencies and NGOs for international corporation, but also private businesses that are earnest about globalization, CSR or environmental issues and public agencies or extra-governmental organizations for administration, education, welfare, etc., making full use of the knowledge and experience gained through the specialized education and the process of writing a paper.

Message from Graduate School of International Studies

To become human resources that can contribute to society as global citizens

What is the renewed “Graduate School of International Studies”?

In 2015, Graduate School of International Corporation Studies was renewed into International Studies Course , Graduate School of International Studies.

In the world of the 21st century, exchange of people, materials, money and information across borders is increasing at an accelerated pace, and in this context people living on earth are becoming more interdependent with each other. This means, at the same time, that not only economy but also every other aspect, including customs and cultures of countries or regions and human relationship, is beginning to be influenced by the world trends. Our society is beginning to experience just near it the effects of conflicts, terrorism, climate change, infection and even social events occurring in other areas of the world. For coping with those matters, people of the world, as well as nations, are required to recognize them as their own and cooperate with each other on an equal footing. Thus our new graduate school has newly adopted three areas;“Development Studies”, “Studies for Civil Society and Community Design” and “Tourism Studies”, aiming at the development of “global citizens” who can “think globally and act locally” by personalized human development.

Three areas of studies

“Development Studies” aim at studying how international corporation, which tends to be rather thought as extrinsic support from advanced countries to developing countries, should be for development in a broad sense, providing the opportunities of study and education for developing professionals of international corporation or experts who are interested in operations related to international exchange in private sectors. “Studies for Civil Society and Community Design” aims at grasping the changing communal society of Japan from a viewpoint of global citizens, targeting civil society, the way of governance and regional design as themes for study. This area is for developing local government officials who need higher competence in policy planning and professionals such as community planners and NPOs. Tourism Studies focuses on the themes such as diversification in the outbound tourism including personalization and specialization, tour management and service for meeting the quantitative expansion of inbound tourism, regional landscape, culture, dramatic presentation of exchange with people in daily life, etc., in the context that globalization has a quantitative and qualitative effect on tourism. This graduate school offers opportunities for developing more professionally expert providers of tourism.

Now join us to contribute to society as global citizens with a wide view and high expertise by living a fruitful campus life through friendly competition with classmates in the environment with close relationship between teachers and students provided by the small-group instruction.

Career Paths after Graduation

There are three career paths after graduating this school.

The first path

The first path is to the field of international corporation. There are cases of being engaged in assistance to developing countries as an expert investigator for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The second path

The second path is to a professional job found domestically. There are cases of entering government service in the fields of welfare, administration, education, etc. or global companies to work in the fields of environment, tourism development, healthcare, etc. Expert knowledge gained in this graduate school is made use of in all the cases.

The third path

The third path is represented by the cases where foreign students obtain a job in their countries or Japan, capitalizing on the subject of their master's theses. It is also possible for them to deepen their studies in order to enter the doctoral courses of other graduate schools.