International Graduate Programme for East Asia Sustainable Economic Development Studies

Enrollment: October
Enrollment Limit : 
Master: 12, Doctor: 12 (including 4 Japanese students respectively)
Degree : 
Master’s Degree, Doctoral Degree
Address :
Graduate School of Economics, Kyoto University Yoshida-honmachi, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, 606-8501


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Programme Description:

There are a number of challenges that East Asia must address if it is to maintain its economic role as one of the leaders of the world. These include challenges relating to environmental stability, food and energy supplies, uneven development between agricultural and industrial sectors, widening income disparities and aging populations, and accountability of government and business sectors.
This programme is designed to provide international students with both advanced academic knowledge and practical skills. Our academic year begins in October. Students are from a variety of countries including China, South Korea, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, Viet Nam, Germany, Italy, Turkey, Egypt, UK, Belgium, Spain, U.S.A, Mexico and Japan. The programme is offered in English, and Japanese language skills are not required at the time of admission. The Master’s programme offers both basic and advanced courses through which students can enjoy a comprehensive curriculum. The Doctoral programme offers Overseas Field Research and International Graduate Student Workshop subjects through which students further develop a deep understanding of the current issues in East Asia.
In addition to classes designed specifically for this programme, students will participate in selected courses at the Graduate School of Economics as well as other graduate schools. Students will develop academic knowledge and practical skills in international setting. We offer many opportunities to conduct field research at diverse sites such as large manufacturing plants and small factories, cutting-edge businesses and rural farming communities throughout East Asia so that students can develop a multidisciplinary and critical sense of reality. These are all needed to contribute to sustainable development in East Asia as academic researchers, government officials, or social entrepreneurs.


Joint Student Workshop at Thammasat University in Thailand

Field Trip to Germany

Welcome Message:

Dr. Shuji Hisano


Programme Director, Professor of International Political Economy of
Agriculture, specializing in the global governance of agriculture, food and biotechnology.

I have been involved in this international graduate programme since it was launched in 2009. We have received more than 80 students from various countries. The programme has been open to Japanese students since 2013. Hopefully we will have many Japanese students to study together with international students who study here with passion and commitment to contribute to sustainable development of the region and the world. One of the key words in the programme is “sustainable development” as included in the programme name. Sustainability is becoming a buzz word nowadays. I’m sure that each person, each researcher, each student has his or her own idea and definition. At least for us it is not just an environmental kind concept. It should also include well-balanced development among different regions, different industry sectors, different socio-economic classes, different generations, and so on. It is about justice and equity; it is about diversity and mutual respect and understanding. In a sense, our programme is meant for students to seek out their own way of understanding and their own style of contributions to sustainable development locally as well as globally. Therefore, you are strongly encouraged to develop multidimensional, multidisciplinary, multicultural perspectives, and also a critical sense of reality, which is sometimes missing in economics. Whatever topics you are going to study in economics and other social sciences, you should start with a reality on the ground. I’m looking forward to seeing you in this programme!!