The Division of Development Science nurtures those specialists who contribute to creating sustainable society in developing countries in social, economic and environmental aspects, namely professionals for international institutions and aid-providing organizations, administrators and academic researchers. The division offers courses on various issues on economic development, socio-political and peace studies, environmental management, infrastructure planning and design, and biological resources development. The courses are designed to provide a systematic and efficient teaching and research by utilizing an integrated approach to the social and natural sciences and methodologies.
The students of the Development Policy Course study economics and related social science methodologies and policy applications with a focus on sustainable development in developing countries. The course is designed to develop student's ability to analyze socioeconomic problems that accompany the development process, such as poverty, environment and economic stability, and to explore how to prescribe economic policies and aid coordination in order to tackle these problems in practice. The program seeks to train professionals with advanced skills, administrators, and researchers capable of improving the development process through international cooperation.
We conduct research and education activities, from an international perspective, related to a variety of technologies that can facilitate sustainable development, based upon our knowledge of the local environment of a particular country. More specifically, our focus upon developing countries, primarily in Asia, includes the following areas: disaster prevention, urban/regional and transportation planning, marine development and usage, development of environmental monitoring methodology, ecosystem conservation and management, and biological resource development and usage.
The Peace and Coexistence course explores routes to realizing peace from the perspectives of politics, society, and law through research and coursework addressing problems that accompany modernization and economic development and issues related to the outbreak of regional conflict and recovery following such conflict. Coursework and research includes researches on topics as follows: politics and international relations in South Asia; international relations in East Asia; theory of ethnic and language conflict; security and human security in former Soviet countries; regionalism; Japanese foreign policy; peace building in post-conflict societies; conflict analysis and its resolution.
This division takes an interdisciplinary approach to studying issues of development planning and ways of mutual exchange between Japan and other Asian countries, focusing on the various regional cultural characteristics and the dynamics of development. Along with historical and cultural relations and methods of interaction between people from different cultures, this division studies the development of educational systems that promote sustainable cultural development and international understanding. These diverse topics are studied from the perspective of international educational and cultural cooperation.
Educating next generation of the society is an essential part of achieving sustainable development in the developing world. In specific terms, some of the most urgent imperatives include establishing and maintaining schools, building a functioning educational system and training human who can manage the system, and education both current and future teachers. The Educational Development Course is actively working toward educational development in developing countries through theoretical and practical research in the field of human resource development, educational system and curriculum development, etc. We are also conducting projects funded by JICA in Bangladesh and Cambodia.
For the Cultural and Regional Studies course, the most pressing issue is to deepen understanding of the culture and society of Asia while articulating the dynamics such as friction, discord, and transformation that occur when different cultures come into contract with one another. This course emphasizes the need for a precondition for international cooperation and development assistance and careful examination of primary and local sources. The Cultural and Regional Studies course particularly leverages approaches including rural economics, cultural anthropology, and regional studies in an attempt to gain an organic understanding of the societies being researched. Through such approaches, this course endeavors to train the students who can contribute to various areas of international cooperation particularly such as global environmental issues and peace building in contemporary world.