Takuya Baba (Ph.D)
Professor and Dean
Graduate School for International Development and Cooperation, Hiroshima University
The Graduate School for International Development and Cooperation (IDEC), Hiroshima University was established in April 1994 with a special mission of actively nurturing expertise to address the various challenging issues facing developing countries, under The Five Guiding Principles of Hiroshima University. Since then, IDEC has brought together leading researchers and exceptional students from around the world, and we are consequently becoming a distinguished center of excellence in the field of international cooperation studies with the 3 pillars of research and education: international peace cooperation, international environmental cooperation and international educational cooperation.
The international society last year reviewed the achievements of Millennium Development Goals, which she had been engaged collaboratively with, and reconfirmed that such collaboration had made certain achievement in addressing problems of developing countries, but at the same time they still many serious problems to overcome. And she has set a new goal “Sustainable Development Goals” towards the year 2030, with special focus on inclusiveness, sustainability and resilience. Our graduate school, IDEC, which studies on the developmental issues, aims at contributing to attainment of these developmental goals in Asian and African regions.
For examples, the international society still has many issues such as stabilization of society through peace building process, realization of economic development and poverty reduction, environmental conservation and alleviation of energy issues, and capacity development of society through fulfilling quantity and quality of education. IDEC has engaged itself creatively and collaboratively with such issues by growing global leaders, through interdisciplinary research approach of environment, education and peace as focuses. In particular, the following unique educational programs: the field-oriented Special Education Program in Zambia in collaboration with a JICA-JOCV project since FY 2002, a MEXT-supported 21st century Center of Excellence program succeeded by JST Global Environmental Leader Education Program for Designing a Low Carbon Society since FY2003, HiPEC (Hiroshima University Partnership Project for Peacebuilding and Capacity Development) with MEXT Distinctive University Education/Research Assistance Programs for two three-year terms since FY2005, the International Degrees Program (Double Master Degrees) since FY 2011, in collaboration with the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, and the 5-year Ph.D. program entitled “TAOYAKA Program” with Graduate Schools of Letters, Engineering, and others in Hiroshima University since FY2013.
As a result, we have conferred the 1,489 graduates with master’s degrees and the 319 with doctoral degrees since establishment. They are now playing an active role as leaders scattered around the world. And 305 students (of whom approximately 70% are international students) are now studying in IDEC as of February 2016. In an increasingly complicated international context, IDEC will form a global consortium by connecting students of the past, present and future, and also many related people and organizations, at the wake of the special education program of MEXT scholarship since FY 2013, and earnestly hope to collaborate with many people towards the common goals.