Messages from President and School Chair
Ryuhei Wakasugi, President, University of Niigata Prefecture
The Graduate School of International Studies and Regional Development was founded in 2015. Aiming to establish a unique base of intelligence, we have been conducting education and research that focus on international society, international relations in East Asia, area studies (in particular, Russia, China, and South Korea), and the economies of East Asia and Japan. The characteristics of our program are influenced by the university’s location where Niigata has a close relationship with Russia, China, and South Korea on the Sea of Japan.
The Graduate School is very international and open to the outside. The faculty members have rich experiences in education and research in various countries (e.g., U.S., U.K, China, Taiwan, and Australia) and offer courses both in Japanese and English. Graduate students are also diverse, including undergraduate from the university’s undergraduate program, those who came from private companies, local government, overseas, and company executives with rich experience in business.
In addition to grants for scholarship, the graduate school offers small-class education for students under supervision of academic advisors. We expect them to acquire practical skills with a global vision as tough professionals.
|1988||Ph.D. in Economics, University of Tokyo|
|1989||Professor, Department of Economics, Shinshu University|
|1992-2004||Professor, Department of Economics, Yokohama National University|
|2004-2010||Professor, Faculty of Economics, Keio University|
|2006-present||Professor Emeritus, Yokohama National University|
|2007-2012||Professor, Institute of Economic Research, Kyoto University|
|2012-present||Professor Emeritus, Kyoto University|
|2013-2015||Professor, Department of Economics, Gakushuin University|
|2015-2017||Professor, Policy Research Center, University of Niigata Prefecture|
|2017-present||President, University of Niigata Prefecture|
Matsuo Watanabe, Dean of the Graduate School
The global, national and local issues are increasingly diverse and interrelated, and require holistic approaches to address. The Graduate School of International Studies and Regional Development employs interdisciplinary approaches of international relations, politics and economics to help students to develop their professional careers. To this end, we offer skills of qualitative and quantitative research analysis and presentation. Students can earn the degree only by taking courses taught in English. The teaching staff members of diverse academic and professional experience welcome hardworking, ambitious students.
|2001||Ph.D., Social Sciences and Law, University of Manchester, UK|
|2001-2005||Fellow, Japan Institute of International Affairs|
|2005-2006||Advisor to Prime Minister, Economic Policy Planning Unit, Council of Ministers, Bosnia and Herzegovina|
|2006-2010||Senior Advisor, Japan International Cooperation Agency|
|2010-2015||Associate Professor, Faculty of International Studies and Regional Development, University of Niigata Prefecture|
|2015-present||Professor, Faculty of International Studies and Regional Development, University of Niigata Prefecture|
|2017-present||Managing Director, Economic Research Institute for Northeast Asia|
|2019-present||Dean, Graduate School of International Studies and Regional Development, University of Niigata Prefecture|