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