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Master's in
International Cooperation Policy (ICP)

MASTER'S PROGRAM OVERVIEW - INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION POLICY (ICP)

The International Cooperation Policy Master's program provides students with policy-oriented and practical advice, drawing on diverse fields to train creative professionals who can understand complex challenges from multiple perspectives and formulate feasible solutions with integrative approaches from global, regional and local perspectives. Such training will improve practical skills and knowledge to plan, implement and evaluate projects and thereby contribute to organizations that work closely with and in developing nations.

As the program attracts students of diverse backgrounds from all over the world, students easily develop extensive personal networks during their course of studies. Such networks serve as valuable assets even after graduation. Graduates of this program work in industries in or dealing with the Asia Pacific region, national and local governments in Japan and around the world, development agencies and other regional and international organizations.

Degree Master of Science in International Cooperation Policy
Divisions International Public Administration (IPA)
Development Economics (DE)
Sustainability Science (SS) (including IMAT)
Tourism and Hospitality (TH)
Program Duration 2 years
Yearly Intake 45 students
Enrollment Semesters April, September

COURSE STRUCTURE AND CONTENT

Students can select one of the following five divisions for their specialization: International Public Administration, Public Health Management, Sustainability Science, Tourism and Hospitality and Development Economics. They are also required to take analytical foundation, core and seminar courses. Furthermore, current topics are introduced through special study series courses. Some of the subjects are provided jointly with our MBA program for more effective professional development. Students must submit a master's thesis or a research report to complete their degree.

Additionally, numerous seminars and workshops are organized throughout the year. There are many opportunities for students to participate in the exchange of ideas, information and expertise with academics, experts, business executives, policy makers and senior administrators.

DIVISIONS

International Public Administration (IPA)

In our contemporary world, cross-border movement of people, goods, money and information is continuously evolving. With this deepening of mutual dependence, various challenges in public policy cannot be coped with by a state’s local or national government alone. When formulating and implementing domestic public policy, states often find it necessary to consult various international organizations and peer member states facing similar challenges.

The International Public Administration division addresses these topics and explores modalities and alternatives to improve current situations and to cope with future challenges. We welcome students with keen interests in the various issues of the international community and in the interactions between international and domestic administrations.

Tomonori Sudo

Ph.D., Professor and Division Head

Tomonori Sudo (Japan)
Degree:
Ph.D. in International Studies (Waseda University, Japan)
Work Experience:
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) (Japan), African Development Bank (Tunisia), Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) (Japan), Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) (Japan), Overseas Economic Cooperation Fund (OECF) (Japan)
Research Fields:
Environmental and Climate Policy, Resource/Environment/Climate Economics, Development Economics and Finance, Development Policy

“Our global society is changing rapidly and drastically. While conflict and friction are bound to occur, we are living in a mutually-dependent society where people, goods, money, and information move freely beyond borders. We must tackle global issues to achieve sustainable development. Under such circumstances, domestic public policy may affect and/or be affected by the public policies of other countries. In this sense, collaborative action among the various societies is a key to solving issues. The International Public Administration Division addresses these topics and explores various solutions and measures to improve our society and future.”

Division Overview

The International Public Administration (IPA) division is aimed at providing knowledge and skills to those who are interested in pursuing an advanced career in national and international governmental organizations. This division enables students to improve professional and practical skills to manage and evaluate administrative operations and policies in national, regional and global settings. The major subjects in this division relate to international organizations, international cooperation policy and public administration, and form the foundation on which each student can further build a more focused study depending on their intended policy field.

Major Subjects
  • Disaster Relief and Rehabilitation
  • Special Studies (International Public Administration)
  • International Public Administration
  • International Organizations
  • Project Management
  • Planning and Evaluation
  • Community Development
Recommended Elective Subjects
  • International Law
  • Comparative Politics and Government
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Environmental Policy, Law and Administration
  • Development Finance
  • Comparative Economic Development
Sample Research Topics
  • Regionalism within the Context of the WTO: A Case Study of the TTIP: Threat of a Stepping Stone
  • Workshop on Integrity, Transparency and Accountability in Public Service (ITAPS) as an Anti-Corruption Tool for the Philippine National Police
  • State Management on Notary Offices, Case Study of Haiphong City, Vietnam
Sample Career
Academic Career
  • University lecturer
  • Doctoral program
Government Offices
  • Kudus Local Government, Indonesia
  • National Bureau of Statistics, China
  • Noawi Local Government, Indonesia
Nguyen Quynh Hoa
Nguyen Quynh Hoa (Viet Nam)

International Public Administration Division Student
Japanese Grant Aid for Human Development Scholarship (JDS) Recipient

“Becoming a graduate student at APU has been one of my best life decisions so far. Supportive faculty and in-depth academics provide me with knowledge and skills necessary for my future career in international public administration. With students from all over the world, the lectures and discussions involve interesting, real-world applications of theoretical knowledge. In addition to studying, APU’s international cultural events, field trips, and social events bring me a sense of community and understanding that makes me more confident to pursue my dreams.”

Sustainability Science (SS)

Over the past two centuries, rapid population increase, industrialization/urbanization, and excessive use of fossil fuels has led to environmental issues such as climate change, energy shortage, pollution and waste. The impact of these issues are threatening the future of our human society.

Our faculty members in the Sustainability Science division have profound knowledge and experience in environment and development studies, and are fully committed to assisting students in research projects that pursue sustainable solutions. Students under my supervision come from all over the world and study sustainable cities, climate change, renewable energy, environmental impact assessment, poverty problems, etc. Talking and discussing in such a diverse research group is both fun and inspiring.

Yan Li

Ph.D., Professor and Division Head

Yan Li (China)
Degree:
Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (Kyoto University, Japan), M.Sc. in Urban Geography (East China Normal University, China), LL.B. in Urban and Regional Planning (Nanjing University, China)
Research Fields:
City Planning, Environmental Policy, European Politics, Urban Geography

“Due to climate change and other threats to the planetary boundaries, we must accelerate the transitions to sustainable development, which will bring both challenges and chances to all our environmental, social, and economic systems. Our experienced faculty members in the Sustainability Science division are fully committed to helping students develop outstanding research and problem-solving skills that will contribute to their future careers involving transitions towards sustainability.”

Division Overview

The Sustainability Science (SS) division focuses on the application of science for achieving the goals of sustainable development. This division analyzes the planning and implementation of policies and actions that deal with the relationship between society and nature with the ultimate goal to create a sustainable future for all. Study involves the scientific understanding of society-nature interactions; linking research with policy and actions; generating new knowledge, tools and techniques; and enhancing scientific and institutional capability for promoting sustainability and resilience. Students are expected to gain a holistic perspective, integrative skills and interdisciplinary knowledge as they engage in analyzing and managing particular problems and issues of population-resource-technology-institution interactions.
(Includes Dual Degree International Material Flow Management (IMAT) Program)

Major Subjects
  • Environment and Natural Resources Conservation
  • Advanced Environmental Geosciences
  • Environmental Policy, Law and Administration
  • Environmental Economics
  • Urban Sustainability
  • Industrial Ecology
  • Special Studies (Sustainability Science)
Recommended Elective Subjects
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Cultural Change
  • Disaster Relief and Rehabilitation
  • Planning and Evaluation
  • Environmental Health
  • Environmental Tourism
Sample Research Topics
  • Mitigation and Adaptation to Climate Change in the Pacific Island
  • Environment Impact Assessment of Kabul New City
  • Analysis of Local Resources for Sustainable Technology and Practices in a Region
Sample Career
Academic Career
  • University lecturer
  • Doctoral program
Government Offices
  • Ministry of Agriculture, Kyrgyz Republic
  • Texas Public Service, Energy Storage and Solar PV, USA
Companies and Organizations
  • Solar Company, Business Development and Sales, USA
  • Cotopaxi Energy Limited, India
Limin Qiu
Limin Qiu (China, Graduated in 2014)

Principal Staff Member, Shanghai Environmental Protection Bureau, China
Japanese Grant Aid for Human Resource Development Scholarship (JDS) Recipient

“During the master’s program at APU, I met students from dozens of different countries with different religions, cultures, and perspectives. We all dreamed of fulfilling our personal goals and making a difference in our home countries. My professors helped me to comprehensively understand Japan’s urban management policies, and as a result I am optimistic and firmly believe that I can make a great contribution to the improvement of Shanghai’s environment.”

Tourism and Hospitality (TH)

One of the outstanding aspects of the Tourism and Hospitality division is its diversity in terms of research, teaching expertise, nationality and backgrounds of its faculty members—who are originally from Japan, New Zealand, Australia, South Korea, Iran and Vietnam. The courses taught in the TH division are some of the most popular on campus, with almost half of APU’s students taking at least one course in this field.

Our division is making a constant effort to deepen academic knowledge and cooperate with local relevant stakeholders to maximize its potential as a leading institution in the field. Last but not least, the TH division also attempts to make great use of its geographic advantage as Beppu is one of the most well-known tourist destinations in Japan, particularly due to the abundance of natural hot springs.

M. Kazem Vafadari

Ph.D., Professor and Division Head

M. Kazem Vafadari (Iran)
Degree:
Post-Doctoral, Environmental Economics (Kanazawa University), Ph.D. in Asia Pacific Studies (Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan), M.A in Theoretical Economics (ISU, Iran)
Research Fields:
Cultural Heritage Management, Ecotourism, Agriculture Heritage Tourism, Community Based Tourism and Rural Tourism

“Tourism destinations vary greatly from urban to rural settings and from artificial structures to remote locations in nature. This diversity results in demand for knowledge in various subfields of tourism and related skills. Such subfields include natural environment studies, human resource management, economics, and socio-cultural issues, knowledge of which assists our graduates in contributing to sustainable tourist destinations based on available resources.
Today, tourism and hospitality are among the top grossing global industries, and attract individuals from both academia and the business world in order to manage the tourism industry and its socio-cultural, economic, and environmental impacts.”

Division Overview

Tourism is a fast growing economic sector that transforms societies and communities in the Asia Pacific region. The Tourism and Hospitality (TH) division looks at various aspects of mass tourism and alternative tourism and the economic, social, cultural and environmental impacts on societies and communities. The division also studies the theory and practice of hospitality management as it relates to the tourism, service, health and welfare industries. The knowledge and academic/professional skills obtained from our division will be useful for a wide variety of employment opportunities in government service, international organizations and private corporations, as well as to further study.

Major Subjects
  • Tourism Economics
  • Cultural and Heritage Tourism
  • Environmental Tourism
  • Community Based Tourism
  • Health and Wellness Tourism
  • Special Studies (Tourism and Hospitality)
  • Tourism Policy and Planning
Recommended Elective Subjects
  • Project Management
  • Environmental Health
  • Product Development Strategy
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Marketing Research
  • Hospitality Management
Sample Research Topics
  • Tourism Management and Development in Xixi Urban Wetland Park
  • Community Based Tourism in Armenia: Planning for Sustainable Development
  • Major Impediments of Historical Relic Exploitation in Cultural Tourism Development. Case Studies of Haipong City (Vietnam) and Fukuoka City (Japan)
Sample Career
Academic Career
  • University lecturer
  • Doctoral program
Government Offices
  • Consulate of the Republic of Mauritius, Tokyo
  • Government Office, Vietnam
Companies and Organizations
  • Resort Complex, Japan
  • Japan Tourism Marketing Co., Japan
  • National Park Resort Villages of Japan
Ella Lynthia Simata
Ella Lynthia Simata (Solomon Islands, Graduated 2019)

GDeputy Provincial Secretary (Isabel Province), Ministry of Provincial Government and Institutional Strengthening, Solomon Islands Government, Solomon Islands Pacific Leaders’ Educational Assistance for Development of State (Pacific LEADS) Scholarship Recipient

“Joining the Tourism and Hospitality division at APU was a significant milestone in my career which created immense opportunities to learn and interact with different cultures and environments, while developing social interaction and international communication skills. The courses, field studies, and internships the program provided enhanced my knowledge and skills in developing policy, and helped me gain the abilities that I know I'll need to contribute to developing sustainable tourism in my country.”

Development Economics (DE)

The Development Economics division invites students to explore the aspects of economic growth in developing countries. Our division not only emphasizes researching such topics but also emphasizes the study of policies and practices that improve the living standard of the populations through public or private channels.

Our faculty members have experience working with various international organizations such as the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation and Asian Productivity Organization. They also continue to hone their expertise by actively researching development economics and publishing their work in international academic journals.

Many of our students represent various developing regions and are working on different issues of development economics in their own countries. As a DE student, you will interact with other students who have various job experiences in their home countries, to prepare yourself for a career in international development on the world stage. We look forward to welcoming you as a new member of our excellent division.

YAMAURA Koichi

Ph.D., Professor and Division Head

Koichi Yamaura (Japan)
Degree:
Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics (Kansas State University, USA), M.A. in Agricultural Economics (Kansas State University, USA)
Research Fields:
Food and Agricultural Economics, Environmental Economics

“Our faculty members have experience working with various international organizations such as the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, and Asian Productivity Organization. Many of our students represent various developing regions and are working on different issues of development economics in their own countries. As a DE student, you will interact with other students who have a range of job experiences in their home countries alongside whom you can prepare yourself for a career in international development on the world stage.”

Division Overview

The Development Economics (DE) division is aimed at those who are interested in the socio-economic issues of the developing world. Study in this division enables students to improve their critical and analytical skills in many areas of development economics, including industrial development, social development, political development, rural development and poverty alleviation. Students are also able to enhance their professional and practical skills related to international development. This division also aims to enhance the development of research skills in this field for those wishing to pursue further study. The knowledge and skills obtained will provide a wide variety of employment opportunities in international organizations, national and local governments, international development agencies, NGOs and development consultancy firms.

Major Subjects
  • Development Economics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Development Finance
  • Comparative Economic Development
  • Microeconomics
  • Community Development
  • Special Studies (Development Economics)
Recommended Elective Subjects
  • International Political Economy
  • International Public Administration
  • International Organizations
  • Project Management
  • Planning and Evaluation
  • Environmental Economics
Sample Research Topics
  • The impact of Microfinance on Poverty Reduction in Oudomxay, Northern Province, Lao PDR
  • Empirical Analysis: Determinant of Inflation Pressures in the Republic of Tajikistan
  • Impact of Social Capital on Poverty – A Case of Rural Households in Eastern Bhutan
Sample Career
Academic Career
  • University lecturer
  • Doctoral program
Government Offices
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Sierra Leone
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, Canada
Mirna G. De La Portilla F.
Mirna G. De La Portilla F. (Mexico, Graduated in 2013)

Consultant at Servicios, Productos Industriales y Construcción, Mexico

“At APU I was given the opportunity to experience the intricacies of enriching cultures with unique people from all parts of the world. The knowledge and skills I gained from interacting with many different people allowed me to expand my own range of thought. As a result, I was I able to work more effectively as I organized and implemented social programs, workshops, and awareness campaigns through my local government after graduating.”

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