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
Program Duration 2 years
Yearly Intake 45 students
Enrollment Semesters April, September
Total Tuition 2,800,000 JPY

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.

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.

Faculty and Their Research Fields
  • Rikio Kimura, Ed.D., Professor
    Social Welfare Studies (Community Development, NGO, Social Enterprise), Area Studies (Cambodia), Pedagogy (Adult Education)
  • Yasushi Suzuki, Ph.D., Professor
    Fiscal Studies/Finance Theory, Theoretical Economics, Institutional Economics, Political Economy
  • Susumu Yamagami, Professor
    International Politics, Comparative Studies, Area Studies (East Asia), International Relations (Asia Pacific Region)
  • Takuro Kikkawa, Ph.D., Associate Professor
    Comparative Politics, Area Studies
  • Tomonori Sudo, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Division Head
    Environmental and Climate Policy, Resource/Environment/Climate Economics, Development Economics and Finance, Development Policy
  • Yukiko Takashiba, Associate Professor
    International Law, International Dispute Settlement, Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Transitional Justice, Law of International Organizations
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
  • Swe Sett (Myanmar)
    Morse Caoagas Flores

       Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies
       International Cooperation Policy (ICP)
       International Public Administration







    I’ll never forget my life at APU, which was full of exciting academic challenges and deep satisfaction with the unique multicultural environment. During my time as a student in the master’s program for International Cooperation Policy, I was able to create strong bonds with friends and colleagues all over the world — a personal network of accomplished professionals that I am still a part of today. After graduating under the expert guidance of my professors, I accomplished my dream of rejoining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in my home country as a diplomat. I am now serving as First Secretary in Myanmar’s embassy in Washington DC, USA. The real-world experience, knowledge, and awareness of international issues that I obtained through my studies at APU are invaluable to me as they have proven to be essential tools in my career in international diplomatic relations. I am very grateful for and will always remember my dear professors and classmates at APU.

Public Health Management (PHM)

Given the scarcity of healthcare resources, there is an urgent need to optimize their management. This is to ensure that healthcare disbursements reach their intended target, especially when it concerns the most vulnerable segments of the population. In addition, with rapidly aging populations, the anticipated cost of healthcare is burgeoning. This calls for many innovative designs and partnerships in order to deliver the services required in a sustained manner and at optimal cost.

The principal aim of the PHM division is to develop graduates who can contribute to innovation and development at local, national and international levels in the field of public health management. The division combines education, research and practice, and is likely to be of interest to medical professionals, health administrators, representatives from civil society organizations engaged in public health and others allied with the medical field.

Division Overview

The Public Health Management (PHM) division teaches students three fundamental skills: skills in managing the budget, finance, economics and accounting of healthcare costs; skills in epidemiology, health statistics and research methodology as well as information management; and skills in public health, mainly preventive medicine and environmental health. This division puts emphasis on the economics and financial as well as administrative management of healthcare services at both the public and private sectors, while preserving the standard foundations of conventional public health education. Moreover, it encourages students at an early stage to focus on healthcare case studies that relate to significant issues in the Asia Pacific region. They may start by reviewing current health issues as reflected in papers, and by raising research questions with policy implications from the very beginning. This aspect of teaching and research is looked upon as a strategic approach throughout the whole length of the program.

Faculty and Their Research Fields
  • Nader Ghotbi, Ph.D., Professor and Division Head
    Applied Health Sciences, Philosophy/Ethics, Civil Law, Clinical Psychology and Public Hygiene Studies/Health Science
  • Serik Meirmanov, Ph.D., Professor
    General Life Science, Social Psychology, Human Genetics, Human Pathology, Public Hygiene Studies/Health Science
  • John Rose, Ph.D., Professor
    DNA Nanotechnology, Nanobioscience, Biomolecular Computing, Soft Computing, Bioinformatics
Major Subjects
  • Environmental Health
  • Healthcare Finance
  • Biostatistics
  • Healthcare Economics
  • Public Health Essentials
  • Epidemiology
  • Bioinformatics
Recommended Elective Subjects
  • Disaster Relief and Rehabilitation
  • International Organizations
  • Project Management
  • Environmental Policy, Law and Administration
  • Health and Wellness Tourism
  • 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
  • Ministry of Health, Mongolia
  • Institute of Tropical and Infectious Diseases, Kenya

  • Companies and Organizations
  • Pharmaceutical Company, Japan
  • Medecins Sans Frontieres, Hong Kong
  • Sisca Wiguno (Indonesia)
    Morse Caoagas Flores

       Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies
       International Cooperation Policy (ICP)
       Public Health Management







    Thanks to the nature of my work in the humanitarian field, I am exposed to a variety of cultures from many different countries on a regular basis. But at no other point in my life, however, have I encountered such sheer diversity and inclusiveness as I did in the APU community. My interactions with colleagues and professors from all over the world in APU’s friendly and progressive learning environment sharpened my knowledge of global affairs and increased my understanding of public-health related issues. As there is currently a shift in the focus of public health intervention toward middle-income populations and developed countries due to challenges such as non-communicable diseases and the decline of healthy cities, the knowledge of and exposure to these realities gained through my research in the Public Health Management program at APU have been indispensable in advancing my career. After graduation, I had the chance to work for Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) as a medical coordinator in Iran and as a deputy medical coordinator in Pakistan. Now, I have the honor of working with UNICEF as a health officer for malaria and EPI interventions.

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.

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)

Faculty and Their Research Fields
  • Yan Li, Ph.D., Professor and Dean of the Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies
    Environmental Policy, City Planning, Regional Planning, Traffic Engineering, Social System Engineering
  • Davar Pishva, Ph.D., Professor
    Environmentally Sound Technologies (ESTs), Simulation and Modeling (SaM), Decision Science (DS)
  • Thomas Edward Jones, Ph.D., Associate Professor
    Environmental Policy, Nature-Based Tourism, Protected Areas, Regional Development
  • Faezeh Mahichi, Ph.D., Associate Professor and IMAT Program Coordinator
    Environmental Education and Awareness, Industrial Ecology and Sustainable Environment, Environmental Microbiology, Air/Soil/Water Pollution, Global Warming, Coral Reef Ecosystem Health, Organic Agriculture, Chemical Disaster Management
  • Xuepeng Qian, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Division Head
    Environmental Policy and Management, Regional Development, Sustainable Systems Engineering, Behavioral Science
  • Hiromi Yamashita, Ph.D., Associate Professor
    Environmental Risk Communication, Coastal Wetland Restoration and Decision Making, Education for Sustainable Development
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
  • Malili Nair (Fiji)
    Morse Caoagas Flores

       Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies
       International Cooperation Policy (ICP)
       Sustainability Science







    My time at APU has been one of the most significant milestones in my career. Its culture and its location have proven to be a boon to me both professionally and academically. I have been able to get to know professors and peers from various backgrounds and with different expertise while taking in APU’s beautiful natural surroundings, with the added benefit of being assisted in my daily life by APU’s engaging staff. I will never forget the relaxed and secluded learning environment of APU, with its globally connected and yet accessible social setting. The diversity of students, faculty and staff at APU is a resource that has allowed me to grow as a person, to see myself contrarily, and to be self-governing in my academic and social life. My experiences here have allowed me to strengthen the relationship between Fiji and Japan, and I hope one day to raise the educational standards of the Asia Pacific region in general. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be a part of APU.

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.

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.

Faculty and Their Research Fields
  • Timothy Lee, Ph.D., Professor
    Health-Oriented Tourism, Cultural Heritage Tourism, Tourism Development which Incorporates East Asian Standards, Festival and Mega Events, Gaming Industry
  • Hiroshi Todoroki, Ph.D., Professor
    Geography, Area Studies, Human Geography
  • Yukio Yotsumoto, Ph.D., Professor
    Sociology, Tourism
  • Thanh Huong Bui, Ph.D., Associate Professor
    Human Geography, Tourism Psychology, Tourism Development and Cultural Heritage Conservation, Tourism Management
  • M. Kazem Vafadari, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Division Head
    Cultural Heritage Management, Ecotourism, Agriculture Heritage Tourism, Community Based Tourism and Rural Tourism
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
  • Pimlada Bunthornwan (Thailand)
    Morse Caoagas Flores

       Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies
       International Cooperation Policy (ICP)
       Tourism and Hospitality







    Studying tourism as a master’s student at APU has given me a greater understanding of the current state of international tourism — and what potential it holds — through an emphasis on the connection between local and global stakeholders. My astute and resourceful professors take advantage of APU’s location in Beppu, as it is one of the most well-known tourist destinations in all of Japan, by drawing upon on the robust local tourist industry for their course material. We as students are encouraged to draw from such sources, but also expand our sights to incorporate global dimensions in our research; this is in turn facilitated by the range and depth of specializations and expertise of our professors. Another layer in APU’s education exists thanks to the global student body, as I have daily opportunities to discuss various topics and issues with classmates from different countries from all over the world. This has enabled me to view my own studies through countless perspectives and to truly appreciate the unity that results from diversity, both on campus and in the tourism industry itself. I am very thankful for being a part of this strong and multicultural community at APU.

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.

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.

Faculty and Their Research Fields
  • Sangho Kim, Ph.D., Professor
    Theoretical Economics, Econometrics, Applied Economics, Economic Policy
  • Kaoru Natsuda, Ph.D., Professor and Division Head
    International Development Studies, International Political Economy, Economic Policy, Industrial Development, Rural and Community Development, Automotive Industry, Apparel Industry
  • Kozo Otsuka, Ph.D., Associate Professor
    Applied Economics, Innovation and Productivity
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. (Mexico)
    Morse Caoagas Flores

       Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies
       International Cooperation Policy (ICP)
       Development Economics







    Studying my Master’s degree at APU was a life changing experience. While at APU I had the opportunity to meet, and more importantly work with, people from many different countries. The worldviews of the people I met made me revalue and expand my own range of thought. After graduating from APU, I began working as a coordinator in the Secretariat of Human Development of my local government. I organized and implemented Social Programs and workshops such as: FORTAMUN 2015 - Gender Equality, which consisted of workshops, citizen forums, and awareness campaigns, impacting around 4,500 woman in the City of Altamira. The knowledge and experience I gained from interacting with many different people while at APU allowed me to work more effectively within my local government. The knowledge and social capital I was able to build within APU, along with the opportunities I was given to experience the intricacies of enriching cultures with unique people from all parts of the world, is something that I will forever be grateful to APU and Beppu for.

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