Dean's Message

 The field of International Public Policy focuses on issues of interest to the whole of international society, including peace, human rights, and the environment--viewed from legal, political, and economic perspectives. The Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP) was established in 1994 to educate researchers and high-level professional specialists with strong communication and leadership skills. We build expertise in this field through interdisciplinary education and research, based on a foundation of legal, political, and economic studies; our students tackle various domestic and international policy questions with a public character (public policy issues). One of OSIPP's key strengths is its interdisciplinary approach.

 In Japan, many graduate public policy programs with similar aims have been established since the introduction of the specialized graduate school system in 2003. As some of these schools are administered by academic staff members affiliated with other departments, they do not have a fully independent status. By contrast, our dedicated faculty members are all experts in this field, enabling OSIPP to offer an in-depth program of education and research.
 Furthermore, as the title "international" implies, an important characteristic of OSIPP is its truly international character. Established before the age of globalization, OSIPP was one of the first institutions in Japan to specialize in the newly created field of international public policy. Now that many international public policy books have been published, and the academic field is well established, OSIPP collaborates with many universities around the world, carrying out a wide range of projects. Our current focus is on East Asia and Europe. More than 40% of our students are international, and many languages can be heard on campus, creating a truly international atmosphere. In addition, Japanese OSIPP students are offered many opportunities to study abroad through a range of different programs.

 When OSIPP was established, our aim was to nurture high-level professional specialists who would actively participate in international organizations and NGOs, rather than researchers specializing in specific fields. Real world relevance is the third main characteristic of OSIPP. However, many graduates have chosen to become researchers and are currently teaching in universities.
 Are you happy with your present life? Is there a social or international issue that really interests you? Why not join us and pursue these interests? Why not enhance your career through OSIPP's international focus, and practical, interdisciplinary approach?

Dean, Osaka School of International Public Policy,
Osaka University
大久保 邦彦
Kunihiko Okubo

(Apr. 2016)

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