京都大学 大学院経済学研究科・経済学部

Message From the Dean

“Tradition and Innovation”

Throughout history, Kyoto has been at the center of Japanese society and culture. Today, Kyoto is a world-class innovation center that simultaneously supports a number of traditional industries. With over 40 universities and colleges, some 160,000 students, and over 7,000 international students, Kyoto is considered by many to be Japan’s principal center of learning.

Prof. Dr. Mun, Se-il Dean of the Graduate School of Economics and Faculty of Economics
Prof. Dr. Mun, Se-il Dean of the Graduate School of Economics and Faculty of Economics

Founded in 1919, the Faculty of Economics is one of the oldest faculties of its kind in Japan. Our successive generations of faculty members, each endowed with tremendous personality, have carried out unique and innovative research.

The research and education conducted at this Faculty over the course of its nearly century-long history has contributed tremendously to the development of the study of economics. Our successive generations of faculty members, each endowed with tremendous personality, have carried out unique and innovative research, which they have then passed on through their teaching. The numerous economists who have completed their studies at Kyoto University and have gone on to carry out research in universities throughout Japan and the world are now leaders in the field. Our strengths lie in a combination of tradition and innovation that befits our location in Kyoto, and in our liberal intellectual atmosphere fostered throughout the Faculty’s long history. In recent years, we have been actively hiring talented young faculty members, and are producing cutting-edge research results.

The Faculty of Economics offers a systematic curriculum that builds a deep level of expertise, as well as a broad interdisciplinary approach, through small-group education.

More than 1,000 students are currently enrolled in the Faculty of Economics, which offers a systematic curriculum that builds a deep level of expertise accumulated as students progress from introductory to advanced courses, as well as a broad interdisciplinary approach as classes are categorized into four concentrations and students have the flexibility to enroll in courses in related disciplines. From early on, we have emphasized the importance of small-group education and we offer seminars at every academic level. In recent years, many students are also studying abroad at universities that have agreed to waive tuition under academic exchange agreements signed with our university. We are producing exceptionally talented graduates who are playing an important role on the frontlines of global society, ranging from those who go on to graduate school in the hopes of becoming researchers, to those who are working in Japanese and foreign corporations or in government agencies.

The Graduate School of Economics, which was established in 1953, currently has more than 250 graduate students enrolled, of whom nearly 100 are international students.

These students are pursuing a Doctoral degree through a five-year integrated educational program. The Graduate School starts with basic courses called “Core Courses”, and then offers an array of advanced courses divided into six concentrations. Once the students have mastered theoretical and empirical economic analysis, they aim to complete a Doctoral dissertation under the direction of a Doctoral Dissertation Committee. Also, the International Graduate Program for East Asia Sustainable Economic Development Studies, which was created in 2009, draws talented students from around the world and offers classes in English.

The Faculty provides an exceptional environment in which to study economics. Our intellectual infrastructure offers students a library that houses more than 570,000 books, papers, and periodicals, as well as access to databases and electronic journals via our Wi-Fi network.

We at the Graduate School of Economics and Faculty of Economics value diversity, and our doors are always open to students who are endowed with an abundance of humanity and creativity.

The Faculty allows students to enroll through various admissions methods, including regular admissions, thesis admissions, science/engineering student admissions, admissions for international students and for Japanese graduates of schools outside Japan, as well as admissions for third-year advanced entry students.

The student body that this engenders—including people with a strong grounding in the arts, people who are exceptionally talented in the sciences, and people from various countries and academic backgrounds—is among the most diverse even within Kyoto University.

It is a well-known theory that enhancing communication among heterogeneous agents can stimulate the creation of new knowledge, thereby contributing to economic growth. When students from a broad range of backgrounds meet in seminars and other forums, diligently interact, and debate with their instructors and senior classmates, it brings about personality development and trains them as individuals who can be key-players in the knowledge-creating society. We treasure that space and are constantly working to further expand and enhance those opportunities.