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. Kyoto is considered by many to be the paramount college town in Japan, with over 40 universities and colleges, some 160,000 students, and over 7,000 international students.
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 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.
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 the 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 contributes 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.