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Missions & Ideals

 

Kyoto University Faculty of Economic

Mission

Basic Mission
Based on the principles of freedom and harmony, we hereby establish the basic mission of the Kyoto University Faculty of Economics in order to sustain and develop the university’s historical commitment to academic freedom, to tackle multi-dimensional problems, and to pursue harmonious coexistence within the human and ecological community on this planet.
 
Educational Mission
The Kyoto University Faculty of Economics upholds Kyoto University’s mission of fostering creativity and transmitting preeminent knowledge through independent learning. More precisely, the faculty’s educational mission is to cultivate individuals who are capable of applying specialized knowledge to tackle complex challenges in our contemporary economy and society; prepared to contribute to harmonious coexistence in the global community; and filled with a great deal of compassion, sensitivity to human rights, and integrity to advocate for fairness.
 
Educational Objectives
In order to accomplish its educational mission, the Kyoto University Faculty of Economics works to carry out and achieve the objectives set forth below.
 
  1. We will attract students with diverse individual characteristics and cultural backgrounds through a variety of admission processes, foster graduates with flexible and diverse outlooks and capabilities in economics and management, and supply them to a wide range of fields in society.
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  3. We will develop a multi-dimensional curriculum that both equips students with broad-based foundations in the disciplines of economics and management and cultivates flexible thinking and creativity. In the delivery of this curriculum we will place emphasis on seminar-style education and provide both individual guidance and group-based learning.
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  5. We will strive to enhance our advanced specialist education, employing the latest findings from economics and management research across the world in collaboration with the Graduate School of Economics.
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  7. We will pursue the development of advanced, practical capabilities in economics and management through research and education partnerships with government bodies, private companies, and not-for-profit organizations.
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  9. We will work to foster individuals with international capabilities to contribute to sustainable economic development under the globalization of the economic sphere.
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  11. We will use these educational activities as a whole to instill basic and specialized academic abilities attuned to our changing times, and work to cultivate individuals filled with a great deal of compassion, sensitivity to human rights, and integrity to advocate for fairness.
 

Three Core Policies of the Kyoto University Faculty of Economic

We hereby establish three core policies in order to accomplish the educational mission of the Kyoto University Faculty of Economics: Admission Policy, Curriculum Policy, and Diploma Policy.
 
Admission Policy
 
  1. Research in the discipline of economics addresses economic activity, which is the most fundamental type of activity in human existence. Our daily lives are made possible by numerous forms of economic activity pursued by many different people. Far from being straightforward, however, economic activity is rendered increasingly complex by the ongoing emergence of new economic challenges, such as industrial hollowing-out, employment problems, fiscal deficits, declining birthrate and aging population, and energy and environmental problems.
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  3. We believe that in order to solve problems in economics under these conditions, it is important to develop the skills of flexible thinking and creativity that make it possible to deal with any situation.
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  5. Founded in 1919, the Faculty of Economics is one of the oldest economics faculties in Japan. Throughout its history, the Faculty has worked to enrich education in basic subject areas and provide constant exposure to new fields of academic endeavor, cultivating students capable of responding flexibly to dramatic social and economic changes, and of identifying and formulating solutions to problems.
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  7. We are proud of producing numerous well-equipped graduates for academia, government, and industry, and is held in high regard for its success in doing so. It is our hope that those who seek admission to the Faculty will be committed to upholding the Faculty’s proud traditions and to writing new pages in its history.
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  9. In order to enroll students from a diversity of backgrounds, the Faculty operates entrance examinations across three admission streams: Regular Admissions, Science/Engineering Student Admissions, and Special Admissions. Applicants in all of these three streams are required to have developed sufficient basic academic abilities through their education up to senior high school level, but Science/Engineering Student Admissions stream emphasizes mathematical skills, while the Special Admissions stream is designed with a focus on integrated academic skills and capacity for independent learning. We also operate a range of other entrance examinations for groups such as international students, Japanese graduates of schools outside Japan, and third-year advanced entry students.
 
Curriculum Policy
 
  1. Building on liberal arts education that fosters rich intellect and human qualities, we take a cumulative approach to basic and specialized education that leads to the creation of new knowledge. The curriculum is systematically structured around Introductory Courses for first-year students, Foundation Courses and Advanced Courses I for second-year students and above, Advanced Courses II for third-year students and above, Special Lectures on innovative and/or professional topics (courses offered jointly with the Graduate School, lectures given by professionals from outside academia, etc.), and Seminar classes (offered from first-year level).
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  3. In order to assist students in developing flexible specializations that build on a common base of skills, we provide four models of course progression: Economic Theory & History, Economic Policy, Management, and Finance & Accounting.
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    • The Economic Theory & History program trains students to undertake in-depth theoretical and historical investigation of essential economic mechanisms.
    • The Economic Policy program trains students to formulate practical policy proposals based on theoretical and empirical analysis.
    • The Management program trains students to make practical and independent organizational management decisions, not only in corporate governance and business design for private-sector companies, but also in the establishment and management of not-for-profit organizations.
    • The Finance & Accounting program equips students with the latest knowledge in the increasingly sophisticated and internationalized sphere of finance, and global-standard accounting skills.
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    Additionally, in order to guide students through a more structured course progression, formal recognition of completion of the programs above is provided to students fulfilling certain conditions.
     
  5. In order to produce graduates capable of responding autonomously and proactively to social and economic changes, we effectively foster approaches to independent and interactive learning. There are no required courses at undergraduate level in our Faculty; all courses are electives. This reflects our basic policy of free learning based on choices made independently by each student. Furthermore, in small-group seminar courses, instructors provide direction on specific themes, but classes consist primarily of presentations based on students’ independent learning and self-directed discussion among students. In the final year of their degree program, students may submit the outcomes of their activities in seminar courses as graduation theses.

  6. In order to provide opportunities for students to study diverse approaches, we recognize study undertaken in courses offered in the Faculty of Law and other faculties of Kyoto University, and also those offered in other universities both within and outside Japan as part of programs such as student exchange.

Diploma Policy (Standards for award of degrees in the Kyoto University Faculty of Economics)
 
  1. Degrees are awarded to students who are enrolled for the stipulated period, take curricular courses in line with the Faculty’s educational mission and objectives, earn the standard number of course credits, and pass the Bachelor’s degree examination. Courses to be taken by students include seminars and graduation thesis writing courses as well as lecture-based courses.
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  3. The criterion for passing the Bachelor’s degree examination is the completion of both the liberal arts education courses offered to all students in the university, and the Introductory Courses, Foundation Courses, and Advanced Courses designed in accordance with the special characteristics of the Faculty.
 

Kyoto University Graduate School of Economic

Mission

Basic Mission
Based on the principles of freedom and harmony, we hereby establish the basic mission of the Kyoto University Graduate School of Economics in order to sustain and develop the university’s historical commitment to academic freedom, to tackle multi-dimensional problems, and to pursue harmonious coexistence within the human and ecological community on this planet.
 
Educational Mission
The Kyoto University Graduate School of Economics upholds Kyoto University’s mission of educating outstanding researchers and specialists who will contribute to harmonious coexistence within human and ecological communities. More precisely, the graduate school’s educational mission is to cultivate specialists who are capable of applying insights, knowledge, and techniques based on economics to tackle complex challenges in our contemporary economy and society; prepared to contribute to the global community; and filled with a great deal of compassion, sensitivity to human rights, and integrity to advocate for fairness.
 
Educational Objectives
In order to accomplish its educational mission, the Kyoto University Graduate School of Economics works to carry out and achieve the objectives set forth below.
 
  1. The Graduate School of Economics is composed of a Master’s program and a Doctoral program. In the Master’s program, students aspiring to a career in academic research take classes and receive individual guidance centering on the production of a Master’s thesis. We aim to introduce students to the wealth of existing scholarship in economics and related fields, and to equip them with the basic academic expertise and analytical skills essential for independent research.
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  3. Operated in an environment where freedom and autonomy are valued, the Doctoral program provides research guidance to students seeking to obtain a Doctoral degree in economics following the completion of their Master’s degree. The aim of the program is to cultivate researchers capable of boldly tackling new challenges in the field of economics and key problems in social and economic spheres, and thereby addressing the needs of wider society.
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  5. In order to accomplish our mission and objectives, our faculty members with diversified and advanced expertise provide a broad-based education encompassing economic philosophy, theory, history, and policy, as well as fields such as applied economics and managerial accounting. We will thereby foster students’ capacity to build knowledge systems that provide broader insights for their own research without over-specialization in any one academic field.
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  7. We will train our students not only to pursue their research in depth, but also to apply a strong sense of responsibility and high ethical standards to that research, constantly subjecting it to critical examination to ensure that it is consistent with the goal of harmonious coexistence of humanity and nature. Through individual guidance, seminars, and projects, students will be encouraged to develop the sense of fairness, tolerance, and deep compassion required to perform leadership roles in education, academic research, and other fields in the future.
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  9. We will use a variety of admission streams to build a graduate student cohort that is internationally diverse in terms of individual characteristics, careers and cultures, and foster experts in the analysis of problems in economics and management from international perspectives.
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  11. We will cultivate economists, business analysts, and other professionals with practical ability to furnish world-class, realistic solutions to complex economic and management challenges both in Japan and across the world.
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  13. We will use these educational activities as a whole to cultivate research capabilities attuned to our changing times.
 
Research Mission
Reflecting Kyoto University’s mission of diverse development in pure and applied research in the humanities, sciences and technology, while seeking to integrate these various perspectives, the research mission of the Kyoto University Graduate School of Economics is to contribute to the resolution of a range of problems in the social and economic spheres using wisdom, knowledge and techniques in economics.
 
  1. Global pre-eminence and creativity
    We engage in research on the economic and business activities and organizations that form the basis of our social existence, thereby advancing Kyoto University’s mission of generating world-class knowledge through freedom and autonomy in research that conforms with high ethical standards.
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  3. Contribution to the global community
    We use specialized research to address many of the key economic problems confronting the world today, including sustainable economic growth, poverty and inequality, economic crises, energy, environmental, and population problems, as well as international conflict. This research constitutes a scholarly contribution to world peace, justice, and cooperation, and to productive and sustainable development. We also contribute to the society through publication of research findings and involvement in policy-making.
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  5. Pluralist values and diverse approaches
    In light of the growing sophistication, complexity and diversity of the global community and academic sphere, the Graduate School respects pluralist values and diverse approaches, and develops advanced and reliable methods of research and analysis.

  6. The Graduate School of Economics will establish the following fundamental research principles in order to accomplish its research mission.

  7. Securing common foundations and diversity
    We will emphasize common theoretical foundations and mutual understanding of diverse approaches.
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  9. Establishing infrastructure for cutting-edge research
    We will develop the human, financial, and information infrastructure required to pursue world-class, cutting-edge research.
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  11. Developing international joint research hubs
    We will build international research hubs through interaction and collaboration with many universities and research institutes across the globe.
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  13. Accumulating research outputs
    We will support specialized research by expanding our specialist library collections of economic publications and materials from within and beyond Japan.
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  15. Sharing research findings
    We will share our research findings with the public in a variety of forms, and thereby contribute to the advancement of academic endeavor both domestically and internationally.
 

Three Core Policies of the Kyoto University Graduate School of Economics

We hereby establish three core policies in order to accomplish the educational mission of the Kyoto University Graduate School of Economics: Admission Policy, Curriculum Policy, and Diploma Policy.
 
Admission Policy
 
  1. The Graduate School of Economics is one of the oldest economics graduate schools in Japan. Since its founding in 1953, which followed the establishment of the Faculty of Economics in 1919, the Graduate School has functioned as an important base for educational and research activities in various fields of economics. Through education and research in an integrated 5-year doctoral program, we cultivate researchers who are capable of formulating essential solutions to problems that the world faces today in areas such as public finance, industry, employment, management, financial services, energy, environment, and health care by conducting scientific analyses of economic and management activities.
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  3. We believe that in order to advance the frontiers of economics in today’s rapidly-changing environment, rather than accumulating individual fragments of knowledge for quick results, it is more important to develop a capacity to deal creatively with a variety of unprecedented challenges. The following abilities are essential in this regard:
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    • Ability to think rationally and logically
    • Ability to identify and resolve problems independently
    • Abundant individuality and rich creativity
    • Creative and integrative ability to acquire and transmit high-quality knowledge
     
  5. In addition to operating Master’s Program Student Admissions and Doctoral Program Advanced Entry Admissions, the Graduate School of Economics enrolls students from a diversity of backgrounds through:
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    • Master’s Program / Doctoral Program Special Admissions for International Students
    • Master’s Program / Doctoral Program Separate Screening for International Students
    • Master’s Program / Doctoral Program Student Admissions for the International Graduate Program for East Asia Sustainable Economic Development Studies
    • Doctoral Program Special Advanced Entry Admissions for Working Adults.
     
  7. We welcome individuals prepared to continuously tackle unexplored and challenging areas of economics in Japan and across the world, while upholding Kyoto University’s traditions of academic freedom and independence.
 
Curriculum Policy
 
  1. The Master’s program builds on the educational outcomes of the Bachelor’s program to cultivate greater breadth and depth of academic insight, as well as imparting both fundamental and cutting-edge specialist knowledge underpinned by the diversity of academic research undertaken at our university. Students thereby acquire research expertise in their majors, and the practical capacity to undertake professional roles demanding an advanced degree of specialization. For these purposes, students are offered a systematic and multi-dimensional curriculum divided between Basic Courses and Advanced Courses. Six study path models are provided for the Advanced Courses to guide students in accumulating the required specialist knowledge incrementally and efficiently.
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  3. The Doctoral program trains researchers who are responsive to the needs of society and capable of tackling the latest issues in the field of economics as well as a range of problems in economic and social life. Students are guided in their research mainly by their academic supervisors, and formal certification of this research guidance is provided based on research findings. The ultimate objectives for students in the Doctoral program are to produce a Doctoral Dissertation embodying their research findings, and to earn a Doctoral degree. As they pursue these objectives, students are provided with organized supervision through a Doctoral Dissertation Committee composed of two or more faculty members.
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  5. Students are encouraged to build knowledge systems that provide broader insights for their own research without over-specialization in any one academic field. For this purpose, our faculty members have a diverse profile of advanced expertise, and provide a broad-ranging education encompassing economic philosophy, theory, history, and policy, as well as fields such as applied economics and managerial accounting.
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  7. We foster students’capacity to position their own research accurately within their field of specialization, to discuss the findings and significance of their research at a truly international level, and to build collaborative structures as required. This process is aided by seminars and workshops designed to showcase multi-dimensional research methods and a rich diversity of research themes. Students’ research capabilities are further advanced through overseas postings, hosting of researchers from beyond the university and outside Japan, and involvement in a range of projects.
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  9. Students are trained to apply a strong sense of social responsibility and high ethical standards to their research, constantly subjecting it to critical examination to ensure that it is consistent with the goal of harmonious coexistence of humanity and nature. We help students develop the sense of fairness, tolerance, and deep compassion required to assume leadership roles in education, academic research, and other fields in the future.
 
Diploma Policy (Standards for award of degrees in the Kyoto University Graduate School of Economics)
 
  1. The standard for completion of the Master’s program is the acquisition of broad-ranging and in-depth knowledge, research expertise in one’s field of specialization, and the advanced capabilities required to undertake professional roles demanding a high degree of specialization. Degrees are awarded to students who are enrolled in the Graduate School of Economics for at least two years, earn the minimum required number of course credits in Basic Courses and Advanced Courses, and complete the Master’s program. Completion of the Master’s program requires passing of a Master’s Thesis screening and examination.
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  3. The standard for endorsement of Doctoral program completion is the acquisition of the capacity to undertake research activities independently and/or engage in advanced professional work, and the academic knowledge that underpins that capacity. Degrees are awarded to students who are enrolled in the Graduate School of Economics for at least three years, receive endorsement of Doctoral program completion (certification of research guidance), and pass a Doctoral Dissertation screening and examination.
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  5. Another important consideration when determining completion of Graduate School programs is whether or not the research in question has been performed with high ethical standards and a sense of social responsibility, and is in accordance with the principles of coexistence of humanity and nature.