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International Collaborative Graduate School Program

Based on the “Japan Gateway: Kyoto University Top Global Program” initiative, Kyoto University has established the “Top Global Course” and “Joint / Double Degree Programs” which involve international collaborative courses and joint-supervision. Implemented in collaboration with several of the world’s leading universities, these international cooperative education programs form an important part of the efforts of Kyoto University to provide outstanding international graduate education.

The Graduate School of Economics, together with the Graduate School of Letters, and the Graduate School of Agricultural Sciences (Division of Natural Resource Economics), has created the “Asian Platform for Global Sustainability & Transcultural Studies (AGST) ” in order to promote the internationalization of research and education across the Graduate Schools.

For more information see: Asian Platform for Global Sustainability & Transcultural Studies(AGST)


Double Degree Program

The Graduate School of Economics has established international joint degree programs and co-supervision agreements with several leading universities across Europe and Asia. In 2018, an international Double PhD Degree Program was launched by the Graduate School of Economics in conjunction with the University of Glasgow (United Kingdom).

In this program, graduate students will benefit from joint supervision from experts at both universities, and after spending two years at each, will obtain doctoral degrees from both Kyoto University and the University of Glasgow. The Graduate School of Economics is also collaborating with several universities in Southeast Asia and Europe so as to develop international joint degree programs, at both MA and PhD level, and to establish co-supervision agreements.


“AGST Top Global Course” and “Global Course” Certificates

In addition to our “East Asia Sustainable Economic Development Studies” International Graduate Program (available at MA and PhD levels and provided in English), the Graduate School of Economics also engages in international education efforts aimed at graduate students enrolled in our regular program. In this regard, the Graduate School of Economics invites world renowned scholars to deliver courses at Kyoto University, conducts international co-supervision and guidance of graduate student research, runs several overseas dispatch programs and field trips, etc. From 2017, graduate students who actively participated in such international educational activities have been able to obtain a “AGST TOP Global Course Certificate” in recognition of their efforts.

Furthermore, in 2018 the Faculty of Economics has established the “Global Course” for undergraduate students in which they receive a “Global Course” certificate based on their assessed English skills and the attainment of sufficient credits from courses offered in English. Another requirement for completing this course is that undergraduate students engage in a semester of overseas academic exchange with one of Kyoto University’s exchange partners. In this way the Graduate School of Economics is proactively promoting international exchange with universities outside of Japan.

For more information please visit: AGST Top Global Course