Faculty of Economics
The Faculty of Economics of Kyoto University was established in 1919, and in 2019 will celebrate the centenary of its foundation. Prior to this a number of lectures on economics were delivered within the Faculty of Law (College of Law) starting in 1899. This historical background means Kyoto University has the oldest faculty in Japan committed to research and education in economics. Since its inception, the Faculty has produced many renowned scholars and researchers and a number of prominent economic and business leaders. Many of our graduates have gone on to play pivotal roles in society, contributing to its betterment.
In the face of the changing economic system, evolving market and the globalization of the world economy, the Faculty has made constant efforts to pursue innovation in the study of economics and business management. These endeavours ensure that education delivered at the Faculty is at the forefront of the field and fully incorporates global perspectives.
Graduate School of Economics
The present Graduate School of Economics of Kyoto University was established in 1953 under the new educational system reform after World War II. It sought to both sustain and further the long academic tradition of economic studies at Kyoto University. At present, courses at the Graduate School are organized into six academic areas within economics and business management: Economic Theory, Applied Economics, Political Economy, Economic Policy, Management & Accounting, and Economic History & Economic Thought. The Graduate School maintains a strong commitment to developing close communication among leading researchers, both within Japan and overseas, with whom a free and constructive exchange of ideas is nurtured, generating research based on unique, free and diverse ideas. The globalisation of research and education is strongly promoted at the Graduate School, as evidenced by the availability of many courses offered in English and multiple opportunities to conduct international field work.
Many of those graduating from the Graduate School go on to be employed in research posts at universities, research institutes, and think tanks, etc., playing important roles in both domestic and international academic circles. As these graduates possess a high level of competence and expertise, including both advanced technical knowledge and research capabilities, they also become outstanding leaders in the various sectors of the economic and business world.