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Approach Issues Facing the International Community from Various Angles in Our 5 Unique Programs

GCP (Global Cooperation Program)

The Global Cooperation Program (GCP) is a pioneering English-based Master’s Course program, focusing on international relations and cooperation. GCP’s distinguished teachers from academic and professional fields have been training international students from all over the world since 2003. With this specialized program of international cooperation, Graduate School of International Relations in Ritsumeikan University is highly acclaimed as a member of APSIA. GCP offers courses by specialists and professionals from international, governmental and non-governmental organizations.

GJP (Global and Japanese Perspectives Program)

The Global and Japanese Perspectives Program (GJP) is a new English-based Master’s Course program. GJP provides specialized courses on Japan studies and core courses on international relations. By studying about Japan and international relations through course work including the new Core course called “GJP Platform,” students can gain a perspective of Japan in political, economic, and cultural changes under globalization. Comprehensive Japanese language classes are also offered to international students.

Global Governance Program

The current process of globalization has generated a multi-dimensional crisis in the governance capabilities of the nation-states. This program focuses on how well the international society should and could tackle the emerging challenges that a nation-state is incapable of handling by itself, including ethnic and religious conflicts that have plagued different parts of the world and caused tremendous casualties, international and organized crimes such as terrorism and human and drug trafficking, environmental degradation and the spread of the infectious diseases, in order to secure peace, justice and democracy for all. It also looks at the overall structure, function and dynamics of global governance from political, economic and social perspectives.

International Cooperation and Development Program

An overwhelming number of the world’s population is still suffering from poverty and hunger. The economic disparity between rich “North” and poor “South” countries is widening. Never before has there been more need for solutions for problems arising from a “North-South” divide and the establishment of a new international economic system. Students in this program will study political and social background of these problems as well as various policies of sustainable development and poverty reduction including international aid, regional economic integration and an expansion of market economy and explore the prospect of international cooperation in the twenty-first century.

Multicultural Understanding Program

The world is becoming one with the significant progress in Information and Communication Technology (ICT). At the same time the massive increase in the number of people who move across borders is diversifying ethnicity and cultural backgrounds of people in a nation-state and/or society. This program examines what kind of impact the unification of the world through globalization has on cultures and identities of individual countries and societies. How we should understand cultural transformations? What we need to do in order to avoid the clash of different cultures and realize harmonious co-existence of different cultures? These are the key questions the program seeks to explore.