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12 13.2018

Guest lecture of Dr.Wahyudi Kumorotomo, Officer of Master Program for Public Administration, Gadjah Mada University

Graduate School of Policy Science has joint-degree program with Gadjah Mada University and Institut Teknologi Bandung: Indonesian Top-ranking Universities. Every year, we accommodate the students who are selected by Indonesia Governments and have studied for 1 year at Indonesia universities, give them english-based education and research supervise for 1 year and finally grant them dual master degrees. In 2018, we have 14 new students of this program. Most of them are public servants at Central and local governments.
Dr.Wahyudi Kumorotomo, Director of Master of Public Administration, Gadjah Mada University, visited our school Nov 8, 2018. To profit this opportunity, we had a luncheon meeting to have his special lecture on his master program and future research cooperation with us. As he proposed us the concrete plan to publish a research book, we could develop our cooperation very much. Our faculty members will also visit Gadjah Mada University and Institut Teknologi Bandung, Feb 2019 to enhance our collaboration.

12 13.2018

GSPS week was done with many participants

For two weeks of this November, GSPS organized many events to give opportunities for undergraduate students to know what our graduate school is. We had talks events of English-based international graduate students and Japanese-ones and guest lectures of alumni who are an associate professor of university and a CEO of social enterprise. We have also many visitors to joint-seminars of GSPS for these weeks. If you are considering to go to GSPS and want to consult with your prospect supervisor, please contact to our administrative office, following the format of this site(

10 24.2018

GSPS Week Nov14-23, 2018

To give opportunities for undergraduate students to know what a graduate school is, Graduate School of Policy Science (GSPS) organize events as below in the middle of Nov, 2018. It's a chance to hear voices of GSPS students and experience the seminars of GSPS.

1.Talk event: Daily Life and Research at GSPS

Nov 14 (Wed) 12:20-12:50
OIC R-AGORA (Building B, Second Floor)

English-based GSPS students talk about their research activities and daily life. Associate Dean of GSPS explain features of GSPS and how to prepare to go to the graduate school.

Speaker: WINA Cynthia (Master student from Indonesia), YE Meng(Doctoral Student from China) and TAKAMURA Gakuto (Associate Dean)

Light meal: Rice bowls and tea is provided for participants (Max.20 set)*

2.Open Seminar of Research Project

The curriculum of GSPS is characterized by its "Research Project" program, which is issue-based joint-seminar of every week and aims to open up intellectual spaces where faculty members of different disciplines work with graduate students each of whom pursues the topics of Research Project.

For two weeks of this November, you can visit the class of Research Project. Most of Research Projects are composed of English-based and Japanese-based students. You have a wider range of choice of your supervisor than CRPS. The topics and the professors of each research project is below.

“SDG's & DRR” Research Project
Prof. KANEGAE, Associate Prof.UEHARA, Associate Prof. Ryo SAKURAI, Associate Prof. TOYOTA and Specially Appointed Prof. TAKAO

Nov.14(Wed) 16:20〜19:30 (Eng)
Nov.21(Wed) 16:20〜17:50 (Eng)
Room AS458

“Globalizing Pluralistic Welfare and Economic Society” Research Project
Prof. KAMIKUBO, Prof. OTSUKA, Prof. Masanari SAKURAI, Prof.SAKANISHI and Associate Prof. IIDA

Nov.15(Thu) 16:20〜 19:30 (Eng&Jap)
Nov.22(Thu) 16:20〜 19:30 (Eng&Jap)
Room AS455

“Public Policy in East Asia” Research Project
Prof. KAMIKO, Prof. KISHI and Prof.Nishimura

Nov.15(Thu) 18:00〜19:30(Eng)
Nov.22(Thu) 16:20〜18:00(Eng)
Room AS454

“Urban Planning, Community Building and Housing” Research Project
Prof.ISHIHARA, Associate Prof. SHIKI, Prof.TAKAMURA and Prof.YOSHIDA

Nov.15(Thu) 16:20〜18:00(Eng)
Nov.22(Thu) 18:00〜19:30(Eng)
Room AS453

“Area Management and Public Policy” Research Project
Prof.ISHIKAWA, Prof.KOSUGI, Prof HIRAOKA and Specially Appointed Prof. OBATA

Nov.15(Thu) 16:20〜 18:00 (Japanese)
Nov.22(Thu) 16:20〜 18:00 (Japanese)
Room AS452

“Decentralization and Governance” Research Project
Prof.SATO, Prof.SHIGEMORI, Prof.TABAYASHI, Prof.MABUCHI, Specially Appointed Prof. MIKAMI and Specially Appointed Prof. YAMAMOTO

Nov.15(Thu) 16:20〜 18:00 (Japanese)
Nov.22(Thu) 16:20〜 18:00 (Japanese)

“Global Governance and Energy Environmental Policy” Research Project
Prof. SHU, Prof.MIYAWAKI and Specially Appointed Prof. NAKAGAMI

Nov.15(Thu) 16:20〜 19:30 (Japanese)
Nov.22(Thu) 16:20〜 19:30 (Japanese)
Room AS456

You may visit the room without reservation. It’s open to public : students of other universities may also join. Most of Research Project have 2 successive sessions for a day. You may leave after first session.

To know the discipline and research theme of each faculty member, please search his-her name at the academic database below.
Ritsumeikan University Researcher's database

*Every academic year, there are always minor changes of composition and theme of Research Project.

3.Guidance for the preparation to go to GSPS

a. Individual Consultation

Nov.23(Fri) 15:30〜17:00   R-AGORA (Building B, Second Floor)

Associate Dean of GSPS provides an individual consultation with those who are considering to go to GSPS. During this time, we show the video of GSPS week to the public.

b. Explanation on entrance exam etc.

Nov.23(Fri) 18:10〜 AN324

Associate Dean of GSPS provides explain about our entrance exam for international students and have an individual consultation.

*Light meal is only for participants, not passenger.

10 01.2015

26 students of Diponegoro University visited Graduate School of Policy Science

On 30th September 2015 in the morning, 26 students of Diponegoro University visited Graduate School of Policy Science at OIC with a guidance of Dr.Edward Pandelaki and Dr.Erni Setyowati. All the students belong to Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering of Diponegoro University (UNDIP). Professor Yoshida gave them a short lecture about Outline of Ritsumeikan and urban policy of Japan. Graduate students from Indonesia also gave them a short talking about daily study life in Ritsumeikan and tasty foods in Kansai area like Takoyaki, Okonomiyaki and Kaiten-sushi. They had some talks with Professor Shiozaki and other Japanese graduate students. After the meeting, the students had a look inside of campus buildings and left OIC to go to field visit for traditional architectures in Kyoto.

Current Students give them lectures about daily study life in OIC

Group photo at campus tour with RU members

10 01.2015

GSPS concluded Agreement of Cooperation with Faculty of Engineering, Diponegoro University

Diponegoro University(UNDIP) was established in 1957 as one of the biggest national universities in Indonesia and is located in Semarang City. Semarang City is located in the central Java Island and has population of 2 million or more. UNDIP has 34 thousands of students and is almost in same scale with Ritsumeikan University. The vice dean of the faculty of engineering UNDIP, Dr.Berkah Fajar and the chair of department of architecture, Dr. Edward Pandelaki visited Kinugasa Campus and talked about further collaborations between RU and UNDIP with the dean of GSPS, Professor Kanegae. After some months, GSPS concluded the Agreement of Cooperation with the faculty of engineering of UNDIP at the end of March 2015.

Shake hands after talking about future cooperations by the deans, Professor Kanegae and Dr. Berkah Fajar (18th November 2015)

07 25.2013

Joint workshop with the Graduate School of Media and Governance at Keio University

" Ritsumeikan- Keio Joint Workshop” was held at Shonan Fujisawa Campus of Keio University from Saturday June 1 to Sunday June 2, 2013. This is the 10th workshop sponsored by the Japan International Cooperation Centre (JICE). This event has been held biannually since 2008 to work towards sustainable policies in Asian countries through research reports and discussion between students from English-based programs specializing public policy at both graduate schools . This time, 17 participants from several countries including Thailand, Myanmar, Indonesia, China, and Japan made 15-minute presentations including Q&A for each under the theme “Japan’s Policies, Asia’s Policies for the 21st Century”. I was the first person to give a research presentation.

Professor Toshiya Hoshino from the Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP) made his keynote speech entitled "Japan's Foreign and Security Policy Challenges under Prime Minister Abe."  What impressed me was his comment that the security of North East Asia became visible by looking at a map from different viewpoints. Then, Professor Vesselin Popovski from the United Nations University Institute for Sustainability and Peace(UNU-ISP), commented on the keynote speech. His comment was useful to deeply understand what Japan has been doing for security at present.

The presentations this time were highly suggestive for how to deal with the issues which take root in local society and global ones. Among them, many focus on housing policy, agricultural land reform, and how to form regional community. I gave a presentation on “The process of the OSPREY deployment in Japan”. Since this was my first research presentation in English outside of school, I had difficulty from the start. However, I could enjoy myself due to my effort. I mentioned about Japan’s security and I could luckily get advice from Professor Hoshino.

This workshop was good for me to motivate my research and discover and improve my research goals through the advice from professors and exchange with other graduate students.  Above all, I learned that many Asian countries also share the same problem at the presentation. I could see my theme from different points of view hearing the questions and/or suggestions from other students of which research themes are relatively close and sharing the approach of each to solve their problems. I hope to further develop my "study” as a graduate student through the research presentation and cultural exchange at this joint workshop.

(Written by Akiko Ishimaru from Social Governance, Policy and Administration Unit, 4th year, College of Policy Science, Early advancement system student) 

03 29.2013

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