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Course of Regional Development Studies//国際地域学研究科国際地域学専攻

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Course of Regional Development Studies


専攻長Chair of the Course of Regional Development Studies

Toshiyuki Okamura

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岡村 敏之




Nurturing individuals capable of solving a diverse range of regional issues

 The early 21st century has seen some striking cases of economic development, particularly in Asia and Africa. Unlike the images of conflict and poverty that characterized them in the past, developing countries are now symbolized by dynamic approaches. Moreover, relations between advanced and developing countries are gradually shifting away from a focus on exploitation and unilateral assistance to a focus on mutual cooperation. As the world diversifies in this way, the Course of Regional Development Studies welcomes students who intend to address various regional problems through their involvement in the field.

Focusing on the fields of economics, sociology, engineering, agricultural science, political science, and anthropology, the course nurtures individuals with specialized skills who are capable of solving various regional issues in the field and enhancing the appeal of these regions. Several of our students explore fields related to community building and regional development, and we are aiming to establish and sustainably develop a kind of “regional construction” that utilizes the unique characteristics of local areas while being harmonious with the natural environment to strengthen practical international cooperation, develop urban and rural resources, and expand regional development in Japan and overseas.

In today’s borderless society, having extensive knowledge of a specific field of study is insufficient for individuals who are hoping to work in regional fields. Rather than focusing on a specific country or region, this course explores the various issues affecting several different regions—in advanced and developing countries, in Japan and overseas, and in urban and rural areas. I hope that our students will acquire universal capabilities that go beyond a single specialization while performing research that focuses on relevant study in the field. We have a large number of faculty members who can respond to these research needs.

The task of “regional construction” is not like “freely painting on a blank canvas.” Moreover, there are no “one-shot reversals” or “trump cards” when attempting to solve regional issues. It is necessary to accept the problems before our eyes and then steadily build results individually to unravel the tangle while respecting regional history and culture. We welcome the plans of students who are aiming to develop “specialized skills” grounded in these “field capabilities.”

Overview of the Course

At the beginning of the 21st century, there is a great demand for individuals with advanced professional knowledge who can respond to problems caused by globalization in areas such as development, trade, and the environment. Moreover, this tendency is continuing to grow, as, for example, international organizations also demand Doctoral degrees when recruiting personnel.

Considering these developments, the Course of Regional Development Studies was established to nurture individuals who can play useful roles in international organizations, global enterprises, and domestic affiliated fields.

We hope to welcome highly inquisitive students with the courage and vitality to embrace the challenge of developing new societies, and we are looking forward to your research plans.

  • Admission capacity: Master’s program – 15 students; Doctoral program – 5 students
  • Lecture times: Day/Evening
  • Campus: Hakusan
  • Career Category: Master’s program and Doctoral program
  • Degree: Master’s program – Master of Arts in Regional Development Studies; Doctoral program – Doctor of Letters in Regional Development Studies






  • 入学定員:前期課程15名/後期課程5名
  • 開講時間:昼夜開講
  • キャンパス:白山
  • 社会人入試:前期課程・後期課程
  • 学位:前期課程 修士(国際地域学)/後期課程 博士(国際地域学)