02The Asia-Pacic region has been achieving high economic growth for more than half a century since the end of the World War II, contributing to global economic growth. The Asia-Pacic has come to have strong inuence on not only economic but also political and social aspects of the world. As a result of rapid economic growth, people’s income has increased remarkably in the Asia-Pacic. There is no doubt that this increase in income has led to material improvements in daily life. However, there still remain a number of serious problems, such as poverty, the income gap, the gender gap, environmental problems, territorial problems, and national security problems, all of which have strong impacts on our daily lives. The Graduate School of Asia-Pacic Studies (GSAPS) is providing education and training to the students interested in and concerned with understanding and nding solutions to the problems noted above. The problems we face result from various factors involving a number of dierent academic disciplines. I would like to argue that the students need to develop highly competitive capability in one of many disciplines including economics, political science, international relations, history, sociology, and others. It is also important for us not only to realize but also to accept the diversity in the ways of understanding and dealing with the problems, because even the seemingly same problems are likely to have dierent historical and social backgrounds reecting dierent regions and countries. At GSAPS, we oer a program that aims to achieve this objective, with many notable features, which will be explained below.First, at GSAPS, you will nd a bilingual learning environment. Almost all the lecture courses are oered both in English and Japanese. You can pursue your academic degree either in only English or only Japanese. However, you are encouraged to study both in English and Japanese.Second, GSAPS is an intellectual community of more than 400 graduate students (approximately 300 MA students and 150 Ph.D. students) coming from more than 50 countries. Approximately 20% of the students are from Japan, while 80% are international students. Third, a number of lecture courses are oered both in English and Japanese. These lecture courses fall within 3 categories: “Area Studies” in which you assess the situations in countries and territories in the Asia-Pacic; “International Relations” in which you analyze the inter-state relations and transnational relations of non-state actors such as private rms and NGOs; and “International Development and Policy Studies” in which you are challenged with how to tackle specic regional and global issues. In addition, there are several courses oered by lecturers who have experience in international cooperation, diplomacy, and journalism, which can help you translate the research into practice. I truly hope that you join us to become a highly skilled talent of the future, who can solve or ameliorate the problems in the Asia-Pacic and other areas, through learning and conducting research at GSAPS.Increasing Importance of the Asia-Pacific Region in the World:The Need for Nurturing Highly-skilled Human Resources forAchieving Further Economic DevelopmentGraduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies,Waseda UniversityDean/ProfessorURATA Shujiro


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