Graduate School of Asia-Pacific StudiesWaseda University

Special Program

Future Leader’s Program for Regional Governance and Cooperation in Asia

Along with globalization, there has been some evidence of de-facto integration in economic as well as social levels in East Asia. In recent years, not only have governments actively tried to enhance the regional cooperation systems, but they also have suggested the concept of regional communities such as “East Asia Community” or “APEC Community”. The encouragement of regional cooperation and regional integration would be vital for many reasons: Peace and prosperity in East Asia; resolution of global issues, e.g., environmental problems; and economic and social growth in our Japan. By taking these trends into account, we will launch “Future Leader’s Program for Regional Governance and Cooperation in Asia”, for the purpose of human resources development of professionals who are capable of contributing to the realization of both “global” and “regional” interests. The mission of this program is to conduct studies related to regional governance and cooperation in Asia and to cultivate dedicated leaders to realize harmonious and sustainable governance in the region. We aim to train leaders who would be proactively involved in policy making processes as professionals and scholars in governments and international organizations. Our future leaders would possess extensive knowledge and understanding of the trends and dynamics of Asia which is recently called “the center of the world growth.” We hope they would promote the good governance of the nations. We are committed to provide a program to foster leaders with a high level of expertise and skills, so that they would become trailblazers for their region, including Japan.

Future Leader’s Program offers an opportunity to conductresearch about “Regional Governance and Cooperation in Asia” in politics, economics, history, society, culture, education and otherrelated fields from global and interdisciplinary perspectives. From the first academic year, students will belong to one of the ProjectResearch seminars (Research Guidance Seminars), based on their own research themes. While they are learning and being trained innecessary skills for essay-writing such as basic knowledge, theoretical viewpoints and methodologies, they are also able to preparefor and write their MA thesis or PhD dissertations. Specifically, centering the Project Research, students will take courses as follows under the guidance of their Project Research advisors.

Program Certificate

Students who have fulfilled the Program requirements will be conferred the Program Certificate.

Program Requirements

The Program requirements differ by degree program (MA/Ph.D.).   You must complete the designated number of credits or courses according to your respective Program requirements (set by your year of entry into GSAPS).

Program Course List

For Program Courses necessary for fufilling the Program requirements (“CA Core Courses”, “CA Designated Courses” etc.) offered in a given academic year, please consult the “Program Course List” for that year. (See below).

NOTE (Revised on April 9, 2015; revision indicated in red): 

Please note that the categories “CA Core Course” and “CA Designated Course” are not used in the web course registration system and the course list of the Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies. Please make sure to consult the EAUI Program Course List of the appropriate academic year when registering for a CA Core Course or CA Designated Course.
Please also note that only those courses listed in the EAUI Program Course List of the academic year you took them will be counted toward the fulfillment of the requirements for completing the EAUI Program or the Future Leaders Program. However, exceptions will be made for those courses listed in the Addendum – they will be counted as CA Designated Courses or CA Core Courses toward the fulfillment of your program requirements even if they were not included in the EAUI Program Course List of the academic year you took them.

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