Introducing the Graduate School of Public Policy at The University of Tokyo

Introducing the Graduate School of Public Policy at The University of Tokyo

October 18, 2019 9 By Stanley Isaacs


Welcome and thanks for your interest in
our program at the Graduate School of Public Policy, or “grasp” [GraSPP] as we call it.
I am Akiyo Takahara, dean of grasp. So, what is grasp? What are the values we promote?
What is it like to be a part of grasp? Grasp belongs to the University of Tokyo,
which was founded in 1877 as the first national university in Japan.
The university is renowned for its world leading research and education. At this
time [2018], there are around 28,000 students, including 4000 international students
from throughout the world. Grasp was established in 2004. As trained
professionals in diverse fields of Public Policy, by delivering an academic
education that balances law political science and economics, grasp is a highly
diversified graduate school with students of nearly equal gender balance
and various backgrounds. Every year, grasp welcomes 110 new Master
students. The alumni network is expanding, with over 1,400 alumni from more than 55
countries. Our faculty members include about 35 professors and nearly 200
secondary appointed professors and part-time lecturers. Grasp faculty
members consist of academics who provide intellectual foundations and experienced
policy practitioners who share their firsthand professional knowledge and
experience with students. Our two-year Master of Public Policy [MPP] programs offer an
extensive and diverse selection of courses. The MPP programs are designed
for those who aspire to be globally competitive policy practitioners,
equipped with academic theories, professional knowledge, and practical
capacities. One distinctive feature of our
curriculum is our coverage of legal, political, and economic issues.
Moreover, students engaged in case studies on specific policies as part of
the core curriculum.This gives you opportunities to apply the knowledge you
have learned, create original and innovative solutions, and improve your
communication skills. Grasp students also have access to a broad range of
courses offered by other graduate schools at the University of Tokyo.
In addition, you have the opportunity to join exchange or double degree programs
with the leading public policy schools around the world. Outside the school, you can participate in internships and various training
opportunities. Grasp seminars and research unit symposia are held
frequently. The theme of the seminars range from academic to practical, so you
can choose and participate in the seminar that hits your own interest. We have many attractive courses to offer
to you. For example, grasp policy challenge provides you with a chance to
tackle the United Nations sustainable development goals. You can present your
policy proposals at the annual student conference of the global public policy
network that is a network of seven leading public policy schools in the world. Thanks so much for watching and we look forward to meeting you on campus.