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The history of the Faculty of Economics and the Graduate School of Economics at Kobe University dates back to the establishment of the Kobe Higher Commercial School in 1902, which was the second higher educational institution for economics and commerce established by the Japanese government at that time. Since then, the Faculty and Graduate School have produced a large number of distinguished people. We are very proud that those graduates have occupied higher social positions and been playing leading roles in various fields of business, politics, and academics. Based on our proud historical background and tradition, we have achieved a great deal of success in both educating excellent people and conducting outstanding researches. Our school have acquired a considerable reputation and maintained its importance as one of the leading universities in the field of economics in Japan.

In our school, more than fifty professors are engaged in cutting-edge research activities and teach various subjects such as economic theory, statistics and econometrics, economic history, environmental economics, economics of technology, industrial organization, social policies, finance, public finance, international economics, and regional studies on the US, the EU, China and other regions. Because the expertise of our faculty members covers virtually all fields in economics, we can offer a wide range of study opportunities for our students. The regular program in our curriculum is well-organized and structured so that the students can take a step-by-step approach (from elementary to advanced) to learn economics both effectively and efficiently.

In addition to the regular program, we offer some special programs. First one is the International Five-year Economics Education Program at Kobe University (IFEEK), in which highly-motivated students are trained to acquire a deeper understanding of economics and advanced English communication skills in collaboration with the foreign partner universities. In the IFEEK, successful students will be able to obtain both a bachelor’s degree in three years and half and a master’s degree in one year and half (i.e., five years in total). Second one is the Kobe University Programme for European Studies (KUPES), which provides students (from the second-year bachelor to master’s level) with an integrated curriculum for facilitating the understanding of culture, law, languages, political institutions, and other various aspects in the European Union countries and their relation to Japan. Third one is the Econo-Legal Study Program (ELS), which is an interdisciplinary course operated in collaboration with the faculty of Law. The ELS aims to foster students’ ability to analyze modern complex problems generating both economic and legal difficulties such as the intellectual property rights, regulation/deregulation of industries, migration of foreign workers and so forth, and to find sound solutions to those problems with an integrated view of economics and law.

Furthermore, students may participate in some university-level special programs. For example, the Standard Curriculum for Mathematics and Data (run by the Center for Mathematical and Data Science) offers a basic course for mathematics and data sciences. Another example is the Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), which aims to encourage students to learn to be active persons who can tackle those problems, such as environment, human rights, welfare, international understanding, health care, those that are arising when we consider the possibility of sustainable societies.

In the Graduate School, the master course curriculum is divided into two tracks. One is for the students who intend to be academic researchers and be promoted to the doctor course after finishing the master course; the other is for the students who want to obtain higher professional skills for going into business, getting jobs in thinktanks, and working as government officials as such. By completing the designated classes corresponding to each track, students can choose their career-paths by themselves.
The Global MAster Program (GMAP) in Economics is a special program for the graduate students, which is designed to offer students with advanced knowledge of social sciences to become business elites.

We have accepted and educated a great number of foreign students from all over the world. And, of course, we shall keep the door wide open to foreign students who want to study at our Graduate School. For foreign students, we prepare the International Master Program in Economics, in which all lectures and seminars are conducted only in English. Accordingly, even without any knowledge of Japanese, students can complete the course and obtain the master’s degree.

On our Rokkodai Campus, we have several historic buildings such as the Main Building of Kobe University, the Social Science Library, and the Research Institute of Economics and Business Administration (RIEB), all of which are registered as cultural heritages, from which we can feel solemn atmosphere of our long history and tradition. Not only these historical heritages, we have installed modern facilities of information communication technology; all students are provided with IDs for the university computer system and can have good access to e-journals and other academic resources on the Library’s WEB site and on the Internet easily and swiftly.

The Graduate School of Economics at Kobe University is one of the best places to do study and research in economics in Japan. We welcome anyone who wishes to join us. Hope to see you on our beautiful campus.

Noritsugu Nakanishi,
Dean, Faculty of Economics and Graduate School of Economics, Kobe University.

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