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Faculty of Economics at Kobe University was founded in 1902. Originally was named the Kobe Higher Commercial School and was the second established higher educational institution in the field of economics and commerce in Japan. We are very proud of the fact that a great  number of distinguished  people have graduated from our faculty since then. In 1953,  after registering great achievements in education and research over years, the Graduate School of Economics at Kobe University was founded. Nowadays, after having produced many distinguished graduates, our school has been consistently ranked as one of the most prestigious universities  for its  research and education in economics in Japan.

We cover a vast range of research areas including theory, history, econometrics, technology, environment, economic policies, public finance, finance, international economics, and area studies on the US, the EU, China, and other regions. In addition to providing courses in the  aforementioned fields, we offer various other study opportunities for our undergraduate students. First, we offer  the International Five-year Economics Education Program at Kobe University (IFEEK)  to train those who are able to play an active role in the current globalized world. Utilizing academic exchange programs, the program allows students to receive both a bachelor and a master degree in economics in five years. Second, our faculty actively supports the activities of the EUIJ-Kansai EUIJ Kansai (EU Institute in Japan, Kansai), a consortium of Kobe University, Kwansei Gakuin University and Osaka University, which offers EU Studies courses within a framework of credit transfer among the consortium. Students who have completed these courses will obtain a undergraduate/graduate certificate. Third, the ESD Course (Education for Sustainable Development), in cooperation with other faculties at Kobe University, provides lectures on environmental issues from an action research perspective. Fourth, in collaboration with the Faculty of Law, the ELS (Econo-Legal Study) Program provides interactive lectures in  areas such  as competition policy, social security, and labor problems. These are areas in which both economists and lawyers are seriously concerned, but from different points of view.

In our Graduate School, lectures and tutorials are open to students with various backgrounds and future career paths. We provide courses not only for students who are eager to acquire leading-edge theories and methods in economics to be  researchers, but also for students who want to deepen their understanding in economics before entering the business world. Some courses are designed for business persons who feel the need to update their knowledge in economics.

We trained many excellent foreign students in our Graduate School. We continue to accept  foreign students from various countries.. We hope that these students contribute to increase the multiculturalism and the competitiveness of our school.  In order to attract more international students, in 2013, we opened “The English Track”. In this track, international students can finish a master program only by taking courses taught in English.  

Learning and research infrastructure is of course very important for our faculty. We are especially proud of our libraries. They have large collections, including the 1.2 million books and many journals in printed forms available in the Social Science Library, and 13 thousand titles in electronic forms available in libraries as a whole.

Another key infrastructure of our Faculty is the KUMA (Kobe University Microdata Archive). KUMA, which was established in 2010 as a satellite institution of the National Statistics Center, and  aims to support and facilitate research using micro data. We encourage  students and researchers, from both inside and outside the university, to make use of these  micro data through the KUMA.

Graduate School of Economics at Kobe University  provides  great opportunities for study and research. We welcome those who wish to study and conduct research at our institution. Join us!

Nakamura Tamotsu

Dean, Faculty of Economics and Graduate School of Economics, Kobe University

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