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Message from Chair of the Department of Economics, Graduate School of International Social Sciences

Sound economic policy is the key of economic development for any country. Human resources are vital for planning and enforcing various public and economic policy measures. The academic knowledge of economics combined with practical skills in policy fields has become increasingly important in our globalized society more than ever before due to expanding multinational enterprises and massive cross-border capital flows. As the first nation to have achieved modern economic development in Asia, the government and universities in Japan have a responsibility to share Japanese experiences with motivated students from around the world.

In 2007, deeply aware of the importance of these skills for economic development, Yokohama National University (YNU) began the Indonesia Linkage Program (ILP), targeting mid-career public officials in the government sector of Indonesia who are in charge of economic policies. The first ILP program ended in September 2014, starting again in October 2015 (to be scheduled to end in November 2020). The first year of the program is held at the partner universities, University of Indonesia and University of Gadjah Mada.

The second year is conducted at GSISS in YNU. The ILP is partly based on Master’s Program in Public Policy and Taxation (PPT program) established in 1996 with cooperation from the World Bank and Japan’s National Tax Agency. The World Bank program boasts the longest history among similar programs in Japan and has earned a high reputation both inside and outside Japan.

The ILP students study in the rich educational environment of YNU’s tree-filled campus on a quiet hill comfortably distanced from the urban bay area of Yokohama City, Japan’s second largest city famous for its international harbor. There is a cosmopolitan feel to our campus with over 900 foreign students from around the world. Based on our long tradition of economics education since the 1920s, the Department of Economics offers a wide range of classes from introductory economics to applied policy-oriented lectures and special seminars.

However, we are not content with tradition and constantly review our education system. We have changed our academic calendar so that the academic year starts from the autumn to harmonize with the global standard. We have expanded our curriculum to respond to current policy issues. Learning from recent disasters in remote locations, we have reaffirmed our commitment to the safety and security of our students.

In addition to these special programs, the Department of Economics launched International Ph.D./Master programs in English open to any applicant in 2013. Therefore, the ILP students can acquaint themselves with students in various programs other than the already diverse group of students in the World Bank and the ILP programs, thus expanding their international network through numerous aspects of their campus life.

Alumni of the ILP are active in various policy areas of the Indonesian government. utilizing the network they have expanded at this graduate school in addition to the skills they gained through the program. We are extremely proud of the accomplishments of this program so far.

We welcome applications from any bright, motivated individual who wishes to learn economics for improving the public and economic policies of Indonesia’s central and local governments.

Keiji Nagai
Chair, Department of Economics
Graduate School of International Social Sciences


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