Special Programs in English
YNU currently offers seven special graduate programs in English for international students. In addition, it is launching a special undergraduate program in English in October 2013.
Master’s and Doctoral Program
The special course of Planning and Building Science was originally established in 1989 and reorganized in 2007 as the Special Program of International Development Engineering. In addition to Planning and Building Science, the current program incorporates other areas of study centered on Environmental Studies essential for International Development Engineering. The program accepts international students with high academic ability as full-time students. Students who successfully complete the program are awarded a Master’s Degree or Ph.D.
This program was established in 1995 with the receipt of a grant from a special scholarship program funded by the Japanese Government for government officers from developing countries of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (World Bank). The program examines approaches to infrastructure management at all levels from the planning of infrastructure to its construction and operation while bearing in mind the welfare of the local population and preservation of the environment.
This program was established in 1996 with the receipt of a grant from a special scholarship program funded by the Japanese Government for government officers from developing countries of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (World Bank). The program is mainly for public servants working in the area of taxation in developing countries. It aims to give them the opportunity to explore ways of improving public policies and taxation systems in their own countries by (i) acquiring fundamental knowledge of public policies and taxation, (ii) gaining practical knowledge and experience in Japan’s taxation administration system and (iii) undertaking comparative studies with developed nations.
Indonesian Government Scholarship Students (IGS)
This program was established in 1999 under an agreement with the Ministry of Finance of the Indonesian government. The program is for students in the employ of the Indonesian Ministry of Finance, who are of a certain academic standard and recommended for the program by the Indonesian Government. The curriculum is the same as for the Master’s Program of Public Policies and Taxation. Although the program was temporarily discontinued following the graduation of students in March 2005 due to the reorganization of a yen loan, which is the seeding fund for the program, it recommenced in 2008.
This program was established in October 2007 under an agreement with the Ministry of Finance of the Indonesian Government and the National Development Planning Board of Indonesia (Badan Perencanaan Pembangunan Nasional: BAPPENAS). The program is for Indonesian government officers. The first year of the program is held at Gadjah Mada University or the University of Indonesia, which are the partner universities of the Indonesian side. The second year is conducted at the Department of Economics in the International Graduate School of Social Sciences in YNU. Students who successfully complete the master’s program receive a Master’s Degree (Economics) from both YNU and the partner university in Indonesia.
This program was originally established in 2001 as the Development of Law Support Course with assistance from the Japan International Cooperation Agency. In 2006 it was further developed as the Law and Public Policy Program. This program is for international students from transitional economy countries. It aims to foster students who can work towards the development of law and public policies in their home countries after they graduate.
By extensively utilizing a studio-teaching format, the IGSI trains students to gain useful knowledge of Civil Engineering, which they put to actual use when they confront various different urban problems in emerging and developing countries. All lectures, studio classes and consultations on master’s thesis will be conducted in English. The course is offered not just to Japanese students but also to foreign students in general (including those studying for a master’s degree on the Japanese Government MEXT Scholarship Program). The IGSI thus functions as a foreign-student teaching arm of YNU Graduate School of Urban Innovation.