"Regional" + "Urban" Power - From Policy Formation to Practice

Personnel Development Mission

We are cultivating the leaders of tomorrow, who aspire to realize people-friendly, sustainable public spaces, through local government reforms, government-private sector partnerships, and urban policy proposals from citizens.

Students we are seeking: Individuals interested in local government and urban management, regional government, community and district revitalization, social infrastructure such as housing and welfare policy, etc., or, more specifically, persons keen to work in public organizations, local assemblies, think tanks, mass media, corporations, labor unions, economic organizations, NPOs, etc.

New Urban Governance - Four Pillars of Support for Multifaceted Urban Public Policy

Over the past 10 years, urban public policy trends have changed enormously. For one thing, there has been an upsurge in social exclusion. While aiming at efficient local government administration through the adoption of public management methods, it is also vital that the living environments of urban citizens be preserved, by means of welfare and housing policies. Another current trend is the shift in emphasis from “government” to “governance”. In other words, the “government-centered approach” that has prevailed up to now, centered on local government policies, is giving way to a “governance-centered approach”, characterized by collaboration between a diversity of parties and a multifaceted urban policy.

On the basis of these two changes, a credible urban policy for the new era requires four pillars of support. (1) “Administration and public management” that aims at efficient local government administration; (2) “Living environment” (welfare and housing) for building a solid basis for the livelihoods of urban citizens; (3) “Policy formation and legislation” that responds to the needs of government employees, as it takes over from the traditional “government” approach; and (4) An “urban renewal” strategy aimed at the creation of richly vital cities through the collaboration of a diversity of parties (e.g., citizen partnerships, communities as social-related investments, social enterprises, and NPOs). The overcoming of social exclusion demands a “new urban governance”.


April/2013 updated

  • Classes are held at the Umeda Satellite Campus on the 6th floor of the Osaka Station Front Building No.2.
  • It is possible to attend on two weekday evenings and Saturdays (so one may both study and work at the same time)
  • An advanced doctoral program is being planned
  • The entrance exam puts emphasis on clear study goals and a high degree of motivation (those without advanced degrees who have graduated from college or can demonstrate the equivalent level of education may be admitted by receiving advanced permission from the department)