Education and Human Resource Development

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: Japanese
Foreign:$ 4.06 k / Year(s) Deadline: Jan 1, 2024
351–400 place StudyQA ranking:2645 Duration: You need IELTS certificate

This program aims at developing professionals who will be involved in educational and human resource development practices in both developing countries and the development community in Japan (master’s program), and highly-trained specialists at international development assistance organizations as well as researchers at both domestic and international development-related universities and research organizations (research institutes, think tanks) (doctoral program). Since the independence of many developing countries, education has seen changing in its meanings and roles within development discourse. In almost any developing countries, however, there is a common standpoint which considers education, particularly achieving basic education with equity and high quality, as a basis for a sound development. This vision was reconfirmed in the Dakar Framework for Action presented at the World Education Forum in 2000. At the same time, human resource development by higher education and technical and vocational education and training has recently been growing in its importance under globalization and knowledge-based economy and society. In addition to these, educational development in the 21st century is faced with various challenges, amongst which are further decentralization and privatization, progress in information and communication technologies, arising ethnicity and cultural awareness, and labor force and human resources crossing borders. Having being the first graduate-level research and education program for educational development offered in Japan (since 1991), the program is now carrying out important missions to meet the changing international environments and needs. Characteristics of the curriculum are as follows: The core subjects (required) provide students with theory and methodology of international educational development, while the optional core subjects (required) and core subjects (electives) develop students’ expertise in various-related discplines in international educational development. Common courses comprise Introduction to International Development as an introductory subject, Social Survey Method as an opportunity to acquire research methodologies, and OFW and DFW as field exercises. By taking courses from all the categories, students are expected to deepen their understanding in education and human resource development-related issues in developing countries, acquire skills in policy-making, planning and advises, project design, appraisal, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and aid coordination, as well as holistically develop their skills and knowledge to comprehensively understand and analyze development issues.

The doctoral program will help students write their doctoral dissertations based on relevant disciplines and knowledge acquired during the master’s program. Field work or practical experiences are highly encouraged. In addition, based on a comparative understanding of education and human resource development experiences both in Japan and Asian countries, doctoral students aim at advancing advisory skills on educational development policy and planning issues in developing countries.

GSID Common Subjects

Development Literacy

  • Introduction to International Development
  • Japan's Development Experience


  • Introduction to Questionaire
  • Survey and Interview
  • Introduction to Linguistics
  • Information Processing

Lectures by Development Experts

  • Development Cooperation 
  • Development Assistance
  • Non-Governmetal Organizations
  • Organization for International Cooperation
  • International Understanding and Community


  • Preparatory Seminar for GSID
  • Overseas Fieldwork
  • GSID Overseas Fieldwork
  • Preparatory Seminar for GSID
  • Domestic Fieldwork
  • GSID Domestic Fieldwork
  • Independet Overseas Fieldwork I
  • Independet Overseas Fieldwork II
  • Independet Domestic Fieldwork Ⅰ
  • Independet Domestic Fieldwork II


  • GSID Common Seminar I 
  • GSID Common Seminar II 
  • GSID Common Special Lectures I
  • GSID Common Special Lectures II

Core Subjects (required)


  • Educational Development and Cooperation
  • Comparative and International Education

Required Electives

  • Educational Development Planning and Evaluation
  • Educational Development Policies
  • Education, Skill Development and Work


  • Seminar on Education and Human 
  • Resource Development Ia,Ⅰb,Ⅱa,Ⅱb 

Core Subjects (electives)

  • Social Development Theory and Practice
  • Education and Health
  • Lecture on Education and Human
  • Resource Development I
  • Lecture on Education and Human
  • Resource Development II
  • Specical Lecture on Education and  Human Resource Development I 
  • Specical Lecture on Education and  Human Resource Development II

Electives from Other Programs

  • Development Economics 
  • Development Management under Globalization
  • Development Finance
  • Development Planning and Policy
  • Regional Development Planning 
  • Rural Development
  • Development Sociology
  • Poverty Reduction Strategies 
  • Introduction to Development Politics I, Ⅱ
  • Law and Development 
  • International Environmental Cooperation
  • Internatoinal Labor Migration
  • Globalization and Social Change
  • Peacebuilding 

Electives offered by Cooperative Units

  • Lecture on Development Policy I
  • Lecture on Development Policy II
  • Seminar on Development Policy I
  • Seminar on Development Policy II
  • Lecture on Management Development I
  • Lecture on Management Development II
  • Seminar on Management Development I
  • Seminar on Management Development II
  • TOEFL: minimum score of 80 iBT; 550 PBT
  • IELTS: minimum band score of 6 
  • Application fee: JPY 5,000
  • Payment of the registration fee (JPY 282,000)
  • Application Form
  • Bachelor's Degree Diploma (or Prospective Bachelor's Degree Diploma) from Your University (Original Copy)
  • Academic Transcript from the graduate school
  • Certificate of Master's degree
  • Research Proposal
  • Statement concerning applicant's working and/or research experience.
  • Photograph card, Examinee's registration card and receipt forms
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Letter of Self-Recommendation
  • Summary of Undergraduate Graduation Research
  • Major Publications
  • Documents Showing Other Strengths
  • Document Validating Your Nationality and Residence Status
  • Japanese Government (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology) Scholarship Application Form


  • Japanese Government (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology) Scholarship
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