National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies

Location: Tokyo
Type of institution: National coed
Contact: Admissions Office
7-22-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-8677
TEL: +81-3-6439-6046         FAX: +81-3-6439-6050
The National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) aims to train leaders who can spearhead democratic governance. To this end, GRIPS pursues three core goals, as stated in its mission statement.
Our first goal is to train discerning public policy professionals who have the skills and talent to serve effectively on the world stage. GRIPS is a graduate university and most of our students are seeking master's degrees. International trends, however, indicate that it is becoming increasingly important for those in the public sector as well as those in the private to earn doctoral degrees. Unlike the public policy graduate programs at Japan's other universities, GRIPS does not aim to educate people who are just starting their careers in the public or private sector. GRIPS focuses on preparing midcareer politicians, public administrators, and businesspersons for top careers as policy professionals and leaders of their countries. We will further enhance both our master's and doctoral programs, always keeping our eyes on this first goal.
Our second goal is to promote interdisciplinary policy research. Interdisciplinary research requires not only the study of a single discipline, such as economics, political science, and public administration, but also the ability to see public policy as the art of interdisciplinary application based on the individual disciplines.
Our third goal is to become an international center for public policy research and education. For a Japanese university, GRIPS has a very international character in every respect, from our student body to our faculty members and our administrative professionals; however, we need to promote this further and thereby advance even more as an international hub for public policy studies. GRIPS competes not with other universities in Japan, but with top public policy graduate schools throughout the world.

No. of Professors (full-time/part-time): 42/0
No. of Foreign Teachers (full-time/part-time): 11/0
No. of Countries of Origin: 53
No. of Graduate Degree Students: 421
No. of International Graduate Degree Students: 267
No. of Associate Professors (full-time/part-time): 32/0
No. of International Students (Degree/Non-Degree): 267/0
No. of Exchange Students (Receiving): 2

Graduate Programs
Political Science
Policy Studies (M,D)

Special Programs for International Students
<Master's Program>
Young Leaders Program (YLP)
One-year Master's Program of Public Policy (MP1)
Two-year Master's Program of Public Policy (MP2)
Public Finance Program (PFP)
Macroeconomic Policy Program (MEP)
Disaster Management Policy Program (DMP)
Economics, Planning and Public Policy Program (EPP)
Graduate Program in Japanese Language and Culture (JLC)
<Ph.D. Program (Integrated 5-year Master's and Doctorate Program)>
Policy Analysis Program (PA)
<Ph.D. Program>
Public Policy Program
Security and International Studies Program
Disaster Management Program
Graduate Program in Japanese Language and Culture
Service for International Students
Full scholarships are available for exceptionally qualified candidates who have been accepted for study at GRIPS. You may apply for one of them when you apply for admission.
Scholarship Sponsors
- Japanese government: Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
- International organizations: Asian Development Bank (ADB), International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank (WB), World Customs Organization(WCO), Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA), etc.
- GRIPS Fellowship: for doctoral students
International Student Alimni Network
The GRIPS/GSPS Alumni Association is the organisation for former students, faculty and staff - collectively termed "alumni" - of the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies and the Graduate School of Policy Science (Saitama University). The Alumni Association acts as an umbrella organisation for a number of local, overseas, and regional "Alumni Groups". New volunteers are always welcomed to become involved in supporting the work of the Local or Regional Alumni Groups. The Alumni Association provides a forum for GRIPS and GSPS alumni to maintain and develop their links with the University and with each other. It encourages graduates to remain part of the GRIPS family.
Comments & Latest Information
On June 17, 2011, H.E. Dr. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, President of the Republic of Indonesia visited GRIPS to deliver a Presidential Lecture titled "Responding to Global Challenges and Strengthening Indonesia-Japan Relations".
President Yudhoyono came to Japan this time to visit Kesennuma city of Miyagi Prefecture, with which Indonesia enjoys a long and friendly relationship, in a show of support for victims of the massive March 11 earthquake and tsunami.
In his speech at GRIPS, President Yudhoyono expressed his sympathy toward the victims and mentioned that the Indonesian people who have also suffered an earthquake and tsunami disaster in the recent past know exactly how the Japanese feel.
In terms of Indonesia-Japan relationship, President Yudhoyono emphasized the importance of a stronger collaboration in the fields of economy, regional community development, environment and energy issues, and prevention of natural disasters.