Faculty & Staff

Education & Training Program


There is a growing need for science, technology and innovation (STI) to address economic and societal challenges such as sustainable growth and global warming. Many countries have been trying to find ways to design more effective and efficient STI policy to support innovation.
This program aims to train individuals who can apply a scientific approach, and who are then able to carry out the planning, design, implementation, evaluation and revision of science, technology and innovation (STI) policy. In particular, we intend to equip the administrative officials, practitioners and researchers with advanced skills for policy analysis and planning. They will become acquainted with the multiple required disciplines, achieve research competence in various social science fields, and gain teaching ability in the higher education and proficiency in multiple languages.
We host prominent professors who are experts on the research regarding science and technology policy from inside and outside Japan. To achieve more practical research education, the program also accommodates visiting professors who are engaged on the frontline of current science and technology policies. Additionally, the program holds a range of research workshops and lectures and invites eminent researchers and practitioners, current policy administrators, politicians, and corporate representatives, among others.
Furthermore, by promoting the exchange of scholars and students with research institutions and universities around the world, GIST will give the students an opportunity to gain international perspectives through interactions with other international scholars and students.

Educational Goals

Fostering the skills necessary to conduct science-based policy research
  • Reviewing existing research, building a logical hypothesis
  • Verifying the hypothesis through the gathering of objective facts and data
  • Examining the implications based on analysis of the results
Developing the abilities to plan, design, implement, evaluate and revise science, technology and innovation policies
  • Knowledge of the various policies, governmental interventions that have been implemented in Japan and abroad to date, and their influences
  • Grasp of scientific research and the innovation process itself
  • Understanding and execution ability of the process of forming pragmatic policies
  • Ability to debate and negotiate with relevant individuals and institutions overseas

Target Groups

  • National government officials, policy staff in legislative bodies (e.g., the Diet, political parties, and MP staff)
  • Local government officials
  • Executives in international organizations closely related to economic growth and development through innovation and technology transfers
  • Program officers in funding agencies
  • Analysts and research staff in think tanks related to national/regional policy making
  • Executives and young executives responsible for corporate strategy
  • Persons planning to pursue careers as researchers and/or educators who will promote research and be responsible for guiding the next generations in the field of STI policy research.

Doctoral Program

  • Degree Offered: Ph.D. in Public Policy / Doctor of Policy Studies
  • Language: Japanese/English
  • Program Duration:3 years (1 year full time + 2 years part time)
  • Completion Requirements: 14 credits or more and the doctoral thesis
  • Enrollment: April or October
  • Graduation: March or September

Master Program (for Domestic Students)

  • Degree Offered: Master of Public Policy
  • Language: Japanese
  • Program Duration:18 months (1 year full time + 6 months part time)
  • Completion Requirements: 30 credits or more and the policy research paper
  • Enrollment: April
  • Graduation: March

Short-term Training Course

GIST will provide a short-term training program in which participants, including national/local government officials, practitioners in research institutions, and other relevant participants will learn about the latest issues, research findings and analytical methodologies in STI policies and policy studies. (Detailed information, such as date, content, and application procedures will be uploaded as soon as it is decided.)

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