Education & Training Programs

Education & Training Programs

GIST provides comprehensive educational programs that include a Doctoral Program, Master's Program, Short-term Training Courses, and other offerings. In doing so, it cultivates human resources who integrate knowledge from diverse academic fields, possess the ability to aptly discern social issues, and can employ a scientific approach in the planning, drafting, execution, evaluation, and revision of STI policy.

GIST's faculty consists of professors from inside and outside Japan who are experts on STI policy studies. To achieve more practical education, the program also accommodates front-line practitioners of science and technology policy in the role of lecturers, and organizes frequent research workshops and lectures inviting eminent researchers and practitioners from inside and outside Japan. The program advances education and research into "Science for STI Policy" in collaboration with leading Japanese research bodies in STI policy studies. These include the SciREX member institutions (The University of Tokyo, Hitotsubashi University, Osaka University/Kyoto University, and Kyushu University) as well as the National Institute of Science and Technology Policy (NISTEP), the Center for Research and Development Strategy of the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST-CRDS), and the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI).

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

Ideal Development

  • 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.
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