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Message from Dean

A Message from the Dean

(Hiroyuki IZUMI)

The Graduate School of International Social Sciences (GSISS) was established in 2013 to educate and prepare future leaders for the global challenges of the 21st century. GSISS is composed of three departments: the Economics Department, the Business Administration Department, and the International Business Law Department. Combining the very best in conceptual knowledge and academic theory with practical, real-world application, the three departments provide future leaders with structured and integrated training leading to master’s and doctoral degrees.

GSISS promotes not only research in the discrete disciplines of economics, business management and law, but also promotes—in collaboration with faculty members of the Graduate School of Engineering, the Graduate School of Environment and Information Sciences, and the Graduate School of Urban Innovation—inter-disciplinary, team-based research in fields such as financial engineering, environmental accounting, and regional development.

GSISS was established on the foundations of the former Graduate School of International Development PhD program. In 1999 it was reorganized as the International Graduate School of Social Sciences, with majors in International Development, Global Economy, Business Management Systems, and International Business Law. Since then, GSISS has been offering a growing selection of courses in English as it has pursued the expansion and internationalization of its academic programs. In collaboration with the World Bank, the IMF, JICA and WCO, GSISS has been welcoming public officials and business professionals from across the developing world, training them to become leaders in a wide range of positions in the public, private and nonprofit sector, leaders who can contribute towards the economic and social development of developing societies and the greater international community.

In 2004, we established the Law School (LS) as a professional program and opened a special evening master’s degree program in management and finance/accounting, the Yokohama Business School (YBS). As the LS’s collaboration with the Yokohama Bar Association and the YBS’s collaboration with Yokohama City’s private sector demonstrate, GSISS is enriched by and invested in the community we call home. Now, more than ever, we are driven to dig deeper, push further, and ask bigger questions—and to leverage our specialized knowledge to help solve the various real-world challenges facing society today including environmental challenges, poverty and development challenges, innovation challenges, and safety challenges.

Dean and Professor Hiroyuki IZUMI


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