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Last Updated: 19/04/2010 , Committee for Education and Student Affairs

Index
  1. Professors
  2. Purpose of the program
  3. Fields of Profession for Program Graduates
  4. MA and Ph.D. Theses
  5. Positions Held by Program Graduates
  6. Curriculum

1. Professors
  1. Program Director: Yoshiaki Nishikawa
  2. Core Professors:
    • Koichi Usami (Rural Development, Agricultural Economics, Area Studies (Bangladesh))
    • Yoshiaki Nishikawa (Community Development, Endogenous Development, Agro-biodiversity Management)
  3. Supporting Professor(s):
    • Aya Okada (Regional Development Planning)
    • Sanae Ito (Rural Sociology)
    • Atsuko Ohashi (Rigional Culture)
    • Hirotsune Kimura (Rigional Policy)
  4. Research Projects supported by Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research etc.:
    1. Study on rural development, agricultural product marketing in Cambodia and Indonesia.(Nishimura)
    2. Study on agricultural development in East Timor.(Nishimura)
    3. Study on indigenous development in rural area.(Nishikawa)
    4. Study on green tourism.(Nishikawa)

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2. Purpose of the Program

Rural and regional development program to educate the researchers, development practitioners and specialists in the field of rural and regional development management with emphasis on rural development. In the developing countries, the share of agriculture in GDP has decreased while most of the people engaged in agriculture still constitute more than half of the population. Such situation makes rural development a core subject in the field of regional development. Therefore the curriculum will deal on the learning from field experiences which are related to project management. Rural development requires interdisciplinary approach and thus the need to integrate knowledge from various disciplines. This program thus consists of macro-level subjects such as policy, economic and social studies as general subjects. Particular subjects include analysis of the issues of income, education, and welfare and promotion approach in the rural areas. Discussions will include suitable development strategy for the country in the context of rural-urban area or agriculture-industry relationships. Further, Japanese development experiences and their applicability in the case of developing countries will be discussed. ODA and NGO project experiences will be used for project management methods while participatory approach will be used as development tool for community development.

For the masters program, students will study regional development at the macro level and rural development as micro-level study with contents of social and economic theories and rural development promotion policy to learn basic knowledge about rural-urban relationships. Learning from the field is the major concept of this program for understanding the present rural conditions and to facilitate capability of analytical skills. Fieldwork, survey and statistical data analysis will be used to formulate research framework. Through this course students will learn to use inductive approach for their research work. For the doctoral program, the students, based from their learning from the master program such as analytical skills on development, have to learn to design their own research approach, which are related to rural development. For this purpose, students should be actively involved in fieldwork to get more information and data to come up with more accurate and quality research.  

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3. Fields of Profession for Program Graduates
  1. Rural and Regional Development Specialist in International Development Organizations
    (e.g. UNDP, FAO, World Bank, Asian Development Bank; United Nations Organizations)
  2. Development Experts and Practitioners in Japan's Development Community
    (e.g. JICA, JBIC, ODA-related Ministries, Local Governments, Development Consulting, NGOs, etc.)
  3. Development Administrators and Coordinators in Development Communities of Developing Countries
    (e.g. Development Planning Agency, Ministry of Agricukture and Fishery, Local Governments, NGOs)
  4. University Professors and Development Researchers at Domestic/Foreign Development-Related Institutions
    (e.g. Universities, Research Institutes, Think Tanks, etc.)

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4. MA and Ph.D. Theses
  • Recent Master Thesis Titles:
    • 「ガーナにおける輸出農産品の多様化について-小規模園芸農民の参画のポテンシャリティ-」
    • 「カンボジアの米流通と水稲農家の庭先価格の決定要因分析」
    • 「農村開発金融機関の貧困層に対するアウトリーチと持続可能性の調整過程とその要因-タイ農業・農業協同組合銀行BAACを事例として-」
    • 「中国民営経済に関する研究‐「西部大開発」戦力における西部民営経済の現状と課題」
    • 「「道の駅」の地域内における位置付けと地域振興との関連」
    • 「コンゴ民主共和国における教育と開発」
    • 「台湾における水田の外部経済効果の評価(ヘドニック法による推計)」
    • 「村落開発にける外部者の役割」
    • 「日本ODA理念と援助協調におけるジレンマとその対応」
    • 「マイクロファイナンスにおける「グラミンバンク手法」の再検討」
    • 「青年海外協力隊チーム派遣による農村開発における参加型アプローチについて」
    • 「灌漑農民による新技術導入の動機に関する要因分析」
    • "Factors Affecting Adoption of Hybrid Rice Technology: A Case Study in Pilar, Bohol, Philippines"
    • "The development of clean water supply in suburban area of Cambodia. A case study in Russey Keo district, Phnom Penh"
    • "Organizational Learning as a Tool for Development: The case of the Large-Scale Capacitation Methodology"
    • "Factors affecting farmers' participation in irrigation management"
    • "Rural transformation to Agro-industrial development in Majalengka Regency, West Java, Indonesia"An analyzing constraint on "People’s Participation in poverty alleviation project"
    • "Gender adjustment programs in Sub-Sahara Africa"
    • "Evaluating the effectiveness and performance of a participatory irrigation project in Banggai Regency, Indonesia"
    • "Oil Palm Plantations in West Kalimantan Province, Indonesia : Present situation and prospects for development"
    • "Japan's official development assistance to Papua New Guinea"
  • Recent Ph.D. Dissertation Titiles:
    • 「被援助国政府による援助調整実施のあり方ー援助調整実施サイクルから捉えたカンボディアの援助調整システムと日本の援助実施方法」
    • 「台湾花卉産業における技術革新と産業形態の変容に関する研究」
    • "Microfinace and poverty alleviation in developing countries: The Nigerian  experience" 
    • 「発展途上国における漁業の近代化と組織化ー中米の水産資源を保全する零細漁民の組織形態を中心としてー」
    • "Political economy of the Sago palm industry in Papua New Guinea: Towards negation the Underutilization Phenomena in Sago using agrarian societies(SUS) in Malalaua Area"
    • 「国境を越える問題に対する日本の開発援助 -メコン河流域諸国を対象とした広域協力-」
    • "The Cooperative Movement in the Philippines: An assessment of business and organizational capacity performance of agricultural cooperative enterprise and its contribution to cooperative community welfare"
  • expected themes (examples)
    • 紛争後の農村地域の復興(東ティモール、カンボディア、スリランカ等)
    • ODA・NGO等による農村開発プロジェクト評価
    • 環境配慮・資源循環型農業農村開発
    • 農村開発とアグリビジネス
    • 地域振興のための組織制度
    • 地域振興における観光開発の役割
    • 未利用資源を用いた農村・地域開発

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5. Positions Held by Program Graduates
  • Master's Program Graduates:
    1. Private Company and Agency of consultants: IC Net, The Toyota Foundation, Memec Co., Accenture Co. International Hospitality and Conference Service Association, Japan Overseas Cooperation Association
    2. Governmental or semi-governmental organizations: Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Japan Export Trade Organization (JETRO)  
    3. Development Expert: Expertise researcher in Ministry of Foreign Affaires (Fiji),
    4. Universities and colleges: Kohoku Collage, Shizuoka University of Art and Culture, Other technical
    5. Overseas Governmental Officials: Indonesia BAPPEDA 
    6. Took jobs after PhD course: see listed 4) itemssection.)
  • Doctoral Program Graduates:
    1. Private Companies and Agencies of consultants: Japan International Development Center (IDCJ), IC Net, Foundation for Advanced Studies on International Development (FASID),
    2. Schools:
    3. Overseas Universities: Assistant Professor of National University of Kaohsiung, Researcher of College of Agriculture Central Mindanao University,
    4. Overseas private company: Taconic Innovation Ltd.,

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6. Curriculum (PDF 48KB)

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