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The Graduate Schools of International Cooperation Studies, Health Sciences, and Medicine—Meeting the Needs of a Rapidly Advanced, Complex World


All the intellectual resources of Kyorin University’s undergraduate faculties are pooled into our three schools of graduate study: the Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies, the Graduate School of Health Sciences, and the Graduate School of Medicine. All three schools are working hard to nurture topcaliber academics and professionals while disseminating valuable research findings to help solve the many problems of our rapidly advanced, increasingly complex society driven by globalization, technological innovation, and computerization.

Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies

The Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies was established with the aim of applying the Kyorin’s founding spirit—“Pursuit of Truth, Goodness, and Beauty”—to the realm of international cooperation. The school’s aim is to nurture experts capable of analyzing and addressing problems in international development and exchange theoretically and empirically, working from a broad, holistic perspective encompassing law, politics, economics, business management, cultural interchange, language, health, and medicine.

Major in International Development (Master’s Program)

• International Politics • International Economics • International Business • Law and Taxation

In this program, students carry out theoretical and empirical studies in each social-science discipline with the aim of identifying effective international development and cooperation policies and strategies with a view to promoting economic development around the world. In this way they not only acquire expertise in their own discipline but also expand their knowledge in related fields and gain professional competencies for the real world.

Major in International Cultural Exchange (Master’s Program)

• Language and Linguistics • Language and Culture • Cultural Exchange

In this program, we develop the tools needed to analyze cultural issues surrounding Japan’s relations with other countries, with an emphasis on language, and to pursue international cooperation predicated on meaningful intercultural communication. To this end, we have established three subspecialties: Language and Linguistics, focusing on Japanese and comparative studies of Japanese in relation to Chinese and other languages; Language and Culture, including issues pertaining to Japanese-language education; and Cultural Exchange, which focuses on the cultures of Japan, China, and Korea and tourism studies.

Major in International Medical Cooperation (Master’s Program)

• International Health Sciences • International Medicine

This program aims to equip students with the knowledge and theoretical foundations essential to international cooperation in the fields of medicine and health care; the ability to conduct research independently; and the knowledge and insight to apply their advanced skills in a real-world context. Faculty members work closely with students from a wide range of academic backgrounds, including the humanities and social sciences as well as nursing and other areas of medicine and health care.

Major in International Language Communication (Master’s Program)

• English Communication • Japanese-Chinese Interpreting and Translation

Created in academic year 2009, the International Language Communication program is built around English and Chinese, two of the key languages used in international communication today. Through the English Communication program and the Japanese-Chinese Interpreting and Translation program, we are training language professionals with advanced skills in interpreting, translation, and other fields of language communication and with the broad knowledge and deep insight they need to play a leadership role in their field. The Master’s Program in Japanese-Chinese Interpreting and Translation, designed for students seeking careers as professional translators or interpreters, is the first graduate degree program in Japan devoted to the study of Japanese-Chinese interpreting and translation, including simultaneous interpreting. Coached by instructors with a wealth of professional experience, students practice interpreting in conference interpreting booths to develop the kind of judgment and quick thinking essential to professionals in the field. In addition to building practical skills, students explore the theoretical and technical side of translation and interpreting and complete a master’s thesis on a pertinent topic of their choice. Upon completing the program, they are able to enter the profession equipped with a graduate degree and a high level of competence.

Major in Development Studies (Doctoral Program)

• Political Economy and Law • Area Studies and Development Cooperation

The Development Studies program is a doctoral course that combines the scope of the International Development, International Cultural Exchange, International Medical Cooperation, and International Language Communication programs. It is designed for those seeking a higher level of specialized expertise with the aim of making a significant contribution to developing societies through advanced research or careers in international development.

Graduate School of Health Sciences

Through its Health Sciences and Nursing programs, the Graduate School of Health Sciences nurtures high-level researchers and professionals equipped with the depth of knowledge and breadth of vision to make a mark in their chosen area of health care, medicine, nursing, or social welfare. Both programs feature a low student-to-faculty ratio for close communication between students and instructors and encourage wide-ranging study in related fields.


Major in Health Sciences (Master’s Program / Doctoral Program)

• Clinical Laboratory Science and Life Science • Health Science • Clinical Engineering
• Paramedic Science • Rehabilitation Science • Radiological Science

The graduate program in Health Sciences is designed for those seeking to further develop the knowledge and skills gained through undergraduate studies or professional experience in various fields of health care and medicine. Those seeking careers in the health-care professions have the opportunity to develop advanced clinical expertise, a wide perspective, and top-notch managerial skills. Those in research and education will learn to analyze health-care issues from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Major in Nursing (Master’s Program / Doctoral Program)

• Science of Fundamental Nursing • Science of Practical Nursing
The graduate program in nursing is designed for individuals seeking to further develop the knowledge and skills gained through undergraduate education or professional experience in order to qualify as nurse specialists (cancer nursing, critical nursing, psychiatric mental health nursing) or professionals in the areas of community health care, infectious disease management, or medical safety, or to build careers as researchers or educators in various nursing specialties.

【Certification Program】

Specialized School Nurse Certificate, Specialized Middle School Teacher Certificate (Health Care),
Specialized High School Teacher Certificate (Health Care)

Note: Individuals with a first-class teacher certification may receive a specialized certification upon successful completion of specified coursework in the master’s program in Health Sciences. Separate enrollment in the teacher-training program is required.

Graduate School of Medicine

The Graduate School of Medicine is an advanced educational unit with dual functions. As a school for graduate studies in the basic sciences, it aims to contribute to new medical advances and train researchers who can make an impact on the evolution of medicine. As a graduate program in clinical medicine, it works to train top-flight physicians possessed of compassion and empathy as well as superior analytical abilities and medical skills. The school provides five post graduate programs.