Shugo Shinohara

Assistant Professor and
Program Director of PMPP

Director’s Message

Welcome to the Public Management and Policy Analysis Program!

The Public Management and Policy Analysis Program (PMPP) at the International University of Japan (IUJ) is a global graduate program for future leaders in the public sector. PMPP is ranked at No.11 in Asia by the Eduniversal Best Master Ranking 2019. The PMPP faculty members have published their research work at leading journals including Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Social Science & Medicine, and American Review of Public Administration. Each year, about 40 master’s students join PMPP from more than 18 countries.

PMPP has three distinctive features. First, it puts emphasis on evidence-based approaches toward public organization management, policy making, and policy implementation. Our courses are designed to develop students’ capacity for handling a variety of data and identifying relevant evidence. Second, PMPP enables students to take interdisciplinary approaches for public management and policy. Our program is highly collaborated with the International Development Program (IDP) and International Relations Program (IRP). Students can take IDP and IRP courses and choose a full-time professor in either program as their supervisor. Students can also opt to take MBA courses as well as English and Japanese language courses. Lastly, our greatest strength lies in the unique and diverse community. The majority of students is public officials from all over the world. Not only in the classroom but also outside it, students will have rich opportunities to learn various forms of public management and policy under different political, economic, and cultural circumstances.

PMPP will continue to seek the cutting edge of public management and policy. Our community shares enthusiasm for tackling 21st century challenges with the public sector, including rapidly changing technologies, climate change, and fiscal retrenchment. We look forward to working with you in Japan!