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Individual Capacity, Global Issues

UNU Joint Graduate Courses 2009

Joint Graduate Course


The United Nations University offers three graduate courses beginning in the fall of 2009. The courses are presented jointly with twelve participating universities in the Kanto region.

As a think-tank for the UN system, the United Nations University’s mission is to contribute, through research and capacity building, to efforts to resolve the pressing global problems that are the concern of the United Nations, its Peoples and Member States. UNU aims to strengthen young individual capacity by providing opportunities to participate in postgraduate training in cooperation with academic and research institutions. In 2004, initially supported by ten like-minded universities, UNU initiated the JGC programme and offered two graduate level courses. Since then, the UNU has provided opportunities for students enrolled in a graduate programme of the participating universities to undertake a challenging study of global issues through this programme.





Programme Aim

The UNU-JGC programme is designed to help graduate students deepen their understanding of the global issues that are of concern to the United Nations and its member states, and to expose them to a global academic community through interaction with expert lecturers.

The Advantages


Eligible candidates are enrolled in a graduate school at one of the 12 participating universities: Aoyama Gakuin University, Chuo University, Hitotsubashi University, International Christian University, Keio University, Nihon University, Sophia University, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Tsukuba University, University of Tokyo, and Waseda University.

If you are interested in this programme, please contact the Graduate Admissions Office at your university.


Three courses will be offered in 2009:

Lecture Information

Opening Session:
September 24 2009, 14:00–16:30

Course I:
Every Tuesday from September 29 to December 8, 16:30–18:50

Course II:
Every Wednesday from September 30 to December 9, 16:30–18:50

Course III:
Every Thursday from October 1 to December 10, 16:30–18:50


The courses will be taught by lecturers who are among the most highly qualified in their respective fields, such as United Nations University academic staff, representatives of UN-related agencies, professional experts in relevant fields, and prominent professors. For specific information on the courses, please see the course schedules.

Course Requirements and Grading Guidelines

50%: term paper
30%: oral communication in class and class attendance
20%: class presentation

Any plagiarism will be severely penalised.


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