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About Program in Economic and Public Policy (PEPP)

Program in Economic and Public Policy (PEPP) is a program taught in English, offering MA in International Public Policy. The program aims to provide training and the necessary skills for the conception, design, and implementation of public policies with an emphasis on quantitative skills in economics using cutting-edge technologies such as big data analysis, econometrics, GIS-satellite image analysis, household survey analysis, population data analysis and health research in developing countries. Faculty members of PEPP work on a variety of issues of economics, development and public policy, including economic growth, poverty reduction, enhancing agricultural production efficiency, human capital accumulation, international trade policies, taxation and environmental issues in developing countries. We endeavor to contribute to the creation of an international community of highly trained professionals addressing the daily challenges of economic and social development.

In PEPP, there are two application tracks: the PEPP Scholarship Admission Track and the PEPP General Admission Track. The PEPP Scholarship Admission Track is for those who wish to also apply for scholarships from the Asian Development Bank or the World Bank. The PEPP General Admission Track is for students who may be self-funded, or who have obtained a scholarship from the Japanese government (MEXT scholarship) or any other organization. The academic program is the same for students who enter via the the PEPP Scholarship Admission Track and the PEPP General Admission Track, the only difference being the source of funding.

Short History of PEPP

PEPP (PEPPM as its predecessor) is the oldest partner program in Japan of the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program, a large scholarship program for young professionals from developing countries funded by the Government of Japan and managed by the World Bank in Washington, DC. During the past twenty years, more than a hundred students from over forty developing countries have graduated from PEPP. The University of Tsukuba PEPP is also one of many academic institutions which participate in the Asian Development Bank-Japan Scholarship Program (ADB-JSP).

Program Outline

In the program, students are required to write a master’s thesis based on solid quantitative analysis, and to periodically present their progress to faculty members and other students. Although most students have an undergraduate background in economics, we have accepted students with a strong desire to study economics at graduate level who completed their undergraduate studies in different disciplines, such as engineering, science, statistics, law, business and sociology. Indeed, with twenty years of experience in managing the program, we can say with confidence that students from different academic backgrounds can eventually learn all the essential elements of modern economics as well as related quantitative skills and become well-trained and extremely competent economists.

The program starts in October with introductory classes, which are followed by more advanced courses. Following this, students can take a variety of applied economics and policy-oriented courses. In addition to these classes, they are also required to attend weekly research workshops, during which each student is expected to present their research progress towards their master’s thesis. Students who successfully pass the master’s thesis oral examination and obtain 30 credits or more of mandatory courses offered by our program will be awarded the degree title: MA in international public policy.

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