IDE Advanced School (IDEAS) was founded in 1990 for the purpose of training front-line development specialists in the field of economic development and economic cooperation.




The outline of the curriculum is as follows. The subjects attached with asterisk (*) are offered to both overseas fellows and Japanese students. Fellows and students are required to sit examinations or submit papers for grading in designated subjects.

Lectures from the previous year (26th class of overseas fellows)

International Trade, Investment, and Finance* 18
Development Experience of Japan* 5
Contemporary Issues of Development* 21
Environment and Energy* 5
International Cooperation* 7
Intensive Lectures* 20
Special Lectures* 4
International Trade, Investment, and Finance
(the lectures only for overseas fellows)*
Japanese Industry and Organization 14
Industrial Development in Developing Countries 5
International Development 11
Seminar: Economics in Practice 14
Japanese 12
1. International Trade, Investment, and Finance

This course provides an introduction to the theories and current practices of international trade and international finance. In addition, it reviews the current situation of regional integration involving the WTO and FTAs. Lecturers will discuss industrial development in East Asian countries with reference to the "Economic Integration" and the "Value Chain concept." Through the lectures, the participants will also understand what the potential investors would want and what concerns they would have when making overseas investments.

  • Theory of International Trade and Investment, and the Asia Pacific Economy
  • Infrastructure Development and Finance
  • Political Economy of Asian Regional Integration
  • Practical Approaches to International Trade, Investment, and Finance

2. Development Experience of Japan

This course identifies the major characteristics of Japan's development process, and discusses current topics in the Japanese economy.

  • Japanese Agricultural Development
  • Social Development and Poverty Reduction

3. Contemporary Issues of Development

Issues in international development are covered in this course. Topics discussed are multifaceted and shed light from political, economic and social points of view.

  • Trade in Value-added: A New Perspective of International Trade
  • Development and Education
  • Growth and Equality in Development
  • Conflict, Peace, and Development
  • Project Appraisal: Costs-Benefits Analysis
  • Disasters and Development

4. Environment and Energy

Environment and energy issues became more important than ever in the contemporary world.
The adoptation of the Sustainable Development Goals at the United Nations General Assembly in September 2015 accentuates the comprehensiveness of these issues.

  • Energy
  • Environmental Policy in Japan
  • Environment and Livelihoods

5. International Cooperation

Practical aspects of international cooperation are featured in this course.

  • International Cooperation: Principles and Practices
  • International Cooperation of Japan: Outline of JICA

6. Japanese Industry and Organization

Development experiences of Japan are elaborated in terms of management of private firms and public sector.

  • Japanese Economic Development: Features and Problems
  • Japanese Style Management
  • Economic Theory and Practice of Public Finance

7. Industrial Development in Developing Countries

Industrial development is studied from the viewpoint of local firms. Main issues to be discussed will be prospects for innovation, imitation, skill development and productivity enhancement.

  • Firm's Strategy: Production, Marketing and Innovation

8. Intensive Lectures (2 courses)

One-week intensive lectures on specific topics on development will be given by professors from overseas universities or experts from international organizations.
<Lectures given in academic year 2016>

  • Trade and Development (Michael Roberts, Head, Aid for Trade Unit, Development Division, World Trade Organization)
  • Project Planning for Conflict Sensitive Development (Francis Lethem, Professor of the Practice Emeritus in the Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University)

9. Seminar: Economics in Practice

Key issues in economics are discussed in the context of their practical applications. Fellows are requested to write a graduation thesis and to present the thesis in this class. Fellows are encouraged to select urgent and important issues of their countries of origin, and to address them in their own ways. According to prior expertise and knowledge of fellows, an analytical method such as a comparative study, case study, and econometrics, are selected and applied to write the thesis.

10. Special Lectures by Guest Speakers etc.

<Academic year 2016>

  • Understanding Africa: An Introduction (Shinichi Takeuchi, Director-General, Area Studies Center, IDE)
  • Mobilising Value Chain Linkages for Development Impact (John Humphrey, Visiting Professor, School of Business Management and Economics, University of Sussex)
  • Science in the Middle East: Two Centuries since Napoleon in Egypt (Yakov M. Rabkin, Professor, University of Montreal)
  • Modernization and Democracy (Yakov M. Rabkin, Professor, University of Montreal)

11. Japanese Language

Japanese language class is offered to the overseas fellows to acquire practical language skills for daily life in Japan.

12. Field Trips in Japan

Opportunities to visit factories, farms, physical infrastructure and various places to have first-hand experiences on Japan's economy, politics and society are given. The destinations of trips for the previous fiscal year were as follows:

The Field Trip Destinations for 2016/2017

Place Visits Duration
Ota Ward, Koto Ward
Ota Waste Incineration Plant, Ariake Kogyo Co. Ltd., and Tokyo Eco Recycle Co. Ltd. December 20, 2016
Toyota City
(Aichi Prefecture)
Hamamatsu City, Iwata City, and Kakegawa City
(Shizuoka Prefecture)
Toyota Motor Factory, JETRO Hamamatsu, Yamaha Communication Plaza, and Yamaha Kakegawa Factory Harmony Plaza December 26 - 27, 2016
Higashi-Matsuyama City, Yoshimi Town, Ogawa Town, Ogano Town, and Chichibu City
(Saitama Prefecture)
Higashi-Matsuyama Agriculture and Forestry Promotion Center, Michi-no-Eki (Roadside Station) Ichigo-no-Sato Yoshimi, Yoshimi Farmers' Market, Daisan Junior High School, Tokyo University of Agriculture, Chichibu Furusato-Mura, Michi-no-Eki Chichibu, Ogawa-Town Handmade Paper Learning and Experience Center, and Saitama Craft Center February 10 - 11, 2017
13. Extra Curricula Activities

The overseas fellow is expected to deepen their understanding of Japan through visit to a high school and to a family living in Chiba Prefecture. The school and the family are assigned by IDEAS. These opportunities are expected to be beneficial not only to the host school and family but also the fellow by learning different ways of life.

The programs in the previous year were as follows:

High School Visit November 7 and 9, 2016
One Night Stay with a Japanese family October 29-30 and November 5-6, 2016