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.



Program for Japanese Students

The training program for Japanese students began in 1990 upon IDEAS' establishment. The program aims at nurturing development experts who comprehend a country's development policy from a macro viewpoint and are able to propose solutions to existing problems as well as obtaining practical knowledge at the micro-level and implement specific projects.

Since its foundation, IDEAS has accepted 295 students including the present 9 students of the 27th class. The graduates up to the 26th class are now playing an active role in various international and Japanese organizations, such as the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development, the Asian Development Bank, UNICEF, UNDP, and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

Training Period

The program, commencing in September each year and ending in July of the following year, is divided into two semesters. The first semester runs from early September to March and the second semester from March to July. A student who successfully completes the first semester will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Development Studies. Completing the second semester, students will be awarded another diploma (Post-Graduate Diploma in Development Research).

Admission Requirements

Applicants should meet the following requirements:

  1. Applicants should be university graduates.
  2. Applicants should be Japanese nationals or permanent residents.
  3. Applicants should have the intention of being engaged in the international cooperation or development fields in the future.

Applicants who wish to be dispatched from their current organization or enterprise are required to have a recommendation or acknowledgement from the organization or the enterprise concerning the period of study at IDEAS. Further, all expenses for the program, including the period of overseas study, must be covered by the organization or enterprise.


The tuition fee for the one-year program is 388,800 yen (194,400 yen for each semester).


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

Lectures given in academic year 2016 (27th class of Japanese Students)

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* 30
Special Lectures* 6
Development Theories 56
Economics, Mathematics, and Statistics 63
English 40
Area Studies 33
Seminar 14
Others (PCM Training etc) 12

Development Theories
In this course, the following approaches to development will be discussed and debated.

  • Social Development
    Working for Others' Development
    Poverty Alleviation and Development Assistance
    Orientalism and Development
    Development and Business
    Rural Development and People's Organization
    Role of Facilitators in Social Development
    Housing Problem
    International Development Cooperation by Japanese NGOs and Those in Asian Countries
    Informal Sector
    Child Labor
  • Development Economics
  • Theory and Methodology of Educational Development
  • Disability and Development
  • Environmental Issues in Developing Countries
  • Population Issues in Developing Countries
  • Program Evaluation
  • Development Cooperation Practice of Emerging Donors
  • Commercialization of Products from Developing Countries
  • Economic Geography
  • Politics in Developing Countries
  • Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Area Studies
Students learn cultural, geographical and historical backgrounds of development in the following regions of the world.

  • East Asia
  • Southeast Asia
  • South Asia
  • Central Asia
  • Middle East
  • Latin America
  • Africa

Economics, Mathematics, and Statistics
Students study essences of macro and micro economics using mathematics which is taught in advance. The main purpose of this course is to understand economic mechanisms working in societies of the world. Statistics is another important subject to understand stochastic nature of affairs in economies.

  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics
  • Mathematics for Economics
  • Statistics

English classes are offered to enhance English proficiency of the Japanese students. A good command of English is an indispensable factor dictating a success in further study abroad for a Master's Degree.

Each student has to select one of the following seminars to take. Students are guided to deepen understanding a respective subject, and have to write a final thesis.

  • Social Development
  • Economic Development