International Students

ICU Rotary Peace Center / Rotary Peace Fellowship Program

Scholarship program funded by Rotary aiming to cultivate human resources to contribute to world peace and conflict resolution.

Scholars are accepted at Rotary Peace Centers funded in the following 6 universities including ICU for Master's Degree Program: International Christian University (Japan), University of Bradford (UK), Duke University / University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (US), University of Queensland (Australia), Uppsala University (Sweden), Chulalongkorn University (Thailand).

ICU is the only institution in Asia which provides Master's Degree Program.

ICU Rotary Peace Center

What is the curriculum for this program at ICU?

Scholars, as we call "Peace Fellows", accepted at ICU belong to Graduate School as regular students of Public Policy and Social Research Program and pursue Master's Degree in Peace Studies in two years. They are required to obtain necessary credits for Graduate School requirement as well as to take "Rotary Core Courses" which are the Graduate School courses specifically selected for Peace Fellows. There are also many extra-curricular activities including Hiroshima Field Trip.

What will be covered by the Rotary Peace Fellowship?

The Fellowship will cover application fee, Admission fee, Tuition fees and facilities fees for the designated program duration. Living allowance and some other additional funds including conference and research funds are also provided.

How can I apply for this Fellowship?

Applicants must apply for this fellowship through their local Rotary District, not directly to ICU. They must also meet eligibility requirements determined by Rotary. Please visit Rotary Peace Center website to check application details.

Message from Director of ICU Rotary Peace Center

Prof. SHANI, Giorgiandrea / Director of ICU Rotary Peace Center

Rotary Peace Centers have been established at seven universities in the world in collaboration with Rotary Foundation, and ICU was selected as the only institution in Asia giving graduate degrees. We have accepted up to 10 Rotary Peace Fellows every year since the program started in 2002. Peace Fellows come from a wide range of countries and possess different academic backgrounds and work experience directly related to Peace and Conflict studies. ICU is a unique institution not only in Japan but globally. We are quite different from the other Peace Centers given of location outside of the West and are also not representative of the Japanese mainstream since the University has explicitly and international mission based on democratic and religious values. This, I believe, gives ICU an opportunity to build a Peace Studies and Politics and International Studies program based on what I term "post-western" and "post-secular" values. Certainly, these values are reflected in the courses I offer at Graduate School level, such as Religion, Conflict and Human Security. Through a wide variety of courses of the program, Peace Fellows are able to acquire knowledge and skills to address issues of peace and conflict prevention and resolution which are necessary for them when they get back to the field after the fellowship.

Participation in The Project for Human Resource Development Scholarship (JDS)

JDS is a scholarship program to support human resource development in Japanese ODA recipient countries. Government officials are the main target of this program. JDS fellows are expected to learn updated knowledge and make a human network through their university life and contribute to the development of their own countries after 2 years Master's course completion.


What is the feature of JDS in ICU?

ICU has organized a 'JDS Committee,' which has discussed how to meet JDS students' academic needs in the admissions process. To accomplish this goal, JDS Committee is devoted to developing and initiating new designs of courses and special seminars and inviting renowned guest professors and speakers for JDS students. Field Trip to a suburban city in Japan, such as Okinawa, has been organized by JDS Committee and provided students with opportunities to learn practical issues.

Message from JDS Program Coordinator

Prof. NAGY, Stephen R. / JDS Program Coordinator

The Project for Human Resource Development Scholarship (JDS) allows Japanese universities including ICU to accept promising government officers, practitioners and researchers from Asian countries into their graduate programs to complete a Master's degree. Knowledge and skills acquired at graduate school are meant to bolster human capital in sending countries and foster better ties with Japan.

ICU's faculty members come from around the world and have a variety of different disciplinary and professional experiences that they strive to impart to graduate students in and out of the classroom. Through dynamic classroom teaching, specially designed courses to enhance academic English for non-native English language speakers, one-to-one thesis supervision and an assortment of field trips and exchanges, JDS students at ICU gain an invaluable international network, professional skills and deep knowledge in their selected area of specialization that they can take home to contribute to their home country's development.

ICU's academic environment, professional faculty, and student-oriented graduate education provide an ideal setting for JDS students to develop themselves through quality education, friendship and specialized training that will enhance their careers going forward.

Participation in Japanese Government Programs for International Students

ICU participates in the Master's Degree and Internship Program of the Japanese government's African Business Education Initiative for Youth (ABE Initiative). Since 2015 we have welcomed young people who will play a leading role in industrial development in their home countries in the future.

ICU also participates in the Pacific Leaders' Educational Assistance for Development of State (Pacific-LEADS) program. Since 2016 we have welcomed government officers and others from pacific countries in the fields of Economics & Business Administration and Education.

These programs contribute to the diversity of our graduate school by welcoming students with a broad range of backgrounds.

Partnership with the Network on Humanitarian Action (NOHA) that Offers Master Programmes Initiated by Eight European Graduate Schools

ICU has started cooperating with Network on Humanitarian Action (NOHA) from AY 2017 as the sixth global partner university from outside of Europe providing "NOHA Joint Master's Programme in International Humanitarian Action", a program created through the concerted efforts of eight prestigious European graduate schools.

NOHA was created working in close collaboration with European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO) department and the Erasmus+ Programme. It provides interdisciplinary and advanced education and training specifically suited to addressing complex humanitarian emergencies and disaster relief operations. Many of its graduates work as professionals in international organizations and NGOs.

This partnership will enable graduate school students of NOHA European member universities to study at ICU for one term and earn credits for the Programme, and in turn, ICU Graduate School students, who wish to pursue a professional career in international organizations or NGOs in the field of humanitarian aid, can also study for one term at one of the eight member graduate schools. Opportunities for enrollment in humanitarian aid-related courses and participation in intensive short-term courses will be provided to selected students.

The eight NOHA European member graduate schools are:

Uppsala Universitet Sweden; Uniwersytet Warszawski Poland; Rijksuniversiteit Groningen Netherlands; L-Università ta' Malta Malta; Aix-Marseille Université France; Ruhr-Universität Bochum Germany; Universidad de Deusto Spain; and University College Dublin Ireland

For NOHA students, please check this webs page to find out what courses are available at ICU graduate school.

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