Qualities and Capabilities of Graduates

The European Union is pursuing integration while preserving the existing scheme of nation states, and is gaining influence as a global entity in its own right.
KUPES provides opportunities to learn about the EU based on the relations between Kobe University and universities in the EU.
KUPES, through interdisciplinary education and research activities covering various related fields including law, politics, economics and culture, enables students to obtain specialised knowledge about the EU, as well as a wider interdisciplinary perspective, as a means to understanding EU-related issues.
In this way students will be motivated to address challenges common to both Japan and the EU.

KUPES graduates will be highly-skilled in a second language (English and another official EU language) which they will use to conduct research and deliver presentations.

Educational goals to achieve during KUPES

Students will:

  • Hold insights into, and be able to perform analysis of, trends in the EU and its influence over international society, including Japan.
  • Be able to analyse and research the structure and challenges faced by EU society from multifaceted perspectives including legal, political, economic and sociocultural viewpoints.
  • Possess a nuanced understanding of different cultures.
  • Have high-level communication skills.
  • Be able to liaise and collaborate with people in the EU using high level communication skills in reading, conversation and writing in English and another official language in the EU (French or German).

  • Be able to deliver their opinions persuasively from multidisciplinary perspectives on Japan and the EU.
  • Be able to discuss specialist topics relating to problem-solving in a flexible manner with particular emphasis on Japan and the EU.

Qualities and Capabilities of Graduates of Graduate school of ICS / Law / Economics

Graduate School of Intercultural Studies

  1. Hold a social and cultural insights into values shared in European region, through which they can properly interpret social conflicts within three distinct levels of governance, namely, supernational, national and regional—this being a characteristic feature of the EU’s structure—from multifaceted perspectives including language, ethnicity and history.
  2. Possess an ability to analyse and research the above through the application of multifaceted approaches, such as from the perspective of different social groups, including the relations between the EU and non-member states and Japan, as well as from interdisciplinary viewpoints, e.g., law, politics and economics.

Graduate School of Law

  1. Possess a basic knowledge of law and politics within the EU and its constituent member states in order to be able to respond to the needs of highly-specialised societies.
  2. Be able to analyse and research issues that EU society is facing from multifaceted aspects. Holding knowledge about EU treaties, domestic laws of member states and rapidly changing international environment, they are able to research the EU and the relations between member states, non-member states and Japan by taking interdisciplinary approaches including economic and sociocultural viewpoints.

Graduate School of Economics

  1. Be able to address issues on the EU and its member states from an economic point of view, including EU integration, the Euro and bilateral and multilateral relations between the EU and Japan and non-member states.
  2. Be able to analyse and research the above issues from an interdisciplinary perspective with an emphasis on economic and sociocultural viewpoints.