Rural and regional development program to educate the researchers, development practitioners and specialists in the field of rural and regional development management with emphasis on rural development. In the developing countries, the share of agriculture in GDP has decreased while most of the people engaged in agriculture still constitute more than half of the population. Such situation makes rural development a core subject in the field of regional development. Therefore the curriculum will deal on the learning from field experiences which are related to project management. Rural development requires interdisciplinary approach and thus the need to integrate knowledge from various disciplines. This program thus consists of macro-level subjects such as policy, economic and social studies as general subjects. Particular subjects include analysis of the issues of income, education, and welfare and promotion approach in the rural areas. Discussions will include suitable development strategy for the country in the context of rural-urban area or agriculture-industry relationships. Further, Japanese development experiences and their applicability in the case of developing countries will be discussed. ODA and NGO project experiences will be used for project management methods while participatory approach will be used as development tool for community development.
For the doctoral program, the students, based from their learning from the master program such as analytical skills on development, have to learn to design their own research approach, which are related to rural development. For this purpose, students should be actively involved in fieldwork to get more information and data to come up with more accurate and quality research.