Innovation to Achieve nextPPP
TOYO PPP School is Currently Planning “Innovation to Achieve nextPPP” (tentative name)
TOYO PPP School has been working on human resources development to achieve regional revitalization and other policy objectives. In particular, the Regional Development Advisory Program, which aims to develop human resources who will put into practice accurate academic knowledge acquired towards project development, is unique not only in Japan but also throughout the world. The program has borne fruit as a revitalization project in many regions, including Shiwa Town in Iwate Prefecture, Miura City in Kanagawa Prefecture, Hatsukaichi City in Hiroshima Prefecture, and Butuan City in the Philippines.
Although we believe that these achievements have helped to enrich society, we must further expand and develop the program. In recent years, we have been facing unexpected new risks, such as aging infrastructure, infectious diseases and security issues. As PPP has been seriously affected by these risks, we must take countermeasures.
Basically, the core concept of PPP is risk management. That means PPP should continue to transform while dealing with unexpected risks. When we face the occurrence of a new risk, we will deal with it by leveraging our expertise and experience, such as pre-assessment of the risk, roll allotment at the time of risk occurrence, contractual agreements and financing methods.
In order to expand and develop as a knowledge base of PPP in the world, TOYO PPP School has embarked on studying the “Innovation to achieve nextPPP” (tentative name) through the use of a global network as the Specialist Centre of Excellence on PPPs in Local Governments and rapidly evolving DX, collaborative work with more than 200 alumni in total, and other measures.
Under this innovation, we are planning A: “Launch of a research project to deal with new risks,” B: “Innovation of the educational system” and C: “Innovation of the course system, etc.” The status of the study will be published on the website as it becomes available.
Here, we announce B: “Innovation of the educational system” after April 2024. The outline is as follows.
1) Classes on weekdays will be held on the virtual campus instead of setting up a campus.
-Offering theory courses on a video-on-demand basis will enable students to take classes many times anywhere at any time, enabling free study without being bound by time and place restrictions. Opportunities to ask questions, have discussions, etc. bidirectionally will be secured.
-Seminars will be held on a bidirectional, real-time online basis so that students can have in-depth discussions.
-The facilities of the Hakusan Campus, such as the library and joint offices, will be available.
2) Classes will be held in-person at the Hakusan Campus on Saturday.
-By setting Saturdays for intensive in-person classes, students will be be able to interact not only with faculty members but also graduate students in various fields as well as alumni.
-The online Remote Class System will continue to be made available to students who live in remote areas in Japan.
3) Along with this innovation, the facility fee will be revised.
-The revised amount for the facility fee will be equal to the facility fee for Master's Programs at other graduate schools.
Please note that the above changes will be applied in the fourth semester for students enrolled in fall 2022, and after the third semester for those enrolled in April 2023.
C: “Innovation of the course system, etc.” will be announced in April 2023.
We will launch A: “Research project to deal with new risks” as soon as possible within AY 2022.
We hope that those who intend to participate in the transformation of the world through PPP will join us.
Future plans for the TOYO PPP School
Application Guide for Admission in Fall 2022 and April 2023 (for graduate schools at the Hakusan Campus)
【Updated in August 2022】
Research Project to Deal With New Risks
TOYO PPP School and the Research Center for Public-Private Partnership have embarked on the “Study on nextSDGs and nextPPP” as a “Research project to deal with new risks.”
As you may know, the SDGs are a tool that enables all countries, people and organizations to objectively evaluate their level of achievement and manage their progress by systematizing all the world's themes from the perspective of sustainable development. The tool is shared not only in Japan but around the world, and various action plans based on the SDGs are being formulated and put into action. The SDGs and their common measures and common language are crucial, as we live on one planet where individual events and actions intertwine and affect each other. It is hoped that the agreement on the SDGs will show a common set of diverse values and enable us to respond to a wide variety of risks.
In recent years, however, concerns have arisen about the functioning of the SDGs. According to the Sustainable Development Report, which evaluates and publishes each country’s progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, performance in 2021 clearly deteriorated. The major cause of the decline is considered to be the novel coronavirus pandemic. Furthermore, due to security concerns triggered by the situation in Ukraine, further declines are expected in 2022.
Advocating the SDGs is not persuasive in a situation where public health and national peace are being severely impacted. In order to reaffirm the usefulness of the SDGs and make progress, it will be necessary to incorporate a mechanism for achieving the goals into the SDGs themselves. It can be said that PPPs are an element of Sustainable Development Goal 17, “Partnerships for the Goals,” and are expected to contribute their wisdom in support of the realization of the other 16 Goals. What kind of PPP is effective against not only infectious diseases and war, but risks that may occur cross-sectionally in the future? The answer, we believe, is nextPPP.
Currently, each faculty member is individually conducting research on nextPPP. We will announce the progress on the following two occasions.
1. The 18th International PPP Forum, which is scheduled for November 1 (Details, including the program and application, will be provided later.)
2. The White Paper on PPP 2022-2023, which is scheduled for the end of 2022
Toyo University Graduate School
Graduate School of Economics
Chair of the TOYO PPP School
Director of the Research Center for Public Private Partnership