Graduate Program in Sustainability Science-Global Leadership Initiative
In the 21st century, humanity faces a myriad of challenges, including climate change, extreme disasters, energy crises, and rapidly aging societies. These challenges are extremely complicated, their outcomes are highly uncertain, and they are deeply intertwined. Therefore, in order to conquer these challenges, a shift from the existing fragmented approach to a transdisciplinary approach that transcends specialized fields—in other words, “sustainability science”—is essential.
The Graduate School of Frontier Sciences established the Graduate Program in Sustainability Science (known from AY 2015 as the Graduate Program in Sustainability Science-Global Leadership Initiative and abbreviated to GPSS-GLI) in 2007 with the cooperation of the entire University and through the Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science (IR3S). Through this Program, the Graduate School has led the world in research and education towards the establishment of “sustainability science,” which aims to bring about a sustainable society. This Program has also helped the Graduate School become a world leader in the spread and application in society of the results gained from sustainability research and education.
GPSS-GLI aims to foster talented people who possess a broad range of knowledge and a high level of expertise regarding sustainability science, holistic points of view, and solid ethical values. In order to do so, the Program offers a unique curriculum that includes Field Exercises to give students international experience and help them cultivate practical skills in addition to lectures for learning about the fundamentals and advanced aspects of sustainability science. Also, the curriculum is held entirely in English, and a cumulative total of 204 students from 48 countries have studied in this Program as of the 2016 academic year. Students who complete the Program are granted Master’s or Doctoral degrees in Sustainability Science.