Voices from Students

Introductory Video of GSGES

International students talk about their study in the Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies (GSGES).

VOICE 1

Adzani A. Ameridyani
Bandung, Indonesia Laboratory of Regional Planning

Being a student in Graduate School of The Global Environmental Studies (GSGES) has been an eye-opening experience for me. GSGES forearms the students with a comprehensive perspective to tackle global environmental problems while considering local resources. We learn a broad range of disciplines, because in environmental issues many aspects are tangled together. GSGES incorporates science, engineering, and socio-economic aspects in the study process.

Moreover, since students in GSGES have diff erent background, disciplinary, and diverse cultures, it allows us to have rich sources of knowledge and point of views from all diff erent parts of the world. To make sure that there is an adequate platform for knowledge exchange between students, most of the classes in GSGES encourage students to form group discussions. Of course it can be challenging sometimes to adapt with something we are unfamiliar with and to understand various subjects far from our research interest, but it will motivate us to be more creative and mature as a researcher.

GSGES also has an internship program as one of its compulsory subjects, which helps the student to develop their practical ability and expands students’ opportunity after graduation. Students are allowed to manage their internship strategy, according to their target in the future. Some students are focusing their internship program to support their thesis; the others use the opportunity to equip themselves for their professional career after graduation. All in all, GSGES is for you who embrace pro-active and independent learning experience, along with vibrant culture among the students.

VOICE 2

Weerach Charerntantanakul
Masterʼs Program, Landscape Ecology and Planning

Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies (GSGES) provides a broad view of global environmental issues through perspectives of various study fields. The course requires all students, regardless of their background, to study a brief introduction to all academic fields related to environmental studies, including economics, humanities, agriculture, and engineering, yet students can still choose to dig deeper into their own fi elds of interest. Discussions and group works with friends from various fi elds and nationalities was also a good opportunity to broaden my perspectives of how I see existing environmental issues and their solutions. The field training provides basics of how researches in each fi eld are conducted, so I can better understand the researches in other fields out of my own specialization, which I think it is essential for researchers dealing with global environmental issues.

Beyond that, one thing the school offers that is amazing is the internship program. This helps us to put in practice things we learned during classes and decreases the gap between theory and practical work. I spent 3 months in Indonesia for my internship, and there I had the opportunity to try a completely different culture and lifestyle, as well as do my research, fi eld surveys and make many friends and new connections. More than a working experience, this is an opportunity to grow as a person and establish relationships that can make a huge difference in your future.

The internship program is also another special requirement of this graduate school. The internship program provides great opportunity to a deeper practical lessons for research works in our own research fields. In my case, I have been to Indonesia for three months for the internship program, which has been a precious experience for my research and my life.

I truly appreciate every lessons I achieved through the course works and internship opportunities provided by GSGES during my first year in this graduate school. In conclusion, I think that GSGES provides great opportunities to study a broad range of lessons while deepen knowledges in my own field of interest at the same time, and also a valuable practical lessons and life experiences, which have made this graduate school became a signifi cant step of my study life.

VOICE 3

Mari Miyaji
Doctoral Program in Global Environmental Studies, Global Environmental Architecture

There is a wide range of laboratories in the School of Global Environmental Studies, including engineering, agriculture, economics and management. Because there are so many opportunities to get involved in research projects that straddle more than one laboratory, you can gain the skills to grasp things from diverse perspectives rather than just your own area of expertise. Up through my Master’s Program, I was in the Graduate School of Engineering where I did not have many opportunities to interact with laboratories and students in other fields. Therefore, it is refreshing to be in the School of Environmental Studies, where I can have daily discussions with people from other fi elds, and I fi nd that every day is very stimulating. Also, there are many international students at the school, so it is an assemblage of people with a variety of religions, cultures, and customs. By spending our days together in the laboratory, it gives us more opportunities to discuss our cultural diff erences, and I feel that has broadened my perspective.

Since I am majoring in Global Environmental Studies, training internships are not required, but I am conducting my research based on practical activities such as carrying out questionnaire surveys and conducting surveys of actual buildings in Japan and abroad as well as holding workshops. My work in developing countries with diff erent cultures and customs has been a process of trial and error, but it has been a valuable opportunity to cultivate in-the-field management skills and the ability to adapt, which are skills you cannot get through classroom learning. I think the fact that you can carry out research based on practical activities is one of the distinctive characteristics of this school.

I believe this school is a place that allows you to gain the diverse viewpoints and broad perspective necessary to become a researcher who is active in the international community, and it lets you acquire project management skills through hands-on activities.