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Message from the Dean

The Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies (GSGES) was established in April 2002 to address the urgent environmental problems of the 21st century. Our primary objective is to help establish global environmental sustainability as a new field of academic study, bringing together ethics, science and technology, and humanities and social sciences. Through our educational and research programs, we seek to foster a new generation of professional practitioners.

Helping us realize this goal is a multidisciplinary and international faculty from fields that include science and engineering, agriculture, law, economics and humanities. The graduate school seeks to 1) achieve in-depth discussion and collaboration among faculty members, 2) train high level researchers and practitioners who can find comprehensive solutions to environmental problems, and 3) support education and research through a variety of innovative frameworks and programs.

Our ground-breaking research initiatives include multidisciplinary projects working with various local governments in Japan as well as extended international academic collaboration with universities and researchers in such countries as Vietnam, China, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Fiji and France.

Our educational program trains outstanding professionals and leaders in environmental management. Core lectures are conducted in English and all students in the master’s program are required to participate in one week of fieldwork, held in the summer, as well as a three month internship program.

On the basis of these activities, new projects “Environmental Innovator Program (EIP) -Cultivating Environmental Leaders across ASEAN Region-” and “Japan Gateway: Kyoto University Top Global Program (JGP) Environmental Studies” have been started in 2015, for realizing internationalization of education and research and establishing international double/joint degree programs.

The 477 master’s program graduates and 152 doctoral program graduates who are actively working in society today represent the results of our efforts to date. We are proud to have educated a large number of talented students who are now playing an active role in universities, research institutions, government offices, private enterprises and NPOs throughout Japan and overseas. GSGES welcomes inquisitive, hard-working and global-minded individuals ready to take part in leading the way to a sustainable future.

Dean, Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies
Shinya FUNAKAWA