The Graduate Program in Sustainability Science - Global Leadership Initiative aims at cultivating human
resources who will contribute to the development of a sustaunable world
through their international perspective. The GPSS stands on its own as the
equivalent of a graduate school department, offering its own curriculum and
awarding Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Sustainability Science. Like GSFS
departments, the GPSS has its own entrance examination that must be passed
in order to gain admission.
The GPSS was established as a joint initiative of five GSFS departments to
provide a program for broad study of the basic knowledge and concepts
necessary for creating a sustainable society. The program continues to be
supported by those departments, and by The University of Tokyo Integrated
Research System for Sustainability Science (IR3S).
In addition to providing knowledge, GPSS also endeavors to equip students
with an international perspective and various practical skills, including communication
skills, by conducting all lectures and seminars in English. More than half of the students enrolled
are international students.
With its emphasis on
education that actively
involves students in hands-on
exercises, the program is
designed to enable students of
different disciplines, nationalities, and cultures to acquire practical skills
experientially by cooperating with and intellectually stimulating one another as
they engage in academic discussion. GPSS also includes a full array of practical
training programs that involve fieldwork performed overseas, and provides
international students with a support base regarding various scholarship
opportunities such as the “The International Priority Graduate Programs
(PGP)—Advanced Graduate Courses for International Students.” Supported by MEXT.