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About GSFS

The Graduate School of Frontier Sciences (GSFS) is a school for Master and Doctoral students that was established through comprehensive cooperation of all existing departments of the University of Tokyo. It is made up of the Division of Transdisciplinary Sciences, the Division of Biosciences, and the Division of Environmental Studies. All of them share the mission of solving the challenging problems facing humankind through the pursuit of education and research on the frontiers derived from established disciplines. This undertaking is courageously carried out using transdisciplinary approaches in which the school’s departments are organized to cover a broad cross-section of research topics, under the leadership of diversely experienced faculty members from not only the University of Tokyo, but also other research and educational institutions around the world. About 7,500 students have completed the school's program, and about 1,370 students are currently enrolled in its departments.


Apr 1998   Graduate School of Frontier Sciences founded.
Apr 1999   Student enrollment begins.
Mar 2001   Bioscience Building constructed.
Mar 2002   Phase 1 of Transdisciplinary Sciences Building construction ends.
Apr 2003   Department of Computational Biology established.
Sep 2003   Second construction phase for Transdisciplinary Sciences Building concludes.
Dec 2003   Transdisciplinary Sciences Laboratory constructed.
Apr 2004   Department of Medical Genome Sciences launched.
Oct 2004   Kashiwa Research Complex constructed.
Apr 2005   Research Center for Total Life Health and Sports Sciences established.
Mar 2006   Construction of Environmental Studies Building finishes.
Apr 2008   Department of Ocean Technology, Policy, and Environment established.
    Center for Omics and Bioinformatics established.
    Department of Frontier Informatics moved to Graduate School of Engineering.
Apr 2009   Bioimaging Center established.
Apr 2011   Functional Proteomics Center established.
Dec 2011   TJCC (UTokyo-JAXA Center for Composites) established.
Apr 2015   Department of Computational Biology and Medical Sciences established.
Tripolar Structure
The Hongo Campus focuses on traditional studies in specialized fields and on intrinsic development of those areas, while the mission of the Komaba Campus is to pursue interdisciplinary education and research. In contrast, the goal of the Kashiwa Campus is to pursue "intellectual adventure" by going back to the basics of existing disciplines and interlacing them into a transdisciplinary synthesis of education and research. The addition of Kashiwa Campus to the alliance formed by its sister campuses completes the University of Tokyo's vision for a tripolar structure.
Operating as a new stronghold for pioneering education and research, the Kashiwa Campus pursues intellectual adventure and the creation of new academic fields through graduate-level education and research grounded on a fusion of disciplines at different states of maturity.
In addition to functioning as the university's base for the first half of undergraduate studies, the Komaba Campus engages in interdisciplinary education and research at the second half of undergraduate and postgraduate levels in the specified areas based on interaction with other disciplines and the world outside the campus. Serving as the linchpin of the tripolar formation, the Hongo Campus undertakes education and research in traditional disciplines at the second half of undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Serving society through regional collaboration, university-industry partnerships, and international exchange

Working together with the cities of Kashiwa and Nagareyama, Chiba Prefecture, Chiba University, and local businesses, the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences actively engages in regional collaboration, university-industry partnerships, and international exchange in order to put its research achievements to work for society. As part of this mission, several major programs have been launched to use GSFS technologies to develop the Kashiwa area into a smart city that is friendly to seniors and the environment, starting with the founding of the Urban Design Center Kashiwa-no-ha (UCDK) in 2006, and followed in 2008 by the opening of the University of Tokyo Future Center (UTFC) and the formulation of Kashiwanoha International Campus Town Initiative. This effort is further supported by the designation of Kashiwa City as an ITS Field Operational Test Model City in 2009, and as a FutureCity and a Comprehensive Special Zone for Regional Revitalization in 2011. Also, pilot studies are being conducted to identify technologies necessary for smart cities, and these technologies will be translated into new export industries. As a hub for regional collaboration, the UCDK hosts seminars for local residents, student-led events, and other such activities at its facility, which is located near Kashiwa-no-ha Campus Station. The UTFC, which serves as a center for pilot studies, opened an office near that station in 2012, and constructed a 6,000-square-meter research building in the 2013 academic year. GSFS projects in partnership with industry include the incubation of UT-launched venture firms, which are run mainly at the Tokatsu Techno Plaza (Chiba Prefecture) and the Todai Kashiwa Venture Plaza (SME Support, Japan). As part of efforts to foster international exchange, the International Center, Kashiwa Office provides international students and researchers with support services for visa procedures and life in Japan. In addition, Kashiwa II Campus has dormitories for international students and researchers that are designed to be an “international village” where people from around the world live and learn together.

Urban Design Center Kashiwa-no-ha (UCDK)

University of Tokyo Future Center (UTFC)

Tokatsu Techno Plaza

Campus Life

The Kashiwa Library on Kashiwa Campus offers students such amenities as spacious reading rooms and a media hall where various lectures are held. The university plans to open up a new welfare facility at Kashiwa Campus and a sports facility at Kashiwa II Campus. The Tsukuba Express has been increasing its daily number of runs, and the area around Kashiwanoha Campus Station is being developed steadily. The buildup of the surrounding community promises to make Kashiwa Campus—part of the University of Tokyo’s tripolar structure—even more attractive as a center for education and research.

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