Graduate Program in Global Governance and Sustainable Development (G2SD) is a new interdisciplinary program of the Graduate School of International Cultural Studies (GSICS), Tohoku University, whose primary aim is to enhance one's ability to advance global governance and sustainable development through a combination of critical reviews of theories and problem-oriented empirical studies.

The aim of this graduate program is to enhance one's ability to advance global governance and sustainable development, the two crucial tasks for the world today.  The challenges associated with these tasks are complex and inter-linked (see the figure below).  To illustrate, one of the major objectives of governance is to strike a balance between economic development and environmental conservation.  The notion of development is becoming increasingly broader, having been implicated in issues such as human security and resource recycling.  Furthermore, the management of the global environment is requiring local responses, the prerequisites of which include good governance and human development.  This being so, what is required for global governance and sustainable development is the ability to question conventional wisdom and to design innovative analytical frameworks on the basis of inter-disciplinary knowledge.  This program aims to develop such an ability through a combination of critical reviews of theories and problem-oriented empirical studies.

 

 

Taking into account the urgency of the two crucial tasks for the world today – global governance and sustainable development – the G2SD program offers an interdisciplinary curriculum, consisting of three groups of courses.  In this program, a number of prominent academics in various research fields build on their transnational networks of researchers and practitioners, and provide their students with interdisciplinary knowledge and practical expertise.

 

 

The G2SD program trains its students to become

  • individuals with strong wills and extraordinary skills to advance global governance and sustainable development, the two crucial tasks for the world today
  • individuals who are able to question conventional wisdom and to design innovative analytical frameworks on the basis of inter-disciplinary knowledge
  • individuals who can tackle various global challenges, by taking scientific and evidence-based approaches to investigate their structure and solutions
  • individuals who expand their intellectual networks globally, by taking advantage of their superior communication and presentation skills
  • individuals who maintain highs standards of professional ethics and possess extensive expertise, and therefore are capable of conducting research at leading research institute and/or taking on complex tasks at international organizations around the world

 

The G2SD program has a number of first-class academics with

  • a wide variety of expertise: Political Science, Law, Economics, Psychology, Interdisciplinary Engineering Sciences, Frontier Science for the Environment, Environmental Conservation Studies, History, Area Studies, and other subjects.
  • extensive experience at various institutions: government agencies, international aid agencies, municipal governments, firms, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), non-profit organizations (NPOs), and others.

 

The G2SD program is founded on its own domestic and international networks, the main components of which include

  • academic partnership with universities overseas, international aid agencies, and others.
  • courses offered by other graduate schools in Tohoku University (Law, Economics and Management, Science, Medicine, Engineering, Agricultural Science, and Environmental Studies)
  • seminars and workshops, co-organized with government agencies, think tanks, firms, embassies and/or consulate offices.

 

Curriculum

The G2SD program is established within the Graduate School of International Cultural Studies, in Tohoku University (Japan), offering two-year master's and three-year doctoral programs.  All the courses are taught in English, and no Japanese language ability is required for admission.  Yet a separate framework is also available for those who wish to study all the courses in Japanese (for details, please contact the teaching staff individually).

 

 

Certificates and Degrees

Upon the completion of the master's program, one will receive

  • a certificate of G2SD program completion, and
  • a master's degree (one of the following two)
    • Master of International Cultural Studies
    • Master of Interdisciplinary Studies

Upon the completion of the doctoral program, one will receive

  • a certificate of G2SD program completion, and
  • a doctoral degree (one of the following two)
    • Doctor of International Cultural Studies
    • Doctor of Philosophy

 

International links

There are opportunities for studying abroad, through a separate program offered by Tohoku University (a web link to the International Joint Graduate School Programs, under construction).

Toshiaki AOKI, Associate professor

Department: Department of International Environment and Resources Policy
Keywords: Environmental Psychology, Policy for City Environment, City Planning, Regional Planning, and Applied Social Psychology
Webpage: http://ve.cat-v.ne.jp/satoshi-tyan/index_en.html

 

Kyoko FUJITA, Professor

Department: Department of Multiculturalism
Keywords: Minority, Nationalism, German-language Literature, Romania, Bukovina, Turkey
Webpage: http://db.tohoku.ac.jp/whois/e_detail/d8be17f3d011549cbdf63512ab638334.html

 

Ryo IKEDA, Associate professor

Department: Department of International Politics and Economy
Keywords: International History, Decolonization and the Col War, International Relations in North Africa and the Middle East, the Cold War in Asia and in Europe
Webpage: https://researchmap.jp/read0191111/?lang=english

 

Hiro KATSUMATA, Associate professor

Department: Department of International Politics and Economy
Keywords: International Politics, International Relations, East Asia, and Asia-Pacific
Webpage: http://katsumata.asia/e.html

 

Takashi KURODA, Professor

Department: Department of Asian and African Studies
Keywords: Socio-Political Studies of Islamic Area, Modern History of Middle East, Iranian Studies, Comparative Studies on History of Inter-area Exchanges
Webpage: http://www.intcul.tohoku.ac.jp/research/staff/89.html

 

Tomoki OKAWARA, Professor

Department: Department of Asian and African Studies
Keywords: Regional Studies of the Middle East
Webpage: http://www.intcul.tohoku.ac.jp/research/staff/201.html 

 

Masahiro SATO, Associate professor

Department: Department of International Environment and Resources Policy
Keywords: Environmental Economics, Resource Economics, Natural Capital, Water Resources, Energy, Ecosystem, Resilience, Network
Webpage: http://intergreen.jp

 

Yukino SATO, Associate professor

Department: Department of Multiculturalism
Keywords: Central European Area Studies, History of Czechoslovakia, Nationalism
Webpage: http://www.intcul.tohoku.ac.jp/research/staff/122.html

 

Gang YE, Professor

Department: Department of International Politics and Economy
Keywords: Industrial Economics, and Development Economics
Webpage: http://db.tohoku.ac.jp/whois/detail/53c5ddd5b2ec1a8622dc1f8a8531d7a9.html

 

Jeongsoo YU, Professor

Department: Department of International Environment and Resources Policy
Keywords: Integrated Waste Management, International Resources Recycling, End-of-life Vehicle Recycling, Small Home Appliances Recycling, and Disaster Waste
Webpage: http://www.rpip.tohoku.ac.jp/seeds/profile/223/lang:en/

 

Admissions to the program take place every April and October. The following descriptions are applicable only to April 2019 admissions. For October 2019 admissions, please refer to documents published in the future.

 

April 2019 Admission

 

1. Positions Available

  • Master’s Program (2-year course): Around 5
  • Doctoral Program (3-year course): Around 2

 

2. Application Period and Admission

For April 2019 admission,

  • For foreign applicants residing abroad at the time of application, the application documents stated in subsection 4 below must be received between June 29, 2018 and July 27, 2018 (fall screening).
  • For applicants with Japanese nationality and foreign applicants residing in Japan at the time of application, the application documents stated in subsection 4 must be received between December 17, 2018 and January 11, 2019 (spring screening).
  • In both cases, admission to the program takes place in April 2019 (see the table below).
Applicant Application Period Screening Admission
Fall Screening Foreigner residing abroad Jun 29 – Jul 27, 2018 Sep, 2018 April 2019
Spring Screening Japanese, or foreigner residing in Japan Dec 17, 2018 – Jan 11, 2019 Feb, 2019 April 2019

 

 

3. Screening Method

Applicants are screened on the basis of a comprehensive evaluation of the application documents (including academic transcript and statement of research plan), English proficiency (TOEFL® or TOEIC® test score or IELTSTM band score result), and an interview conducted on-location or via Skype video call/teleconferencing system by Tohoku University staff.

 

4. Downloads: Application Guidelines

 

Applicants planning to take a pre-qualification examination, please refer to the below and submit required applications by June 29, 2018.

Office of Academic Affairs
Graduate School of International Cultural Studies
Tohoku University

41 Kawauchi, Aoba-ku, Sendai, 980-8576 JAPAN
Fax: +81-(0)22-795-7583
E-mail: int-kkdk@* (please replace the star mark with "grp.tohoku.ac.jp")

 

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