Policy

Diploma Policy

The GSS Program students are required to accomplish two elements below:

(a) Research: students are required to pursue their research within their department and graduate school, and will receive their academic degree at the end of the 5 years, if they meet the requirements of their graduate school.
(b) Comprehensive academic knowledge: students are expected to gain a variety of experiences through this program, and to acquire a comprehensive academic knowledge, in order to become active leaders in our global society.

By achieving the two above elements, students in the Inter-Graduate School Program for Sustainable Development and Survivable Societies will be granted the following mention (tentative translation) on their diploma:

Kyoto University hereby confers upon the candidate a Doctorate degree (Ph.D.) in recognition of the completion of the Doctorate Program of the Department of ***, Graduate School of ***.
OR
Kyoto University hereby confers upon the candidate a Doctorate degree (***) in recognition of the completion of the Doctorate Program of the Department of ***,
Graduate School of ***,
AND
Certifies that he/she completed the Program for Leading Graduate Schools ‘Inter-Graduate School Program for Sustainable Development and Survivable Societies’.

The Doctorate Program of each Graduate School will certify the completion of (a), while the Leading Examination Committee of the GSS Program will certify that all necessary requirements have been completed for (b).
The Graduate School and the GSS Program will then report to the Steering Committee of the Program for Leading Graduate Schools, Kyoto University that the students have successfully completed both (a) and (b). This committee, upon receiving this report, will certify that it corresponds to the above mention on the diploma.

As seen in Table 1 below, the name of the degree slightly changes depending on the Graduate School.

Table 1 – Mention on the diploma bestowed after completion of the program (as of April 2013)

 

Graduate School
of Education
Kyoto University hereby confers upon the candidate a Doctorate degree (Education) in recognition of the completion of the Doctorate Program of the Department of ***, Graduate School of Education and certifies that he/she completed the Program for Leading Graduate Schools ‘Inter-Graduate School Program for Sustainable Development and Survivable Societies’.
Graduate School
of Economics
Kyoto University hereby confers upon the candidate a Doctorate degree (Economics) in recognition of the completion of the Doctorate Program of the Department of Economics, Graduate School of Economics, and certifies that he/she completed the Program for Leading Graduate Schools ‘Inter-Graduate School Program for Sustainable Development and Survivable Societies’.
Graduate School
of Science
Kyoto University hereby confers upon the candidate a Doctorate degree (Science) in recognition of the completion of the Doctorate Program of the Division of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Graduate School of Science, and certifies that he/she completed the Program for Leading Graduate Schools, ‘Inter-Graduate School Program for Sustainable Development and Survivable Societies’.
Graduate School
of Medicine
Kyoto University hereby confers upon the candidate a Doctorate degree (Medicine) in recognition of the completion of the Doctorate Program of the Department of Medicine, Graduate School of Medicine, and certifies that he/she completed the Program for Leading Graduate Schools ‘Inter-Graduate School Program for Sustainable Development and Survivable Societies’
OR
Kyoto University hereby confers upon the candidate a Doctorate degree (Public Health) in recognition of the completion of the Doctorate Program of the School of Public Health, Graduate School of Medicine, and certifies that he/she completed the Program for Leading Graduate Schools ‘Inter-Graduate School Program for Sustainable Development and Survivable Societies’.
Graduate School of Engineering
Kyoto University hereby confers upon the candidate a Doctorate degree (Engineering) in recognition of the completion of the Doctorate Program of the Department of ***, Graduate School of Engineering, and certifies that he/she completed the Program for Leading Graduate Schools ‘Inter-Graduate School Program for Sustainable Development and Survivable Societies’.
Graduate School of Agriculture
Kyoto University hereby confers upon the candidate a Doctorate degree (Agriculture) in recognition of the completion of the Doctorate Program of the Department of ***, Graduate School of Agriculture, and certifies that he/she completed the Program for Leading Graduate Schools ‘Inter-Graduate School Program for Sustainable Development and Survivable Societies’.
Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies
Kyoto University hereby confers upon the candidate a Doctorate degree (Area Studies) in recognition of the completion of the Doctorate Program of the Department of ***, Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies, and certifies that he/she completed the Program for Leading Graduate Schools ‘Inter-Graduate School Program for Sustainable Development and Survivable Societies’.
Graduate School of Informatics
Kyoto University hereby confers upon the candidate a Doctorate degree (Ph.D.) in recognition of the completion of the Doctorate Program of the Department of ***, Graduate School of Informatics
Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies
Kyoto University hereby confers upon the candidate a Doctorate degree (Global Environmental Studies) in recognition of the completion of the Doctorate Program of the Department of ***, Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies, and certifies that he/she completed the Program for Leading Graduate Schools ‘Inter-Graduate School Program for Sustainable Development and Survivable Societies’.

Admission Policy

The GSS Program intends to cultivate human resources in new emerging interdisciplinary area of “Global Survivability Studies”.

human resources filled with the sense of mission and ethics necessary to overcome crises the human being is facing and to enrich human society and contribute to its well-being
human resources with sound judgment and energy to take actions based on expertise, a wide vision, knowledge and wisdom

The GSS Program seek for students who can lead in different areas of our global society and contribute to better direction in positions such as :

Academic leader active in the science field of social and/or safety system as first-class researcher and educator
International leader in crisis management in international organization
Industry leader who can address disasters, accidents and economic crisis for stable and sustainable business management
Local or national leader who take leadership in decision making in security policies such as food, resources and energy
Science communicator who can communicate scientific knowledge and information for safety and security in the society
New business leader such as entrepreneur who can develop new technologies and methodologies in the field of safety and security

Students who are enrolled in any of graduate schools and departments listed in Table 2 can apply for this Program, regardless of nationality, gender and age. The first semester of the first academic year is set as the Leading Program Preparatory Course, during which applicants will attend classes as Program candidates. Then they will be evaluated for admission. Those selected will be officially registered as Program students from next semester of the same academic year and attend the course classes.

Table 2 – Graduate schools and departments involved in the GSS Program
 

Graduate School of Education
All Departments (Department of Education, Department of Clinical Education)
Graduate School of Economics
All Department (Department of Economics)
Graduate School of Science
Division of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Graduate School of Medicine
Department of Medicine and Medical Science, School of Public Health
Graduate School of Engineering
Department of Civil and Earth Resources Engineering, Department of Urban Management, Department of Environmental Engineering, Department of Architecture and Architectural Engineering, Department of Mechanical engineering and Science
Graduate School of Agriculture
All departments (Division of Agronomy and Horticultural Science, Division of Forest and Biomaterials Science, Division of Applied Life Sciences, Division of Applied Biosciences, Division of Environmental Science and Technology, Division of Natural Resource Economics, Division of Food Science and Biotechnology)
Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies
All departments (Division of Southeast Asian Area Studies, Division of African Area Studies, Division of Global Area Studies)
Graduate School of Informatics
Department of Social Informatics, Department of Communications and Computer Engineering
Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies
All departments (Doctoral Program in Global Environment Studies, Doctoral Program in Environmental Management)

Curriculum

5 Year Education Program

In order to develop a broad-based knowledge and in-depth expertise, cultivate flexible thinking, determination and ability to take action, and lead in different areas of society, it is indispensable to build a wide variety of experiences, whichin turn requires time. Therefore, from the moment they enroll in the first part of the program (Master’s Program in some cases), students create their 5-year plan and set their own objectives, and have the opportunity to choose a curriculum that will match their project.

Graduation Requirements

For students who wish to join the GSS Program and recieve a diploma as shown in Table 1, it is required to take and pass the General Seminar during the Leading Program Preparatory Course in the first semester of the first year and all the categories from (a) to (g) from the second semester of the first year, in parallel with the program and research in their respective graduate school. Please refer to the Course Guidelines for details.

(a) Global Survivability Studies Program classes
Compulsory 4 subjects (8 credits), Optional Compulsory 1 subjects (2 credits), Optional 4 credits
(b) Field Training
(c) Internship
(d) Interdisciplinary Seminars
(e) International Academic Exchange
(f) Industry-University Collaborative Project
(g) International Cooperation Project

Second Year Qualifying Examination (Basic Doctoral Ability Qualification)

At the end of the first stage of the graduate school (the end of the 2nd year, master program), students may have to submit a Master thesis or an equivalent research work, depending on the department and the graduate school they are enrolled in, and may then be granted a Master Degree or equivalent provided when they meet all the necessary requirements. Students may have to submit a preliminary doctorate thesis, which is the equivalent of a Master thesis or submit a theme research depending on their department and graduate school. Students will follow their department or school’s diploma policy.
In the GSS Program, around the same time, students will be examined to qualify their progress regarding comprehensive academic knowledge and ability to take and complete course works in the Prgoram, which is called Basic Doctoral Ability Qualification. All students must pass this examination to go to the latter part of the graduate school (doctoral program).
In addition, the Program students will be required to pass final examination to qualify their achievement of comprehensive academic knowledge and bases as global leaders at the end of doctoral program to be given certification for the completion of the GSS Program.

See also Education for details of time frame of course.