Graduate Program on Sustainability Science in Ibaraki University
is an interdisciplinary graduate course. The purpose of the
program is to develop specialists with advanced expertise for
society which is sustainable, low-carbon, sound material-cycle,
and coexisting with nature. The program is provided in
cooperation with the Institute for Global Change Adaptation
and the Sustainability Science Consortium(SSC)
-Students are entitled to benefit from the credit transfer system agreed upon
between universities in the SSC, including University of Tokyo, and to take
part in common international fieldwork programs.
・The Sustainability Science Course is provided as a major only in the Urban System Planning
 Course, Graduate School of Science and Engineering. The Sustainability Science Program is
 cross-sectorially provided as a sub-mager in every other graduate course.

・Graduates who earn the required units of credit will attain a "Certificate of Sustainability
 Science Course/Program" and a "Certificate of joint Educational Program of the Sustainability
 Science Consortium(SSC)" in addition to a master's degree in the respective major field.

The global environment issues faced today-climate change,energy
and resource depletion, and the pressing need to redefine
well-being-are intrinsically linked challenges that simply cannot be
fully clarified from the perspective of separate research areas. To
ensure comprehensive investigation and treatment of these issues,
a new research area is required, sustainability science, in which the
humanities and science are integrated.

Graduate Program on Sustainability Science (GPSS) in ibaraki
University is an interdisciplinary program intended to produce
specialists in sustainability science who will contribute, domestically
or internationally, to building a sustainable society.
The purpose of the program is to provide the education and training to develop specialists
who possess advanced expertise in specific areas and who comprehensively understand the
complex relationship between humans and their environment. In addtion, they must be able
to adjust the interests of the parties involved, from business enterprises, public
administrations and educational institutions, to social action groups. They should further
have the facilitative capacity to ensure that the relevant parties recognize and solve their
problems by altering problem behavior.

As of April 2009, the program is available to postgraduates of the four graduate schools of
Ibaraki University. The program is provided in cooperation with universities participating in
the Sustainability Science Consortium(SSC) / Integrated Research System for Sustainability
Science(IR3S), and was supported by Environmental Leadership Initiatives for Asian
)promoted by the Ministry of the Environment in 2008-2010..

Program graduates receive a "Certificate of Sustainability Science Course/Program" and
a "Certificate of Joint Educational Program of the Sustainability Science Consortium(SSC) /
Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science."

Graduate Program on Sustainability Science in Ibaraki University develops qualified human
resources in the following aras: Adaptation to climate change and disaster prevention;
sustainable energy development; eco-friendly manufacturing and material development; utilization
of IT resources; agricultural production technologies; preservation of regional environment as in
Lake Kasumigaura; environmental management and regional policy for building a sustainable
society; and environmental education.

1. Educational goals
For building a sustainable society, we develop:
 (1)Internationally active specialists, and
 (2)Specialists working for local communities.
2. Description of specialists
 (1)Specialists with comprehensive knowledge (from the integrated viewpoints
  of the humanities and science) on Earth systems, social systems, and human
 (2)Specialists with advanced expertise
 (3)Specialists with motivation and international outlook to solve problems in
  the Asia-Pacific region including Japan..
3. Career options for graduates
 ・National and local government Policy planning within departments and agencies
  in environmental and regional management.
 ・Business enterprises: Operations in environmental management or assessment
  as environmental consultants; businesses engaged in energy and agricultural
  production, water management, or disaster prevention; operations in international
  services or regional development.
 ・Faculty: Developing environmental human resources for the future.
 ・International organizations: On-site operations to settle issues encountered
  in assistance activities for developing nations
 ・NGOs and NPOs: Operations in investigation, networking, and planning with
  respect to enviromental end regional management, and educations.

The Graduate Program on Sustainability Science comprises three groups of subjects: basic
subjects to gain a fundamental understanding of sustainability; practical subjects such as seminars,
fieldwork and internship emphasizing on-site experience; and individual subjects for each area of

・Basic subjects include "Frontier of Sustainability Science"
"Global Enviromental Systems T,U", "Sustainable social
Systems T,U","Human Systems", and four or more units
of credit must be taken on a selective basis.
-Basic subjects also include several lectures
covering a wide range of topics on society, and
human systems. Some are provided in English.
-"Frontier of Sustainability Science" is a
compulsory class involving a core lecture
presented via a remote lecture system
connecting all universities in the SSC/IR3S..

・Fieldwork in Local Sustainability (International)
-International field study will be conducted
in cooperation with Rajabhat University in
Thailand and Hue University in Vietnam, with
the objective of grasping sustainability issue
in the Asia and Pacific region and fostering
・FieldWork in Local Sustainability(Domestic)
-Field study has been be conducted in
cooperation with Oarai town(2009-2011),
Namekata-city(2012-) and other stakeholders.
・Seminar in Developing Facilitation Capacity
-Adjustment of interests and a shared
understanding between involved parties are
essential in solving on-site problems. Through
role-playing and other learning techniques, the
seminars help improve the abilities needed for
environmental leaders to solve problems and
build consensus.

・Internship in Sustainability Science
-internships in buisiness enterprises, public
administrations or NPOs can, depending on the
terms and conditions, earn credits.


ELIAS (Environmental Leadership Intiative for Asian Sustainability)
This program is partly supported by the Ministry of Environment's "2008 Developing Model
Program at Higher Educations Institutions" to Implement Environmental Leadership Initiatives
to promote Environmental Leadership Initiatives for Asian Sustainability (ELIAS)
This program was supported by the Ministry of Enviroment's "2008 Developing
Model Program at Education Institutions to Implement Environmental Leadership
Initiatives" in 2008-2010 to promote Environmental Leadership Initiatives for Asian

Please see the English Brochure(2011.02)

Sustainability Science Consortium(SSC)

・The University of Tokyo

・Kyoto University

・Osaka University

・Hokkaido University

・Ibaraki University

・Toyo University

・National Institute for Environmental Studies

・Tohoku University

・Chiba University

・Waseda University

・Ritsumeikan University

ICAS (Institute for Global Change Adaptation Science)
The Institute for Global Change Adaptation Science (ICAS) was established in May 2006 at
Ibaraki University, which became a member of the Sustainability Science Consortium(SSC).

At ICAS, the study, education and outreach activities focus on the adaptation to climate
changes. The Asian and Pacific region is the area of concern as it is expected to witness
significant growth in population and economy, and harsh effects from climate change and
natural disasters. This is an interdisciplinary field, and the faculty from all departments,
Graduate School of Humanities, Graduate School of Education, Graduate School of Science
and Engineering, and Graduate School of Agriculture, as well as the faculty from all
university research centers are member of ICAS.

Research activities are conducted in three categorise: (1) engineering and application
development for adaptation, (2) agricultural development adapting to climate change, and (3)
planning and policies for adapting lives. These are based on the geographical, social and
cultural characteristics of the Asia-Pacific region.

Faculty registered as members of ICAS will aiso play a central role in the Graduate
Program on sustainability Science.

Environmental and social problems are becoming increasingly complex

Sustainability science has been proposed with the objective of
offering a road map and the means to realize a sustainable

In sustainability science, as defined by SSC/IR3S, there are three
component systems: the "Earth system" involving climate,
energy and other resources and the ecosystem that together
provide the basis of human existence; the "Social system"
involving political and economic systems, industrial structure,
and technical capabilities that as a whole characterize a
country; and the "Human system" involving the lifestyle of
individuals, health, and the standards of values.

A sustainable society, where humans and nature coexist, could be
maintained as long as functional interaction exists between Earth, society,
and mankind. Under the present circumstances, however, interactions
appears to be fraying.

The goal of sustainability science is to analyze the collapse mechanism
of the three systems and the interrelation between them, as manifested
through environmental or security issues; to restructure the systems; and
to show the means and vision to make the appropriate repairs.
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Graduate School of Agriculture
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Institute for Global Adaptation Science (ICAS)