About AGST

Aims and Outline

The Asian Platform for Global Sustainability & Transcultural Studies (AGST) has been established in order to cultivate globally minded individuals with the capacity to contribute to sustainable development in Asia and throughout the world. It forms the Social Sciences and Humanities Unit for the Top Global Course under the “Japan Gateway: Kyoto University Top Global Program” and involves the Graduate Schools ofEconomics (GSE), the Graduate School of Letters (GSL) and the Graduate School of Agriculture (GSA: Division of Natural Resource Economics).

AGST offers a programme of six modules: (1) Environmental Policy & Rural Development Studies; (2) Business History & Industry Policy Studies; (3) Developing & Emerging Economies Studies; (4) International Trade & Financial Studies; (5) Business Management & Accounting Studies; and (6) Asian & Transcultural Studies.

World-leading researchers from partner institutions will be invited to collaborate on the development of teaching materials for AGST. These materials will then be used in the teaching of new jointly implemented courses, which, together with pre-existing courses (e.g. the International Graduate Programme for East Asia Sustainable Economic Development Studies, or EA Programme), will be part of an expanded cross-credit scheme. This educational structure will provide the basis for development of joint/double degree programmes with partner institutions. The inclusion of courses offered in the “Studying Japan and Asia in Kyoto” programme under the Kyoto University Asian Studies Unit (KUASU) will ensure that students coming to Kyoto University from partner institutions can select from a variety of study options, at the same time as expanding the opportunities for Kyoto University students enrolling in the courses, and providing a platform for the development of the next generation of cross-disciplinary research.

For Prospective Students

In GSE, international graduate education has already been institutionalised through the EA Programme established in 2009. The EA Programme offers more than 60 English-taught courses covering diverse areas of studies in economics, management and other social sciences. This programme provides the foundations for provision of international collaborative education (e.g. joint/double degree programmes) in Modules 1 to 5, which correspond to Tracks 1 to 5 of the EA Programme. GSE plants to establish a Double Degree Doctoral Programme with the University of Glasgow, UK, as a part of Module 2, while aiming to launch a Joint Supervision Programme with Wageningen University, the Netherlands, for Module 1, and a Double Degree Master Programme with Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, for Module 3. Students who are interested in the aims and contents of the five modules are encouraged to apply for the EA Programme.

The GSL established a new division named Division of Joint Degree Master of Arts Program in Transcultural Studies with our partner, the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies (HCTS) at Heidelberg University, Germany. This jointly conducted English-language graduate program offers students access to an interdisciplinary field in the humanities and social sciences to study and research transcultural dynamins between and within Asia and Europe in a global context. Also students outside of this new division are encouraged to take classes of this program offered in the form of a study package taught in English and named “Courses on Asian and Transcultural Studies (CATS).

GSA, the Division of Natural Resource Economics has already launched an English-medium curriculum known as the Global 30 (G30) programme. In the G30 programme both Master and PhD course students are able to obtain all the credits required through attending classes offered in English. In the AGST, the GSA will take a collaborative role in Modules 1 and 3 initially, at the same time as exploring possibilities for a new module with further partner institutions appropriate to its goals.