Aims and Outline

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 three Graduate Schools of Economics (GSE), Letters (GSL) and Agriculture (GSA: Division of Natural Resource Economics).

AGST offers a programme of six modules: (1) Environmental policy and rural development studies; (2) Business history and 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 Course), 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 Course established in 2009. This course will provide the foundations for provision of international collaborative education (e.g. joint/double degree programs) in Modules 1 to 5. GSE plans to establish a new division for this international collaborative education within a few years, but for the time being, students who are interested in the aims and contents of the five modules are encouraged to apply for the EA Course.

In GSL, classes are generally conducted in Japanese (with some exceptions), and prospective students are required to have sufficient Japanese language ability to fully participate in research activities in the School. However, in order to cater for students who are especially interested in Module 6, from October 2015 the School will offer a new series of English-medium classes. These classes will be taught with an emphasis on Global Japanese Studies across eight subjects under the title of “Asian and Transcultural Studies“.

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 initially, at the same time as exploring possibilities for a new module with further partner institutions appropriate to its goals.