Addressing local and global environmental problems – from water pollution and hazardous waste to climate change and resource depletion – is the great challenge of the 21st century. Industrialized nations and emerging economies are tasked with reducing non-sustainable rates of production, consumption and emissions, while developing nations seek to eradicate poverty and grow their economies without imposing additional stresses on the environment. At the Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies (GSGES), we further these objectives by pursuing environmental research and practical problem-solving with an interdisciplinary, holistic approach.
Established in 2002, GSGES is composed of the Hall of Global Environmental Research (a research body), the School of Global Environmental Studies (an educational body), and the Grove of Universal Learning (a supporting body for education and research). Programs include the Doctoral Program in Global Environmental Studies, designed to foster excellent, innovative researchers who can further develop the emerging field of global environmental studies, and Master ’s and Doctoral Programs in Environmental Management, designed to educate outstanding practitioners with international perspectives and advanced management expertise. The programs include practical internship study both in Japan and overseas and feature courses, many taught in English, covering a broad spectrum of global environmental topics.