The Joint Doctoral Program for Sustainability Research (JDPSR)

Three policies of the JDPSR

Three policies of the JDPSR

Followings are three policies of the JDPSR

Admission Policy

We seek Program applicants with the following qualities and abilities.

  • Possess a passion to combat global problems of poverty, conflict, food and resources, energy and the environment, information and ICT, and motivated to play a role in global society in the future.
  • Able to think logically and flexibly to conduct interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral research and to demonstrate the academic knowledge, expertise, and language skills required to conduct research.
  • Able to adapt to various environments and diverse cultures; accepting of cultural values different from one’s own; and equipped with the expertise, broad vision, ethical sensibility, and a resolute mind to play an active role in carrying out missions on a global scale.

Curriculum Policy

The Joint Doctoral Program for Sustainable Research collectively and efficiently utilizes educational resources from Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, and the University of Electro-Communications, incorporates the concept and viewpoint of the United Nation’s “Sustainable Development Goals” (SDGs) in an efficient and practical manner, and provides a cooperative humanities and sciences curriculum that is systematic yet flexible so as to cultivate practical and global students.

SDGs, adopted at the 2015 UN Summit, indicate priority issues confronting the international community in the areas of economy, society, and environment that should be resolved, and a view of the ideal world,

Specifically, they are development goals that capture a wide range of societal and cultural challenges such as eradicating poverty in developing countries and making improvements in areas of health and education, which must be dealt with to ensure the society to be equal, healthy, descent, and stable, regardless of the region in the world.

The key concept in this is sustainability and it is a conceptual expression that call the international society for working together for the realization of fairness and justice.

In order to achieve such “sustainable development”, the essential elements for SDGs include “economic growth”, “social inclusion”, and “environmental protection”. In the JDPSR, these essential elements are tackled through various approaches in humanities and social as well as natural sciences.

Specifically, research and education at the JDPSR are characterized as follows.

  • Establish “Basic Studies in the Sustainability Research” as a common foundational subject to acquire practical theory and technique with an international mindset and international applicability that is based on universal and practical knowledge.
  • Establish a “Seminar and Laboratory Work for Sustainability Research” subject to acquire advanced expertise and the ability to think logically and adapt to diverse as well as different culture, as well as nurture flexible consensus building capabilities.
  • Establish a “Practicum and Internship” subject to refine the ability to think logically and facilitate communication in international settings.
  • To ensure the “Seminar and Laboratory Work for Sustainability Research subject” is effective for implementing research for the doctoral thesis, offer a comprehensive education made up of three aspects: understanding, analysis, and implementation.
  • The curriculum will adopt a triplet structure that includes each of the three phases of education above and will be mutually complementary and reinforcing. This structure ensures the research conducted is innovative and contributes to international society, while taking full advantage of the education and research resources of the three universities and incorporating perspectives from other fields into one’s own expertise. Specifically, for the “Basic Studies in the Sustainability Research” and “Practicum and Internship” subject, faculty from the three universities will lecture jointly, and for the “Seminar and Laboratory Work for Sustainability Research subject”, faculty from the three universities will collectively provide research guidance.
  • Incorporate extensive practical active learning through seminars, workshops, collaborative humanities and sciences colloquium, and internships that require collaborative work for a series of subjects in order to effectively improve practical ability in contextualizing, case studies, facilitation, etc.

Diploma Policy

Nurture inter- and transdisciplinary practical professionals who are firmly grounded in their particular specialty but are able to grasp global-scale challenges facing the globalizing society such as environmental destruction, cultural conflict, and economic inequality, as a cross-disciplinary problem, and incorporate results of research from other fields to create innovation for the sustainable development of humanities’ future.

To that end, the JDPSR will award a degree to the student who acquires the following five capabilities for the (1) basic capability for sustainability research, (2) advanced and developmental capability necessary for sustainability research.

(1) Basic capability: general knowledge required for sustainability research, basic analysis methodology, and execution ability necessary for research activities in the international community

  1. Internationally-minded with a sense of ethics based on a foundation of universal and practical knowledge
  3. Practical foundation in ethics and technique that can be adopted widely in international society
  5.  Ability to think logically and facilitate communication

(2) Advanced and developmental capabilities: acquired advanced level of knowledge and logical thinking grounded in one’s own area of expertise, and is able to incorporate collaboratively with other fields to resolve one’s own challenges

  1. Advanced and expert knowledge and research capability in one’s field of expertise, in the areas of politics/economy, food/life, energy/resources/ environment, ICT/artificial intelligence, medicine/welfare/health, etc.
  3. Ability to understand the background and values of different cultures and different fields, and able to adopt various opinions and build consensus in response to the social environment so as to create innovation collaboratively with people from other fields beyond your own area of expertise