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  1. International Conference on Sustainability Science in Asia 2009November 23-24, 2009, AITCC, Thailand Graduate Program in Sustainability Science (GPSS) ONUKI Motoharu Project Associate Professor Graduate Program in Sustainability Science (GPSS) Division of Environmental Studies Graduate School of Frontier Sciences The University of Tokyo

  2. What is GPSS? • A new international graduate program in sustainability science established in Division of Environmental Studies, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences as an educational unit of IR3S • In English language • Train internationally-minded professionals who can help create a sustainable society • Diverse students • Nationality (20 nationalities), cultural background (4/5 are international students) • Academic background • Master’s program started in October 2007. • “Master of Sustainability Science” degree • Ph.D. program will start in October 2009. • “Ph.D. in Sustainability Science” ICSS-Asia 2009

  3. What to learn in GPSS • Knowledge related with Sustainability • A great variety of subjects related to sustainability in a holistic manner (supported by Division of Environmental Studies and IR3S-TIGS) • Practical Skills • for understanding problems holistically • for communication, facilitation and consensus building • for problem solving, envisioning future, leadership • Mind-sets / Attitudes • Accepting / acknowledging diversity, de-tatchment, transidiciplinarity, motivation / driving force for change / dynamics ICSS-Asia 2009

  4. Hokkaido U SGP RISS Ibaraki U ICAS Graduate Program in Sustainability Science (GPSS) Osaka U Kyoto U KSI IR3S TIGS Dept. of Human and EngineeredEnvironmental Studies Dept. of Natural Environmental Studies Graduate Program in Sustainability Science (GPSS) Division of Environmental Studies Dept. of International Studies Dept. of Socio-Cultural Environmental Studies Dept. of Environment Systems Graduate School of Frontier Sciences The University of Tokyo ICSS-Asia 2009

  5. What to learn in GPSS • Knowledge related with Sustainability • A great variety of subjects related to sustainability in a holistic manner (supported by Division of Environmental Studies and IR3S-TIGS) • Practical Skills • for understanding problems holistically • for communication, facilitation and consensus building • for problem solving, envisioning future, leadership • Mind-sets / Attitudes • Accepting / acknowledging diversity, de-tatchment, transidiciplinarity, motivation / driving force for change / dynamics ICSS-Asia 2009

  6. Field Exercise • send student outside of the university to see a reality • Talk and communicate with local people • Propose something to the real society ICSS-Asia 2009

  7. Even in the campus • Practical Courses (Interactive courses) dealing with real problems or real cases and full of group works, group discussions and group presentations (team based approach) with diverse colleagues. • Students Seminars • All students attend to introduce, discuss and exchange their research progress, which is completely different from others. ICSS-Asia 2009

  8. What to learn in GPSS • Knowledge related with Sustainability • A great variety of subjects related to sustainability in a holistic manner (supported by Division of Environmental Studies and IR3S-TIGS) • Practical Skills • for understanding problems holistically • for communication, facilitation and consensus building • for problem solving, envisioning future, leadership • Mind-sets / Attitudes • Accepting / acknowledging diversity, de-tatchment, transidiciplinarity, motivation / driving force for change / dynamics ICSS-Asia 2009

  9. In Asian Context • Trying to solve problems in Asia and to propose a future vision for Asia • Asian sustainability contributes to global sustainability • Kashiwanoha Town, Sustainable Campus • Many field exercise units • Asia is a target • Trying to learn from Asia • History of Asian environmental / social problems • Specially Japanese experience on Industrial / Environmental Pollution problems • Students diversity itself • Asia is learning material. ICSS-Asia 2009

  10. Asian Contribution to the Global Sustainability • Mottainai • Influence of Buddhism (e.g. on sufficiency economy and “kyousei共生” harmonizing with nature) • Moderate, medium, ma-ma”まあまあ”, generosity to allow vagueness • Generosity with religions? Harmonizing or even mixing different religions • Way of thinking in desert area and way of thinking in forests • Cooperativeness and Individualism • Chinese Medicine, Zen, Yoga • Common experiences of sudden westernization and industrialization (and colonization) • Non native-English speaker ICSS-Asia 2009

  11. Thank you very much for your attention! onuki@k.u-tokyo.ac.jp www.sustainability.k.u-tokyo.ac.jp ICSS-Asia 2009

  12. ICSS-Asia 2009