Education Program

IR3S Joint Education Program

IR3S Intensive core course

Course Name Date

IR3S Core Course "Frontier of Sustainability Science 2010" (We will notice when syllabus is confirmed)

Oct.30, Nov 06, Nov13 , 2010

Course Name Date

IR3S Core Course "Frontier of Sustainability Science 2009" Syllabus

Dec 19, 2009, Jan 9, 2010, and Jan 23, 2010

About the IR3S Joint Education Program

The Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science (IR3S) was established, primarily at the University of Tokyo, in August 2004 with support by the Special Coordination Funds for Promoting Science and Technology from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. IR3S seeks to promote a sustainable global society and establish a new higher level of learning that forms the foundation of "sustainability science". IR3S is a cooperative organization consisting of five Japanese universities (University of Tokyo, which is the supervising school, along with Kyoto University, Osaka University, Hokkaido University and Ibaraki University) and several collaborating institutions (the National Institute for Environmental Studies, Chiba University, Tokyo University, Tohoku University, Waseda University and Ritsumeikan University). The Osaka University Research Institute for Sustainability Science is one organization in this partnership.

IR3S works to promote research combining diverse academic fields related to sustainability and to foster specialists who will be internationally active in building sustainable societies. To this end, a Sustainability Science Education Program has been established at each university. Osaka University's Sustainability Science Associate Program (an interdisciplinary Education Program) is an education program created within this larger framework.

IR3S also launched a joint IR3S education program (i.e., programs that include education programs from different universities) and certifies students who take such programs. Students receive a certificate of completion for joint education programs under the IR3S name. A total of 10 credits are required, including eight credits from four courses from the Osaka University Sustainability Science Associate Program (an interdisciplinary Education Program) and an additional two credits from the "Frontier of Sustainability Science" core course offered jointly with IR3S.

In the "Frontiers of Sustainability Science" joint core course, top researchers from the different universities lecture in English on the latest sustainability science research. The goal is that, through this exposure to the leading edge of sustainability science research, students will come to know the vastness and interrelatedness of the fields concerned with sustainability science and will participate in their integration and the process of establishing sustainability science.


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