Top Global University Project “Japan Gateway: Kyoto University Top Global Programme”
Kyoto University has been selected for the FY2014 Top Global University Project, a higher education reform initiative launched by Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT).
The MEXT programme aims to raise Japan’s global competitiveness in higher education by supporting internationalisation and reform efforts at select institutions. Kyoto University’s reform initiative is called “Japan Gateway: Kyoto University Top Global Programme” and is categorised as “Type A: Top Type” in the Top Global University Project. The Japan Gateway initiative focuses on the following research areas: Mathematics, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Human Biosciences, Social Sciences and Humanities, Environmental Studies and Public Health.
The discipline of Social Sciences and Humanities covers Graduate School of Economics , Graduate School of Letters and Graduate School of Agriculture (Division of Natural Resource Economics). To cultivate globally minded individuals with the capacity to contribute to the sustainable development of Asia and the world, the Asian Platform for Global Sustainability & Transcultural Studies (AGST) has been set up with six modules in the programme:
Module 1 Environmental policy and rural development studies
Module 2 Business history and industry policy studies
Module 3 International trade and financial studies
Module 4 Social policy and labor studies
Module 5 Developing and transition economies studies
Module 6 Asian and transcultural studies
Inviting world-leading researchers from partner institutions, Graduate School of Economics will develop 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.