Our world is changing. Future doctoral graduates are required to play important roles beyond their fields of expertise due to the rapid advance of globalization and informatization and as social issues are becoming increasingly complex and diversified. Issues related to the environment, energy resources, and aging societies are now deeply intertwined on both the domestic and international levels. The Program for Leading Graduate Schools was launched by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) in 2011 as a new initiative to give creative, broad-minded candidates the tools and opportunities needed to become leaders with the ability to have a positive impact on these global issues.
Selected by MEXT, Keio University has developed two leading graduate school programs: the Science for the Development of a Super Mature Society (started in 2012) and Global Environmental System Leaders Program (started in 2013). These distinctive programs integrate the arts and sciences, give candidates international training and employment experience as Research Assistants (RA).
Prof. Fumihiko Kannari
Graduate School of Science and Technology
Although a highly industrialized society was established in Japan during the 20th century, this “mature” society is rapidly evolving to one that is “super mature” in the 21st century and facing issues including (1) a lower birthrate and increased longevity and (2) a prolonged period of low economic growth. Added to this, modern society is confronted with major challenges to sustainable development, such as global warming, energy shortages, food crises, and natural disasters. These complex and interrelated problems, more often than not require trade-offs rather than easy clear-cut choices. The daunting problems facing us are no longer solvable with the skills obtained in a single specialized academic field; it will be a new era to seek solutions by combining efforts from a number of academic fields and importantly from both arts and sciences.
All-round Category: Aims to foster top leaders who can play active roles in the governmental, nonprofit, industrial, and academic sectors. Those leaders will be a driving force within our global society by integrating the humanities, social sciences, life sciences, physical sciences, and engineering.
Composite Category: Aimed at fostering leaders who can synthesize industrial, academic, and governmental projects, drive innovation in addressing issues facing society, and develop degree programs that crosscut composite research domains.
Professor, Graduate School of Media and Governance
This program is aimed at developing global environmental system leaders with the knowledge, awareness, and skills to achieve perpetual recovery, improve the global environment, and drive the innovation of technological and social systems for the world’s natural and social environments.