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About GPES Program

Program Overview

The Graduate Program on Environmental Sciences (GPES) is an exciting new advanced level degree program (offered at both Masters and Ph.D. level) at the University of Tokyo. It shares its vision with its undergraduate counterpart, the International Program on Environmental Sciences, one of the PEAK (Programs in English at Komaba) program and is likewise delivered entirely in English. Students taking the undergraduate program develop a unique set of skills, allowing them to analyze, critique, propose and define environmental policy from economic, cultural and political viewpoints, based on a platform of basic science and technology, which covers aspects from basic physics and chemistry through to environmental processes such as ecological systems and methods for measuring global material circulation.

The graduate program steps further and deeper, allowing students to choose their area of specialization from a wide range of relevant fields including natural and agricultural sciences, industrial technologies, and social sciences including economics, politics and other related disciplines. The course provides a unique opportunity to work with world experts at the cutting edge, on problems that global society needs to address right now for its future prosperity.

Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the GPES program will be specialists and professionals

  • capable of working internationally in the environment-energy field on the global stage;
  • with a systematic understanding of the environment-energy field from both natural and social scientific
  • who understand and can make judgements on environmental questions on all scales ranging from local to global;
  • with a considered and empathetic view of the wide range of different stakeholder viewpoints on environmental issues and who can execute leadership in resolving issues arising from these;
  • who can make informed decisions in real time, on site to solve real world problems;
  • who are global communicators, capable of addressing both specialists and non-specialists while encompassing the needs of differing cultural groups.
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