Curriculum & Requirement
The Global Environmental Leaders Education Program offers various learning opportunities to not only educators or researchers, but also students who are interested in a career in an environment-related field, government, non-government, or corporate organization. The students will acquire the skills needed to succeed as a leader in the global environmental field, including a multi-faceted viewpoint, advanced analytical skills for the accurate assessment of issues, creativity to lead to the resolution of problems, negotiation skills to reach consensus with stakeholders, and the ability to make decisions to promptly take action in any situations.
The Global Environmental Leaders Education Program is comprised of two programs: the Cross-disciplinary Doctoral Course and the Environmental Management Education Program.
The curriculum for the Cross-disciplinary Doctoral Course is centered on cross-disciplinary subjects, and is made up of environmental security subjects and specialist knowledge foundation subjects. The objective of the lectures and practical seminars is to have the students acquire the analytical skills, creativity, decision-making skills and multi-disciplinary specialist knowledge required to become global environmental leaders, as well as the knowledge and competencies to execute cross-disciplinary applied field research.
- Green Innovation
- Toward the achievement of green growth in Asia based on environmental security, the students acquire basic knowledge regarding cross-disciplinary research for the purpose of resolving environmental issues that span multiple fields.
- Seminar on Cross-disciplinary
- In order to create new cross-disciplinary innovations, seminars are held based on topics and research, not confined to conventional specialist disciplines. In principle the seminars are public, with participation from experts from industry and the government, in order to hold active discussions to find new solutions for environmental issues.
- Laboratory rotation
- Students participate in multiple laboratory activities over a certain period of time, to gain wide-ranging knowledge and techniques to develop their own research.
- Long-term internship
- Students participate in long-term internships of over 3 months at affiliated organizations in Japan and overseas in order to obtain the knowledge and techniques required at actual activity sites.
Students gain an understanding of the structure of environmental security issues such as poverty and conflict, which have their origins in environmental destruction, and learn the basics and application of environmental security as the foundation for developing a vision for the creation of a safe and sustainable society. The lectures will be held by working-level people and experts who are active in this field globally.
Students learn about the specialist knowledge of foundations required to execute cross-disciplinary research themes. With the guidance of their academic mentor, students select subjects from all specialized subjects offered at Hiroshima University in line with their research theme, and social needs and career plan.
In the Environmental Management Education Program, students gain the basic knowledge and practical methods required to execute work in this area, with the aim of acquiring management skills to make use of the specialist knowledge, techniques and competencies gained in the Cross-disciplinary Program in the deployment of actual work.
To complete the Global Environmental Leaders Education Program, students are required to fulfill the completion requirements for the two programs – the Cross-disciplinary Program and the Environmental Management Education Program. The requirements for the two respective programs are as follows.
- Completion Requirements
- In principle students are required to be enrolled at the university for five years or more, obtain the designated credits and receive research guidance. In addition, it is necessary to pass the Qualifying Examination, the Doctoral Candidate Examination, and the Dissertation Preliminary Examination, submit a doctoral dissertation in English, and pass the Review of Dissertation, to be conferred with a doctor’s degree. The term of enrollment required may be shortened to four years or more for students who have produced a particularly high level of research results during their time at the university.
- Students may be awarded with a degree in one of the following disciplines: Liberal Arts, Science, Engineering, Agriculture or International Cooperation Studies.
- Completion Requirements
- In order to complete the Environmental Management Education Program, students are required to obtain 26 or more of the designated credits, and pass the Environmental Management Education Program Completion Examination.
- Certificate of Completion
- Students receive an Environmental Management Education Program Certificate of Completion.