Hiroshima University has established the Joint International Master’s Program in Sustainable Development (Hiroshima University – Leipzig University) in the Graduate School of Advanced Science and Engineering. The aim is to make the best use of the strength of each university and to engage in a wider range of research areas, through collaboration with Universities abroad with sufficient experience of outstanding teaching and research achievements in Sustainability Science.
This is the first Joint Degree Program for Hiroshima University (HU) that has been established with the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences Joint International Master's Program in Sustainable Development (Hiroshima University and University of Graz).
Our program offers a two-year (four semesters) master's course. During the first semester students focus on basic subjects in the entrance universities. In the second and third semesters, they move to the partner universities, in order to study applied and practical fields as specialized subjects. Then, in the fourth semester, they return to the entrance universities to write their master's thesis. Students who complete the program will be awarded the degree of Master of Science jointly named by both universities.
Director, Joint International Master’s Programme in Sustainable Development
– Leipzig University)
The main aim of this program is to develop students’ flexible and applicable skills in the field of research and practice. This is achieved by learning about technology to solve problems related to environmentally sustainable development (environmental sustainability), and also by learning about planning, development, implementation, analysis, and evaluation, through using a scientific and engineering approach.
Sustainability Science covers a broad research field that encompasses a range from specialized to super-interdisciplinary sciences. By establishing a common curriculum between Hiroshima University, which offers courses in the field of energy engineering and resource management, and Leipzig University, which also offers courses in the field of energy engineering and resource management, it will be possible to provide education with the distinctive characteristics of both universities.
There is an ever-increasing need in the international community, for human resources possessing a broad perspective, the ability to think from a bird's-eye view, and also the ability to collaborate with others to address regional and global issues, in order to achieve SDGs goals.
I have great expectations that the students who study in this program will be active in Japan and abroad as leaders who make plans for solutions to development issues and who implement them.