Joint Doctoral Program for Sustainability Research (Graduate School of Global Studies Doctoral Program)

The Joint Doctoral Program for Sustainability Research is an integrated program jointly offered by the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (TUAT), the University of Electro-Communications (UEC), and TUFS, and will be launched in April 2019.

Enrollment Limit

  • TUFS: Graduate School of Global Studies Intake: 3 (April Admission 2, October Admission 1)
  • TUAT: Graduate School of Engineering Intake: 4
  • UEC: Graduate School of Informatics and Engineering Intake: 4

Entrance Examinations

Research Areas

  • Theories of Regional Dynamics
  • Global Studies
  • Cultural Studies

Objectives of the curriculum

Students in this program will acquire the following skills and knowledge.

  1. Universal and practical academic foundations for developing an international sensibility
  2. Grounding in internationally recognized theories and skills
  3. Core competencies in highly specialized knowledge and research capabilities
  4. Flexibility and consensus-building skills to cope with diverse values and environments
  5. Communication skills


The curriculum comprises three courses in basic studies, seminars on sustainability research, and laboratory work. The requirements for each course are as follows.

Basic studies: Lectures and workshops involving case studies, PBL workshops, and facilitation primarily directed at achieving curriculum objectives 1 and 2.

Seminars on sustainability and laboratory work: In the seminars and lab work of their academic advisor, students will carry out dissertation research directed at acquiring the core competencies of curriculum objective 3. Under their deputy advisor, students will participate in close interaction with researchers in fields other than their own to enhance their capabilities in the areas covered by curriculum objective 4. Special emphasis will be placed on enhancing cross-disciplinary thinking, application, and consensus-building skills.

Laboratory work: Students will prepare themselves for real-world practical applications through collaborative humanities and science colloquiums, internships and the like to achieve all five of the curriculum objectives with a special focus on objective 5. Emphasis will be placed on achieving practical skills in applying specialized knowledge, evidence-based and logical contextualization, cross-disciplinary thinking, negotiation, and communication.

Distinguishing feature of the program

A collaborative tripartite undertaking in the humanities and sciences for practical training bringing together the combined strengths of three universities.

This program promotes innovative and practical research that can be implemented within society and the international community. Students are trained to incorporate the perspectives of other fields into their own field of expertise through a comprehensive and tripartite curriculum focused on the processes of “understanding,” “analysis” and “implementation.”

Academic degree

Doctor of Philosophy

Faculty Members

Below are the research advisors for this Program. Applicants must apply to the university to which their preferred research advisor belongs. The faculty members of the three universities collectively advise the students.


Prof. Shinichi TAKEUCHI

Area Studies

Shinichi Takeuchi specializes in African studies, particularly in themes such as politics, development, peacebuilding, and international conflict. In this course, he will provide lectures and seminars aiming at building a capacity to analyze contemporary issues using systematic methods. For this purpose, students are required to conduct critical analyses of methodologies including international politics, comparative politics, and social anthropology.


Prof. Chikako NAKAYAMA

Global Studies

Chikako Nakayama specializes in economic and social thought, focusing mainly on those of German-speaking countries since the 20th century. She will provide lectures and seminars on global studies, analyzing the foundation of sciences from the perspectives of social science and humanities, and dealing with global and human economy through analyses of the structures and actors of our contemporary world, such as nation-states, international relations, regions and communities, and NGOs. Sustainable development is an important purpose of education and research.


Associate Prof. Kazue DEMACHI

Development Economics

Kazue Demachi specializes in International Economics, International Finance, and Development Economics, focusing on African and Asian countries. In this course, she provides lectures and seminars on economic development based on statistical analysis. Students are expected to obtain knowledge and views to analyze "sustainability" in terms of the flow of [money/people/goods and services] and correlations between [natural resources and economy]. Through the exercises in data and causality analysis, students are also expected to acquire methods to understand and analyze the issues in the global and local society.


Human Resources

Training students to become inter- / transdisciplinary practical professionals who can tackle global issues in their field for sustainable development, and at the same time contribute to innovations by placing their knowledge in the wider context of other research areas.

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