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Hokkaido University (Hokkaido)

, Japan

Special coordinated training program for Sustainability Leaders and Sustainability 'Meisters' program (StraSS)


Center for Sustainability Science
Degree Type:
Non-Degree or other

This program trains new sustainability experts to holistically deal with numerous interrelated problems threatening global sustainability. These problems include poverty, environmental degradation, resource depletion, and the infringement of basic human rights. Together with distinguished Asian and African institutions for higher education, this program aims to produce active and knowledgeable Sustainability Leaders with excellent practical ethics to be global citizens. This program will also nurture Sustainability 'Meisters', who are to be effective regional sustainability development planners as well as executors for solving many existing and potential problems. They will be able to draw on their practical know-how to develop Sustainability Leaders in Asia and Africa. This program offers credit transfers and opportunities to receive double degrees to participating students. In this way, students will enjoy greater advantages when finishing their own graduate courses in both their home and host universities. Short-term exchange scholarships will be awarded for overseas on-site training, with a minimum stay period of 3 months.

sustainability,policy,environmental ethics,local regionalism,

Integrated Research System on Sustainability Science

Area / Region:
Asia & Pacific 

The Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science (IR3S) is an alliance among the research centers of five leading Japanese universities supported by 6 cooperating institutions. IR3S aims to address global environmental and sustainability issues through education and research. 

IR3S is involved in three flagship projects, namely: Sustainable Countermeasures for Global Warming, Development of an Asian Recycling-Oriented Society, The Concept and Development of Global Sustainability-Reform of the Socioeconomic System and the Role of Science and Technology. In the area of education, the member universities have implemented Master's and PhD programs on Sustainability Science has been implemented to develop the human resources needed towards building a sustainable future. IR3S also publishes the jounal Sustainability Science as a venue for sharing and disseminating up to date information and knowledge on sustainability issues. 

Chiba University, Hokkaido University, Ibaraki University, Kyoto University, National Institute for Environmental Studies, Osaka University, Ritsumeikan University, University of Tokyo, Tohoku University, Toyo University, Waseda University 

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