Nagoya University Global COE Program: From Earth System Science to Basic and Clinical Environmental Studies


Integrated Environmental Studies Course

The GCOE will see a new second-term doctoral course, the Integrated Environmental Studies Course, established as a joint program between the two Graduate Schools of Environmental Studies and Bioagricultural Studies. The course is designed to provide training from multiple instructors from multiple perspectives. Students will be able to learn both the practical ability central to Clinical Environmental Studies and the systematic approach of Basic Environmental Studies. The course will also be structured to ensure that there are plentiful and diverse opportunities for postgraduate students to be involved with other programs, such as Nagoya University's Global Environmental Leaders Program, the Training Program in Clinical Environmental Studies, Classes and Research Instruction in Basic Environmental Studies, special research programs, and English language training seminars.

  1. 1) Students enrolled must take at least 10 credits, including the compulsory courses of Training Program in Clinical Environmental Studies (2 credits) and Classes and Research Instruction in Basic Environmental Studies (2 credits), and be supervised in individual research. Degree courses with which the course can be combined include Doctor in Environmental Studies.
  2. Those persons completing the course will be issued with a certificate of completion.
  3. Those students enrolling in doctoral courses, from the following academic year, and those students entering into doctoral courses having completed other degree courses at Nagoya University, can affiliate themselves to the course according to their own individual academic desires. This allows students to concentrate on more than just study or research in their own individual fields of specialty. Instead, students are encouraged to participate proactively in both Clinical and Basic Environmental Studies, which join together the diagnostic and treatment fields, and which encourage the expansion of their academic perspective beyond traditional boundaries. Such participation is in addition to affiliation to existing courses and classes.
  4. In principle, the main research advisors will be GCOE Members or affiliated professors.
  5. Of those graduate students taking part in the course, approximately 20 will be selected as Research Assistants (RA) in any given academic year. These RA will proactively assist in educational planning and direction, research activities and outreach activities.
  6. The classes scheduled to be offered as part of the Integrated Environmental Studies Course are as follows:
    • (a) On-site Research Training (ORT): Fieldwork programs established both within and outside Japan on which students are encouraged to advance their learning through on-site training programs (from identifying issues through to formulation of solutions).
    • (b) Classes and Research Instruction in Basic Environmental Studies: Textbook-style reports will be drawn up through team-based review and debate on environmental issues that affect the entire globe, regardless of region.
    • (c) English Language Training Seminar: Professional interpreters lead classes on how to successfully write papers and give presentations in English. Masters students can also take part in the seminars.
    • (d) Special Research Programs: We are considering putting in place a system whereby students can undertake credited practical education at NPOs, administrative governmental bodies, and other relevant international organizations.
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