Distinctive Characteristics

Last Updated: 18 October 2018

Tailor-made Curriculum Residential Colleges Multiple Supervisor System
Service Learning Jukugi General Foundation Courses (Hasshi)
Overseas Internship Project-Based Research International Training Seminar

Tailor-made Curriculum

As the student’s academic background and the required expertise for their research differ, the curriculum is designed according to each student’s interests and research subject. Student study plans are continuously and systematically reviewed during the 5-year course with guidance from multiple faculty members. Students can also take specialized courses offered by other graduate schools in Kyoto University.

Residential Colleges

Interactive education and research through dialogue is the tradition of Kyoto University. To implement this tradition, the Graduate School of Advanced Integrated Studies in Human Survivability (Shishu-Kan) has its own student house. It is a place where students can concentrate on their studies, interact with other students, and attend special lectures and discussions on leadership (jukugi). Once the students enter the student house , they spend five years living together in a community consisting of students from different cultures and different fields of study, and through interaction and exchange of dialogue, they accumulate knowledge from each other.
The student house consists of three facilities in the Kyoto University Yoshida Campus. The First Residential College (Koshibo) and the Second Residential College (Sentetsubo) are located near the Faculty of Medicine Campus, and the third facility is on the third floor of Higashi Ichijokan. Students can experience , as a part of their daily life, the arts and traditions that have been cultivated in and inherited by Kyoto, the cultural center of Japan.

▲The First Residential College (Koshibo) and the Second Residential College (Sentetsubo)
▲Higashi Ichijokan

Multiple Supervisor System

To learn the fundamentals of various fields and the methodology of practical problem-solving from a broad perspective, a Multiple Supervisor System is adopted with the cooperation of the faculty members of other department’s research institutes in Kyoto University. When a student is admitted, a supervisor is allocated from the full-time faculty members of the Shishu-Kan, taking into consideration the student’s aspirations and specialized areas of study. In consultation with this supervisor, the need for another research supervisor in a specific field from other departments is considered.
Furthermore, at Shishu-Kan, there are several trans-disciplinary composite research groups that deal with diverse social issues. Students can participate in multiple research groups depending on their interests and can gain a wide range of learning through exchange with various researchers and students from different disciplines, in addition to their supervisor.
Please see <here> for composite research groups.


Service Learning

All the students complete service learning during the first two years. Service learning is conducted with the cooperation of external institutions such as welfare facilities. The aim of service learning is to nurture a mindset for leaders with moral, compassion, and responsibility through practical learning in the local community. Most of the students take service learning conducted with partner institutions in and around Kyoto. Activities outside Japan must be arranged by the student, and may be approved as upon examination.


Jukugi is a series of seminars held during the first and second year, in which extensive discussions are conducted with top leaders, active in various sectors of society. Through deliberation on various global issues, a profound awareness and in-depth pursuit of issues is nurtured. External lecturers are invited from international institutions, government agencies, corporations, and NGOs as specially appointed faculty of the Graduate School of Advanced Integrated Studies in Human Survivability.
Please see <here> for lecturers in charge of jukugi.


General Foundation Courses (Hasshi)

The General Foundation Courses are composed of eight fields of study, called hasshi (eight thoughts). This supports a thorough perspective on various fields of study and the ability to integrate them, as well as fosters the foundations for working in international and intercultural circumstances. Hasshi consists of the fields of; humanities and philosophy, economics and management, law and politics, language, science and engineering, medicine and life, information and environment, and art. Students enroll in lectures after discussing with their supervisors and selecting lectures from seven fields of study other than those closest to their specialized field of study.



Overseas Internship

An international practical education is imposed in the fourth and fifth year, in the form of an “overseas internship” to acquire knowledge and experience that can be effectively used in areas where social problems arise. The aim is to promote students awareness and knowledge of global issues, a sense of responsibility, practical skills, and leadership in an actual filed.
Each student is required to find institutions for their overseas internship, in accordance with their interests, and negotiate for an internship, with support from their supervisors and Shishu-Kan. The supervisors also maintain frequent contact during the internship through email and internet conferencing and, if required, make visits to provide guidance. Students are encouraged to obtain funding for the internship on their own, but in case it is not obtained, the university can also assists with travel expenses and certain expenses necessary for their stay.
Examples of previous destinations include international organizations such as the United Nations, IEA, and OECD as well as companies and NGOs. In principle, the internship must be conducted in an overseas institution, but internships within Japan may also be approved for the non-Japanese students.


▲UNESCO, France

▲Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation(CSIRO), Australia


Project-Based Research

Project-based research (PBR) is the final compilation of the five years of research and course work. Each student makes their own project plan to implement their research in society by involving collaborators from industrial and governmental sectors. The aim of PBR is to experience the whole process of problem-solving in actual situations and thus acquire the ability to plan and execute, negotiate, and integrate a variety of knowledge. During PBR, students independently demonstrate leadership and work together with their collaborators to raise necessary funding, procure personnel to execute tasks, coordinate with various related parties, and conduct legal and managerial work.
The results of PBR are incorporated into doctoral dissertations as an important part of study in the Graduate School of Advanced Integrated Studies in Human Survivability, in which the importance of social implementation is emphasized.



International Training Seminar

Distinguished guest speakers actively involved in the United Nations, international organizations, and governmental agencies are invited to give seminars in light of their own experiences. The purpose of this study is to foster the student’s understanding and acquisition of the knowledge and network necessary to build a global career.

The 16th 2017.12.18 ”SDGs : Future We Want”
Tetsuo Kondo (Director, UNDP Representation Office in Tokyo)
The 15th 2017.11.20 ”地球規模の複合的課題解決に挑む! ~世界の自然環境保全にかかるキャリア構築とは~”
Wildlife Conservation Societyコンゴ共和国支部 自然環境保全技術顧問 西原 智昭 氏
The 14th 2017.10.16 ”国際機関でのキャリア構築について~希望するポストを得るために~”
在ジュネーブ人材コンサルタント 小島晶子氏
The 13th 2017.2.23 ”International Financial Institutions: Mandate, Reality, Jobs, and Future”
Mr. Masaru Honma, Director, Chief Representative of EBRD Representative Office in Tokyo
The 12th 2016.12.6 ”How to become a global leader -working for international organizations-”
Ms. Kaori Miyamoto, Senior Policy Analyst, OECD
The 11th 2016.10.6 ”Population issues and Role of United Nations”
Ms. Junko Sazaki, Director, United Nations Population Fund
The 10th 2016.7.1 ”East Asia economic integration and roles of ERIA -History and Challenges-”
Mr. Hidetoshi Nishimura, Executive Director, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA)
The 9th 2015.10.6 ”The bright sides and the other sides of being a global leader”
Mr. Kiyotaka Akasaka, President, Foreign Press Center/Japan
The 8th 2015.8.7 ”Career Opportunities in International Organizations”
Mr. Satoshi Abe, Chief, Recruitment Center for International Organizations, Foreign Policy Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The 7th 2015.5.27 ”Career paths for being active global leaders”
Mr. Makoto Miyasako, Head of Strategy and Business Analysis Group, Human Resource Management, OECD
The 6th 2014.10.10 ”CLEAN, AFFORDABLE ENERGY FOR ALL: Some Fundamental Issues in Tackling a Complex, Integrated Challenge”
Gwythian PRINS, Professor
The 5th 2014.6.13 ”Mandate and Employment Opportunities”
国際連合食糧農業機関(FAO) 日本事務所 所長 チャールズ・ボリコ 氏
The 4th 2014.5.21 ”Achieving Resilience in a Time of Change: UNDP’s Work in the Arab World”
Dr. Sima Sami Bahous, Assistant Administrator and Director of the UNDP Regional Bureau for Arab States
The 3rd 2013.10.28 「国連で働くこと-UNDPを事例に」
国連開発計画(UNDP) 対外関係・アドボカシー局 特別顧問 河野 毅 氏
The 2nd 2013.10.3 ”Japan in the Global Economy -Challenges for future global leaders”
Bruce Stokes, Director of global economic attitudes in the Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project
The 1st 2013.8.1 「大使の目からみたバングラデシュの現状ーバングラデシュ出発に先立ち学生たちへのエールー」
在バングラデシュ日本国大使館 特命全権大使 佐渡島 志郎 氏