Welcome to the Graduate School of Advanced Integrated Studies in Human Survivability (GSAIS = Shishu-kan)!
As I take the office of the Dean of the Graduate School of Advanced Integrated Studies in Human Survivability (GSAIS) as of April 2017, I wish to take this opportunity to express my profound gratitude and share my expectations and visions with you.
The GSAIS was organized to implement Kyoto University’s ‘Shishu-Kan Graduate School of Advanced Leadership Studies Programme’. In 2011, it was adopted in the ‘all around’ category of the Program for Leading Graduate Schools supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). GSAIS is, therefore, often referred to as ‘Shishu-Kan’ of which meaning and significance are described in its homepage, as well as the outline of the GSAIS.
Having completed all the five grades of students required to be recognized as a graduate school, the GSAIS celebrates its 5th anniversary since its establishment in 2013 and attained a key milestone of acquiring a student body of 55 graduate students out of which the first cohort of doctors will graduate within this academic year of 2017.
My heartfelt appreciation and thanks goes to the former Dean Prof. Shuichi Kawai, all colleagues of GSAIS, the university President Juichi Yamagiwa, all other staff members at the Kyoto University headquarters, as well as many professors, without whose tireless efforts and contributions it would not have been possible to establish the new graduate school with an environment for students to succeed. In addition, I would like to acknowledge the strong support and collaboration received by many organizations, private companies and intellectuals/experts towards the success and continuity of the GSAIS.
My vision as the new Dean of the GSAIS is summarized as follows:
(1) GSAIS (Shishu-kan) is an Innovative Phase for New Challenges:
The Kyoto University has an established general rule and a unique educational system in place. Recognizing these, we implement university education at the GSAIS (Shishu-kan), which is an innovative graduate school of the Kyoto University. Newly established as an ‘all around’ graduate school, it has no limitation in terms of specialty. I would like to explore new challenges with superb Shishu-kan students who orient from diverse cultures and various aspirations, and to enrich their experience with our wonderful group of professors and administrative staff who are committed to your success. With the atmosphere of freedom traditionally embedded in Kyoto University, let’s create a new history together that can only be achieved by us at Shishu-kan.
(2) Be a Great Person of Intellect:
You must know that Japan, and especially Kyoto have been creating and preserving their inherited distinctive high-level culture and tradition by enhancing and improving from various new knowledge and technologies from abroad. They are well-appreciated in the world as ‘Cool Japan.’ As a unique graduate school in Kyoto, Japan, the GSAIS (Shishu-kan) will provide students and people within and outside, with resources, environment and opportunities, by which students can thrive academically and socially, and be outstanding scholars in their chosen fields in the world’s next generation.
(3) Be a Leading International Graduate School:
The GSAIS (Shishu-kan) has been concluding a number of MoU’s for mutual cooperation with the UN, international and overseas organizations. To augment professional development, we are determined to substantially promote cooperative research, long and short term exchanges of scholars and students with these excellent organizations. As a gateway to academia in Kyoto, Japan and abroad, we wish to provide opportunities for our students to master skills and collegiate training in launching their careers as well as provide opportunities for international cooperation and collaboration by steadily and actively playing the role of a leading international graduate school to the holistic development of our students.
With the above-mentioned plans, our faculty, and our commitment, we expect to offer you an excellent environment for your academic and professional training and development.
I hope to produce many talented and outstanding doctoral graduates who will take relevant leadership roles in the real world. To do so, we need your continued cooperation and encouragement.
I am grateful for your confidence and support entrusted to the programme, and look forward to working with you to offer a programme with ever-widening resources and opportunities to build a set of outstanding scholars and researchers for the next generation.
I wish you a successful experience in the GSAIS, Kyoto University.
Dean of GSAIS : Kaoru Takara