Aims and Outline

The social sciences and humanities discipline of Kyoto University’s “Japan Gateway: Top Global Program” involves the three graduate schools: Economics (GSE), Letters (GSL), and Agriculture (GSA, Division of Natural Resource Economics).

The Asian Platform for Global Sustainability and Transcultural Studies (AGST), which is another name for the social sciences and humanities discipline of Kyoto University’s “Japan Gateway: Top Global Program,” aims to cultivate globally minded individuals with the capacity to contribute to sustainable development and transcultural exchange in Asia and the world. AGST offers a program of six modules: (1) Environmental policy and rural development studies; (2) Business history and industry policy studies; (3) International trade and financial studies; (4) Social policy and labor studies; (5) Developing and transitional economy studies; and (6) Comparative and transcultural Asian studies.

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World-leading researchers from partner institutions are invited to collaborate in development of teaching materials for AGST. Subsequently, jointly implemented courses will be established using these teaching materials; together with preexisting courses, they will form an expanded cross-credit scheme. Joint/double degree programs with partner institutions will be established, based on this type of systematic educational structure. Additionally, incorporation of courses offered in KUASU’s “Studying Japan and Asia in Kyoto” program will ensure that students coming to KU from partner institutions can select from a variety of study opportunities, and at the same time expand the course enrollment base for Kyoto University’s students, providing a platform for development of next-generation cross-disciplinary research.

The GSA Division of Natural Resource Economics has been deeply involved in studying the pathway to sustainable agricultural, food, and forestry systems. We are home to a variety of teaching staff from academic backgrounds including econometrics, farm management, history, sociology, and philosophy. We eagerly welcome globally minded students ambitious to play an active role in their fields.