About Sansai Gakurin
A civilization of global proportions has yet to exist in human history. Only by aiming at such an ideal, however, can global environmental studies develop as a new and integrated discipline.
Toshio Yokoyama, former Warden of Sansai Gakurin
1) Activities to integrate all academic disciplines relevant to global environmental studies and coordinate the outreach activities of GSGES.
Sansai Gakurin i) collates and publicizes information on all environment-related research activities being undertaken campus-wide at Kyoto University through the Kyoto University Global Environmental Studies Directory; ii) supports global environmental studies related workshops and symposia at the departmental, campus-wide, city-wide, national and international level (e.g., the Kyoto University Global Environmental Forum and the Hannari Kyoto Shimadai-juku, a public forum for university researchers and Kyoto citizens to come together to discuss issues relating to daily life and the global environment); and iii) hosts the monthly Global Environmental Studies Konwakai at which GSGES faculty exchange their views on their subjects with colleagues from diverse fields.
2) Activities to promote research.
Sansai Gakurin has annually published Sansai – an Environmental Journal for the Global Community since 2005. This peer-reviewed English language publication is also accessible online through the Kyoto University Research Information Repository. Other publications supported by Sansai Gakurin include the GSGES Asia Platform Annual Report, in publication since 2006, and the Asia Platform Newsletter published 5 times a year. Together, all these publications disseminate worldwide the research achievements of GSGES faculty and students.
3) Activities to support education.
Sansai Gakurin supports various ongoing international education programs at GSGES, including the ‘KU-PROFILE/ Global 30’ program, the Environmental Management Leader Program, and two Japanese government registered Global Centre of Excellence programs currently taking place in the Asian region.