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Message from the President


Since establishing the Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science (IR3S) in 2005 and the Graduate Program in Sustainability Science (GPSS) in 2007, The University of Tokyo has become a widely recognized leader in advancing sustainability research and in practically applying research findings through collaborative partnerships beyond the university.

Building on the foundations and progress forged by IR3S and GPSS, "The Graduate Program in Sustainability Science-Global Leadership Initiative (GPSS-GLI)" was established in 2011 to advance the field of sustainability science by aiming at training individuals with extensive knowledge, intensive specialization, and ethically sound principles—the next generation of "global leaders". GPSS-GLI is one of the 9 world competitive degree programs which The University of Tokyo is running supported by "Program for Leading Graduate Schools" initiative funded by Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). As a collaborative effort between the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences and the United Nations University (UNU), GPSS-GLI combines the educational resources and international research networks of these leading institutions and thereby provides participants with the training and opportunities necessary to become global leaders.

I believe that GPSS-GLI is one of the benchmarking programs for fostering global leaders in the field of sustainability science through the indispensable collaboration and partnerships among the key actors.


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