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The field exercise courses are part of a unique curriculum that emphasizes practical exercises to acquire various skills related to sustainability, rather than simply gaining a superficial knowledge of the subject matter. The coursework includes training in systems thinking for being able to assess circumstances properly from a comprehensive perspective, the acquisition of facilitation and negotiation skills necessary for building a consensus, the development of the ability to think globally, and an understanding of cultural diversity so that work can be performed responsibly in an international venue, and a wide range of experiences through case studies having to do with various examples of global cooperation and environmental issues. Students from different specializations and cultural backgrounds give serious thought to issues related to sustainability through demanding exercises and projects and acquire practical knowledge and skills by stimulating one another intellectually. GPSS-GLI features a strong focus on "Field Exercise".

Global Internship

GPSS-GLI students are offered real-world experience with important actors of the society, such as business enterprises and public administration. Through Global Internships, students gain the skills and knowledge needed to solve problems as a global leader.

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Global intership. Aimee Mori, making presentation in front of Hakuhodo members.
Global Field Exercise

The fieldwork exercise takes place several times every year in cooperation with collaborating partners in Asia/Africa. Each fieldwork setting is intended to broaden the perspectives of students and cultivate an on-the-ground competency to identify and resolve problems through various activities, including preliminary surveys, site visits, experimental studies, discussions with various stakeholders (including local researchers and administrators), engagement in group work activities and result reports. Participants stay in the field for about 2 weeks. Participants may also have the opportunity to receive financial support for travel expenses.

Global Field Exercise "Oasis Unit" has the following three characteristics: 1) emphasis of interdisciplinarity, 2) collaboration with multi-stakeholders, 3) group works of student initiatives.
Exercise on Resilience

The sustainability of our lifestyles is threatened by long-term environmental shifts, such as climate change, natural calamities (Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami), man-made disasters, and environmental destruction. Resilience - the ability to recover from such external disturbances - is a crucial factor in building a sustainable society. The Resilience Training program addresses the development of a resilient society through work on recovery projects related to the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, as well as studies of past disasters.

Tsunami-hit towns like Otsuchi in Iwate Prefecture are in need of recovery based on long-term sustainability.
Global Leadership Exercise

This leadership exercise is intended to strengthen the capacity of doctoral students to plan, implement and evaluate academic undertakings in an international setting. This may take place through organization of activities such as "virtual" graduate seminars, peer learning sessions abroad, symposiums with leading scholars and grant-writing workshops. The contents, length and conduct of actual engagement will vary form one exercise to another. The participating student is expected to take independent initiative in scheming and leading the exercise.

Student-initiated field surveys were conducted on a trial basis in 2012 in Scandinavia, the United States, Bhutan, and Africa.