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The Graduate School of Media and Governance was established at Keio University SFC in 1994. Its master's program imparts knowledge to students in advanced areas and sends them into society as skilled professionals. Students are then able to use their knowledge and skills to identify and resolve social problems. In the doctoral program, students use advanced technology to conduct research in different fields and go on to become international researchers, educators, or specialists. Its curriculum focuses on active student participation in need-based social projects.

 

Opened in 1990, this spacious 330,000 sq.m. campus is home to the Faculties of Policy Management, Environment and Information Studies and Nursing & Medical Care. Students of the Graduate School of Media & Governance and Health Management also study at this campus. It has become a developmental site for innovative approaches to education, and features a unique computer network system. Shonan Fujisawa Junior and Senior High School was opened here in 1992.
 

The Graduate School of Media and Governance is an independent graduate school that was founded on the SFC in 1994. The school offers Master’s and Doctoral programs that cover various fields of study, including information technology, social innovation, media design, architecture and planning, international cooperation, and policy formation with respect to these topics. It has more than 100 graduate school committees engaged in undergraduate and postgraduate education as well as academic research activities, which come under the following eight programs (specialized areas):

Programs (Research Fields)

◆Global Governance and Regional Strategy (GR)

◆Human Security and Communications (HC)

Policy Making and Social Innovation (PS)

Cognition, Sense-Making, and Biophysical Skills (CB)

Environmental Design and Governance (EG)

X-Design (XD)

Cyber-Informatics (CI)

System Biology (BI)

None of these programs has a fixed framework, and there is flexible collaboration among them. The programs are regularly adapted to the ever-changing roles of society and technology. In particular, the newly founded International Program for Environmental Innovators features a wide degree of cross-disciplinary collaboration between the EG program and the HC, PS, and CI programs.

 

Since its foundation, one of the goals of the Graduate School of Media and Governance has been to nurture professionals to be equipped with high levels of expertise and practical skills as a result of completing the School’s Master’s program. One of the original Courses was the Environmental Design Course, which includes specialized topics relating to architecture and urban environment. Students who have earned more than 40 credits in the designated courses are eligible to take the examination to become a First-Class Registered Architect.

In April 2009, the Graduate School of Media and Governance launched its Designing a Low-Carbon Society Course. This Course aims to produce professionals with high levels of expertise, who can undertake the planning and development of carbon-reduction projects and manage the distribution of increasing numbers of carbon credits. The Designing a Low-Carbon Society Course consists of five units of study, and includes lectures, exercises, and an internship. All courses are taught largely in English.

The School also launched its Social Innovator Course in 2009. It aims to nurture students to be able to manage various modern social problems such as global environmental issues, the revitalization of local communities, and the improvement of human well-being. The graduates are also ready to exercise social entrepreneurship based on a healthy balance between business sense and public interest.

SFC is equipped with advanced information and communication technology (ICT). This allows the Graduate School of Media and Governance to provide the Advanced IT Specialist Course as one of its Master’s program.

The International Program for Environmental Innovators integrates the Designing a Low-Carbon Society Course, the Social Innovator Course, the Environmental Design Course, and related specialized areas to enable cross-disciplinary education and research for mitigation of and adaptation to climate change.

 

 

Keio University sees its mission for the 21st century to produce trained personnel, especially international students capable of leading society in various fields. Hence, the University aims to be an open and global place of learning.

The Graduate School of Media and Governance launched the International Course in 2007 in which students can obtain a Master’s degree entirely through study and project work in English. As part of its cooperation with intergovernmental human resource development projects, the International Course accepts students on foreign government scholarships from countries such as Indonesia, Laos, and Myanmar, and provides them with education and research mentoring in English. In the autumn semester of 2009, the Course accepted 15 new foreign students through international human resource development projects and international exchange programs.

In 2009, a total of 76 students (including eight international students) were enrolled in the Master’s program of the Environmental Design and Governance (EG), and thirteen students were enrolled in the Doctoral program (including one foreign student each from China, Thailand, Mongolia, and Tunisia). These students are actively engaged in studies of measures to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change that are faced by their respective countries; for example, the monitoring of Himalayan glaciers, a flood-warning system for the Mekong River and the measures to prevent desertification in Mongolia and Africa.

While accepting international students, the Graduate School of Media and Governance has also been actively sending its students abroad for international exchange. Under the leadership of the EG program, a network of major Asian universities has been formed to organize the annual Inter-University Seminar on Asian Megacities, at which Master’s and Doctoral students from member universities gather and present their research once a year. A total of 14 universities from various eastern Asian countries participate in the network, including the National Pacific University of Russia, Tsinghua University, Peking University, Tongji University, Seoul National University, Hanyang University, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the University of the Philippines, and the National Taiwan University.

With regard to climate change, Keio University has developed an early-warning network and technology for environmental resource integration and management. These were the outcomes of projects assigned by the Ministry of the Environment in constructing the Asia Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Network and preparing databases in collaboration with UNEP, the Ministry of the Environment, and IGES. These projects have entailed the holding of biannual international conferences at the University. Students also participate in these conferences to brainstorm ideas for the mitigation of and adaptation to climate change, present their research, learn about international negotiations on the front line, and exchange ideas with the world’s leading researchers. Through this type of first-hand experience, students can cultivate their leadership skills for the future.

Since 2001, Keio University has collaborated with Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in joint environmental designs and studies and in organizing environmental design workshops in various regions and cities. These activities are part of the effort to foster the development of environmental leaders able to apply various techniques across various disciplines to achieve comprehensive spatial designs capable of adapting to the effects of climate change. This is with a view to developing new, sustainable living environments in cities and regional areas.

Measures for the mitigation of and adaptation to climate change are not merely a matter of technology, as they entail complicated questions of sociology. These demand a multidisciplinary approach involving aspects such as policy-making, business, civic activities, and spatial design. The International Program for Environmental Innovators combines various research and educational activities that have conventionally been pursued within a small framework of individual fields of study in order to tackle the challenges for the design of future society.