The International Environmental Leadership Program (henceforth referred to as "IELP") at Tohoku University Graduate School of Environmental Studies provides a trans-disciplinary education, combining the humanities and sciences with instructors from the Department of Environmental Studies for Advanced Society and the Department of Frontier Sciences for Advanced Environment. It is through this context that the program educates both Japanese and foreign exchange students side by side, making use of maximized synergy among participants from multiple countries and placing high emphasis on specialized research in environmental fields. IELP fosters a comprehensive way of thinking that is crucial for international environmental leaders. The program seeks to equip students with a sense of internationalism, practical know-how, management capability, and the individual leadership and group-minded orientations inherent in strategic planning.
How the Program Works
IELP is a holistic educational program that is offered in addition to the courses required to obtain a masters or doctoral degree at the Graduate School of Environmental Studies. This means that students will take courses for IELP in addition to completing the requirements for the masters or doctoral degrees issued by either of the two departments making up our graduate school: the Department of Environmental Studies for Advanced Society and the Department of Frontier Sciences for Advanced Environment. As part of either of these degrees, you will join the research laboratory of a faculty of your choice at the Graduate School of Environmental Studies. This will allow you to develop your research skills in cutting edge, specialized fields like material science, geology, biology, chemical engineering, life-cycle analysis, GIS, environmental policy and energy studies to name but a few of the environmental fields in which our graduate school has expertise. IELP will provide you with the broader educational training to ensure that you become an environmental professional who is able to understand a broad spectrum of environmental problems while possessing a specialized knowledge and skill base obtained from research in your laboratory.
In addition to courses, students participating in IELP will have the opportunity to join summer schools and seminars where we invite outstanding researchers from around the world to showcase their research or professional activities in the environmental field. The faculty working in IELP are both Japanese and international and belong to different fields across engineering, natural sciences and social sciences. This means that students taking IELP courses will be able to gain exposure to a wider spectrum of knowledge, issues and research methods than if taking regular courses alone. Also, since the program attracts mostly international students, joining IELP will allow you to enjoy being part of a dynamic and international community that is able to learn from cutting edge research and education within Tohoku University in English.
Message to Prospective Students
Message to prospective students of IELP from the faculty, dean, and alumni of the Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Tohoku University, Japan.
Certificate of Completion
Upon completion of IELP, you will be given an official certificate that proves you are now familiar with the wide range of research and practice that is involved in creating a more sustainable, environmentally friendly society and that you are capable of becoming a driving force for sustainable change. This certificate will be awarded in addition to the official masters or doctoral degree awarded by the two departments at our graduate school the Department of Environmental Studies for Advanced Society and the Department of Frontier Sciences for Advanced Environment.
[ By subway from Sendai Station ]
Tozai (East-West) Subway Line bound for Yagiyama-Dōbutsu-Kōen
[ Where to get off ]
[ Travel Duration and Fare ]
9 minutes, 250 yen
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