Principles of the educational unitThis program, provided by the Educational Unit for Adaptation to Extreme WeatherConditions of the Center for the Promotion of Interdisciplinary Education and Research, isbased on the following principles. Aiming to foster experts in cooperation with existingcurricula provided by each graduate school, students can obtain wider knowledge, expertiseand experience without being overwhelmed by too much burden.

  1. Field-oriented and interactive guidance:
    In order to enhance educational effects,graduate students and postdoctoral researchers will be involved in observing actualnatural phenomena, disaster events and immediate response to disaster events, as wellas in conducting international collaborations with overseas research institutes underMOUs (Memorandum of Understanding). In addition, students and postdocs willparticipate in research in a team of experienced instructors and foreign researchers, sothat they can study from effective interaction.

  2. Educational/research environment which combines science/engineering andhumanities/sciences:
    In order to allow students to obtain cross-sectional understandingof interdisciplinary themes, pursue individual specialty, and acquire wider perspectivesand applied skills, the educational unit provides interactive guidance by instructors ofdifferent fields of study, by taking advantage of this project which deploys researchers ofmultiple disciplines.

  3. Encouraging education for adult students:
    In order to provide an opportunity to deepenspecialty for eligible persons who have experienced practical activities or business andhave wider perspectives (i.e. providing education for a generalist to be a specialist), thisprogram encourages adults (with a master’s degree or equivalent) to enter doctor’s course.

  4. Fostering experts with international perspectives:
    Aiming to foster experts withinternational perspectives, most of the subjects are delivered in English. Discussion inEnglish with foreign instructors/researchers/students will be carried out on a regularbasis in seminars and other research activities. The unit encourages enrollment of foreignstudents and promotes advanced English education for Japanese students and adultstudents.

  5. Support for human development:
    The educational unit allocates RA expenses, travelexpenses and research expenses for doctoral students to encourage their participation ininternational joint studies and presentation in overseas research conferences. The unitdevelops teaching skills of doctoral students by offering opportunities to teach findingsand theories/techniques acquired during their research as TAs to master students whowill succeed them. Themes and budget for international joint studies will be alsoallocated to full-time assistant professors and young researchers employed in thisproject including program-specific assistant professors and postdocs, through whichproviding an environment that enables their positive participation indomestic/international research activities.

  6. Internship system:
    The educational unit promotes the internship system (studentexchange program) in which students are sent and received. The unit will concludeMOUs with collaborating universities/institutes in and outside Japan, thus facilitatingexchange of students and instructors between Kyoto University and other institutions.

  7. “Extreme weather and a resilient society” course:
    The following programs are provided aspractical education and research programs in doctoral course including theabove-mentioned internship.
    -Interdisciplinary seminar:
    By participating in presentations and discussions onvarious topics, students can develop multiple points of view, without too intenselyinvolved in individual field of study.
    -International school:
    To be held annually, this intensive program (for 1-2 weeks) willinvite domestic/international students to develop their international adaptabilityand research capability through lectures, field laboratories and discussions.  Students who complete these programs will receive a certificate for completinginternational course.

  8. Creating a new research and educational field: The educational materials derived fromthese educational activities will be organized as teaching texts which cover a new academicsystem. A journal will be issued to publish research results.

  9. Further education for doctorate holders (encouragement of taking another degree): Theunit will encourage young researchers/instructors, who have already obtained a doctorate, tofurther develop experience and achievement in this program and take a new academicdegree. This allows to foster personnel with multiple points of view and to provide them withvarious options of career path.

Figure: The curriculum plan provided by the educational unit




GCOE-ARS program Enrollment Procedure

To get the ARS certificate "Sustainability/Survivability Science for a Society Adaptable to Extreme Weather Conditions", you will follow the procedure below.

  1. In order to enroll in this program, students must enter (or be transferred to) and belong to
    either of the following graduate schools:
    ・ Graduate School of Science(Division of Earth and Planetary Sciences)
    ・ Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies (GSGES)(Master’s and Doctoral
    Program in Environmental Management, Doctoral Program in Global Environmental
    ・ Graduate School of Engineering ( Department of Civil and Earth Resources
    Engineering, Department of Urban Management, Department of Urban and
    Environmental Engineering, Department of Architecture and Architectural
    ・ Graduate School of Agriculture(all departments)
    ・ Graduate School of Informatics(Department of Social Informatics、Department of
    Communications and Computer Engineering)

    The procedure for young researchers to enroll in this program is to be decided.

  2. Register to the GCOE-ARS program (anytime).
  • Syllabi 2013.4 GCOE-ARS  (Japanese/English acrobat pdf file)
    Every April and October, the program guidance will be given.  Contact to the GCOE ARS admin office for futher inquiry on the program guidance.
minimum requirements
Field Training one
Internship one
Seminar one
International School one
Lectures five

The students who belong to either of the above graduate schools and want to enroll in this program must follow the procedures below:


1) According to the Registration Guideline* of each graduate school or department, submit a registration form to the corresponding education office (or other relevant offices) at the beginning of each semester. For the subjects of other graduate schools or departments,submit an application for attendance specified by each department. A copy of the registration form or application for attendance should be sent to the education office of the educational unit.
  * The Registration Guideline may be known by different names in each graduate school,such as Courses Directory, Course Guide, etc.


2) Select the subjects from the following curricula (see syllabi), and submit the registration form specified by the educational unit to the education office of the unit.

Upon submission, select either of “science/engineering combined course” or “humanities/sciences combined course. The education office of the unit checks the registration form and the application for attendance transferred from each department, and confirms which subjects are taken by each student.



  • Registration form for the educational program of GCOE-ARS (Japanese/English word doc file)

    You shall fill this form under the consultation of your academic supervisor at Kyoto University. After your first submission, your application will be discussed in the program comittee then you will be qualified as a GCOE-ARS student.  It is not a problem that some part of the form is not filled and left blank. You can submit the updated version of your application form anytime upon progress of your research. 
























































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