Global Resource Management (GRM) Program is an interdisciplinary graduate program affiliated with the Graduate School of Global Studies and the Graduate School of Science and Engineering, as well as with other collaborating graduate schools.
Upon passing the required examinations in both the respective graduate school and GRM Program, students will receive a doctorate diploma indicating successful completion of the program.
About the GRM Coursework
A five-year comprehensive doctoral program aiming at developing leaders who can establish integrated multicultural societies based on practical knowledge and experience.
In addition to the 30 credits required for the respective major, GRM Program students must complete at least 20 credits of GRM courses as described below.
GRM Common Courses: (at least 8 credits)
Common courses related to global resource management
① GRM Organizing International Conference Symposium
The student will organize, conduct, and evaluate in English an international conference on a topic related to building a harmonious multicultural society.
Theme: Responsibility to Protect - Case of Syria
Objectives: With Syria as an example, discuss the pros and cons of humanitarian intervention, using clear discussion points and evidence.
- ① Conduct role playing by dividing the participating students into delegates of United Nations (UN) member states and international organizations. Then, asking the participating students to study the relevant literature to understand the stance of their respective UN member state or organization on the topic of discussion.
- ② Hold a mock UN Security Council debate.
- ③ Each group (with members playing the roles of delegates from member state or organization) will present a resolution.
- ④ Invite participants from within and outside the University. On the day of the conference, allow the participants or audience to ask each group questions. At the end, provide the audience with an opportunity to vote for the most convincing group.
The rapporteur (the host student group) will evaluate the performance of each debating group and moderate the discussions.
Target Students: M1 students in the humanities and social sciences, all students in the sciences and engineering.
② GRM Internship
Collaborative agreements (MOU) have been established with corporations, government and municipal offices, autonomous entities, international organizations, NGOs, and overseas educational institutions to enable the program to send students for internship or practical training. The needs of the student interns will be matched with what the host institution can offer. The host institution will share responsibility in educating the intern student.
= The hosting entity will be responsible for a portion of the students’ education.
Internship Program at the United Nations Agency
Internship programs provided by United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), etc.
- To qualify for the GRM internship, the intern student must be enrolled in a course (lecture) taught by a visiting teaching staff from the host institution.
- The person in charge of the student’s internship at the host institution and a teaching staff of the university will evaluate and prepare a report on the achievements of the intern.
③ GRM On-site Practice
Based on collaboration agreements, gain practical knowledge and experience on a specific topic at a domestic or foreign corporation, autonomous entity, international organization, etc.
- Type 1
Basic study for infrastructures including water supply and electric energy
Example) Students visit a remote island which constructs a small-scale hydroelectric power and/or wind power plant, and study issues such as the expectations and acceptability of the local people; their capacity to operate and maintain the facilities; the institutional arrangements with other organizations, including government organizations and the potential environmental impact.
- Type 2
Deepen an understanding on multicultural coexistence, conflict mitigation, and resource management in the developing countries
Example) Students go abroad and work with an NGO that works on religious harmony, inter-faith peace keeping, and development activities to learn what problems the locals are facing at.
④ GRM Fieldwork
Focusing on a specific research theme, students will conduct active research and explore creative solutions to achieve the goals of the research project. This will be undertaken with the guidance of the teaching staff working in the field.
|Denmark, Iceland||Power supply (water energy, geothermal energy)|
|Philippines||Quality improvement of tap water|
|Zambia||Rwanda current situation: reconciliation policy after the genocide, situation of education|
|Myanmar||Feelings of Buddhists toward Muslims in the central Myanmar|
|Rwanda||Water infrastructure (drinking water)|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia||Revival situation after the conflict|
|The United States||Lectures and discussions at United Nations, UNDP (UN Development Programme), and World Bank|
|Romania||European Social Franchising Network: actual practice activities|
|Kazakhstan||Eurasia unification under the initiative of Russia, Ukraine crisis problem|
|Turkey||Islamic social movement and marketing climates|
⑤ Field Research
Students pose a question and try to reply to it by field research, visiting a research related area and collecting data and materials.
Students are in charge of planning, managing and implementing of their own research project, with the help of the instructor.
GRM Joint Seminars: (at least 4 credits)
Seminars attended by both Humanities and Social Sciences and Science and Engineering majors to develop a mutual understanding on disciplinary fields through discussions.
GRM Sub-Major Courses: (at least 8 credits)
Interdisciplinary courses outside of the graduate school in which the student is enrolled.
- Lectures and discussions led by faculty and top leaders working in the diverse field of multicultural harmony.
- Relevant case studies from the industry, government, education, international organizations, NGOs, and NPOs.
Education and Research Guidance in Foreign Languages
The majority of GRM lectures will be delivered entirely in English.
However, several program instructors who are fluent in various languages, including English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Turkish, Persian, and German, will accommodate the students' language needs in courses and research guidance.
Collaboration with Industries, Governments, and Educational Institutions around the World
GRM Program provides students with opportunities to develop their capacity toward the establishment of multicultural harmony. This will be pursued through practical experience gained in fieldwork. The program has established collaboration agreements with foreign universities, corporations around the world, and international organizations to provide opportunities for internships and studying abroad. Instructors are also invited from outside the University.
* There are additional collaborating institutions.
Support for Building Career Paths and Future Courses of Action
GRM Program instructors establish collaborations with external institutions identified in the figure above, to support the students’ interest and provide education and mentoring services to help build the student’s career path.
|Career Paths by GRM Leaders|
|Industry||Engineers/Managers in a global corporation, possessing governance and management skills required to prevent conflicts caused by cultural frictions; advisers who can propose innovative strategies for including societies from different cultures as a potential market|
|Government||Public servants and government agency employees who can lead relief, development, conflict resolution, and peace-building efforts unique to Japan with deep, practical knowledge of multicultural harmony|
|Education||Innovative researchers possessing the ability to provide realistic analyses of modern global issues and who can expand existing disciplines into new frontiers|
|International Organizations||International public servants who contribute to conflict resolution, peace-building, and recovery from disasters through strong decision-making skills and new knowledge that will break the limits of the United Nations mediation|