Tackling Issues on Co-Existence of Multiple Cultures from the Perspective of Global Resources
The Program for Leading Graduate Schools is a program implemented by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) of Japan, aimed at providing world-class graduate education. In 2012, Doshisha University’s Global Resource Management Program was selected to take part in this program. The goal of the Global Resource Management Program is to produce global leaders possessing a tenacious spirit and high ethical standards, who can assist emerging and developing countries, promote human security and inclusive growth, through global resource management, utilizing the knowledge from both the infrastructure science/resource and energy science and global studies.
Program Features Aimed at Developing the Ideal Leaders: Leaders who Can Stand with the People in Every Step of the Way from Struggle to Development
The 3 main features of the Global Resource Management Program:
#1 The program will foster leaders who can tackle issues in emerging or developing countries by working alongside with the people.
The ideal leaders developed by the program will work alongside the local people and communities to gain a full appreciation and understanding of their culture and context and help them find solutions to their struggles. Through their experiences and practical knowledge, eventually, these leaders will contribute to the development of Japan and the world. They will not be modeled after pre-existing traditional leaders, and it is definitely not the intent of the program to develop monarchs.
#2 The program targets the emerging and developing countries.
The program targets countries and regions that are currently facing major struggles or are in the process of recovery and takeoff towards development. Conflicts and frictions between various ethnic and religious groups within these countries and regions typically arise from inequalities in access to infrastructures and/or in the distribution and ownership of resources. The program will assist in addressing these issues and strive to realize a harmonious co-existence of multiple cultures by providing solutions founded on sustainable development, human security and a fair and reliable distribution of resources.
In particular, the program is designed to focus on the most troubled countries and regions like Afghanistan and the Gaza Strip. Doshisha University has already been involved in peace-building in Afghanistan. In addition, the quality of research conducted in the University’s Center for Interdisciplinary Study of Monotheistic Religions, is one of the highest in Japan. Based on the Center’s research achievements, the program emphasizes on the co-existence with Islam as one of the major strategies towards realizing a harmonious multicultural society.
#3 Students of the program will acquire knowledge integrating Science and Engineering and Global Studies, and apply them in the real world.
GRM is a doctoral program formed by integrating two of the university’s well-established educational systems. They are the natural sciences and engineering sciences, specifically infrastructure science/resource and energy science, Global Studies and the educational system of humanities and social sciences related to multicultural co-existence. In order to bring about positive breakthroughs to the modern world where economic growth is stifled, the program will strive to create a new kind of infrastructure that unifies the physical, social, and spiritual dimensions.
Graduates of the program are expected to undertake the following:
The Importance of a Comprehensive Integration of Science, Engineering and Global Studies: Building Development Managers who can Design, Operate and Maintain Infrastructures, and Cultivating Engineers who can Advocate and Implement Policies
The aim of the Global Resource Management Program is not to produce highly specialized researchers, but PhDs who can pull together knowledge from various disciplines to advocate and promote sustainable development and multicultural harmony.
In developing and emerging countries, the capacity of graduates from single discipline, like humanities or social sciences, to take part in nation-building, are relatively limited. The same is true for science and engineering graduates. Even a business corporation that has succeeded in expanding globally through its science and engineering expertise cannot promote multicultural harmony without appropriate strategies and management practices and consideration for social responsibility. Similarly, an expert in humanities and social sciences will not be able to contribute effectively and holistically to society without any knowledge of infrastructure science/resource and energy science which form the core of the human society.
The Global Resource Management Program is a comprehensive doctoral program that provides interdisciplinary education, integrating science and engineering and global studies, emphasizing the values of equity, inclusiveness, integrity and accountability in the management of global resources. Participants of the program will gain strong support and incentives in promoting integrated multicultural societies around the world.
We hope that each student will constantly strive to make positive contributions as a responsible global citizen and steadily progress through the five-year doctoral program.