Program overview

Purpose of the program

In today’s society, there are economic and social needs associated with structural changes, such as climate change and new pandemic threats. There is also a group of social challenges that are posed by various systemic risks interacting in complex ways. In order to respond to these challenges on a solid research foundation, we need to properly define the global-level challenges that the society faces, and to design solutions by combining knowledge of science and technology with diverse social disciplines, as well as by including institutions, policy, and education, not to mention the development of communication and implementation skills. It is indeed necessary to train people who can become global leaders. To this end, this program provides students with the ability to discover and formulate issues (problem defining skills), the ability to situate the specialized areas of expertise from a bird’s eye view (horizontal perspective), the ability to design integrated solutions (design capacity) and the ability to collaborate with various stakeholders to implement solutions (implementation capability). Training will be provided in cooperation with international organizations such as the OECD.

The subject areas to be covered are resources, environment and energy, health and medicine, space and ocean, security, and the global economy. In addition, food and life, AI and digitalization, learning and communication are included. Those cover a wide range of topics. Although these subject areas vary, experts in these fields often find themselves in a similar situation when they are forced to deal with issues that affect numerous stakeholders, and that cannot be handled by a single individual’s expertise alone. We face a common problem of how to respond in this situation. In this program, the university provides the place where students can prepare for such situation in the future from the perspective of social design and implementation.


All the students who belong to master or doctoral course of the University of Tokyo.

Requirements for the completion of the program

  • 2 credits from the compulsory course, 2 credits from a Project Based Learning course, and 8 credits from Global Society and Public Policy Core Courses, Advanced Science and Technology Core Courses and Issue Solving Core Courses (at least 2 credits from each Core Course, and 4 credits from courses taught in English are required to complete the program).
  • Any students in a graduate program (master or doctoral program) can participate in the program.
Course Title/Category Required Credits
Compulsory Course Social Design and Global Leadership 2 credits
Compulsory Elective Course PBL Courses 2 credits
Global Society and Public Policy Core Courses(GSPP) 8 credits(at least 2 credits per each core)
Advanced Science and Technology Core Courses(AST)
Issue Solving Core Courses(IS)
Total 12credits

※1 PBL courses are also considered issue-solving core courses. But when it is recognized as a required elective PBL course, the course is not counted as fulfilling the requirements of the Issue Solving Core courses.

※2 The credits are not counted to fulfill the requirement of completion if they are not designated in the course list. Please note that the course list is updated every academic year and be sure to pick up the courses from the one for the appropriate year. In GSDM2.0, the credits earned prior to its official start, which is September 2020, are not regarded as fulfilling the requirement. However, the credits of the following 5 courses offered in the spring of 2020 or before will be approved as an exception.-
・compulsory:51公共 Social Design and Global Leadership
・compulsory:51公共 国際公共政策実践研究(Social Design and Global Leadership)
・compulsory elective PBL course:51公共 Case Study (Project Based Learning on the Technological Innovation and the Social Solutions)
・compulsory elective PBL course:51公共 国際公共政策実践研究(Project Based Learning on the Technological Innovation and the Social Solutions)
・compulsory elective PBL course:37工学 工学コンピテンシーⅠ-プロジェクト・ベースト・ラーニング