■ Program Philosophy
This is an official UTokyo program for students in the senior division, which was established in 2014 with the philosophy of "fostering leadership human resources in the international community". The program aims to nurture future leaders in all fields.
The program is conducted in the way shown in the diagram above, and students take courses in English for two years. Students who wish to participate in the program should be aware that it is necessary to take designated courses in the junior division. For more details, please click here. In addition, information session for this program are usually held from April to July each year around 10 times. The interview with the head of the GLP Promotion Office (Japanese article) by UmeeT is also useful to learn more about this program.
■ The Content of the Program
With the following 12 credits, the program will be completed, and a certificate of completion will be issued in the name of the President of UTokyo. Some faculties accept the credits which are required to graduate.
〈4 credits - Practical Research〉
・Practical Research is the core of the GEfIL program. Each group including 3 to 6 students should set the theme, conduct research, and present the result. Students are guided in their research by faculty members with whom students are not able to get involved during their undergraduate years of study.
・The two-year program is divided into PHASE 1 and PHASE 2. PHASE 1 offers research skill-set classes and lectures from globally active professionals.
・PHASE 1 (until Fall of junior year): Students will set a theme such as a social problem, and conduct research and plan solutions as a group. Specific themes include "poverty among single mothers," "gender issues at UTokyo," "food loss," "education for children with foreign roots," etc.
・PHASE 2 (from the fall of 3rd year): Students will dig into each specific theme and present their research in English in the spring of their senior year.
〈Equivalent to 4 credits - Overseas Program〉
・Students will participate in two overseas programs during their two years of study, each lasting from two weeks to two months. Students must visit two different countries to broaden their international perspectives.
・Scholarships from donor companies are available for overseas study. Specifically, the scholarship covers about half of the cost of the program and cost of living depending on the length of program.
・Students can choose programs selected by the Office of Research Promotion, or they can choose programs freely by themselves, which will be recognized as an "overseas program" for credit. In the past, students from the Faculty of Science have participated in a program to study art in London, while overseas internships and volunteer work abroad are also eligible for credit.
〈2単位 - Global Leadership Lecture〉
・This is a 3-day training camp for PHASE 2 students.
・People who are active in various industries are invited as speakers. In 2020, Ms. Audrey Tang, Minister of Digital Affairs of Taiwan, was invited to the podium.
・You can listen to the lecturer who rarely delivers speeches, and you can deepen the learning by doing group work.
〈Equivalent to 2 credits - Common lecture〉
・This lecture is given by the faculty member in charge of PHASE 2, and provides a glimpse of the contents of PHASE 2.
■Regarding returning back to face-to-face activities in 2022
・Although lectures and other activities were entirely online in 2021, hybrid classes based on face-to-face meetings are planned in 2022.
・Many students used online summer programs and MOOCs for overseas programs (tuition scholarships were also provided for these programs) in 2021. In 2022, on-site programs are scheduled to be held in Europe, the United States, and other countries.