In September, 15 new students matriculated at the UNU Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU–IAS) in Tokyo: 12 to pursue an MSc degree and 3 a PhD degree. An additional 13 students from partner universities (The University of Tokyo and Sophia University) and 4 participants from other institutes also enrolled in the 2018 Intensive Core (IC) Courses, bringing the year’s total number of IC Courses participants to 32.
An opening ceremony for the new academic year commenced with welcome remarks from UNU-IAS Director Kazuhiko Takemoto. UNU-IAS Academic Director and Academic Programme Officer Osamu Saito then provided details about the programmes and informed students about what to expect.
The IC courses, which began on 3 September, marked the beginning of the academic year. These courses, consisting of three components related to sustainable development, serve as a foundation for the UNU-IAS Master’s and PhD Programmes. The attendance of students from partner universities and participants from other institutes, meanwhile, fosters intercollegiate exchange. During the four-week IC courses, students completed lectures and exams and took part in an excursion and a weekend homestay programme.
On 28 September, UNU-IAS held a closing session to mark the end of 2018 IC Courses. The session began with explanations from selected students regarding what they learned from the course. They spoke of the great opportunity to learn more about the UN system, the Sustainable Development Goals, and environment-related technological innovation.
Kiichi Fujiwara and Kensuke Fukushi, both professors at the University of Tokyo, and Osamu Saito of UNU-IAS offered comments on the course. while UNU Rector David M. Malone delivered congratulatory remarks. UNU-IAS Director Kazuhiko Takemoto distributed certificates of completion, while UNU-IAS researcher Saroj Kumar Chapagain facilitated the event.