The Dojo Project

The Graduate Program in Sustainability Science (GPSS) was founded in 2007 as a Master’s program in sustainability science and began offering a 5-year Master’s-PhD postgraduate degree in 2009. In 2011, GPSS was selected by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Technology (MEXT) as one of the academic institutions for the “Program for Leading Doctoral Schools” and has been upgraded to GPSS-Global Leadership Initiative (GPSS-GLI). Hence, GPSS-GLI is challenged to meet the expectations of producing PhD students according to the requirements of sustainability science as a field of study and of MEXT as an academic program. In order to support GPSS-GLI in this endeavor, the PhD III scholars under the program are motivated to propose a training ground that would aid in fulfilling and surpassing the basic requirements for sustainability science.

The Dojo Exercise

The proposed training/dissertation grilling ground shall be composed of PhD candidates and willing GPSS-GLI young faculty members and invited senior faculty members. Masters students will be encouraged to participate in the grilling sessions as part of the audience. The purpose of the Dojo Project is to promote research development and to ensure that high quality academic research is produced meets and exceeds the standards set by GPSS-GLI based on the requirements of attaining the degree for sustainability science. The activities to be set shall primarily focus on four main objectives in producing PhD students:

  1. Publishing peer-reviewed articles in respectable academic journals
  2. Maintaining a high quality of PhD dissertations
  3. Preparing for GPSS-GLI pre and final defense presentations
  4. Research proposal writing

The secondary purpose of the Dojo Project is to propose and implement research projects that are aligned to the academic interests of the members and that it should contribute partially or in full to the three main objectives in attaining a PhD degree in sustainability science as well as expanding research initiatives at GPSS-GLI.