Interfaculty Graduate School of Innovative and Practical Studies


Message from the Dean

The Interfaculty Graduate School of Innovative and Practical Studies is a Master’s degree program that was launched in April 2021 to develop human resources who can play important roles in the construction, maintenance, and enhancement of Society 5.0, a super-smart society in the near future.

It carries out advanced interdisciplinary education and research, integrating humanities and sciences, with cooperation among four graduate schools within Tokiwadai Campus, namely the Graduate School of International Social Sciences, Graduate School of Urban Innovation, Graduate School of Environment and Information Sciences, and Graduate School of Engineering Science, and over 500 courses are taught by 180 faculty members. Individual students are allowed to freely enroll in courses that are combinations of their choice from among the courses provided by the four graduate schools to develop the humanities and scientific knowledge required for their research activities. They can make full use of the diverse education and research resources of the entire university to obtain both specialized and academic knowledge, which is still uncommon among Japanese graduate schools. The Interfaculty Graduate School of Innovative and Practical Studies does not adopt the traditional framework of categorization by academic area of specialty, such as course or department. Instead, it is based on outlines of research themes, diverse education, and research resources of the university, and free interaction between students and faculty members that goes beyond the boundaries of different academic areas. In this interfaculty graduate school, you may no longer have to give up on your interdisciplinary research.

Outline of the Degree Program

Develop human resources who can play practical roles in the creation and promotion of new values and services in Society 5.0 by integrating all areas of education and research of YNU based on an understanding of human beings as components of society and advanced data science techniques.

★ Created based on the illustration of Society 5.0 at the website of the Cabinet Office.

The program offers a learning style by which students can explore and integrate the knowledge they need from the university’s collection of knowledge to produce research results that contribute to the construction, maintenance, and enhancement of Society 5.0.

Organizational Chart

The curriculum for each student consists of courses taught by faculty members across the university, excluding the Graduate School of Education, and an interdisciplinary sub-supervisor is assigned to each student in addition to the lead supervisor. Faculty members from existing departments marked with in the chart (a group of faculty members who are in charge of the degree program) provide instructions and supervision to students of the degree program by sharing information with each other.