Study sustainable development in amazing Tokyo – the world’s greatest city – with superb mass transportation, low crime, and endless things to do and see! This ten-week summer program is home based on the ideally located campus of Tokyo Tech, Japan’s premier technological university. One week of the program is devoted to exploring the beautiful Japanese countryside, including Hiroshima, the Inland Sea, Kyoto, and a rural community. Through field trips, lectures, and multi-disciplinary, cross-cultural problem-based learning, this program aims to equip students with the tools needed to understand and respond to the broad issues of sustainable development and the particular challenges confronting large cities as well as rural towns.
Japan offers the ideal classroom for exploring issues of sustainable development. The program is based in Tokyo, the economic and political heart of Japan. In addition to being the largest city on the planet, Tokyo has the lowest crime rate of any major world city, while boasting a peerless mass transit system, progressive energy and environmental protection policies, and farsighted planning for urban development. Tokyo is energetically preparing to host the 2020 Summer Olympic Games, which will showcase the city’s unique blending of tradition and modernity as reflected in gleaming skyscrapers, bustling department stores, and anime districts alongside serene gardens, stately temples and shrines, and ancient arts. The travel portion of the program includes visits to historically and culturally important sites as well as field work in a rural Japanese community. In this way, the Japan Summer Program in Sustainable Development highlights the challenges of sustainable development in a mega-city and a small rural town – all within the framework of Japan’s unique socio-cultural and institutional context. The capstone service learning experience brings Georgia Tech students together with Tokyo Tech students in multidisciplinary, cross-cultural teams tasked with devising solutions to real-world sustainability problems.
Dates: May 27 – August 5, 2017… 12 credits
Open to all students, especially those pursuing
- Global Development Minor
- East Asian Studies Minor
- International Affairs Minor
- Global Engineering Leadership Minor
There are no prerequisites or language requirements.
Although this is a Georgia Tech program, students from other universities are welcome to apply. If accepted, non-Georgia Tech students would pay an additional $250 enrollment fee.