Education for the Sustainable Development Goals in Japan

Starting from academic year 2015-2016, Shoin University will offer the nation’s first undergraduate course on Sustainable Development Goals and their challenges. Shoin University and JICA Yokohama International Center have jointly offered the summer course on international development since 2005. Honoring the 10th anniversary of this joint initiative, we have decided to offer a year-long course, focusing on the Sustainable Development Goals and their challenges in order to educate leaders and the public in Kanagawa Prefecture. This will help them focus their attention on the urgent challenges and opportunities of sustainable development.

The course is taught by Hiroaki Matsuura (Provost of Shoin University), Hiroyoshi Ihara (Former Ambassador of Japan to Ethiopia) and Tamotsu Yamada (Former JICA Managing Director). The main textbook used is “The Age of Sustainable Development”, written by Jeffery Sachs. The course consists of weekly lectures at Shoin University’s Morinosato campus and five field projects in Atsugi and at JICA Yokohama International Center. This course is also open to students at the following universities: Obirin University, Kamakura Women's University, Kitasato University, Kokugakuin University, Kokushikan University, Sagami Women's University, Sanno University, Takachiho University, Tamagawa University, Den-en Chofu University, Toyo Eiwa Women's University, Joshibi University of Art and Design, and Yokohama College of Art and Design. We welcome your participation.