9 Graduate Schools / 1 Institution

9 Graduate Schools / 1 Institution

Harnessing the Strengths of The University of Tokyo to Address the Challenges of a Super-Aged Society

It is predicted that by 2030 Japan will be a super-aged society where one-third of the population is 65 or older and one-fifth of the population is 75 or older. Likewise, the 65-and-over population will reach one-third of the population by 2040 in Korea and Singapore and by 2060 in China. Such a super-aged society is unprecedented in the history of humankind. As the first society to become super-aged, Japan has a responsibility to envision and create an age-friendly society. By exploring ways for those 65 or older to play an active role in society for as long as possible and to minimize the time they spend requiring care or institutional residence, these seniors will have a higher quality of life and their families and society will bear less burden, resulting in a more active society. The Global Leadership Initiative for an Age-Friendly Society (GLAFS) is a collaborative program—spearheaded by The University of Tokyo’s Institute of Gerontology (IOG) and harnessing the strengths of nine graduate schools comprising 29 departments at The University of Tokyo—that provides master’s and doctoral level education in gerontology to train global leaders who can create an age-friendly society.

Program introduction included in the University of Tokyo Global Leadership Initiative pamphlet (jpg 2.9MB)

Program introduction included in the University of Tokyo Global Leadership Initiative pamphlet (pdf 3.4 MB)

Redesigning the Core Elements of the Living Environment
re_design_enTo create an age-friendly society, the following three core elements of the living environment which support people’s lives in cities and communities need to be redesigned and reorganized.

1. Care Support: Develop integrated care support systems, including medical care, nursing, nursing care, life support , daycare, child-rearing support, and welfare.

2. Social Life: Create social support systems to promote social inclusion, social participation, community activities, and related factors.

3. Habitation: Enhance the physical environment surrounding people’s daily lives, including the living environment, walking environment, transport environment, townscape, commercial environment, community facilities, open spaces, and life support systems.

The goal of GLAFS is to train up high-level professionals who can envision these kinds of new social systems for super-aged communities and take the initiative in realizing these ideas in real-life settings around the world.

Wanted: Specialists to Pioneer a New World

GLAFS trains up global leaders by providing educational offerings taught by the faculty of The University of Tokyo’s Institute of Gerontology and nine partnering graduate schools (comprising 29 departments) with support from collaborating companies and local governments as well as universities overseas.

GLAFS students

(1) gain a comprehensive understanding and big picture overview of gerontology through lectures,

(2) acquire real-world problem-solving skills through hands-on fieldwork seminars with specialists in various areas and through global seminars that enhance their skills in international teamwork, and

(3) develop the ability to create an age-friendly society by performing creative and high-quality research which reflects the real situation and needs of an aging society.

GLAFS seeks to make students into global leaders who can perform specialized academic research in their field of specialization, see the big picture of the issues facing an aging society, and lead a team of professionals from various areas to do hands-on problem solving.

Reference: Top slide from the presentation at the evaluation committee for this program

Global Leadership Program to train leaders who will create an age-friendly society. (PDF 17.7 MB)

Program features


Promotive structure of the program(PDF 2MB)

GLAFS trains up experts who can design and realize “An Age Friendly Society” in various international scenes.

The program is similar to a double degree program and students who have completed requirements are granted doctoral degree of their major as well as a certificate of completion of the gerontology program. Students affiliated in the 9 partnering graduate schools (comprising 29 departments) are eligible to join the program. GLAFS students are required to take relevant courses offered by their department as well as the GLAFS courses to earn required credits and submit a dissertation on solving problems relevant to gerontology. On acceptance of the dissertation, students will be awarded the certificate of completion of the program.

Focus on achieving your Ph.D. without financial worries.

Doctorate students of the program (from their second year for students in the four-year doctorate program) may receive up to 200,000 yen per month according to their ability and desire for a scholarship. Students in the second year of the master’s course may receive scholarship to cover for their tuition fee.

You will gain a big picture of gerontology, specialized research abilities, hands-on problem solving skills, and competence in global communication.

  1. You will gain an overview of gerontology issues through cross-curricular courses with interdisciplinary perspective on gerontology.
  2. You will be able to perform research to respond to real-world needs through interdisciplinary collaborative research with companies and local governments.
  3. You will gain practical skills to build communities with citizens through fieldwork seminars involving interdisciplinary social experiments in collaboration with local communities along with a diverse range of experts and students.
  4. You will gain global communication skills through global seminars, short-term study abroad, international workshop, etc.

Program framework

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