Academic Organization

School of Integrative and Global Majors (SIGMA)
Outline of the School of Integrative and Global Majors (SIGMA)

In 2011, the University of Tsukuba initiated an expansion of multidisciplinary degree program by establishing a central headquarter, the School of Integrative and Global Majors (SIGMA), headed by Vice President of Education. The aim of the SIGMA is to direct and administer undergraduate and graduate interdisciplinary degree programs.

Greetings from Head of the SIGMA (Vice President of Education)

>Head of the SIGMA, Vice President Makoto ITO

As part of our higher education reforms, the University of Tsukuba has launched a series of degree program reforms with the aim of ensuring the quality of academic degrees awarded. Focusing on student learning outcomes, these degree programs imply systematically designed education programs which enable students to clarify and gain their academic competences in accordance with their area of study and level of university degree, such as bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and professional. In order to transform the current university-centered degree program into student-centered program, the university is currently formulating three academic policies such as degree granting, curricular organization, and admission for undergraduate and graduate programs. The Ph.D. Program in Human Biology and the Ph.D. Program in Empowerment Informatics were accepted to the Leading Graduate School Doctoral Program supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Japan. In addition, the University of Tsukuba newly established Ph.D. Program in Life Science Innovation in 2015. By combining top-tier national and international instructors and students with academic, business, and governmental circles, these degree programs aim to develop graduate level education that is commensurate with higher education institutions ensuring world-class standards of education. Beginning with these three programs, SIGMA aspires to further develop the degree programs at the University of Tsukuba and take leadership roles in higher education reforms both nationally and internationally. Your continuing support and cooperation would be greatly appreciated.

Vice President Makoto ITO
(Head of the SIGMA, the person in charge of education)

Interdisciplinary Academic Research Programs

Program Coordinator: Professor Akira Shibuya (Faculty of Medicine, the University of Tsukuba)
Introduction to the Ph.D. Program in Human Biologyjp
Program Coordinator: Professor Akira Shibuya
(Faculty of Medicine, the University of Tsukuba)

Educational Goals of the Program

Interdisciplinary courses in the Human Biology Program cover medical, biological, computational and physical sciences, to understand scientifically how human being can adapt, inherit and sustain their life. Students participating in this program shall gain research and scientific knowledge that is expected to become world-class leaders, who could direct our society for the benefit of the human being.

Matchless Educational Approach

This program trains talented professors and scientists who are capable of achieving breakthrough leadership in promoting international agreements to solve the global problems with the following goals:

  • Allows scientist to pursue research overseas that could represent the innovative technology.
  • Development of leadership skills to direct and organize the project between cutting-edge researchers, industry leaders, as well as entrepreneurs.
  • Overseas universities and industries are enforcing strategic course work to train talented and professional personnel.


Faculty of Engineering, Information and Systems, University of Tsukuba
Ph.D. Program in Empowerment Informaticsjp
Program Coordinator: Professor Hiroo Iwata
(Faculty of Engineering, Information and Systems, University of Tsukuba)

Educational Goals of the Program

The Ph.D. Program in Empowerment Informatics cultivates global leaders that can tackle a range of global issues and find solutions to these problems. The Program will also cultivate the abilities to consider issues from multiple perspectives and to disseminate research achievements to the world, along with the creativity to pioneer new cutting-edge academic fields.

Matchless Educational Approach

This program cultivates global leaders who are capable of demonstrating initiative in an international society comprised of people with diverse cultural backgrounds with the following approaches:

  • Develop students’ interdisciplinary, presentation, and frontline abilities and offer a unique environment for human resource development, as demonstrated by the “Empowerment Studio”, where students routinely work together to refine systems through exhibitions, and the “Empowerment Dormitory”, which not only provides room and board, but is a venue for collaborations.
  • Coordinate collaboration between multiple disciplines: informatics, engineering, arts, psychology, neuroscience, clinical medicine, nursing science, business science, and corporate laws.
Program Coordinator Professor Hiroko Isoda
Introduction to the Ph.D. Program in Life Science Innovation Program Coordinatorjp
Professor Hiroko Isoda (Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences, the University of Tsukuba)

Educational Goals of the Program

Students of this program should be able to help create solutions to the emerging problems in society by first contributing to the academic community during their stay in the university and to society, throughout their lives, by engaging in the creation of innovations for the improvement of Quality of Life.

Matchless Educational Approach

The Life Science Innovation Program offers degrees in the research fields - Disease Mechanism, Drug Discovery, Food Innovation and Environmental Management. What makes this program unique is that the students will be provided with an academic background and at the same time, gain technical expertise through internships at different national and private institutions in Tsukuba City. The knowledge gained on the field of specialization will help them find innovative approaches that are cross-disciplinary and create synergies between fields. In addition, Professors from universities abroad who are associated with the program can give the students a chance to experience a “world class learning experience and environment” and in the process, acquire the necessary research and innovative product development skills.

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