The New Global Information and Governance Academic (GIGA) Program
In September 2011, the Faculty of Environment and Information Studies launched the GIGA Program, an undergraduate curriculum for international students that integrates information and communication technology with governance skills. Students who complete the course are awarded a Bachelor of Arts in Environment and Information Studies. In September 2015, the GIGA Program will be enhanced to become the Global Information and Governance Academic Program, with the Faculty of Policy Management starting to offer the program along with the Faculty of Environment and Information Studies.
The program requires at least 124 credits and is designed to be completed in four years, although exceptional students may take advantage of the early graduation system. Rigorous courses in technology, engineering, mathematics, and the sciences will be reinforced by fundamental courses in international relations, development, political science, and language. The Faculty of Policy Management nurtures students in “the humanities integrated with the sciences” who have a focus on the field of Policy Design, International Strategy, Social Innovation, Business and Administration, or Urban and Regional Strategy. Meanwhile, the Faculty of Environment and Information Studies nurtures students in “the sciences integrated with humanities” who have a focus on the field of Novel Computing and Communication Systems, Design Engineering and Media Art, Advanced Biosciences, Environmental Design, or Human Environment. All students are also required to complete a Graduation Project or written thesis during their final two semesters.
In order to train students for productive careers in global enterprises, and prepare them for postgraduate studies at academic institutions around the world, the GlGA Program features two distinct requirements. First, core lectures are held solely in English, requiring students to possess a high proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing the language. Second, students are expected to participate in research projects from an early stage, typically during their second year.