Problems in our world and society have become increasingly complex, with their solutions requiring a broad integration of knowledge across various fields. The GIGA Program strives to develop students into leaders who can identify and solve these issues by offering an education that integrates technology, science, design, and governance. Taught in English, the program equips students with the knowledge and skills needed in this era of rapid progress, positioning them for unmatched careers in global enterprises.
Research at SFC can be categorized into INFORMATION or GOVERNANCE, and students who complete the undergraduate program are awarded a Bachelor of Arts in Policy Management, or Environment and Information Studies, depending on which faculty they are graduating from. Also, students are able to obtain the GIGA Program Certificate(s) (GIGA-Information and/or GIGA-Governance) by earning designated credits from the GIGA Program courses and fulfilling a foreign language requirement.
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.
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.