Keio SFC puts a strong focus on interdisciplinary education. Unlike other discipline based faculties, the education and research at the two faculties are interdisciplinary and not bound by any rigid academic structure. During their undergraduate education, students equip themselves to become professionals who challenge themselves in uncharted territory, can judge a new situation accurately, then design the necessary technology,system, or organization to maximize its benefits.
—Fields related to the Faculty of Policy Management
“Governance” in the GIGA Program represents a wide spectrum of social sciences including the fields of public, private, and non-profit sectors; the scope of international, national, and local dimensions; and new domains such as space and cyber space. The Faculty of Policy Management offers wide-ranging fields of research and multidisciplinary approaches to solve the problems of our time. Students are expected to tackle issues of their own interests through investigation of the issues, formulation of policies, implementation, and evaluation—the whole spectrum of the governance cycle.
—Fields related to the Faculty of Environment and Information Studies
“Information” represents the concept on which the Faculty of Environment and Information Studies is based upon—the environment is what surrounds people, and interaction with the environment is, in essence, information. As with the Faculty of Environment and Information Studies, the GIGA Program aims to produce graduates who can approach unresolved issues and create solutions by being well-versed in the latest science and technology, and design, and have the ability and flexibility to integrate the humanities and the social sciences.
Explore the wide ranging fields of study available at SFC below.
Faculty of Environment and Information Studies
Faculty of Policy
|Field of Study
Novel Computing and Communication Systems
The novel computing and communication systems addresses various issues in society by creating an advanced information system that merges into everyday life to support human activities in various ways without making computers and networks obtrusive.
Internet Systems and Applications
Aiming at integrating the real world with the world of cyber space, the projects in Internet systems and applications create “the Internet for real space” by using Keio University SFC as a model.
- Mobile Wide-area Network Project (+)
This project focuses on various problems caused in the process of realizing/developing the Internet environment of the next generation that is beneficial to humanity and society. It seeks tangible solutions and applies it efficiently.
RFID Network Project (+)
The RFID (Radio Frequency Identification Tag) network allows automatic recognition and advanced information processing of objects. This project not only conducts basic research, but also examines technology standardization, usage and diffusion.
System Software and Information Security
The projects in system software and information security conduct practical research in various system software as a base for advanced information technology, and train engineers to support it.
- Next-generation Web Basic Technology Project (+)
This project studies various elemental technologies of the next-generation World Wide Web. It aims to improve the convenience of Web users by enabling computers to understand and process information on the Web quickly.
- Advanced Information Security Project (+)
This project attempts at providing technical assistance to specialists in both Japan and developing countries (through ODA), targeting various information security issues in our society.
Ubiquitous Computing and Networking
The projects in ubiquitous computing and networking aim at achieving a “new human-centered ubiquitous computing environment” through a seamless integration of technologies now widely used in cell-phones, home information appliances, embedded devices and mobile devices.
- Ubiquitous Service Platform Project (+)
The project aims to develop a “ubiquitous service platform” as a tool for creating ubiquitous information environment, and studies methods and technologies for its efficient operation.
- Wearable Environment Media Project (+)
This project employs broad-ranging technologies used for the next-generation mobile multimedia represented by cell-phones and studies its impact on society.
Knowledge and Information Systems
The projects in knowledge and information systems study advanced knowledge information systems which construct, share, search, and detect knowledge information by focusing on the new information environment including multimedia/mobile information devices and digital broadcasting.
- Neural Computing Project (+)
This project incorporates various human intelligence functions into the computer models that mimic neural network of the brain, including character extraction from image and methods by which taste and smell are detected.
- Meta-level Knowledge Base System Project (+)
This project studies knowledge base and systems targeting new information contents including vision, music, taste, color and design, and new arithmetic concepts of meaning, sensitivity, time and space.
Design Engineering and Media Art
In Design Engineering and Media Art field, students study new designs and arts demanded by the twenty-first century. This field deals with the processes relating to media design such as analysis, vision structure, creation, assessment and marketing.
Visual and Music Design
- Digital Entertainment Project (+)
This project lays special emphasis on human emotion and experience while studying digital entertainment designs for the twenty-first century.
- Documentary Project (+)
Since multifarious visual experiences are accessible to people in our digital age, this project aims at providing documentaries based on personal histories, which rooted in the contemporary world.
Product and Fashion Design
Projects in product and fashion design field develop new products and fashion designs by using advanced information technology and design theory, as well as constructing its methodologies.
- Ubiquitous Media Design Project (+)
This project uses comprehensive design practices, ranging from concept creation to verification of prototypes, to create products for the twenty-first century.
- Wearable Fashion Project (+)
This project employs electronic circuit and advanced information technology, such as CAD/CAM, to develop designs for apparel, accessory and interior space.
Space and Communication Design
Projects in space and communication design create systems that enhance human communication and space usage.
- Ubiquitous Construction Urban Project (+)
This project uses mobile phones, camera and sensor network to analyze real urban space and style to reconfigure urban architecture.
- Wireless Communication Project (+)
This project aims at helping wireless users to acquire or provide information in real space.
The study in advanced biosciences aims to contribute to the development of international society by understanding the mechanism of life through integration of most-advanced biotechnology and information technology, and then applying the results of the research to various fields such as medicine, food and environment. The area of advanced biosciences at the Faculty of Environment and Information Studies is one of the few educational programs in the world where such research is conducted.
The projects in environmental biotechnology aim to employ earth-friendly biotechnologies. Such technologies are then applied to plastics that can prevent global warming and microorganisms that produce energy resource from carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
- Bioplastics Project (+)
Bioplastics, derived from lactic acid, have drawn attention of scientists by their potential to reduce carbon-dioxide emission. The Bioplastics Project examines methodologies to produce high-quality and inexpensive bioplastics fermented by E. coli bacteria.
- Microorganism Culture Project for Oil Production (+)
This project is aimed to create a super eco-microorganism that produces light oil from carbon-dioxide, to simultaneously resolve two issues – an exhaustion of fossil fuels and global warming caused by heavy consumption.
The projects in biomedical science investigate various diseases such as cancer and diabetes by integrating advanced technologies including molecular biology, informatics and analytical chemistry. Such projects contribute to the diagnosis and treatment of the above-mentioned diseases.
- Cancer Metabolism Analysis Project (+)
This project identifies the metabolic disposition of cancer cells by investigating metabolic substances relating to cancer development and growth.
- Disease Diagnosis Support Project (+)
Using theories drawn from life information science and systems biology, this project attempts to create a system that enables the diagnosis of widely prevalent diseases like diabetes and breast cancer.
The projects in genome science tries to understand the mechanism of the living phenomenon by analyzing genomes – a collection of the entire gene of a living creature – and use various experimental and information processing techniques.
- Genome Information Analysis Project (+)
This project conducts a comparative analysis of genome sequence in various organisms including humans in order to find the significance of sequence patterns and unravel the mystery of genomic evolution.
- Genome Design Project (+)
This project attempts to understand how genomic genes combine in order to produce materials useful for human life and create useful genome designs.
The projects in systems biology tries to provide a comprehensive understanding of life through new bio-scientific methods based on a vast reservoir of knowledge on living organisms accumulated in the twentieth century.
- Biological and Cellular Simulation Project (+)
This project aims to develop software named “E-CELL System”, a basic environment to run various simulations on cells and organisms on the computer.
- Virtual E. Coli Bacteria Project (+)
This project attempts to gather a large amount of data on E. Coli bacteria for data modeling to understand its life phenomenon and to produce useful materials using various microbes
In the field of environmental design, students receive practical education and conduct research related to sustainable environmental design and governance in broad areas such as global environment, architecture and urban/rural environment.
Global Environment and Technologies
The study of new technology (including electric vehicles, biotechnology, and energy saving devices) seeks to contribute to the improvement and sustainable development of our global environment.
- High-performance Electric Vehicle Project (+)
This project studies, develops, and evaluates the practical application of an eco-friendly electric vehicle called Eliica using lithium-ion battery, and automated, accident-free automobile.
- Global Warming Counter-measures Project (+)
This project learns from the negotiation and implementation of the Kyoto Protocol; develops effective policies for achieving its goals; and studies international system for countermeasures against global warming after 2013.
The projects in spatial informatics field collect information on space and time using spatial data technology and its integrated platform including remote sensing, GPS and GIS, and study environmental policies and risk management.
- Tourism and Scenery Project (+)
This project aims to produce impressive living space and comfortable mobile space by studying tourism/scenery space in emerging fields such as spatial information science and brain informatics.
- Digital Earth Project (+)
This project studies, predicts and designs the global environment and connect it with society to develop global citizens. It intends to provide the future platform for ubiquitous computing.
Ecology and Landscape
The projects in the field of ecology and landscape explore urban nature, history and culture, and attempt to create a rich urban / natural environment ideally suited for the global environmental age.
- Natural Environment Cohabitation Project (+)
This project intends to regenerate rivers, organize workshops to construct parks and create forests, and produce an urban environment rich in water and greenery.
- Biodiversity Conservation Project (+)
This project seeks to conserve and restore biodiversity and regional ecology by reproducing the natural environment through protection of endangered species, preservation and utilization of rural and mountainous environment, and biotope network planning.
Architecture and Urban Design
The projects in the field of architecture and urban design aim to conduct research, make plan, and design social system that can respond to the present environmental and spatial issues ranging from architecture to urban planning and landscape.
- Space Intelligence Project (+)
This project aims to create an intelligent environment that aids human activities by integrating advanced IT technology into architectural space.
- Sustainable Urban / Regional System Project (+)
This project develops controlling systems for urban environment based on the specific features of each local community and identifies the best urban environment based on time axis from past to future.
The study of human environment field aims to provide better understanding of human structures and functions by analyzing the process, which human beings assimilate information, verifying information based on previous knowledge and memory, both on a personal and social level.
The projects in cognitive science field employ multifaceted research in cognitive mechanism where humans determine and understand what they see and hear to understand human “intelligence”.
- Cognition and Language Project (+)
This project discloses the mechanism of human usage and understanding of a language by using various methods in order to develop robots with a high command of language.
- Learning Science Project (+)
Under the influence of information technology on educational methodology and content, this project aims at developing educational curriculum and content from perspectives of cognitive science, to promote “better learning”.
Sports and Skill Sciences
The projects in sports and skill sciences field analyze the movement of the human body and the mechanism of high skill performance,and promote the use of improved technologies.
- Sports Engineering Project (+)
This project aims to make sports more enjoyable. It tries to find a new way of evaluating the individual’s sports-skill by developing equipments, measuring techniques, and sensors that are useful for sports training and coaching.
- Physical Skill Project (+)
This project aims to reveal “techniques” of experts in sports and other fields by analyzing the mechanism of human body parts that is controlled unconsciously.
Ergonomics and Human Interface
The projects in ergonomics and human interface field study the physiological and psychological functions of human beings and apply these findings to develop human-friendly products and environmentally-friendly designs.
- Ergonomics Project (+)
This project identifies equipment design to reduce operator fatigue by conducting metering experiments, such as analyzing human eye movement,pulse and respiration; interviews and questionnaires.
- Human Interface Project (+)
This project analyzes, assesses and designs computers, robots, mobile phones and Internet services, so that those media become easier to use in people’s everyday lives.
Sociology and Psychology
The projects in sociology and psychology field intend to explain human activities, relationship and interactions among human beings in society through the rational process of both individuals and collective groups.
- Network Research Project (+)
This project aims to provide new methods to conduct Internet-based social research to resolve social issues in a network society, and to enhance data collection and analysis.
- Sociosemantics Project (+)
This project conducts in-depth social research by studying the sense-making process of each individual.
|Field of Study
Policies can be seen as methodologies that adapt to the constantly changing landscapes of politics, economy and society, and subsequently improve quality of life. In the policy design group, students learn theories and practices in cooperation with government and non-governmental organizations.
Economics and Public Finance
The disciplines of economics and finance are considered the core of policy design by nations and autonomous organizations. Projects in economics and public finance study the mechanism by which economic conditions, employment, financial stock and foreign exchange market are directly controlled.
- Urban and Real Estate Economy Project (+)
In recent years, a large number of Japanese have begun to live in urban areas and this demographic shift has given rise to new problems. This project examines the methods of solving the broad sense of urban problems from economical perspectives, and think of the meaning of richness of life.
- Experimental Economics Project (+)
The discipline of experimental economics has overturned the hitherto fixed notion that no experiment is possible in the social sciences. This project studies designs for economic institutions through the game theory.
Public Policy-making and Society
The projects in public policy-making and society investigate various social problems and attempt to find their solutions, over and above those that are debated in the Japanese Diet.
- Modern Society Research Project (+)
This project studies social changes generated by modernization, both historically and theoretically, and examines the ways individuals and groups should function.
- Political Communication Research Project (+)
This project analyzes the political communication processes of various human agencies exercising authority and interacting with one another through media and other communicative methods.
Law and Institution
Since much of human behavior is primarily governed by law and its institutions, the projects in the fields of law and institution examine design and mechanism to improve life.
- International Space Law Project (+)
Assuming that International Space Law will make significant progress in the twenty-first century, this project studies ways and means to harmonize diverse interests in space law and create new possibilities in future.
- Constitutional History Project (+)
Every constitution is influenced by its unique history and institution, and therefore represents some important aspects of national design. Based on this understanding, this project studies different perspectives of revising the Japanese Constitution.
The term social innovation refers to the ability to create new ideas by combining various social factors. Students study the way social innovation is implemented and understand its positive impact on society and its economy.
The members of social entrepreneurship projects acquire management skills used in “social ventures”, which operates in an attempt to resolve social issues. Concurrently, they consider what they can do to initiate social changes as “social entrepreneurs”.
- Social Innovation Project (+)
This project studies new concepts and methods to resolve social and economic problems, and attempts to change society and organizations. The project also launches mission-oriented social enterprise and creates new proposals suitable for society.
- Community Management Project (+)
This project studies community management through business and non-profit organizations, local communities and cyberspace. It also studies methods to generate social innovations.
Social Venture Management
Success in managing venture/non-profit organizations requires a clear mission, managerial techniques/skills, and the ability to take prompt and accurate action. The projects in social venture management focus on the links between modern theory and practice.
- Business Model Construction Project (+)
This project studies how to construct business models and handle business/risk management through role-playing techniques to allow students the role of management executives.
- Regional Economy and Entrepreneurship Project (+)
This project studies social innovation, community formation, regional distribution, money utilization and entrepreneurial activities essential for regional development.
Designing Information Society
In the process of designing an information society, the projects in this area examine social designs, both at the macro and micro level. The projects also study corporate management, organizational governance, social “security and reassurance”, and changes in community formation.
- Information Society Research Project (+)
This project studies IT-related policy of an advanced information society like Japan. It also conducts comparative research between Japan and other nations such as the U.S. and South Korea.
- Social System Research Project (+)
This project analyzes social phenomenon and suggests solutions, proposes new structure and policies for society functioning as a “system”.
The study in international strategy are based on an ideal concept of governance at a global, regional and national level, and focus on national and international governing bodies, such as organizations, corporations, NGOs, nations and individuals.
International Political Economy
This group analyzes international and regional situations from political and economical viewpoints, in order to understand situations from different perspectives and determine effective ways of planning international strategies.
- National Strategy Project (+)
In this project students examine the different roles nations ought to play in an era of ever-expanding globalization. Students consider international strategies by understanding historical patterns and using methods to predict the future.
- Foreign Economic Cooperation Project (+)
In this project students study issues related to poverty, empowerment and gaps arising from development; and consider methods of economic/technical cooperation for developing countries, and countries / regions in the state-building process.
With the stupendous progress of globalization, the concept of region has become somewhat questionable. In the light of this development, the projects in regional strategy examine the growth of regionalism in various regions, such as the European Union, East Asia, America and Africa.
- East Asia Regional Integration Project (+)
The economic development of East Asian nations has strengthened economic interdependency, and has enhanced the possibility of political and social integration. This project examines the possibility of the emergence of an East Asian Community from different angles.
- The U.S. Analysis Project (+)
The United States as a superpower has tremendous influence in the world especially in the areas of military, political, economic and cultural enterprise. This project analyzes both the historical American past and the political present vis-à-vis
American international affairs.
To ensure and realize “freedom from threats and freedom from poverty”, the projects in human security study political issues and propose the creation of ideal individuals and communities to promote and protect such freedoms.
- Development and Human Security Project (+)
While tracing the history of the concept of “human security”, the project examines “political issues to be solved” issues which are derived from political development and/or modernizing policies.
- Southeast Asia Regional Development Project (+)
The rapid development of Southeast Asia has questioned the hitherto accepted categories of “developing and developed countries” and “North and South” in research analysis. This project intends to critically examine these notional categories.
Language, Culture and Communication
The projects in language, culture and communication develop professionals who can be active in the international community. The projects also study global ideas, cultures and lifestyles through language communication.
- Digital Arabic World Project (+)
This project creates digital content in Arabic using digital media and Arabic language, and promotes mutual understanding with the Arab and Islamic world.
- European Ideas Project (+)
This project critically analyzes the ideas developed in Europe, and attempts to understand the universalizing aspects of “Modern Western Europe”.
Business and Administration
The study in business and administration focuses on how organization ought to function and how individual should participate in it. Students learn the strategies of management and methodologies of governance while they study diverse features of organization.
Business and Management Strategy
Based on the role corporate governance must play, the projects in business and management strategy study profit and non-profit organizational management strategies in a fast changing environment.
- Technological Innovation and Organizational Strategy Project (+)
This project studies about corporate / competition strategies, business definition, competition analysis, superior strategies, diversification strategies and restructuring; and strategies and innovation in society where new technologies are consistently introduced.
- Internet Marketing Project (+)
This project studies how marketing activities evolve through interaction with Internet technology.
Financial Engineering and Valuation
The projects in the field of financial engineering and valuation involve comprehensive studies, including mechanism and role of capital markets and precarious political systems and assessment, to understand complex global and Japanese economies.
- Financial Engineering and Valuation Project (+)
This project analyzes the twin concepts of “time value of money” and “risk and return” to understand derivatives, “futures and options”. It also examines financial management of profit and non-profit organizations.
- Urban and Real-estate Economy Project (+)
Real estate has been an important asset for human beings for many years. This project analyzes housing market, new investments and its usage, household, housing investment and funding.
The projects in the field of career development study existing industry-centered type of career development and the new type of career development/design structure, which allows individuals to chose their career paths
- Personnel Development Project (+)
This project studies business and organizational management based on the belief that employees are not the resource but the human capital, and they can proactively invest their knowledge and effort into their organizations.
- Clinical Education Project (+)
This project studies the role of education in Japanese society. It examines the ideal educational system, assessment and establishment of future prospects of elementary, secondary and higher educational institutions.
Urban and Regional Strategy
Based on the policy of “think globally, act locally”, the study of urban and regional strategy focuses on creating a methodology that enables students to develop a sustainable society by using the structuralization and “monozukuri” techniques in collaboration with government, local residents and universities.
The projects in environmental policy study policies which simultaneously pursuit of geo-environmental preservation and community development. In order to achieve this goal, the projects combine spatial information technology with fieldwork methods, both within and outside Japan.
- Desertification and Forestation Project (+) (+)
This project focuses on the multilateral ecosystem services produced by fields and forests. The project works with local governments and residents to create an eco-friendly system, which not only revives but also extends the local natural environment such as the greening of deserts.
- Forest Management Project (+) (+)
This project conducts research to find sustainable and independent ways to develop rural areas. It studies and evaluates natural resources in farming and mountain villages, and develops and/or experiments with management models of land and forests to promote the interaction of rural and urban areas.
Urban and Local Policy
The projects in urban and local policy develops methodologies to reform industrially developed twentieth century land into rich land based on contemporary values of postindustrial/mature society in the twenty-first century.
- Sustainable Urban and Local System Project (+) (+)
This project aims to revitalize urban areas by identifying problems and examining how to apply political / systematic techniques in resolving issue, based on social/spatial analysis of urban environment.
- Landscape, Tourism and Regional Development Project (+) (+)
Tourism is thought to be one of the leading industries of the 21st century, and landscape is a key perspective of building an infrastructure in depopulated societies. This project seeks to find an ideal way to develop rich urban areas by placing importance on landscape and tourism.
Housing and Community Policy
The projects in housing and community policy study how individual lifestyles are reflected in each living environment; and how to create a safe and comfortable community where individuals can realize their full potential.
- Multicultural Project (+) (+)
Japan is experiencing rapid globalization in multinational businesses, non-profit organizations, local governments and educational institutions. This project investigates the multicultural co-existence based on actual cases overseas, and seeks to identify new images of Japan.
- Community Development Collaboration Project (+) (+)
Assuming that residents create the community they live in, this project conducts research to find effective ways of community participation and collaboration with local government and corporations.