The Leading University or the Leading Program aims at training graduate students during their Ph.D. program so that they become world leaders in academic and/or the business arena after graduation. Inter-graduate School Program for Sustainable Development and Sustainable Societies (GSS) is one of the Leading University programs of Kyoto University and is based on the following idea. The program selects about 20 talented, hard-working graduate students per year from applicants who are in their first year of Ph.D. studies in different study fields, and provides, in addition to the major education in their original field, an interdisciplinary education so that they become versed in multiple disciplinary areas and can handle complicated global issues (such as disasters, environmental changes, infectious diseases, food crisis, etc.) Nine graduate schools and three research institutes joined GSS in academic year 2012. Four faculty members (Profs. Kono, Nishibuchi, and Matsubayashi and Assoc. Prof. Kozan) of Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS), for example, contributed to GSS by serving as program professors, lecturers, and/or tutors of the GSS graduate students; or by giving seminars and/or field studies.
Prof. Nishibuchi gave a field training course on food safety and infectious diseases where he and his assistants guided the GSS graduate students. The course consisted of two parts, a domestic (see photo above) and an overseas part (see photo below).