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outside the university. However, buy-in from large groups of faculty will eventually become important as revisions become the norm in more individual courses, and as revised courses possibly lead to new degree programs and other major changes. 4.4 The Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science (IR3S) and its partner universities (Japan) The Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science (IR3S)[1], established in 2005, consists of five leading Japanese partner universities: the University of Tokyo, Kyoto University, Hokkaido University, Osaka University and Ibaraki University. There are two major aims for the creation of IR3S. One is to establish “sustainability science” as a new academic discipline. The other is to solve real-life problems that threaten the sustainability of human life and the ecosystem. IR3S also aims to promote joint projects and publish an international academic journal by providing coordination for these partner universities and associate institutions. At the same time, IR3S forms international alliances, seeks academia-government-industry cooperation, and promotes outreach. Under this overall framework, the partner universities develop their research activities under their own research themes which would utilize their strength backed up by the wealth of knowledge resulting from their various research experiences. IR3S on the other hand identifies common research themes that all partner universities can pursue together, gathers their expertise, generates diverse, high-quality results, and aims to promote sustainability science through the combined effect of these efforts. The following sections illustrate how three partner universities have performed under these IR3S-led initiatives which, if pursued seriously, inevitably require a great transformation of each university itself. 4.4.1 The University of Tokyo . The University of Tokyo (known as Todai) is the oldest Japanese national university established in 1877 ( UnivToday/ut01_04_j.html), and is the center of the academic and educational activities in Japanese higher education system. Todai has 29,000 students and 15 graduate schools, 11 institutes and 21 university-wide centers. Todai has been the leading partner which facilitates the creation and development of the IR3S. In line with the IR3S initiatives, the university aims to accelerate and consolidate university-wide interdisciplinary academic activities by transforming itself. In order to achieve this goal, it established the Trans-disciplinary Initiative for Global Sustainability (TIGS). Its overall research theme aims to develop a global sustainability strategy based on structuring knowledge on sustainability science drawn from a wide range of academic disciplines and issues. Todai established the Division of Environmental Studies at the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences in 1999 with the goal of developing a platform for Todai faculty members and students to find common interests and research partners so that they can successfully conduct interdisciplinary research and educational activities. It decided to
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