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Global Cooperation Institute for Sustainable Cities (GCI)


Advancing knowledge and solving global issues

Established in April 2011, the Global Cooperation Institute for Sustainable Cities (GCI) pursues its goal of addressing urban problems in partnerships with international organizations and academic institutions mainly located in Asia. It serves as the secretariat of the International Academic Consortium for Sustainable Cities (IACSC), an academic network created in 2009 under the initiative of Yokohama City University. The GCI tries to tackle global urban agendas through research activities in the following three areas; Environment, Urban Planning, and Public Health. The GCI also promotes student exchange activities with other IACSC member institutions.
The IACSC aims to develop cooperation, to foster dialogues and discussions, to encourage sharing of information and resources and to promote research and collaborative activities among academic and research institutions as well as to strengthen relationship among universities and cities to contribute to a sustainable society.
Sustainable Urban Development Program (SUDP)

By introducing fundamental concepts, such as the Eco2 Cities concept, and presenting the experiences, policies and environmental practices from several Asian cities, this intensive program provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to analyse actual cases with a solid theoretical framework.
Yokohama Urban Solutions Study (YUSS)

This 8-week intensive research program, with an opportunity of internship at the City of Yokohama, offers postgraduate students from member universities of the International Academic Consortium for Sustainable Cities (IACSC) insight into the method of urban planning that the city has developed.




International Urban Planning Workshop(IUPW)

IUPW (International Urban Planning Workshop) is an international student workshop organized by the Urban Planning Unit. Annually, in collaboration with the Academic Consortium for Sustainable Cities (IACSC), the workshop takes place at the host university chosen for the IACSC general assembly and international symposium.
Sakura Exchange Science Program

The program aims to foster international exchange by providing opportunities for students and faculty to learn and experience science, technology, and culture in Japan (specifically Yokohama). The goals include nurturing individuals who can contribute to the technological progress of their respective countries, establishing collaboration and exchange opportunities between YCU and IACSC member universities, and strengthening friendly relations.



Sakura Exchange Science Program


Units in the Global Cooperation Institute for Sustainable Cities

GCI's Global Network

  • Thammasat University (Thailand)
  • University Sains Malaysia (Malaysia)
  • University of the Philippines (The Philippines)
  • Vietnam National University (Vietnam)
  • Hasanuddin University (Indonesia)
  • The World Bank
  • Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA, Japan)
  • Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES, Japan)
  • CITYNET (Japan)
  • City of Yokohama (Japan)
  • Asian Development Bank

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