The Global Cooperation Institute for Sustainable Cities (GCI) was founded in 2011 within YCU for three purposes:

  1. to promote the IACSC activities as its Secretariat
  2. to enhance the cooperation among universities as well as city-to-city collaboration, and
  3. to contribute to nurturing students who can be competitive with leadership roles in the international arena.

Students at YCU and other member universities participate in the IACSC activities and interact with each other actively in group work and field studies, where they acquire the abilities to express their opinions, lead discussions, and take necessary actions.

Message from the Director

At Yokohama City University, with the collaboration of international institutions, we have been striving since 2009 to build a strong intercollegiate network, the IACSC, in order to help solve the urban issues and challenges that Asian cities are facing. The IACSC’s international symposium has been held and planned through three units (Urban planning, Environment, and Public Health), who also contribute to the implementation of the Sustainable Urban Development Program (SUDP) and to providing more exchange opportunities between researchers and students.

The Global Cooperation Institute for Sustainable Cities (GCI) was founded in order to promote the development of international human resources, of leaders able to lead the international society, by strengthening the relations between universities and between cities, as well as through the IACSC. YCU’s students have acquired the ability to understand, take action, and negotiate, through active participation to the IACSC, to field studies, and to exchange activities with other universities.

At the GCI, we strongly support and encourage students to go on the field and face the actual conditions and challenges each city has to deal with, in order to enhance their knowledge, experience, as well as ability to develop practical problem-solving skills.

Professor Akio Onishi
Director, Global Cooperation Institute for Sustainable Cities


The GCI has three units which promote international research/education collaboration.

    1. Environmental Unit
    2. Urban Planning Unit
    3. Public Health Unit



  • Providing various student exchange opportunities among member universities.
  • Field work and international student workshops.
  • Participation in JST Sakura Exchange Program in Science.


  • “Eco2 Cities Ecological Cities as Economic Cities,” by the World Bank, an official Japanese translation
  • “The Frontiers of Urban Heritage Conservation in Asian Cities,” by the GCI’s Urban Planning Unit
  • Sustainable Urban Development Program (SUDP) course textbook
  • Report of activities (international symposium, workshop, lecture and student field work)

Research and International Collaboration

  • “Academic exchange opportunities, such as workshops, international joint research, etc.
  • Collaboration with ADB and other international organizations.
  • Participation in JICA Partnership Program in Seberang Perai, Malaysia.