Yokohama National University (YNU) was established in 1949. It has developed into a university composed of four faculties - Education and Human Sciences, Economics, Business Administration, and Engineering - and five graduate schools – Urban Innovation, Education, Social Sciences, Engineering, and Environment and Information Sciences - with over 1,000 faculty and staffs and more than 10,000 students. Around 10% of students are international students and YNU is one of the top national universities to accept international students in Japan.
YNU is on a green hilltop northwest of the city center. Since the opening of Yokohama Port in the middle of 19th century, trade and international business has been prospering. Deeply rooted in this cosmopolitan city, YNU has developed internationally-oriented educational and research activities.
YNU is a university where all teaching and administrative staff and students share a sense of mission, the heart of which is to create knowledge and transmit it to the next generation. We are a university that sincerely endeavors to deliver what it has been tasked by the international community to provide as an institute of higher education.
YNU is seeking sustainable development for the world and Japan by focusing our attention on emerging economies in Asia and beyond. To be successful in this new global age requires a thorough understanding of the cultures, religions, and systems of emerging economies. What will be critical in this context is education and research that integrate the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. YNU houses its humanities and social science colleges and its science and engineering colleges on the same campus so the university has great potential to offer education and conduct research suited to the new global age.
In addition, YNU is deeply connected to its local area of Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture. Yokohama has great potential for innovation while at the same time facing many challenges, including environmental issues and population aging with the decline in the birthrate. Many of these challenges are also shared by other parts of the world. YNU is confident that paying attention to and addressing the issues of Yokohama will in fact develop a global perspective: a unique viewpoint that can simultaneously consider both the local and the global. Harnessing the merits of having a single campus that brings together the humanities and the sciences, and that is home to many international students from emerging economies, YNU will develop human resources equipped to thrive in the new global age.
The Graduate School of Urban Innovation was to train those creative, highly-specialized future professionals whose work will involve a variety of urban innovation projects (M.A. Program) and those future global leaders who, having trained to possess multiple viewpoints, will themselves be the underpinnings of global expansion of urban innovation research (Doctorate Program).
In April 2011, YNU, which aims to be an international focal point of practical scholarship, established a new Graduate School “Graduate School of Urban Innovation (GSUI)” with “City” as its theme. This is Japan’s first Graduate School, where graduate school students specializing in architecture, art, civil engineering, social science, etc. eventually cooperate in the area of “City” while deepening the quest for their respective specializations.
GSUI was established because “city” is the major challenge that mankind must address in the 21st century, such as: the worsening problems of environment and energy, due to the enormous growth of urban area; turmoil in the political, economic, and cultural values in cities around the world; problems posed by aging population, declining birth rate, and excessive computerization; exodus of population and activities from small and medium-sized cities, and resultant reduction of the city itself; and the problems of quantitative and qualitative fulfillment of livelihood and social infrastructure posed by rapid economic growth and changes in industrial structure of emerging and developing countries. We face the various challenges concerning the city, and are consequently required to achieve innovation of a city that meets these challenges.
Against this backdrop, GSUI fosters growth of advanced professionals having practical skills in both, the fields such as architecture and building science and civil engineering that form the structural side (or the hardware) of the city, and fields such as humanities, social sciences, international community and culture / art that comprise the non-structural side (or the software) of the city. To that end, we provide a multifaceted research environment that facilitates cross-sectorial study of both the fields (mainly in Master’s Program). And finally, we want to be an incubator for the globally competitive next generation of leaders having the ability to take a variety of approaches in regard to the theme of urban innovation (mainly in Doctoral Program).
TThe GSUI provides two departments for the Master’s degree, one of which for JDS Fellows is the Department of Infrastructure and Urban Society. In the department, students will train to become 1) an expert with the ability to analyze, and to design development of, and solutions to specific areas of the globe, paying attention to each area’s engineering and social infrastructure, or 2) a leader who is capable of making contributions in addressing urban problems and community development in emerging and developing countries in such organizations as central governments, local governments, international aid organizations, private corporations and NGOs. The Master’s degree in either Engineering or Philosophy will be awarded. There are one course, and one school inside the department.
JDS Fellows are expected to join the International Graduate School of Infrastructure (IGSI) in the department.
In an addition to coursework and seminars, by extensively utilizing a studio-teaching format*, the IGSI trains students to gain useful knowledge of transportation, which they can utilize when facing various different urban issues in emerging and developing countries.
*studio, studio-teaching format; ‘studio’ is Yokohama National University’s original educational method. In studio, students work jointly on developing urban/rural/regional development plan or conduct research and develop proposals in the actual field under supervision of professors. By this studio-teaching method, students are expected to obtain more practical knowledge and skills.
|Course||Minimum number of credits required|
|Geotechnical and Geo-environmental Engineering in Urban Area||2|
|Regional Transport and Cross-border Societies||2|
|International Development Cooperation||2|
|Practical Courses (Studio and Internship)|
|Studio for infrastructure management S||4|
|Studio for infrastructure management F||4|
|Studio for creative infrastructures S||4|
|Studio for creative infrastructures F||4|
|Internship (Urban Infrastructure)||4|
|Internship (Urban Innovation and New Business)||4|
|Major Courses (Lectures and Seminars)|
|Theory of Disaster Prevention System Design||2|
|Theory for infrastructure safety design||2|
|Theory of Structural Materials for Infrastructure||2|
|Maintenance and Management of Infrastructure||2|
|Seismic and durability design||2|
|Theory of Geotechnical Design||2|
|Water Disaster Prevention Engineering||2|
|Environmental processes in inland and coastal waters||2|
|Urban infrastructure policies||2|
|Theory of Regional Communication||2|
|Seminar on Urban and Regional Studies IS||2|
|Seminar on Urban and Regional Studies IF||2|
|Seminar on Urban and Regional Studies IIS||2|
|Seminar on Urban and Regional Studies IIF||2|
Faculty members in IGSI (all the members listed here are capable of guiding JDS Fellows)
HAYANO, Kimitoshi, D.Eng.
Geotechnical Hazard, Soil Structure, Ground Improvement, Soil Investigation
KATSUCHI, Hiroshi, D.Eng.
Structural Engineering, Bridge Aerodynamics, Wind Engineering
KONAGAI, Kazuo D.Eng.
NAKAMURA, Fumihiko, D.Eng.
Urban Transportation Planning, Public Transportation Management
NAKAMURA, Yoshiyuki, D.Eng
Environmental Engineering, Environmental Hydraulics, Coastal Engineering
TSUBAKI, Tatsuya, Ph.D.
Structural Mechanics, Concrete Engineering, Computational Structural Analysis
YAMADA, Hitoshi, D.Eng.
Structural Engineering, Bridge Aerodynamics, Wind Environment
HOSODA, Akira, D.Eng.
Concrete Engineering, Maintenance Engineering, Concrete Structures
KIKUMOTO, Mamoru, D.Eng
MATSUYUKI, Mihiko, D.Eng
Urban and Regional Planning
NISHIO, Mayuko, D.Eng.
Structural Engineering, Maintenance Engineering
SUZUKI, Takayuki, D.Eng.
Coastal Engineering, Hydraulic Engineering
TANAKA, Shinji, D.Eng.
Transportation Engineering, Transportation Planning
CHO Seigen (ZHANG Qingyuan)
The students are advised to decide her/his supervisor shortly after the entrance in October.
The Entrance of the program･･･ the beginning of October
Intermediate Examination of the research:
The first examination･･･ the fourth week of August in the 1st year
The second examination･･･ the third week of February in the 2nd year
Final Examination of the research･･･ the fourth week of August in the 2nd year
The Graduation of the program･･･ the final week of September in the 2nd year
Ooka International Residence is a quality housing complex for international community of students, researchers, and faculty and administrative staff of YNU, aimed to promote multicultural exchanges and mutual understanding. It is comprised of men's dormitory, a women's dormitory with lounges other areas for sharing and interchange. Maximum occupancy is 252 international students, 23 international researchers, 36 faculty and administrative staffs and all rooms are individual rooms, including washbasins, toilets, beds, desks, chairs, lockers, and other amenities. Rooms in Ooka International Residence will be allocated to JDS Fellows as priority and they can stay there for whole two years.
Yokohama is one of the most progressive cities in terms of urban planning and development in Japan. Yokohama City has redeveloped a coastal industrial area into the modern offices, and the shopping, residential district called Minato Mirai while conserving a large agricultural area. Thus Yokohama city has both urban and rural faces and has successfully integrated the two aspects into its plans. Yokohama is the most appropriate city to study planning.
The faculty member for the program have sufficient experiences in educating international students from developing countries for more than 20 years both in Japanese government’s Special Program for International Infrastructure Engineering since 1989 and World Bank’s Infrastructure Management Program since 1995. We are confident that we can provide excellent education with international students in the field of planning.
We started accepting students from Bangladesh under the MEXT scholarship program in 1989 and so far 22 students have successfully graduated from our programs. Most of the graduates are working as leading professors / planners / engineers in Bangladesh and they are strongly connected each other. Currently 3 Bangladeshi students are studying in our program and two new students will enroll in this October. Additionally, we have great experiences in field research in Bangladesh.
Moreover, we have 4 Bangladeshi graduates in JDS Project. Two of them are working as executive officers and the other two are professors at universities in Bangladesh. All the four alumni have a close tie with YNU, and one of them has been invited to YNU as a visiting professor. Additionally, we have 10 Bangladeshi graduates who have studied in the World Bank funded program. They are now working as an executive officer on urban planning and transportation, professors in university and engineer in the construction company. Thus, we have a strong network in the field of planning in Bangladesh. YNU will hold an alumni party this fall in Bangladesh and JDS Fellows can join our alumni network of Bangladesh after graduation. This network is expected to provide a great opportunity for each member.
As noted above, about 10% of our students are international students, and we are proud of the following services to support international students;
・Priority leasing in an international dormitory
・Guidance for international students
・twice-a-week mail magazine to international students
・Moon-viewing party hosted by the president for international students
・Field trip for international students (five times a year, capacity:40 students)
・Many extracurricular events by international exchange club
・Many extracurricular events by citizen volunteers
・Special care for Muslim students (pray spaces, Halal food at cafeteria, chilled Halal food in a refrigerator )
・Counseling service at international education center
・Special Counseling service for international students (once a week)
・Publishing a guidebook for international students
・528,992 books in English in libraries, 3900 electronic journals in English
・A variety of Japanese classes and Japanese culture classes offered by an international educational center
・The student-tutor system (A Japanese ‘tutor’ is assigned to each international student.)
・Several English graduate programs curried out in English International Network
・International alumni network
・Twice-a-month mail magazine for international alumni
With these services available, our international students can smoothly settle in Japan.
Moreover, YNU is located in one of the prominent cosmopolitan cities in Japan, Yokohama city. Yokohama has a number of foreign residents, and provides an environment that is hospitable to them. All of the international students who have studied and are now studying at YNU, including JDS Fellows, have gotten used to life in Japan soon and enjoyed/are enjoying their life in Japan healthfully and comfortably.
Now we have 8 Bangladeshi students, and they are closely networked helping each other. YNU provides Muslim students with special equipments, and services such as several pray spaces, Halal food in the cafeteria, and in a refrigerator.
As stated above, YNU brings a strong advantage to Bangladesh, and international students. We are willing to offer practical education that suits students’ needs. We are very pleased to welcome more students from Bangladesh as they are expected to study earnestly, diligently, and friendly.
In June, those of us who have taught JDS Fellows come together and listen to the Fellows’ final presentations on their theses. We recollect then how they started out their studies with us. Some of them looked anxious without fully comprehending what was expected in graduate education and to be “masters.” In less than two years, however, we observe that they communicate with us about their research results in English almost fluently. We also see confidence in their faces. All audiences, including faculty members, now listen to them carefully and learn from their presentations. For all students, the end of the second year means the gateway for more opportunities and possibilities in their future career paths. For most JDS Fellows, it also means their renewed commitment to realizing the better future of their own countries, and they now know that they have much larger capacities, knowledge, and insights than they did two years ago. If you decide to join us, this is probably what you expect to see yourself in two years, a very small fraction of your lifetime.