History and unique features
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
Other Faculty members in Graduate School of Urban Innovation
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 the second largest city in Japan, however the road network is very limited due to the narrow land spaces, and consequently there are a lot of transportation problems such as traffic jams, and accidents. Therefore, Yokohama has a long history to challenge such problems and to seek the solutions. As it is very close to Tokyo, we can easily access to its wide variety of information. Thus, it is a very good place to study transportation planning and traffic engineering in Yokohama.
The faculty members for the program have sufficient experiences in educating international students from developing countries 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 for international students in the field of transportation.
In the past decade, we had two Doctoral students and four Master’s students from Myanmar completed our programs.
All the students have successfully graduated with excellent activities, and currently they are working as leading experts in Myanmar. Additionally, if we look at the entire YNU students, our alumni are working actively as leaders in a variety of fields; 13 government officials (6 in Ministry of Construction, 1 in Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation, 1 in Ministry of Education, 4 in Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 1 in Ministry of Planning and Finance), 5 University professors (1 in Mandalay Technological University, 2 in University of Mandalay, 2 in University of Yangon), 8 administrative officers (4 in Supreme Court, 2 in Attorney General, 1 in Township Law Office, 1 in Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications), and 1 in Private Firm. Thus, YNU holds an excellent alumni network in Myanmar. It also includes YNU Japanese alumni who are working in Myanmar after being transferred from Japanese companies. Therefore, this network gives more advantage to the members even after completing the program.
Currently we have four Master’s students from Myanmar by JDS project, and they are all working actively and enjoying their life in Yokohama. There is also Myanmar Student Union in YNU, and they are in good company helping each other. As noted above, about 10% of our students are international students, and we are proud to offer the following services to support international students;
With these services available, 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.
As stated above, YNU has a long and strong corporative relationship with Myanmar. We are willing to offer practical education that suits students’ needs. We are very pleased to welcome more students from Myanmar as they are expected to study seriously, diligently and friendly.