Kyushu University (National)
Graduate School of Bioresource and Bioenvironmental Sciences
- Program name
- The International Development Research Course
- Master of Science
- Credit and years needed for graduation
- 30 Credits, 2 Years
- 6-10-1 Hakozaki, Higashi-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka 812-8581, Japan
- Compulsory subjects consist of the thesis (12 credits) and laboratory seminars (6 credits); 5 subjects out of13 module subjects plus 2 PBL subjects (equal or more than 10 credits); and specialized subjects of one specific subject (2 credits) given by the department to which the student belongs.
Features of University
The Faculty of Agriculture at Kyushu University (formerly Kyushu Imperial University) was established in February 1919 and has since then been remarkably progressed in the academia while making great strides in the fields of agricultural science and technology research and education. The Graduate School of Bioresource and Bioenvironmental Sciences is aimed at conducting researches and education related to the maintenance of a stable supply of food and food-oriented materials indispensable to life, machinery and facility development, the preservation of wildlife and the environment, and the health and welfare of mankind in the world.
The number of teaching staff at the entire University is 2,089 and the administrative 2,245
Student enrollment: Bachelor 11,758, Master 3,931, Doctor 2,682 and Specialized 289.
Features of Graduate School
The Graduate School of Bioresource and Bioenvironmental Sciences consists of 4 departments (5 departments in case of Doctor’s course), each of which comprises 1 to 4 educational courses including over 60 laboratories (http://www.agr.kyushu-u.ac.jp/english/international/graduate/outline/) covering various fields of agriculture, forestry, fishery, animal science, and agricultural economics.
The current enrollment of the students is 1,625 of which 995 are undergraduate and 630 graduate students (as of April, 2016). More than 200 international students, mostly graduate students, have come to study from various countries. Currently, the total number of the faculty members and staff members is 666 of which the number of full-time academic researchers is 180 including 57 full-professors, 64 associate professors, 53 assistant professors. In addition, a number of institutes in Kyushu University, but independent from the Faculty of Agriculture, have also merged with the Graduate School of Bioresource and Bioenvironmental Sciences; namely, the Biotron Institute, the Institute of Tropical Agriculture (in part), and the Bio-Architecture Center.
The Graduate School of Bioresource and Bioenviromental Sciences, Kyushu University, is proud of its global top level of international education system for agricultural sciences, and the International Development Research Course (IDRC) for the Master students has been in service in the Graduate School since 1991. In this Course, all the classes and theses are conducted in English. The JDS Project for the Master’s has been with us in the Course since 2001. The faculty consists of specialists in agriculture such as in production, infrastructural development of farmland, organization of various facilities, conservation of environment, and management of forest resources. At our School, we have had three JDS Fellows from Vietnam every year since the 2001 program, and our professors have been working hard to provide them with affluent academic knowledge and pragmatic experiences, so that the JDS Fellows can contribute for further development of Vietnam when they go back home after their graduation.
Features of the Program
1) Common features of the program
IDRC aims to build on the capacity of the various individual fields for international students from developed and developing countries whose aim is to contribute to worldwide sustainable development in overall food, agriculture, and environmental sciences. The Master’s program emphasizes the acquirement of synthetic and practical abilities.
IDRC is conducted under a 2 semester system, starting in October with the autumn term and followed by the spring term. On completing the courses, students will be awarded a Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree. The common features of the Master’s programs are as follows:
- (1) All the thesis works are conducted in English. A research topic for the thesis is determined over the discussion with your major supervisor.
- (2) Students have chance to learn the Japanese language during the course, though it is not compulsory. Learning Japanese language enhances communication power and enriches their daily lives.
- (3) In the end of their course work, specifically in the spring term of their second year students are required to present their research results and submit their master theses to the examination committee of the Graduate School of Bioresource and Bioenvironmental Sciences. The committee evaluates overall performance, and the students with satisfactory performance are awarded the Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree.
2) A Special program for JDS fellows
In addition to the Master’s Program, a special coursework is prepared for JDS Fellows to enhance their knowledge on both academic and cultural experience at Kyushu University. It filled with a number of academic activities that inspire you academically while allowing you to explore Japanese culture and to enjoy campus life during your study.
- I. International Seminar
We invite well-known researchers from all over the world. This is a great opportunity to hear about their research, and also a good chance to discuss it with them personally.
Recent seminar titles are, “New Challenges of ODA for Agricultural Development Schemes in Recipient Countries” in 2012, and “Contemporary Issues in East Asian Agriculture, its Market, Environment, and GIAHS” in 2013, and Present and Future on Asian GIAHS: China, Philippine, Shizuoka and Kumamoto in 2014 and “Liquid composting technology for livestock manure management in Korea“ in 2015. This will be one of the most exciting experiences you will have in your academic career.
- II. Research Skills Seminar
- Many of the new JDS fellows are just starting their research. We will help you get started on your research as smoothly as possible. We have several research seminars such as survey methodology, writing skills, and presentation practice.
- III. Research Trip
- Based on the student requests, we organize research trips and visit research centers or farmers. We have visited the marine product and research center, a strawberry farm, rice farmers and an agricultural engineering site. This is an exciting opportunity to get to know and see the leading technology in agriculture or marine production as a future technological leader in your home countries.
- IV. Follow-up Seminar
- Another two years of hard work, your supervisors will be your important research co-workers. We organize follow-up seminars in your home countries, where you can have another opportunity to discuss and inspire your further research. Follow-up seminars were held in Cambodia in 2013, Myanmar in 2014, Laos in 2015 and will be held at VNUA in Vietnam in 2016.
- V. Life in Kyushu University
- Life in Kyushu University Academic life at Kyushu University is intense as well as warm and welcoming. One of the best experiences of your two year academic life will be the farewell party held by the Agricultural Faculty, including your supervisors, at the end of your two year program. JDS Fellows celebrate their hard work, and enjoy the last BBQ at Kyushu University.
Necessary Curriculum to Obtain the Degrees
- -Module Subjects-
- -Compulsory Subjects-
- Master’s Thesis Research I
Master’s Thesis Research II
Seminar in a Specified Field I
Seminar in a Specified Field II
Seminar in a Specified Field III
- -Module Subjects-
- Fundamentals of Agricultural Sciences I (Basic Statistics)
Fundamentals of Agricultural Sciences II (Advanced Statistics)
Biological Resources: Utilization and Conservation
Soil and Water Environment
Current Topics in Agriculture and Food Environment
Agricultural English I (Presentation Skill)
Agricultural English II (Paper Writing Skill)
Special Lecture on International Development I
Special Lecture on International Development II
International Rural Development
Rural Survey Methodology
Advanced Technology in Agriculture
Food Science and Food System
- -Specialized Subjects-
- Agricultural Bioresource Sciences
Animal & Marine Bioresource Sciences
Forest and Forest Products Sciences
Bioproduction Environmental Sciences
Agronomy and Environmental Sciences
Agricultural and Resource Economics
Applied Molecular Microbiology and Biomass Chemistry
Food Science & Biotechnology
- -PBL Subjects-
- Agricultural Problem-Based Learning Ⅰ
Agricultural Problem-Based Learning Ⅱ
- -Communication Subjects-
- Business Japanese Ⅰ
Business Japanese Ⅱ
List of faculty members capable of guiding JDS Fellows
In principle, all professors and associate professors are capable of supervising JDS Fellows.
The supervising professors for JDS Fellows are determined in April.
We read their report and discuss which laboratory is suitable for each JDS Fellows and decide his/her laboratory and supervising professor.
- 1st year Fall (October – March)
- Entrance ceremony (October)
Fall module subjects
Academic English Writing Skills module
- 1st year Spring (April – September)
- Spring module subjects
Academic English Presentation Skills module
- 2nd year Fall (October – March)
- International Seminars
- 2nd year Spring (April – September)
- Defending Master's thesis
Oral presentation (July)
Graduation ceremony (September)
Program for JDS fellows
In additional to the Master’s Program, an additional coursework is prepared for JDS Fellows to enhance their knowledge on both academic and cultural experience at Kyushu University. It filled with a number of academic activities that inspire you academically while allowing you to explore Japanese culture and to enjoy campus life during your study.
- 1) International Seminar
- We invite well-known researchers from all over the world. This is a great opportunity to hear about their research, and also a good chance to discuss it with them personally.
Recent seminar titles are, “New Challenges of ODS for Agricultural Development Schemes in Recipient Countries” in 2012, “Contemporary Issues in East Asian Agriculture, its Market, Environment, and GIAHS” in 2013, and “Liquid composting technology for livestock manure management in Korea“ in 2014 and “Liquid composting technology for livestock manure management in Korea“ in 2015. This will be one of the most exciting experiences you will have in your academic career..
- 2) Research Skills Seminar
- We will help students get started on your research as smoothly as possible. We have several research seminars such as survey methodology, writing skills, and presentation practice.
- 3) Research Trip
- Based on the student requests, we organize research trips and visit to recycling of organic waste, bio-gas production facilities as well as water resources management facility. This is an exciting opportunity to get to know and see the leading technology in biomass and water related civil engineering as a future technological leader in students’ home countries.
April: Ooki circulation center (biomass energy plant)
May: Planting rice in terraced paddy fields (Ukiha town, Fukuoka)
July: Integrated rice and duck farming (Mr. Takao FURUNO’s farm, Keisen town, Fukuoka)
A two-day trip to Aso Volcano areas to learn about agricultural activities.
- 4) Follow-up Seminar
- Another two years of hard work, your supervisors will be your important research co-workers. We organize follow-up seminars in your home countries, where you can have another opportunity to discuss and inspire your further research. Follow-up seminars were held in Cambodia in 2013, Myanmar in 2014, Laos in 2015 and at VNUA, Viet Nam in 2016..
- 5) Life in Kyushu University
- Kyushu University enjoys its international academic atmosphere; more than 10 per cent of the students are from overseas. Life in Kyushu University Academic life at Kyushu University is intense as well as warm and welcoming. One of the best experiences of your two year academic life will be the farewell party held by the Agricultural Faculty, including your supervisors, at the end of your two year program. JDS fellows celebrate their hard work, and enjoy the last BBQ at Kyushu University.
Post program activities
- 1. Guidance of the journal article submission
- 1. Supervisors will continue to guide you and support you to submit a journal article based on data and analysis conducted during the program
2. Network building via JDS Kyushu University homepage and Facebook (JDS at Kyushu University)
- 2. Network building
- The graduate of JDS Project at Kyushu University continue to get updated information of activities as well as that of alumina via JDS Kyushu University homepage (http://www.agr.kyushu-u.ac.jp/international/graduate/jds/) and Facebook.
- Bioresource Sciences, Agro-environmental Sciences, Agricultural & Resource Economics, Bioscience & Biotechnology, Innovative Science & Technology for Bio-industry
- -Attached Institutes-
- Center for Promoting International Education and Research of Agriculture, University Farm, University Forest, Fishery Research Laboratory, Institute of Biological Control, Institute of Genetic Resources, Kuju Agricultural Research Center
- -Relating Institutes-
- Biotron Application Center, Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Bio-Architecture Center
- -Other Facilities-
- International Student Center
University Central Library
Counseling & Health Center
Kyushu University International Students House
- -International Student and Researcher Support Center-
- When you need to prepare documents and submit them to public offices in order to study in Japan, including those needed for the Immigration Bureau, want to rent an apartment, or need help with any other documents or procedures, the International Student and Researcher Support Center located on each campus always stands by to help you.
Please visit the International Student and Researcher Support Center website for more information:
- -Student support tutoring system-
- A team of Kyushu University students is assigned to new international students as supporters. This team will be your guide to your new environment and will support you in adjusting to life in Japan. The supporters will meet you at the dormitory when you arrive in Kyushu, take you shopping, show you around the campus and the city, introduce you to friends and teachers, and teach you basic information about Japanese living. They will serve as your personal advisers.
- -International Student Association (KUFSA)-
- The Kyushu University Foreign Students Association (KUFSA) is an organization that represents all foreign students enrolled at Kyushu University (Kyudai). Through KUFSA, students can take part in excursions, sports, and other fun activities. Join KUFSA’s page on Facebook.
- -University Central Library-
- The University Library consists of three general libraries, the largest of which is located right across the road from the International Student Center. The International Salon on the second floor is equipped with 40 personal computers for the use of students and staff. In the International Corner on the third floor, satellite broadcasting in Chinese, Korean and English is also available. Computers and Internet access is possible from 9:00am to 5:00pm on weekdays in the computer room. Computer facilities are also available in the Central Library.
- -Counseling & Health Center-
- Counseling & Health Center offers physical and psychological care service, the counseling and guidance of all students and staff members of Kyushu University. The branch office of the center is located in the Hakozaki Campus.
- Students enrolled in the Course are guaranteed a furnished single room with a private bathroom and balcony at the Kyushu University International Students House (KUISH), or rooms provided by other institutions with which the university has an accommodation agreement, for the first 6 months after arrival at Kyushu University. KUISH is a self-catering hall located 3 km east of the main Hakozaki campus. More detailed information on housing is available at the following website:
Message for Applicants
More than 50 students from Viet Nam have been chosen through highly competitive selection procedures and enrolled in our MA degree since 2001. In this Program, some scientific tours for the JDS Fellows have been offered from time to time during the two year Master course period for each fellow. The aims of these tours are to promote a greater understanding of policies, circumstances, and technologies in Japanese agriculture. Our program has proven successful and has been acknowledged by the academic and research institutions of our students’ home countries. Research in the individual laboratories in our graduate school as well as opportunities of exploring fields and of presenting their research at international conferences enrich their experiences. Our educational excellence is also evidenced by the fact that our graduates are highly sought after by academic institutions and industries alike.
Also, at Kyushu University, students are given opportunities for presenting their research finding at both national and international conferences and publishing articles in academic journals. Also, they enjoy expanding their national network. The following message from our current JDS Fellow, Mr Nguyen Cong Thanh from Viet Nam depicts such a story.
“Catching up new academic environment resulted in spending much time and efforts. I have read more materials than I did before and adjust with new life with feeling of “blind and deaf” in case of living in the non-speaking English country. Nevertheless, I was very much encouraged by supports from fellow students from home who studied together at Kyushu University. It counted for around 50 Vietnamese students in Kyushu University and as three time as this number of students in some other schools and colleges in Japan. We usually keep in touch and share experiences in academic work and social life as well. Moreover, VYSAF, which is stand for Vietnamese Young Association in Fukuoka, actively connects Vietnamese together.”
Thank you for your interest in our program and look forward to meeting you at Kyushu University.
From JDS Fellows:
Mr. Dong Dao Dung
Vietnam National University of Agriculture
JDS Fellow 2012 – 2014
“JDS Project made my dream of studying abroad come true. I definitely satisfy with JICE's support both in Vietnam and Japan. JDS fellows at University are closed and friendly. Through my experience with dedicated professors and modern education system in Japan, I am confident to say that applying JDS project is the best choice.”