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Greetings from the dean

Agriculture-related institutions for education and research at Kyushu University consist of the Graduate School of Bioresource and Bioenvironmental Sciences (graduate education body), the Faculty of Agriculture (research body comprising faculty members), and the Department of Bioresource and Bioenvironment, School of Agriculture (undergraduate education body).

The School of Agriculture, Kyushu University offers internationally advanced expertise and technology in agriculture-related disciplines. To foster diverse individuals who are highly inquisitive and have a good sense of life-balance, the Department of Bioresource and Bioenvironment offers four courses, which consist of 11 programs in total. These programs cover a wide range of academic fields, including biosciences, chemistry, physics and mathematics, and social sciences. This comprehensive educational system means the department resembles a mini-university. To actively recruit diverse talent, we give applicants an entrance exam to assess their knowledge and their ability to apply it, and an essay exam for comprehensive evaluation. We also screen students with an essay exam and interview. Upon entering the university, all undergraduate students belong to the School of Agriculture, but are not yet required to decide on their course and program. This policy gives the students some time, until the second half of their sophomore year when they can grasp the entire picture of agriculture, to select their major. This late specialization system allows students to consider their aptitudes from various perspectives. In addition to the four courses, we have offered a degree program, the International Course, Department of Bioresource and Bioenvironment, in English since October 2010 as part of the Global 30 Project supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan (MEXT). Under the Project for Promotion of Global Human Resource Development, also supported by MEXT, we are developing future leaders with global mindsets by having them attend classes with international students and participate in intensive courses at overseas universities. As stated above, through the gradual promotion system where students enhance their expertise gradually, the systematic 4-year curriculum, and our programs for human resource development, we aim to cultivate individuals who have a comprehensive knowledge of agriculture, an advanced global awareness, expertise, polished social skills and a rich sense of humanity.

For the education of students who will become the backbone of our knowledge-based society, the Graduate School of Bioresource and Bioenvironmental Sciences, Kyushu University aims to foster researchers who have high degree of expertise in the areas of Bioresource Sciences, Agro-Environmental Sciences, Agricultural and Resource Economics, Bioscience and Biotechnology, and Innovative Science and Technology for Bio-Industry, and who have the ability to research, solve problems and engage in strategic planning. The graduate school also aims to produce advanced professionals who have a good sense of life-balance and a flexible reasoning capacity. We provide our Doctor’s Course students with further advanced and globalized education to nurture outstanding researchers who have a rich sense of humanity and creativity. In addition, the graduate school aims to develop educators, including university faculty members, who will pioneer and lead in next generation Bioresource and Bioenvironmental Sciences. Toward the realization of our education policy, the graduate school has five departments, each of which offers educational courses. We have diversified our screening methods to recruit promising students with various skill sets. We also encourage working members of society to enter our graduate school and make efforts to increase the number of top-notch international students. To attract such students from abroad, we are especially focused on the enhancement of the International Development Research Course, which is taught in English.

The mission of the Faculty of Agriculture, Kyushu University is to collect the wisdom acquired from life, water, the soil, forests and the earth, to pass it on to future generations as a heritage of mankind, and to realize the evolution of agriculture so that humankind can harmoniously coexist with the global environment. We aspire to contribute to the stable supply of food and resources, the conservation of the living environment for animals and plants, and the health and welfare of human beings through education and research, international cooperation and cooperation with society in the fields of Bioresource and Bioenvironmental Sciences. To achieve these goals, we have set the following realms as the four pillars of our studies: 1) State-of-the-art Agricultural Life Sciences, where we seek to clarify, use and create biofunctions with rapid progress in life science research, 2) Environmental Sciences, where we construct biodiversity-friendly, environmentally-conscious, recyclable and sustainable biological production and agricultural villages from the standpoint of conserving the global environment, 3) International Agri-Food System Sciences, which focus on potential food production capacity in the monsoon regions of Asia, and which cover the research of bioresources and their use, environmental conservation and rural development, in order to increase mid-term and long-term food production capacity, and 4) research related to the functionality and safety of food, and to the establishment of a reliable food supply system in response to society’s need for food safety. The Faculty of Agriculture comprises four departments of Bioresource Sciences, Agro-Environmental Sciences, Agricultural and Resource Economics, and Bioscience and Biotechnology. Each department offers a variety of divisions under which laboratories are available. The faculty vigorously promotes education and research activities to achieve the above goals, and strives to make contributions to society both domestically and internationally.

In order to solve the food and environmental problems confronting all of humanity in the 21st century, and to contribute to the stable supply of food and resources, the conservation of a living environment for animals and plants, and the health and welfare of people around the world, the Faculty of Agriculture, the Graduate School of Bioresource and Bioenvironmental Sciences, and the School of Agriculture continue to evolve.

Kazuaki HIRAMATSU, Prof. Dr.
Graduate School of Bioresource and
Bioenvironmental Sciences
Kyushu University

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