JDS PROGRAM at the Graduate School of Bioresource and Bioenvironmental Sciences, Kyushu university

(i) Course work

Features of the International Graduate Programs of the Graduate School of Bioresource and Bioenvironmental Sciences

The Graduate School of Bioresource and Bioenvironmental Sciences emphasizes the role of agricultural sciences in overcoming challenges related to global food and the environment, and contributes to global progress in maintaining a stable supply of food and materials, environmental conservation, and promotion of health and welfare. To this end, the school possesses leading researchers and specialists highly knowledgeable in the fields of life science, environmental science, and socioeconomics.


Master’s course

The International Development Research Course strives to build on the capacity attained in the above fields for international students from developed and developing countries aiming to contribute to global sustainable development. In addition to the JDS scholarship program, the course was successfully awarded MEXT scholarship (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan) for the master’s course and the doctoral course from 2008 to 2020 as well as the Asian Development Bank – Japan Scholarship Program (ADB-JSP) and Project for the Promotion and Enhancement of the Afghan Capacity for Effective Development (PEACE).

The common features of the Master’s programs are as follows:

1 Course description
Course Requirements

Students of the International Program belong to one of the following four departments according to their supervisor’s affiliation: Department of Bioresource Sciences, Department of Agro-environmental Sciences, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Department of Bioscience and Biotechnology and complete the curriculum listed below. In addition, the JICA Development Studies Program of Kyushu University is compulsory for JDS scholars (2 subjects, 4 credits).

Students are required to complete an eight-quarter coursework over a two-year period. The course consists of lectures, practical work, seminars, and tutorials. Students must obtain 30 credits with a minimum passing grade of 60%. Students will be awarded the Master of Science (M.Sc) on completion of a satisfactory thesis.

Aim Required
Special Research Subject Research practice 12 credits
Practicum Improvement of academic presentation and practice 4 credits
Core Subject Improvement of basic academic abilities focusing on agricultural administration adn rural development 5 credits
PBL Subject Problem based learning 2 credits
Advanced Subject Improvement of expertiese 2 credits
Curriculum

The master’s program emphasizes acquisition of synthetic and practical abilities.

For the syllabus, please refer to the following website. >> syllabus

Classification Subject Credit
Special Research Subject Master’s Thesis ResearchⅠ 6
Master’s Thesis ResearchⅡ 6
Practicum Seminar in a Specified Field Ⅰ 2
Seminar in a Specified Field Ⅱ 2
Teaching practice 2
Presentation skill for academic meeting Ⅰ 1
Presentation skill for academic meeting Ⅱ 1
International presentation skill for academic meeting 2
Internship 1
Core Subject Basic Statistics 1
Advanced Statistics 1
Biological Resources: Utilization and Conservation 1
Soil and Water Environment 1
International Rural Development 2
Advanced Technology in Agriculture 1
Food Science and Food System 1
Fundamental Research Skills 1
Rural Survey Research Methods 1
PBL Subject Agricultural Problem-Based Learning I 1
Agricultural Problem-Based Learning Ⅱ 1
Advanced Subject Agricultural Sciences 1
Animal and Marine Biosciences 1
Forest and Forestry Sciences 1
Bioproduction Environmental Sciences 1
Sustainable Bioresources Science 1
Advanced econometrics 2
Molecular Bioscience I 1
Advanced in Bioresource Technology 1
Advanced Food Quality 1
2 Opportunity to learn Japanese

Students are expected to learn the Japanese language during the course of their studies, and while not compulsory, this is aimed at improving their ability to communicate in daily life.

3 Thesis work

The course is geared toward international students and all thesis work is conducted in English. Topics of thesis research are specified after students’ discussion with their supervisor. Students must submit their master’s thesis in English to the appropriate examination board in the department of the teaching staff. Students are required to give an oral presentation of the thesis during the spring semester of the second year.

TRAN Viet Phuong (Vietnam) with Prof. Mitsuhiro FURUSE, Regulation in Metabolism and Behavior Lab.
LAOKOM Vila (Lao PDR) with Prof. Shin-Ichiro WADA, Environmental Geochemistry Lab.
4 Expected degree awarded

A committee will evaluate overall performance based on a report by the department committee. Satisfactory performance will lead to awarding of the Master of Science.

NGUYEN Thi Quynh Chi, left (Vietnam) and KOUN Pich, (Cambodia) Environmental Life Economics Lab. Prof. YABE Mitsuyasu
5 "Understanding JAPAN" JICA Development Studies Program(JICA-DSP)

Kyushu University runs '' Understanding JAPAN” program as JICA Development Studies Program. The program is conducted in collaboration with 6 Graduate of Schools. It aims to learn the Japan’s modernization experience from which students can gain insights for further development of their countries. Graduate school of Bioresource and Bioenvironmental Sciences offers two subject, "AgriBio Advanced Technology in Japan" and "Construction of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and Development of Asian Agriculture". JDS students are required to complete two JICA-DSP subjects for graduation.

6 Minor

The English-taught minor program ‘International Frontier Program in Agriculture’ aims to foster who has comprehensive knowledge of agriculture and internationally viable expertise. The program offers problem-based learning subjects, international practical educational opportunity, and academic professional English learning. Two JICA-DSP subjects, "AgriBio Advanced Technology in Japan" and "Construction of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and Development of Asian Agriculture", are included in this program.

Structure:
  1. Professional English (Presentation and Writing)
  2. JICA Development Studies Program (intensive classes)
  3. Current Topics in Agriculture and Biotechnology
  4. Inbound international program (intensive classes)
  5. Outbound international program (intensive classes)
Subject Credit
English for AgriBio Leaders I 1
English for AgriBio Leaders II 1
Asian Development and System Transformation of Agriculture, Forestory and Fisheries 2
International Contribution and AgriBio Advanced Technology 2
Current Topics in Agriculture and Biotechnology 1
AgriBio Global Exercise I 1
AgriBio Global Exercise II 1
AgriBio Global Exercise III 1
AgriBio Overseas Short-term Program 2
AgriBio Overseas Program 4

Doctor’s course

Students will be awarded the Doctor of Philosophy (Agricultural Science) upon completion of a satisfactory dissertation. To be awarded a Ph.D., students must complete a six semesters of coursework over a three-year period. The course consists of tutorials and tutorial exercises, usually given in a seminar format. Students must conduct thesis research under the supervision of advisory faculty members, and will be expected to have some of their work published in scientific journals.

Students must submit their dissertation in English to the course committee. An oral presentation of their dissertation is required in the spring semester of the final year.

Doctoral Course Requirement

Aim Required
Advanced Topics (Research Training) Research practice 2 credits
Advanced Topics Improvement of academic abilities, presentation and practice 10 credits
Vision Design Subject Acquire abilities to design future vision, use backcasting method, and practice with OODA loop 2 credits
PBL Problem based learning 2 credits
Recommended subject Improvement of expertiese -

Doctoral Course Curriculum

Classification Subject Credit
Advanced Topics Research Training on Specialized Subject 2
Advanced Topics Advanced Topics in Specialized Subject 3
Tutorial on Specialized Subject 3
Advanced Agricultural English(Writing and Presentation Skill) 2
Teaching Practice 2
Presentation skill for academic meeting Ⅰ 1
Presentation skill for academic meeting Ⅱ 1
Presentation Skill for Academic Meetings 2
Internship 2
Project Research 2
Vision Design Subject Vision Design 1
OODA Application 1
PBL Advanced PBL 2
Recommended subject Agricultural Sciences 1
Animal and Marine Biosciences 1
Forest and Forestry Sciences 1
Bioproduction Environmental Sciences 1
Sustainable Bioresources Science 1
Advanced econometrics 2
Molecular Bioscience I 1
Advanced in Bioresource Technology 1
Advanced Food Quality 1

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