What is JDS program ?

Japanese Grant Aid for Human Resource Development Scholarship (JDS) program is to support human resource development of the Japanese grant aid recipient countries. JDS program targets the highly capable young officials (mainly government) who are expected to engage in implementing social and economic development plans as a future leader.
JDS Fellows are also expected to contribute to the enhanced bilateral relations between their countries and Japan, with well-rounded knowledge of Japan.
JDS program offers 2-year Master’s course at Japanese Universities in English. JDS Fellows will get a special opportunity for directly learning the forefront knowledge in the technological environment as well as for building the wide human networks.

This homepage provides necessary information for those who are thinking about applying to JDS scholarship and studying at Kyushu University as well as those who are currently enrolled in the International Development Rsearch Course of The Graduate School of Bioresource and Bioenvironmental Sciences.

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Features of the graduate school

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.

International development research course (M.Sc)

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. The course was successfully awarded four Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan (MEXT) scholarships for the master’s course and eight for the doctoral course from 2013 to 2017. In addition to MEXT scholarships, we also accept students with the Japanese Grant Aid for Human Resource Development Scholarship (JDS) program from Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, and Laos, 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:

1Course description

The master’s program emphasizes acquisition of synthetic and practical abilities. Students are required to complete four semesters of 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%.

Course description photo
TRAN Viet Phuong (VietNam) with Prof. Mitsuhiro FURUSE, Regulation in Metabolism and Behavior Lab.

2Opportunity 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.

3Thesis work

The course is geared toward international students so 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.

LAOKOM Vila (Lao PDR) with Prof. Shin-Ichiro WADA, Environmental Geochemistry Lab.

4Expected 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