Development of AgriBio Leaders with an International Perspective

STEP!ⅢKyushu UniversityFaculty of AgricultureGlobal Human ResourcesDevelopment ProgramProblem-based Learning Progra at Overseas UniversitiesHands-on experience of global issues and The program, based on field experience, provides students first-hand experience of the current state of the agricultural sciences and issues around the world, through special lectures by an international education team, field trips to local farms and farming households and cross-cultural exchanges.Program name: Studying meat science and large-scale farming at Kansas State University, AY 2014~Contents: Visit to large-scale livestock farms, hands-on lectures on meat science, food production and management, food culture, meat judging, etc.Kansas State University(Manhattan, Kansas, U.S.)STUDENT INTERVIEWAya NakayamaFood Science and Technology, Applied Biosciences courseProgram participation: 2014n the training program, I studied large-scale farming through the entire flow of cattle farming from breeding, fattening, slaughter to delivery to the dining table. Particularly impressive was the experiment on the utilization of saccharides in cattle lumen. I was surprised to see real cattle used in the experiment. This is possible only in a university in Kansas, located close to cattle ranches.I also discovered the differences in thinking between Japan and the United States regarding livestock farming. In Japan, livestock breeding is done by families or communities, with varied methods of cattle fattening and diverse range of meat quality. On the other hand, nationwide standardization is established in the US from feet to number of days required for fattening, and tens of thousands of cattle heads are controlled in giant feedlots. This impressed me more as “industry” than farming.In the future, I am hoping to work in preserving food safety in Japan. I feel that training in such an overseas production site while in university was extremely meaningful.IAgricultural sciences is an academic discipline that is closely linked to the world, in the areas of stable supply of foods and environmental protection. Also, many of the graduates of Kyushu University’s Faculty of Agriculture are working in the international arena of research, business and social contribution. The program aimed at problem-based learning of scientific experiences is designed to train students to become future leaders with an international perspective.The program offers problem-based learning in areas, chiefly in the Pacific Rim. The program on studying meat science and large-scale farming offered in Kansas spotlights the livestock industry and American beef production. Students visit local sites to gain first-hand experience and observations of large-scale livestock facilities, such as fattening facilities that can hold several tens of thousands of cattle. Through interaction with the faculty members of the local university and with farmers, students are able to explore into their own research issues, such as how American beef is produced and managed and what differences there are with Japan.I believe that “agri-science manpower” sought in the international community today should especially gain a broad, international perspective and boldly challenge global issues.Associate Professor Yasuaki Hiromasa“Agri-science” manpower sought by the international communityFaculty of AgricultureInterview with 13


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