Student Life and Career
Ph.D. Fellow, MEXT Scholar
Laboratory of Functional Anatomy
Kyushu University is one of the leading university in Asia and it was an excellent opportunity for me to study in this top-ranked university with a prestigious MEXT scholarship. I did my Ph. D. in the Graduate School of Bioresource and Bioenvironmental Sciences under International Development Research Course (IDRC). It is an excellent unique education and research program specially designed for international students. I belonged to the Laboratory of Functional Anatomy, Department of Bioresource Sciences and our laboratory was fully equipped with advanced scientific technologies. I have learned high-class techniques of molecular & cellular biology and behavioral experiments under the close supervision of the dynamic supervisory committee. My Japanese lab mates were so cooperative and helpful, they made my daily life smoother, and simply they were lovely guys. I had presented my research findings many of the national and international conferences, and the AChemS conference in the USA was the best one. I had a chance to meet lot foreign students with diversified experience, which broadened my network throughout the world. I have highly impressed about the quality caring from International Student Support Center, even though they care my personal problem also. Besides academic life, I had also enjoyed the rich Japanese culture and enjoyed the Welcome Tea Ceremony, Nakagawa Machi Cultural Exchange, activates of KUFSA, and so on. I can never forget the love and affection of Kyushu University and hope the knowledge I gathered would help me to build my future in a better way.
Jithya Wijesinghe(Sri Lanka)
Asian Development Bank- Japanese Scholarship Programme (ADB- JSP)
I had a dream of pursuing highest studies in a world recognized University after my bachelor degree. Coming to Japan, was a turning point in my life which opened the doors for international education environment via ADB – JSP. It is a great opportunity and honour to carry out a research with an eminent researchers in Kyushu University under the International Development Research Course.
Well-designed study program that integrates intensive courses, fieldtrips and seminars, good laboratory facilities with sophisticated analytical instruments; staffs; opportunities to attend international conferences and international student supports in the University help me get better academic achievements.
Furthermore, my intellectual exposure in a country like Japan, with its great belief in research and evidence-based practices is unique, not least because of the opportunity of a lifetime to experience the distinct culture. In addition, the interaction with various nationalities during my stay in Japan is an exciting experience.
Le Thi Thanh LOAN(Vietnam)
Ph.D. Student, 911 Vietnamese government scholar
Environmental Economics Lab.
Kyushu University is a good chance for me to develop significantly my academic knowledge, skills, and experiences in the field of Agricultural and Resource Economics. The first thing which I have explored here is a strong support from professors who are leaders in the field. The professors impress me because they keep patience to encourage their students to work in the students’ own ways. Moreover, I have found that the power of exchange knowledge through laboratory’ seminars every week has played an important role in enriching the students’ knowledge. To me, opportunities to explore other case studies from lab mates as well as receiving the critical comments for my research during the seminars have supported me to grow as a research scientist. Furthermore, I did not really recognized about the crucial role of the senior students (senpai- in Japanese) until I have studied in Japan. If you are junior students, do not hesitate to ask the experience from your senpais in order to work in the most effective way. Last but not least, being a student from the Graduate school of Bioresource and Bioenvironmental Sciences, I have many chances to participate in the domestic and international conferences which could strongly support my career.
Laboratory of Food and Agricultural Policies
After obtaining a master degree, I was passionately looking for the opportunities to continue my postgraduate studies at the PhD level in a recognized university. In the year 2013, I applied for PhD scholarships of JICA’s PEACE project when I had to choose a Japanese university while applying for the scholarships. It took me much time to finally found my ideal university among several suggested Japanese universities, the Kyushu University. This university is one of the top universities in Japan with more than 100 years of experience in teaching, research and development. Kyushu University administers a special program for international students in English, the International Development Research Course (IDRC), with wonderful support for all international students in academic and daily lives. Having selected an outstanding university with a comprehensive program in English, I wished for a well-educated supervisor with fluent English. It was Kyushu University where I found my ideal professor to act as supervisor during my PhD course. Now being at the final semester of my PhD course in the Laboratory of Food and Agricultural Policies, I am more than satisfied with my studies in Kyushu University. My program is comprehensive combining research, course work, seminars, attending conferences, field visits and social events. This made my laborious doctors life fruitful and enjoyable. The weekly seminars by students in our laboratory allowed me to get involved in many interesting research projects on different countries and learn new things. We also learned a lot from the visiting professors and guest lecturers from other countries and universities. I have enhanced my theoretical knowledge and analytical skills in my field of study, published several research articles in academic journals, participated in various conferences, and networked with scholars and researchers from different countries. I, therefore, believe that studying in the IDRC of Kyushu University will allow one to acquire quality education along with many achievements and best memories.
SupportSupport services are available for all students during their studies.
Kyushu University provides a support system for international students and researchers to assist their daily lives and academic activities in Japan.
The international students and researcher support center sends a full-time member of staff, who can speak fluently in Japanese and English, to help international students in the bioresource and bioenvironment course (or department if that is more correct).