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Wang Jiahao(from China)
Having finished my four years bachelor study in IUPE, I am currently enrolled as a second year master student in MSc Plant Sciences in Wageningen University and Research (WUR) in the Netherlands. I am proud of both universities for their excellence in the field of life sciences, while appreciating their distinct approaches. In IUPE there were small-scale classes and intimate connection with professors and staffs, while here in WUR everything is arranged by students ourselves, including the time scheduling and choice of classes, thesis selection and appointments with professors.
IUPE in many ways trained my open-mindedness and smoothed my path to connect to another part of the world. The general lectures in Statistics, Ecology, Molecular biology, English and presentation skills, Philosophy etc, all bridged me to my current master studies, where I rely on them heavily. Compared to my peers I am also fortunate to have adjusted myself quickly to the Netherlands, a totally different culture and lifestyle, thanks to the international background of IUPE. These have been rich experiences as a Chinese student first in Japan, and now in Europe. While adapting myself to different environments, I choose to combine the best from each culture and merge them into my own original approach to study and life.
As food is indispensable in our life, and can contribute to a healthier lifestyle for human beings, I decided to study food science and aimed at making safe and nutritious food . As the technique of food science is very advanced in Japan, I applied for the International Undergraduate Program at Kyushu University. The campus life was very interesting.
I met many people from different countries, and we were together not only in classes, but also in other activities such as the soccer tournament, and had many trips together. I have started working in a Japanese company which makes commodities for other companies, working in the savoury seasoning group. As a newcomer, my task is to make ingredients for use in other products. In our company, there is a lot of interesting research that builds on what I studied at Kyushu University. However, I also have to be a lifelong learner to develop to meet the new challenges I face in my career. I will work hard on product discovery and try to make delicious seasonings for everyone!
Hi, my name is Helen Tianyi Li. After graduation from IUPE, I am currently studying in the Ph.D.program in Bioengineering, at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Four years of study at Kyushu University was the best experience ever.
I love the beautiful city and friendly people in Fukuoka. I appreciate IUPE in the way that it is trying to provide us with the best academic resources and also a welcoming atmosphere. Here, I met professors who not only lead us to be good researchers but also good people. Here, I learned not only from classes but also from all kinds of interesting extra-curricular activities. I became good friends with both Japanese and international students from all over the world. I was really exposed to Japanese culture but also given a global vision. Also, one of the best things about the IUPE in Department of Bioresource and Bioenvironment is that you choose the specific area of study in the third year. This privilege could give you a broad perspective on many bio-related fields, and you get to do what you are really interested in.
When I knew that Kyushu University offered an international undergraduate course, I was very excited because I have been very interested in plants and biological science. Moreover, I am personally into Japanese culture and studying in Japan was one of my dreams. When I first came here, everything was new, exciting, and difficult at the same time.
However, I had classmates from many different countries all over the world and we really had a great time. In 2015, I obtained my undergraduate degree from laboratory of crop science, Bioresource Science department. My research was about the effects of heat stress on rice grain quality in molecular and hormonal levels. This research received an award as the best presentation representing Kyushu University at the International Conference of Undergraduate Research (ICUR). As I developed a strong interest in my current research, I decided to continue my degree at the same laboratory, Crop Science. Being here, I am able to improve experimental skills together with language skills in both English and Japanese. Finally, I really enjoy my life here in Japan, in Kyushu University every day and every moment. Although I have a hard time when experiments do not go well, I am really lucky to have cheerful and supportive people surrounding me like my professors and my lab friends. I will finish my master’s degree in 2017. If you ask me, where will I continue my Ph.D., I would say, “obviously, Kyushu University.”
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 has full-time staff who are fluent in both Japanese and English to help international students in the bioresource and bioenvironment course.