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The Mater's Program in Agro-Bioresources Science and Technology aims to cultivate researchers and highly trained professionals with research ability and abundant knowledge fundamental to the Agro-Bioresources Science and Technology, principally based on agronomy, biological sciences, environmental sciences, environmental engineering, and social sciences for agriculture and forestry.
This program consists of 4 domains and 2 courses that are different in terms of their major theoretical and practical methodologies. Four domains are divided into Agro-biological Science, Agricultural Economics and Sociology, Applied Biochemistry, and Bioresource Environment Engineering. Each domain consists of very wide array of the relevant scientific fields from basic to applied aspects relating the characteristics of each domain. Biosystem course discloses a concept of post-biotechnology, and aims at achieving an education/research system to create opportunities for students that they can learn multi-processes from biological resources and biological functions to create harmony between life industry and biological society. Besides these 4 domains and 1 course, a new course program for foreign students, "Sustainable rural development", was worked out since August, 2006, under the collaboration with JICA(Japan International Cooperation Agency) which provides practical and theological trainings concerning stable food production and supply, and alleviation of poverty in the student's home country.
In addition, a new "International Collaborative Expert Education Program for Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development" aims the education for the foreign students to be the experts in agricultural and rural development through our own program and those in the linkage with JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency), International Institutions and the partner universities, contributing ESD (Education for Sustainable Development) for the degree of master's and the subsequent doctor's.
Agro-biological Science is a domain which constitutes a basis for food production. It aims for the development of a producing technology which is based on the traditional system of agronomy and at the same time incorporates the latest biological techniques such as a molecular biological technique. In this domain, the education/research is conducted in the field relating to the breeding and production of crops, vegetables, ornamental plants and fruit trees; the production and management of livestock; the cultivation and conservation of forests; and the control of the animals, insects and microbes that have adverse influences on them.
Bioreasouce Environment Engineering
This domain consists of an interdisciplinary and fusional system incorporating biochemical techniques into the traditional engineering techniques based on mathematics and physics. It aims to achieve a new engineering with the goal of saving the impact of the modern society on the environment as much as possible. With this aim, the main field of research includes the development of new biological resources, the production and use of biological resources, the conservation and restoration of nature and ecology, the environmental utilization of biological resources etc. And it aims to understand the environmental problems according to the natural characteristics of the location and the developmental stage of the society and thereby to seek solutions.
The research project includes the following: understanding of the universality and diversity of life activities such as expression and regulation of gene functions; interactions between biological macromolecules, mainly a protein; adjustability of biological functions at a cellular or individual level; interactions between living organisms as well as between living organisms and the environment. Based on the research achievements, it carries out the development research of an environmentally friendly and ecologically sound biological production system, and an education/research regarding the extraction and production of useful substances, the application of biological functions to biomimetic chemistry, etc.
Agricultural Economics and Sociology
Biological resources are products resulting from ecological mechanism. As far as this ecological mechanism is maintained, reproduction of biological resources can be ensured. Both developing countries and highly developed countries are faced with social maladies due to environmental burdens and uneven distribution of food production, which makes it difficult to realize sustainable reproduction of biological resources. This domain provides an education/research aiming at the construction of a theory of ecologically sound economics and the development of a recycling socio-economic system that embodies the theory.
As the life industry has become rapidly highly sophisticated and specialized, people who are in charge of the practical tasks in this field are required to possess the latest knowledge and a wide perspective that enable them to comprehensively evaluate the social needs and social acceptability. Therefore, this course aims at training students especially to gain ability to understand practical problems and solve them. This course has curriculum different from the other four domains. It discloses a concept of post-biotechnology and realizes a practical education/research aiming at the following: creating new biological resources based on biotechnology, and a method that harmonizes their functions with living organisms and biological system; and constructing a permanent cycle in the closed system of human beings and other living organisms as well as inorganic materials from a perspective of future sustainable development of the whole of life.
Professional Training Program*
The professional development is one of the major demanding points of higher degrees. The international agricultural sciences is a multidisciplinary masters leading doctoral program focusing on agricultural topics dealing with appropriate technology and sciences for sustainable development, biosphere resource science and technology, life sciences and bioengineering, and bioindustrial sciences. The aim of this program is to develop leadership of agricultural expert capable to introduce innovative utilization of agricultural bioresources towards sustainability. The scientific reasoning and innovation can be achieved through this specialization degree, focusing fundamental and analytical research capability and enhancement courses for knowledge discovery, and finally performing a cutting-edge research in the emerging areas of agriculture, food, environment and energy.
The University of Tsukuba seeks students or on job professionals who are interested to develop them as frontier in the field of agricultural sciences focusing on agriculture, food processing, agricultural economics, applied biochemistry and aim to develop leading edge technology to solve the current problems of agricultural research on global perspectives.
- Entrance fees are 282,000 Japanese Yen (non-refundable).
- Supervisor of Your Choice / Exam Subject
- TOEIC Official Score Certificate or TOEFL Examinee (Test Taker) Score Report which is sent to the TOEFL examinee from ETS by postal mail
- Research Plan
- Educational Background
- Examination Fees
- (Expected) Graduation Certificate*
- Degree Certificate*
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- Letter of Approval for Entrance Exam (Form of Your Selection)
- Certificate of Government-Sponsored (Japanese Government Monbukagakusho Scholarship) Foreign Student
- Japanese Government Monbukagakusho Scholarship