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Purpose of Foundation

The United Graduate School of Agricultural Sciences, Iwate University (UGAS) is one of the six united graduate schools in Japan dedicated to doctoral courses in agricultural sciences. These six schools composing 20 universities, operate cooperatively without the insular character that is often seen among the traditional graduate school systems. UGAS is the northernmost school among the six units and is blessed with the rich natural environment of Hokkaido and the Tohoku area in Japan. The home of the four constituent universities-Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, Hirosaki University, Yamagata University and Iwate University-is also a key area for food production in Japan, and its value for the nation's agriculture has been increasingly recognized in recent years. In such an environment, achieved important successes in the development of human resources that can contribute to a broad range of research and industrial fields. In addition we have also been aggressively promoting the enrollment of international students and working students. At UGAS, with biological research in cold climates as the main focus, advanced and academic research of various themes is pursued in the four specialies ; Bioproduction Science, Bioresources Science, Cryobiosystems Science and Biotic Environment Science.

We look forward to the enrollment of people who meet the following requirements.
・Those who have basic knowledge of their research area cultivated from academic experiences.
・Those who not only conduct research activity based on advanced research and technical knowledge but also have high motivation for acquiring a wide variety of knowledge related to agriculture in cold climates.
・Those who have interests in enhancing their English skills in science through international research exchanges and reporting research results to the world.
・Those who have desire to network and communicate actively with researchers and technical experts from wide range of research fields in the world.
・Those who have aspirations to build up their ability to disseminate their own knowledge and the fruits of their research to the general public in an easily comprehendible manner.
 

Our Human Resource Development Goals and Knowledge and Skills We Expect Students to Obtain

With a solid education system supported by the cooperation among the four constituent universities, partner graduate schools, and other united graduate schools of agricultural sciences, as well as graduate schools and universities overseas, UGAS provides our students with the opportunity to develop expertise in the fields of agricultural sciences designed for cold regions. Our goal is to develop researchers who can conduct advanced, global-level research , academic staff with deep interest and abundant knowledge in agricultural sciences, and professionals with flexible, high-level   problem-solving abilities.
Bioproduction Science
Specialisation in the Science of Bioproduction is designed for studies of  technological developments for the purpose of agriculture and biological resources, as well as basic and applied research in the physiology, genetics and ecology of these resources . By teaching students knowledge and skills in environmental management for bioproduction, we prepare them to become professionals with solid problem-solving capabilities and advanced skills to explore and develop new technologies.

Bioresources Science
Students choosing to Specialise in the Science of Bioresources, will study the applications and genetics of agricultural and other biological resources, and obtain knowledge in the development of technologies to produce bioresources. We train students to become experts in biosciences, with well-developed problem-solving skills and advanced research capabilities, in addition to a diverse knowledge.   

Cryobiosystem Science
Students specialising in the Science of Cryobiosystems study a wide variety of cold region life forms , with a particular focus on their the response mechanisms to different temperatures in the natural environment. They will obtain integrated knowledge of biology and engineering and skills needed to become experts capable of conducting creative and advanced interdisciplinary research.

Biotic Environment Science
Studies in the Specialty of Science of the Biotic Environment are focused on environmental factors affecting the sustainable use of biological resources and the effective use of local resources. Students will obtain the advanced knowledge and skills needed to serve as engineering specialists and leaders of local communities who can meet the specific needs of each community.

 

Admission Policy

The United Graduate School of Agricultural Sciences, Iwate University (UGAS) is one of the six united graduate schools in Japan that are dedicated to doctoral courses in agricultural sciences. These six independent schools are operated by cooperation among different institutions without the closed character that is often seen among the traditional graduate school systems. UGAS is the northernmost school among the six units and is blessed with the rich natural environment of Hokkaido and the Tohoku area in Japan. The home of the four constituent universitiesObihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, Hirosaki University, Yamagata University and Iwate Universityis also a key area for food production in Japan, and its value for the nations agriculture has been increasingly recognized in recent years. In such an environment, we have proved important achievements and successes in the development of human resources that can contribute to a broad range of research and industrial fields. In addition we have also been aggressively promoting the enrollment of international students. At UGAS, with biological research in cold climates as the main focus, advanced and academic research of various themes is pursued in the four specialty courses ; Science of Bioproduction, Science of Bioresources, Science of Cryobiosystems and Science of Biotic Environment. We aim to further contribute to the advancement of academic research and the development of related industries and societies through training and educating future researchers, educators and technicians who have a keen interest and rich knowledge in these fields, as well as through generating specialists who are internationally competitive in skills and knowledge and equipped with a broad and well-balanced perspective. Accordingly, individuals suitable to pursue these objectives are sought for admission. In the entrance examination process, applicants are evaluated by a presentation and an interview exam of past research achievements and future research projects at UGAS, as well as on their capacity to plan for study, capacity to think logically, and expressive power and basic knowledge of natural sciences. We look forward to the enrollment of people who show a profound interest in issues, such as the global environment, food supply, life in general and biological resources, as well as people who are able to see these issues from different points of view, are highly conscious about the problems that surround us, are capable of thinking creatively, and have the ability to take prompt actions with credible patience.

Doctoral Thesis Evaluation Standards

United Graduate School of Agricultural Sciences, Iwate University
Doctoral Thesis Evaluation Standards

Approved November 29, 2013 by the Board of Representatives
United Graduate School of Agricultural Sciences, Iwate University

Evaluation of Doctoral Thesis
Doctoral theses are evaluated by members of an examination committee consisting of one chief examiner and at least three additional examiners.

Evaluation Elements
1The significance of the subject matter and findings of the doctoral thesis
The research subject matter of the doctoral thesis is described clearly in the context of previous agricultural research carried out in the field, and the research theme has significance and originality as a doctoral thesis.

2Understanding and presentation of previous research
The doctoral thesis must contain a thorough evaluation of previous research demonstrating both comprehensive and accurate understanding of the subject. The doctoral thesis must describe these previous studies in relation to the theme of the thesis.

3Publication of key findings as main papers
In accordance to the bylaws regarding doctoral theses enacted by the United Graduate School of Agricultural Sciences, at least a part of the doctoral thesis must have been published as an article in an academic journal.

4Appropriateness of the research methods
All experiments, surveys and/or literature reviews conducted for the doctoral thesis should be appropriate to the subject matter. In particular, research ethics and safety issues must be given proper consideration.

5Appropriateness of arguments and conclusions
There must be a logical and cohesive connection between the thesis statement articulated in the beginning, the arguments and evidence introduced in the body of the thesis, and the conclusions.

6Overall appearance and structure
The language and rhetorical structure must be clear and precise. All charts, graphs and citation of references must be well-ordered and written correctly.

Evaluation Criteria
The doctoral thesis must satisfy all of the six criteria above to be considered acceptable.

 

 

Dean, Assistant Dean, Board of Representatives

Speciality・Post Division Affiliation Name
Dean Environmental
Resource Management
Iwate HIYANE, Akira
Assistant Dean Plant production Iwate TSUIKI, Mikinori
Bioproduction
Scinece
Plant production Iwate KOMORI, Tadao
Animal Production Obihiro KADOHIRA, Mutsuyo
Animal Production Yamagata KIMURA, Naoko
Biocontrol and
Bioenvironmental Scienes
Hirosaki SANO, Teruo
Bioresources
Science
Bioprocess Engineering Iwate YAMASHITA, Tetsuro
Functional Genomics and
Biotechnology
Obihiro KATO, Kiyoaki
Utilization of Bioresources Yamagata ASHITANI, Tatsuya
Cryobiosystems Science Thermo-Biosystem
Relations
Hirosaki SUGIYAMA, Shuichi
Biotic Environment
Science
Rural Resource Economics Obihiro SHIGA, Eiichi
Agricultural and Environmental
Engineering
Hirosaki IZUMI, Mattashi
Agricultural and Environmental
Engineering
Yamagata OKUYAMA,Takehiko
Environmental
Resource Management
Iwate IRASAWA, Michiya
 

 

 

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