Program of "Nurturing Talented People to Establish a Sustainable Society in the Kuroshio Region"

Outline

To maintain our country’s biological resources in a sustainable condition, it is necessary to manage the biological resources and environment in the upstream area of the Kuroshio region. The purpose of this program is to nurture talented people who are capable of developing sustainable management of the Kuroshio environments and ecosystem through the exploration of indigenous biological resources and their effective usage, such as edible algae that have benefits to human health. This program aims to develop students who can contribute to the sustainable maintenance of biological resources of the coastal areas in the Kuroshio region, such as the Philippines, Taiwan and Japan as well as other countries.

In addition to our admission policy, we welcome students who are interested in the following subjects:

  • Studies of coastal resources and environmental management
  • Economic study of the regional environment
  • Studies on algae, fish, plankton, benthos, coral cells, viruses, etc. in the ocean ecosystem
  • Studies of food science & nutrition
  • Studies of environment & health science
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Subprograms

This program consists of five subprograms supervised with the collaboration of professors majoring in various study fields of social and natural sciences:

  1. Socio-economic survey methods:
  2. Conduct economic surveys of the local communities in the Kuroshio region

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  3. Ecological and environmental survey methods:
  4. Study the ecosystem and environment of the Kuroshio region.

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  5. Analysis of function of algae on human health:
  6. Learn the methodology of the functional analyses of algae on human health.

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  7. Development of algae food processing:
  8. Learn food-processing methods and apply them to algae for cooking.

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  9. Methods to send messages to the public:
  10. Learn how to send messages to the public and those who are engaged in the maintenance of marine protected areas: establishment of a website on the conditions of implementation and status of their study, organization of symposiums and workshops to achieve mutual understanding between students/researchers and local people, market analysis and marketing research to promote the selling of algae products.

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Curriculum

Credits necessary for graduation: 14 units, including

Compulsory Credits (2 units each): 10 units

  1. Socio-economic survey methods & Ecological and environmental survey methods (1. Socio-economic survey methods + 2. Ecological and environmental survey methods)
  2. Analysis of function of biological resources (3. Analysis of function of algae on human health)
  3. Processing and usage of biological resources (4. Development of algae food processing)
  4. Special Exercise
  5. DC seminar

Elective Credits: take 4 or more credits from 84 open credits

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Guideline for applicants

1. Number of students

Doctoral course 3 students

2. Contacts with the Prospective Supervisor

All applicants must have an interview with the prospective supervisor to discuss the study program for his/her thesis. If a direct interview is not possible, the interview can be conducted via e-mail.

3. Qualifications and Requirements

  1. Nationality: The Philippines
  2. Age: Applicant should be under 35 years old at April 1, 2018 (those born on or after April 2, 1983).
  3. Academic Background: All applicants must have 2.30 or more out of 3.0 in GPA score.
    1. A person who has or will have a master’s degree or the equivalent by the end of September 2018.
    2. A person who satisfies the conditions require by the Notification No.118, the Minister of Education, Culture Sports, Science and Technology (dated 1 September 1989). A person qualifies when after graduating from a university or completing 16 years of schooling outside of Japan has then engaged in research at a university or laboratory for more than two years, and based on the results of this research is thus recognized by this University as equivalent to or surpassing the academic level of a master’s degree.
    3. A person who is 24 years of age or older, and who is considered to be equivalent to or surpassing the academic level of the Master’s Course of this University.
  4. Health: the applicant should be in sufficiently good mental and physical health for university study and research.
  5. Language: those who can speak, read and write well in English.
  6. Arrival in Japan: Successful applicants should be able to arrive in Japan between the end of September and the begging of October, 2018
  7. In case of failure to arrive, no payment will be made to cover the journey to Japan.

  8. Remarks: The followings are not eligible.
    1. Military personnel and civilian employees in the armed forces.
    2. Applications will not be accepted from those who cannot arrive in Japan between the dates specified in (6) above.
    3. Recipients of scholarships or fellowships from other sources.
    4. Applications will not be accepted from those who have simultaneously submitted applications to other universities, Japanese Embassies, or the International Association of Education, which issues a short-term scholarship.
    5. Those who have received a Japanese government scholarship within the past three years are not eligible.
    6. Those who have already registered for a university in Japan as a private student.
    7. Admission will be canceled if successful applicants do not gain a master's or equivalent degree by the end of September 2017.

4. Duration of Scholarship

Three years as a foreign student beginning October 2018 to September 2021.

5. Scholarship Benefits

  1. Scholarship payments: The monthly allowance is 148,000 yen for 3 years (subject to change, however, depending upon the annual budget of each year).
  2. School fees: All school fees, i.e. entrance examination, registration and tuition, shall be exempted.
  3. Travel Expenses:
    1. Transportation to Japan: Each grantee will be provided with an economy class air ticket by the Minister of Education, Culture Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), from the international airport closest to his/her place of residence to the international airport designated by the university of the grantee.
    2. Transportation from Japan: The grantee who returns to his/her home country within the last-payment month of his/her scholarship will be provided, upon application, with an economy class air ticket for a flight from the international airport designated by the university of the grantee to the international airport closest to his/her place of return.

    Note 1: When arriving and returning home, you must pay the travel fare between the university you attend and the international airport in Japan.

    Note 2: Insurance covering your trips to and from Japan will not be provided.

    Note 3: When arriving and returning home, the nearest international airport must be used in the nation where you have your nationality.

6. Date of Enrollment

October 2018

7. Application Procedure

  1. Application Period
  2. mid of January, 2018 (JST)

    * The documents must be arrived by January 12 (Fri), and any application received after this date will not be accepted.

  3. The receiver’s address
  4. Applicants are requested to submit the documents listed below by registered mail to the Kuroshio Science office, Kochi University, 200 Monobe-Otsu, Nankoku-shi, Kochi 783-8502, JAPAN.

  5. Tentative list of the documents for application
  6. Note 1: Caution! MEXT has not announced the Applicant Guidelines for this program in 2018 publically. Then the following forms of written applications, in particular 1 & 2, are tentative and might be revised after the announcement.

    Note 2: Applicants should send all documents (except reprints of papers and copy of master’s thesis) in the form of pdf via e-mail to applicant’s prospective supervisor in advance. In cases where all documents cannot be prepared by the day, notify the prospective supervisor about progress and the shipping plan of the original documents. The e-mail address of your prospective supervisor can be found in the pages of “Field of Instructions and Professors”.

    Documents to be submitted

    Remarks

    1. Application form (Form for 2017)

    Use the form provided (both-side printing).

    2. Field of study and study program (Form for 2017)

    Use the form provided (both-side printing).

    3. Photograph (3 of the same)

    Passport-sized (4.5 x 3.5 cm) photographs (showing head and top of shoulders with face and shoulders square on; no hat) taken within 6 months of application date with the applicant’s name and nationality written on the reverse side. One photograph should be attached to the application form, and other two should be enclosed therein.

    4. Recommendation

    A letter of recommendation (use the provided Form A) written by the Dean of applicant’s home university, or written by the head of the division concerned for applicants.

    5. Certificate of nationality

    Copy of passport (the page(s) with name, nationality, date of birth and photo), Family Register or Certificate of Citizenship, etc. Translation and certificate of translation should be attached if your certificate is not in English.

    6.Official transcripts of academic record

    Official academic transcripts of all graduate and undergraduate courses that comply with the conditions stated in 3-3-1. Proof of top-level academic performance in your university. (Please attach papers with numerical data showing your GPA, class level distinctions such as A, B, C, and/or your ranking among the students in your class.)

    7. Official proof of master’s degree

    Official certificate confirming a master’s degree or a certified letter from the respective university confirming the expected receipt of a master’s degree that comply with the conditions stated in 3-3-1.

    8. Official certificate of graduation from university and official academic transcript

    Proof of top-level academic performance in the most recent academic institution you belonged to. (Please attach papers with numerical data showing your GPA, class level distinctions such as A, B, C, and/or your ranking among the students in your class.)

    To be submitted by applicants who comply with the conditions stated in 3-3-2 or 3-3-3.

    9. Master’s thesis and summary

    Include one copy of your master’s thesis or an equivalent research paper along with a summary in English of about 500 words (use the provided Form B).

    10.List of publications (books and academic papers) with their reprints

    Use the provided Form C.

    Note: an attaching document at above “Application form (8. List of Publications)” is commonly used for this document.

    11.List of conference & symposium presentations

    Use the provided Form D.

    Copies of the program and abstract of all presentations in the list must be attached.

    12.Pledge

    13.Certificate of research activities

    Applicants who comply with the conditions stated in 3-3-2 or 3-3-3 must submit the provided Form F signed by the head of the institution.

    *Applicants who comply with the conditions stated in 3-3-2 or 3-3-3 should confirm the documents that are necessary for application before submitting them.

    Note 1: All forms must be filled out in English using a typewriter or word processor.

    Note 2: Submitted documents and forms will not be returned.

    Note 3: Incomplete documents or documents arriving at each university after the deadline will not be accepted.

    Note 4: The application must be sent by registered mail from the dean or director of the applicant's institution.

    Note 5: If the application forms change or are updated, the university will send the new forms. Applicants must submit the new forms.

    Note 6: All of the documents for application must be printed on A4 size papers (210 x 297 mm)

8. Selection and Notification of Acceptance

  1. Kochi University will select its candidates by means of the submitted documents and recommend him/her to the Minister of Education, Culture Sports, Science and Technology.
  2. Those awarded a scholarship by the Minister of Education, Culture Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) will receive notification from Kochi University in mid-July, 2017.
  3. You cannot refuse the scholarship once you have accepted it.

9. Remarks

The scholarship will be revoked in the following cases:

  1. False statements on the documents
  2. Violation of the pledge
  3. Violation of school regulations, and/or no evidence of academic achievement

10. Inquiries and the mailing address

If you have any questions concerning the application or admissions, please contact:

Kuroshio Science office, Kochi University

200 Monobe-Otsu, Nankoku-shi, Kochi 783-8502, JAPAN

Fax: +81-88-864-5134 (81 indicates Japan's international code number)

E-mail: km05@kochi-u.ac.jp