Formulation and Implementation of Educational Course Policy for Faculty/Graduate School of Agriculture (Curriculum Policy)
- In order to achieve the development of human resources set forth in the Diploma Policy, students are provided with an education that culturally enriches them and equips them with a broad global perspective; they are also taught about the wider fields of the humanities and social sciences as well as natural sciences relating not only to agricultural science but also to food, the environment, and the agriculture, forestry and fisheries industries (all of which concern “Life, Food, and Environment”).
- Four-year non-divided education is provided. In the first and second years, students are assisted in laying a foundation through compulsory introductory courses in specialized fields, while also being required to take University-wide liberal arts and science courses for their cultural enrichment and the development of language skills. In the third and fourth years, students are required to study subjects from their chosen specialty field.
- A wide range of courses is provided so that students can acquire a broad perspective; moreover, since students are allowed a certain level of freedom in the selection of courses, their self-teaching and self-learning is respected.
- In the fourth year or the latter half of the third year, students are affiliated with a laboratory or research unit and deepen their specialist knowledge, while pursuing research through close communication and mutual mentorship between faculty members and seniors/classmates, acquire problem-solving skills, and learn to act with independence as well as a strong sense of ethics and responsibility.
- There is particular emphasis on experimentation, seminars and fieldwork, to enable students to deepen their understanding of the content of lectures and learn fundamental research methods.
- Students are encouraged to proactively acquire a more global perspective. Accordingly, students with such ambitions are encouraged to study abroad, using the student exchange agreements in place with multiple overseas universities/institutions, and achieve a certain degree of credit transfer is available.
With a view to achieve the objectives stated in its Diploma Policy, the Graduate School of Agriculture designs a curriculum which includes lectures, seminars, and experiments on specialized subject areas of each Division as well as lectures of Common Graduate Courses offered by the Institute for Liberal Arts and Science, introducing the course tree and course numbering systems. Details of the content and the evaluation method of learning outcomes for each course are clearly set forth in the syllabus.
- We will equip students with academic and highly specialized knowledge related to their majors through lectures, seminars, and experiments prepared by each Division. In addition to such specialized knowledge, we will also cultivate their fundamental knowledge and skills through lectures of Common Graduate Courses offered by the Institute for Liberal Arts and Science.
- We consider it particularly important that each student proactively works on his/her research project to write a thesis through animated discussions with faculty members. We aim to train students on how to approach unsolved problems, equip them with advanced knowledge and experimental techniques in each field, and instill them with logical thinking, ethics in science, and a sense of responsibility for research through such efforts.
- We encourage students to present their research results at academic conferences or through other means to enable them to acquire presentation skills, communication skills, and discussion techniques. In addition, we proactively give classes in English, aiming to cultivate students’ ability to read and understand literature written in English.
- In order to nurture students who have a wide range of knowledge and experience as well as good judgment, we assign associate supervisors appointed by each Division to each student in addition to a principal supervisor to give thorough guidance which meets their individual needs.
- Through original advanced research projects and thesis writing, we aim to train students on how to find solutions to problems and how to set developmental themes, and further instill them with logical thinking, ethics in science, and a sense of responsibility for research.
- We support students so that they can carry forward research on their own initiative, and, when necessary, gain experience of conducting joint research with other research institutions or making social contributions such as industry-academia collaboration and collaboration with local communities with regard to their projects.
- We encourage students to proactively present their research results at academic conferences in Japan and abroad as well as in Japanese and international academic journals with the aim of further improving their presentation skills, communication skills (including language skills), and discussion techniques as well as giving them as many opportunities as possible to evaluate their own research objectively.
- In order to nurture students who have profound and broad-ranging knowledge and experience as well as good judgment and imagination, we assign associate supervisors appointed by each Division to each student in addition to a principal supervisor to give thorough guidance which meets their individual needs.