1 Okinawa International Marine Science Program Graduate School of Engineering and Science University of the Ryukyus (Master s and Doctoral Programs) Guide for the Application of Non-Scholarship Program (Academic Year : 2015) Application Deadline : May 31, 2015 Academic Year Starts : October 1, 2015 琉 球 大 学 大 学 院 亜 熱 帯 海 洋 科 学 国 際 プログラム 理 工 学 研 究 科 博 士 前 後 期 課 程 ( 私 費 留 学 生 ) Graduate School of Engineering and Science University of the Ryukyus Website:
2 Okinawa Location of the University of the Ryukyus & field stations Pacific Ocean East China Sea Sesoko Station Nago Okinawa Island Ginowan Urasoe Naha Naha Intl. Airport University of the Ryukyus Nishihara Sesoko Station Pacific Ocean Okinawa I. Amami- Oshima I. N 28 University of the Ryukyus 20 km Iriomote Miyako Is. Station Ishigaki I. Iriomote I. E 124 E 126 E km N 26
4 PROFILE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF THE RYUKYUS As the first public institution for higher education to be established on Okinawa, the University of the Ryukyus was formally opened on the ancient site of Shuri Castle on May 22, 1950, by the United States Civil Administration of the Ryukyus. When Okinawa was returned to Japan, in May 1972, it became a national university. The University consists of seven faculties: Law and Letters, Tourism Sciences and Industrial Management, Education, Science, Medicine, Engineering, and Agriculture; Graduate Schools (Humanities and Social Sciences, Education, Medicine, Health Sciences, Engineering and Science, Agriculture and Law), the United Graduate School of Agricultural Sciences, Kagoshima University, the Non-Degree Graduate Program for Special-Needs Education Program, the Library and the College Elementary and Junior High Schools. It also includes facilities such as the University Hospital, the Tropical Biosphere Research Center (on Iriomote, Sesoko and Nishihara), the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Experimental Forest (in the northern part of Okinawa Island), the Radioisotope Laboratory, the Center of Molecular Biosciences, and the Foreign Language Laboratory. The facilities at University offer unique opportunities for advanced research and training, and the Computing and Networking Center provides various support for academic, administrative, and instructional university programs. The Faculty of Science is composed of three departments; the Department of Mathematical Sciences, the Department of Physics and Earth Sciences, and the Department of Chemistry, Biology, and Marine Science. These departments offer both undergraduate and graduate programs leading to a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science degree in five majors (Mathematics, Physics, Earth Sciences, Chemistry and Biology). A doctoral program in Marine and Environmental Sciences was also established in April In addition to its graduate program, the Faculty of Science accepts international students in its regular undergraduate and graduate programs, which are given in the Japanese language. Eligible students attending these regular programs may also qualify for a scholarship from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (Monbukagakusho). Currently, there are 284 students from 48 countries studying at the University of the Ryukyus, and we have concluded academic exchange agreements with various universities including: Michigan State University University of Guam University of Hawaii University of California, Davis University of Nevada, Reno Fort Lewis College (U.S.A.) University of Sao Paulo (Brazil) University of Canberra James Cook University (Australia) College of the Marshall Islands Palau Community College University of Papua New Guinea National University of Samoa University of New Caledonia University of the South Pacific (Fiji) College of Micronesia-FSM Atenisi University (Tonga) Victoria University of Wellington Sun Yat-Sen University of Medical Sciences Central South University of Forestry and Technology Fujian Normal University Fuzhou University Guangxi Medical University Dailan Medical University Yunnan Agricultural University Yanbian University Huazhong University of Science and Techonlogy Dalian Polytechnic University (China) Keimyung University Jeju National University Sunchon National University University of Seoul Yonsei University Hoseo University Chunbuk National University Sungkyunkwan University (Korea) Chulalongkorn University Thammasat University Khon Kaen University Chiang Mai University King Mongkut s Institute of Technology, Ladkrabang (Thailand) Sam Ratulangi University Institut Pertanian Bogor
5 Diponegoro University (Indonesia) Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (India) Hanoi University of Agriculture Thai Nguyen University of Education Vietnam National University, Hanoi Vietnam National University, Ho Chi Minh City Hanoi University of Technology Thai Nguyen University Agricultural and Forestry (Vietnam) National Taiwan University National Sun Yat-Sen University National Yunlin University of Science and Technology National Taiwan Ocean University National Taiwan University of Science and Technology National University of Laos University of Health Science, Lao PDR Health Science University of Mongolia University of Tehran (Iran) Heinrich-Heine-Universitat Dusseldorf (Germany) Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes Universite Lille 1 Sciences et Technoloies Universite de Toulouse-Le Mirail Universite Toulouse 1 Science Sociales (France) The University of Sheffield (U.K) University of Gothenburg (Sweden) Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (Spain) University of Cape Town (Republic of South Africa) Institutions underlined are those with which the University of the Ryukyus has inter-faculty exchange agreements. Since its establishment, the University has endeavored to cultivate capable individuals who contribute to the international cooperation and development of society. With our experience, and geographical and historical background, the University aspires to be an international university which is open to South-East Asia and the Pan-Pacific region, as well as to our own local community. Tropical Biosphere Research Center This Center aims to carry out research on aspects of biodiversity, coral reef ecology, the functional physiology of animals in coral reefs, applied plant science, the functional physiology of bioresources, and forest resource science. The Center consists of the Nishihara Station, Sesoko Station, and Iriomote Station. The Center has 24 professional members, three foreign visiting research fellows and five domestic visiting research fellows. Visiting scientists and students are also welcome. In 2009, this Center has been combined with Center of Molecular Biosciences (COMB), and the research area has been extended to include functional genomics, molecular biotechnology, bioremediation, immunobiology and molecular microbiology. The Center is dedicated to higher education and the promotion of research in the field of tropical biosciences at cellular and molecular levels. All equipment and facilities are, in principle, available for use by students and faculty members from every school and department on campus. Computing and Networking Center The Computing and Networking center aims to promote computer education and to offer information processing services such as and internet access to all students, faculty, and staff by administering several UNIX servers and campus computer network facilities. The center possesses three computer rooms in the Computing and Networking Center building and six other computer rooms on campus. Each computer room provides 20 to 50 personal computers with both Windows and Mac operating systems. The center also has more than 30 personal computers for student use in the University Library. Students need a user ID for computer access; user ID application forms can be obtained from and submitted to the center. The campus network (RAINS: Ryukyu Academic Information Network System) is available on campus at 10 gbps bandwidth and connects to each room by means of 100base-T. RAINS is connected to the Internet via SINET (Science Information Network) at 1 gbps bandwidth. Radioisotope Laboratory The main equipment of the Laboratory includes a low-background automatic beta counting system (Aloka LBC-4211), several GM scalers (Aloka TDC-102, 103, and 105), a liquid- scintillation counting system (Aloka LSC-6100), a NAIG multichannel pulse height analyzer, and a TN pulse height analyzer with a multichannel scaling system. Altogether, 18 nucleides of up to GBq/year have been licensed by the Science and Technology Agency.
6 Low Temperature Center Liquid helium (-269 ) and liquid nitrogen (-196 ) are manufactured in the Low Temperature Center and are supplied to users in the University of the Ryukyus. The Center also supports and promotes research and education in the field of low temperature. University Library The University Library is situated at the very center of the university campus. We are an open stack library equipped with the OPAC: Online Public Access Catalog book search engine system and our collection consists of nearly 962,000 volumes. Currently we subscribe to 7,000 Japanese and foreign periodicals as well as 17 newspapers. Furthermore thousands of titles of electronic journals and 14 subscribed databases are accessible via our website. The library provides seating space for 956 users and is well equipped with seminar rooms, a satellite broadcasting room for foreign students, and single study rooms, which are available for intensive research by graduate students and faculty members. The library hours are 8:00 to 22:00 on weekdays, and 8:30 to 22:00 on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Health Administration Center The Center has four full-time staff members: a doctor, a counselor, and two nurses. It is ready to offer the campus community various health services, such as first-aid, health examinations, and counseling in order to preserve and promote the health of the students as well as that of the academic and administrative staff. Foreign Language Center The Foreign Language Center provides language learning opportunities for all members of the University. It manages four language laboratories and carries audiovisual aids to promote language education and research in such foreign languages as English, French, German, Chinese, Spanish, Korean, Russian, Indonesian, etc. In addition, the Center makes Japanese language learning materials available to foreign students studying at the University. A BRIEF OUTLINE OF OKINAWA PREFECTURE Okinawa Prefecture consists of the main island and more than 60 other islands, both inhabited and uninhabited, and has a total population of approximately 1.38 million people. Its capital city, Naha, serves as a busy center for commerce and is the gateway to mainland Japan as well as the rest of the world. Winters are fairly mild with the minimum temperature rarely falling below 10 degrees Celsius. Typhoons or tropical cyclones are frequent between July and October. Owing to a warm ocean current, called Kuroshio, most islands are surrounded with beautiful coral reefs which attract numerous tourists from around the world. Okinawa remained under U.S. control after the end of the Pacific War until its reversion to Japan in Although Okinawa is an integrated part of Japan, and Japanese is the language spoken by Okinawans, the culture of the islands maintains its unique traditions in many aspects such as festivals, dancing, music, craft work, etc. The most commonly followed religion in Okinawa is ancestor worship, with elaborate family tombs being a common sight throughout the islands.
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