Graduate School of Global Food Resources Hokkaido University

Admission Information


Admission Policy

The Master’s Course

Under the four basic principles (Frontier Spirit, Global Perspectives, All-round Education, Practical Learning), Graduate School of Global Food Resources needs students who

  • Acquire both wide perspectives of a global scale and deep understanding on local societies,
  • Are aware of the importance of food, water, and land resources necessary for the 21st century’s strategy for survival
  • Have the noble spirit willing to throw away their selfishness and contribute to human society.

We also encourage students who

  1. Desire to apprehend and solve problems from both humanity-and-science perspectives.
  2. Want to receive hands-on practical education in both national and international settings.
  3. Eager to search, find, solve, recommend and examine the problems on their own.
  4. Acquire pioneer spirits and want to succeed in the global society.
  5. Determine to develop communication skills, working skills in team, and ability to take actions.
  6. Seek the diverse practical job opportunities, not only in the research academia.

The Doctoral Course

Hokkaido University functions under four essential tenets: Frontier Spirit, Global Perspectives, All-round Education, and Practical Learning. Given these tenets, the Graduate School of Global Food Resources awaits applications from candidates who have the following motivations, qualities, and objectives:

○Motivation for enrollment:

  • the desire to work on cutting-edge research leveraging the insight and perspective gained from master’s study
  • the self-drive to discover problems that present themselves at domestic and overseas sites and the confidence towork autonomously on resolving them
  • the desire to solve problems independently while receiving guidance from Japanese and foreign teachers•the aspiration to not only convert research results into research papers but also to apply the research in practicalsituations
  • the willingness to take a self-sufficient leadership role in using research results

○Qualifications required for applicants:

  • a global perspective with a deep interest in community and society
  • sufficient background knowledge, necessary communication skills, and language proficiency in English to tacklea host of problems related to food, land and water resources
  • the aptitude to research food resource sites of domestic and abroad and discover their problems
  • the ability to return research results to solve the problem of the region and community
  • the capacity to provide leadership in the context of teamwork in local communities as well as internationally

○Objectives for admission:

The ideal applicant is not just a researcher who writes papers, but an individual who can autonomously build newproposals that leverage research results and can, without direction, confidently apply this expertise as a foodresource expert at the local level. In other words, we are looking for people who can—through the integrated artsand sciences master’s program—cultivate advanced skills in problem identification and can inculcate withinthemselves a global perspective that enables them to take a broad view toward discovering the elements necessaryto solve the problem at hand. We welcome applications from candidates who are capable of developing the abilityto polish the various problem-solving skills acquired during their master’s degree studies and are willing toindependently take paths that lead to optimal answers to the problems they encounter. Certainly, our ideal aspirant isa person who can, apart from problem-solving, also convincingly communicate knowledge and can discuss thebroad issues effectively. Ultimately, however, the person we are looking for is someone who has the practicalabilities to incorporate academic research endeavors, their results, and the knowledge acquired through them on theground at the local level to lead a team and to solve the specific problems that occur.