Graduate School of Global Food Resources Hokkaido University

Educational Characteristics


Overseas Fieldwork

The Graduate School of Global Food Resources places importance on Wandervogel practical training programs. The term Wandervogel is a German word meaning “wandering bird,” and was the name given to a youth movement that emphasized outdoor activities that was launched by Karl Fischer and others in pre-war Germany.

The School offers Wandervogel fieldwork subjects to give students opportunities to gain first-hand experience of real-world food resources problems in Japan and elsewhere to consider them as their own challenges. This is intended to encourage students to recognize global food resources problems and pursue their study independently and actively in line with the areas of their research interest.

The School plans to provide Wandervogel subjects as outlined below.

Subject Academic year No. of credits Outline Destination
Wandervogel Study in Global Food Resources I Compulsory subject This course allows students to independently learn about initiatives aimed at the resolution/mitigation of food resources problems in developed countries. Denmark
Wandervogel Study in Global Food Resources II Compulsory subject This course allows students to independently learn about initiatives aimed at the resolution/mitigation of food resources problems in developing countries. Myanmar
Wandervogel Study in Global Food Resources III Compulsory elective subject This course allows students to independently learn about initiatives aimed at the resolution/mitigation of a range of food resources problems in various parts of the world. Multiple destinations (e.g., Oceania)
Wandervogel Study in Global Food Resources IV Compulsory elective subject This course allows students to discuss food resources problems at agricultural organizations, local governments and/or other organizations in Japan and independently conduct research on initiatives aimed at their resolution or mitigation. Multiple destinations(in Japan)
Wandervogel Research Internship in Global Food Resources V Compulsory elective subject  [1]  This course encourages students to enhance their expertise and allows them to engage in research for a master’s thesis or on specific issues at administrative/research institutions, private enterprises and/or other organizations at the forefront of tackling food resources challenges in Japan and/or elsewhere. Multiple destinations (in Japan and elsewhere)

Wandervogel Study in Global Food Resources I (compulsory subject)

Denmark (scheduled for around a week)

Food resources problems in developed countries

The solution to food resources problems facing developed countries is to develop sustainable, environmentally friendly agricultural production systems. To this end, farmers, state/local governments and researchers must act as one in their efforts to resolve the problems.

Researchers: identification of problems and the presentation of technical solutions

State/local governments: financial support for experiment and research, and policy support for the dissemination of technologies

Farmers: agricultural management that harmonizes with the environment

Goals of practical training

This course will focus on the harmonious coexistence of water environments and dairy/livestock farming industries, and help students to develop the ability to propose measures to resolve food resources problems in developed countries based on examples in Denmark, a prominent dairy nation. It will enable students to learn directly about initiatives taken by farmers, local governments and researchers to find out how the country introduced sustainable agricultural production practices.

Characteristics of practical training

Students will:

  • stay in Ringkøbing-Skjern municipality in western Denmark (a prominent dairy nation);
  • attend lectures given by farmers and local government officials, and visit related facilities;
  • audit courses at the Foulum Campus of Aarhus University; and
  • study together with students from around the world because the practical training will be offered jointly by the School and Aarhus University Summer University.