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 name Course Academic year Classifi-cation Outline Destination
Wandervogel Study in Global Food Resources I Maser’s course Compulsory Subjects Independent study of initiatives to resolve or mitigate food resource problems. (one to two weeks for each subject) Europe
Wandervogel Study in Global Food Resources II Asia
Wandervogel Study in Global Food Resources III Compulsory Elective Subjects Extensive study of regional food resource problems and related countermeasures regarding relationships between food resources and production, the environment and governance through multiple programs at training locations. (one to two weeks for each subject) Oceania / Asia
Wandervogel Study in Global Food Resources IV Study of practical challenges related to food resources in domestic municipalities. (one to two weeks) in Japan
Wandervogel Research Internship in Global Food Resources V Specialized study in the field, or an administrative or research organization. (one or more weeks) Overseas / in Japan
Wandervogel Research Internship in Global Food Resources VI Doctoral course Compulsory Subjects Collaboration on advanced subjects in the field or industrial, governmental and/or academic research institutes in Japan and elsewhere and reporting on the results. (two or more weeks) Overseas / in Japan

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.