The Master’s Course
Under the four basic philosophies of Hokkaido University (i.e., Frontier Spirit, Global Perspectives, All-Round Education, Practical Learning), the Graduate School of Global Food Resources seeks students who:
- Have both broad perspectives on a global scale and a deep understanding of local communities.
- Are aware of the importance of food resources necessary for the 21st century strategy for survival.
- Possess the character to overcome selfishness and contribute to human society.
Specifically, we look for students who wish to 1) comprehend and solve problems from both humanitarian and scientific perspectives; 2) receive hands-on practical education in both domestic and international settings; 3) explore, discover, solve, raise and examine problems on their own; 4) use their pioneering spirit to succeed in the global society; 5) develop communication skills, teamwork skills and the ability to take action, and 6) play an key role in various practical business areas not limited to research fields.
Under this policy, we admit students from various backgrounds to find qualified and highly motivated individuals and promote education that integrates both humanities and sciences, thereby meeting diverse social needs for human resources.
Applicants are therefore expected to research widely with a broad interest in global food resource problems.
○ Basic policy for selection of applicants:
The Doctoral Course
Hokkaido University functions under four basic philosophies: Frontier Spirit, Global Perspectives, All-round Education, and Practical Learning. Given these philosophies, 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 to work autonomously on resolving them
- the desire to solve problems independently while receiving guidance from Japanese and international teachers
- the aspiration to not only convert research results into research papers but also to apply the research in practical situations
- 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 tackle a 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 new proposals that leverage research results and can, without direction, confidently apply this expertise as a food resource expert at the local level. In other words, we are looking for people who can—through the integrated arts and sciences Master’s program—cultivate advanced skills in problem identification and can inculcate within themselves a global perspective that enables them to take a broad view toward discovering the elements necessary to solve the problem at hand. We welcome applications from candidates who are capable of developing the ability to polish the various problem-solving skills acquired during their Master’s degree studies and are willing to independently take paths that lead to optimal answers to the problems they encounter. Certainly, our ideal aspirant is a person who can, apart from problem-solving, also convincingly communicate knowledge and can discuss the broad issues effectively. Ultimately, however, the person we are looking for is someone who has the practical abilities to incorporate academic research endeavors, their results, and the knowledge acquired through them on the ground at the local level to lead a team and to solve the specific problems that occur.
Applicants are therefore expected to research widely and professionally with a broad interest in global food resource problems.
○ Basic policy for selection of applicants: