(Principles and Objectives of Education)
The United Graduate School of Agricultural Sciences, Ehime University (UGAS) is a collaboration between the graduate schools of agriculture at Ehime University and Kagawa University, and the Agriculture and Marine Science Program, Graduate School of Integrated Arts and Sciences, Kochi University, in Shikoku, each of which has its own unique characteristics. UGAS aims to provide an education to enable students to develop a capacity for reasoned judgement based on a deep understanding of people, society, and nature, and to acquire knowledge and skills in highly specialized fields. Our ultimate aim is to see those graduates progress towards and assume leadership roles in their fields. In addition, UGAS contributes to the sustainable development of society, a mutually beneficial balance between people and the natural environment, and betterment of the world by training and developing people who will serve their communities and drive the development in those communities while producing world-class research results through farsighted, original research, and also by actively recruiting promising students from all over the world and training core researchers who will be the leaders of the future in their countries.
UGAS seeks to train and develop talented people through farsighted, original research, who will then go on to assume leadership positions. They will have the ability to explore and resolve issues related to the major fields of Bioresource Production Science, Applied Bioresource Science, and Life Environment Conservation Science, and possess advanced knowledge and skills so they can take active roles in their own regions and the wider international community. In addition, international students are trained to contribute to the sustainable development of their countries, a mutually beneficial balance between people and the natural environment, and betterment of the world. The Special Doctoral Program for International Students in Tropical and Subtropical Agriculture and Related Sciences accepts exemplary mid-career scientists, mainly from tropical and subtropical regions, and trains them to become advanced researchers and engineers who will be the leaders of the future in their respective countries. The Special Doctoral Course Program Agricultural Sciences for Students from Asia, Africa, and the Pacific Rim (AAP) trains people to become advanced researchers and engineers through integrated education with the master’s program.
1) Knowledge and Understanding
Advanced specialist knowledge and skills for biological production technologies, management of biotic resources, and the maintenance of the natural environment.
2) Thinking, Judgment and Implementation
The ability to explain logically the causes of various problems relating to food supply, resources and the environment from the point of view of creating a sustainable society, and to find relevant solutions.
3) Interest, Motivation and Attitude
A strong interest and desire to explain and solve the various problems relating to food supply, resources and the environment towards achieving a sustainable society, and the ability to pursue proactive, independent and sustained studies while maintaining ethical practices and a spirit of cooperation.
4) Skills, Expression and Explanation
Advanced communication and presentation skills for accurately explaining theoretical thinking and decision making processes and their results.
(Completion of Doctoral Program ・ Conferment of Degree)
Students must enroll in the doctoral course for the standard period of study of three years or more, receive research guidance from academic supervisors, including an annual presentation, and take the classes specified in the course requirements. In addition, after giving an interim presentation (interim review for the doctoral dissertation), the requirements to complete the program are to submit a dissertation and pass the dissertation presentation and final examination in accordance with the regulations governing the examination of dissertations and the operational policy of those regulations.
However, for students deemed to have achieved excellent research results, it is sufficient to enroll for three years or more, including the two-year enrollment period in the master’s program. Those who fulfill the above requirements for completion will be awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy from Ehime University.