Ehime University Faculty of Agriculture / Graduate School of Agriculture

AAP Special Course

The Shikoku International Student Education Consortium (SISEC), has been established under an integrated concept shared by the three graduate schools of agriculture of Ehime, Kagawa and Kochi Universities, in Shikoku, Japan. The SISEC offers a Special 5-year Course for International Students from Asian, African, and Pacific Rim countries (AAP Special Course). The program and application procedures are explained below.

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Admission Policy

Knowledge and Understanding: Academic knowledge and skills at a bachelor degree

level appropriate for advanced research on environmentally friendly and sustainable

agriculture,forestry, fisheries and sciences to solve the essential issues related to the

student's home country.

Thinking, Judgment and Implementation: The basic ability to identify and

theoretically address the issues in agriculture, forestry, fisheries, and related industries

to solve those essential issues.

Interest, Motivation and Attitude: The ability to actively works to solve the above

issues ethically through independent thinking in cooperation with others.

Skills, Expression and Explanation: Basic communication and presentation skills to

explain one's reasoning, judgment and achievement to others.

Curriculum Policy

・ "Introductory Subjects/Elective Subjects" provide basic knowledge on environmentally

friendly and sustainable agriculture, forestry and fisheries for food production and

basic techniques for presentation. Besides, the subjects include language education for

basic conversational expressions and sentence structures essential for daily life in Japan*.

*All students are required to take a Survival Japanese class after entering the program

and students may take other optional Japanese language and culture classes.

・ "Research Subjects" promotes the abilities to plan and execute research, and to debate

and make presentations.

・ "Practical Subjects" offer students a chance to gain experience in practical field-work for

gaining work experience in Japanese companies, understanding the regional characteristics

of the Shikoku area as an academic research field, and understanding the culture of Japan

and Japanese communities in the Shikoku area.

・ "Specialized Subjects" provide a broad and high level of advanced knowledge on

environmentally friendly food production through a curriculum that is developed by

each student corresponding to own needs.

・ The "Master's Thesis" leads to the ability to understand advanced knowledge and to

acquire experimental techniques as well as to develop logical and system thinking.

・ Evaluation is comprehensively performed based on "Knowledge and Understanding ",

"Theoretical Thinking, Judgment and Implementation", "Interest, Motivation and Attitude"

and "Skills, Expression and Explanation" acquired in the process of describing the Master's thesis.

Diploma Policy

・ Knowledge and Understanding: Acquire comprehensive knowledge and

understanding of technology concerning environmentally friendly and sustainable

agriculture, forestry, fisheries and sciences, and certain knowledge of Japanese

economy, industry, culture and tradition.

・  Thinking, Judgment and Implementation: Acquire advanced ability and knowledge

to identify and theoretically address important issues in agriculture, forestry, fisheries

and industries.

・  Interest, Motivation and Attitude: Acquire independent thinking skills with a global

perspective, high ethical standards and the ability to work with others in order to serve

as a leader in addressing these issues.

・  Skills, Expression and Explanation: Acquire advanced communication and

presentation skills to explain one's reasoning, judgment and achievement to others.

Program Goals

In the AAP special course, all classes and study will be conducted in English to foster global leader.

In this era of global population explosion, climate change, destruction of both environment and diversity

of species, all of which are closely related to agricultural science and technology, this program has been

established to foster global leaders to contribute to agricultural science and technology, effectively utilizing

the regional characteristics of the Shikoku area as an academic research field.

Academic Plan

(1) The AAP Special course is a five-year continuous education program composed of master's and

  doctoral courses. After completion of all the requirements in the first two-year master's course,

  a student will be awarded a master's degree from the university where he/she was located.

  (The requirements include 30 credits from the AAP special course curriculum, an approved master's

  thesis and a passing grade on the final examination.) Students are expected to continue their studies

  in the doctoral course (three years) of the United Graduate School of Agricultural Sciences, Ehime

  University. Students will be awarded doctoral degrees after completion of all requirements, which

  include having their doctoral dissertation approved and passing the final examination.

(2) This system enables students to create a curriculum that corresponds to their own needs. With the

  help of academic advisors, students can select from over 130 classes to develop their own unique


(3) All classes and research instruction are given in English, however all students are

  required to take a 'Survival Japanese' class after entering the program and, if desired, students may

  take other Japanese language classes.


Here you can download the Application Guide and the necessary forms to apply for the AAP Special Course.