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.
・ 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.
・ "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.
・ 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
・ 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.
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.
(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.