Characteristics of Education
The educational purpose of the three year Doctoral Course following Master’s Course is to train students to acquire thorough knowledge in their field of study. But the course also aims at helping them to gain a deep and broad knowledge of agricultural science, which consists in large part of bioscience, in general because it is very important for the researchers in applied science to broaden their point of view. The goal is to train the students not only to be successors for university academic staff but also to be creative and pragmatic researchers at institutes and private enterprises and contribute to the development of biotechnology and environmental science.
The cooperative system of the United Graduate School makes the affiliated universities more active in research fields. The United Graduate School started as a new institution in which affiliated universities cooperate in research as well as education. The system enables affiliated universities academic staff who previously only had contacts within their own fields, to share in depth contacts by sharing interdisciplinary research more efficiently and to be encouraged to form project teams in cooperation with the affiliated universities. Formation of project teams between the affiliated universities academic staff is now extremely easy, and as a result, the organizational approach towards research projects has become very smooth.
Departments of United Graduate School
Department of Biological Production Science
This Department of Bioproductive Science provides the student with an integrated study on biodiversity comprising agriculture related fields such as physiology, ecology, morphology, anatomy, pedology, geology, genetics and breeding, biological control and technology of crops, livestock, silkworms and other organisms. This department is intended to integrate theories and technological issues concerning both bioproductive system and its relevant control.
Department of Applied Life Science
This Department of Applied Life Science comprehensively educates sciences and technologies concerning applications of biological resources and functions, preservation of biomaterials, based on the research, application and development on the biochemical reactions which are essentials of biological phenomena.
Department of Symbiotic Science of Environment and Natural Resources
This Department of Symbiotic Science of Environmental Conservation and Natural Resources provides the student with an instruction and research program of the relation between human activities and bioresources ; the limit of which is becoming evident according to population increase and expansion of production and consumption. Wise use and management of our natural resources and environmental conservation, and scientific basis for protection of natural environment are investigated. Restoration of deteriorated environment due to the human activities is discussed based on technical and methodical approaches in order to achieve effective development of the field. In order to contribute to the sustainable development of human activities, science of environmental conservation and natural resources are investigated based on integrated theories of production, utilization and protection of the environment.
Department of Agricultural and Environmental Engineering
This Major Chair is to conduct comprehensive research and education on engineering and technologies related to sustainable and environmentally sound agricultural production. The fields of study of this Major Chair include (1) engineering on soil/land and water as infrastructures for agriculture and environment, (2) planning and management of rural environment, (3) systems engineering for agricultural production, and (4) bio-environmental control for agricultural production and post harvest processes.
Department of Science on Agricultural Economy and Symbiotic Society
This Major Chair is committed to the comprehensive education and research activities to inquire into a broad range of social and economic issues related to agriculture and natural resources such as the way of symbiosis between humanity and nature, sustainable and symbiotic social systems, management and organizations for agricultural systems that satisfy economic efficiency and environmental conservation, food production and marketing systems and regional social systems on a resource-recycling basis, interactions among agents in all food chain processes (food system) from production to consumption, and the structure of ownership, marketing and distribution for agriculture-related resources and agricultural production.