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Special Program (Conducted in English)

What is the special program conducted in English?

This program was established in April 2002 and offers a total of 26 specialized courses conducted in English. This provides an opportunity for and Japanese and international students at Tokyo University of Agriculture (Tokyo NODAI), as well as visiting students from the global partner universities to learn about food, agriculture and environment in Japan and Asia.

Integrated learning of agriculture, food and environmental issues is expected to guide students into making a greater contribution in solving major problems facing mankind in the 21st century.

What can be learned from this program?

This special program is built upon an integrated approach to agriculture, food and environment, focusing mostly in on Japan and Asia. The food problem generally refers to problems of food production, distribution and consumption. Food production is conducted by the agriculture and the food processing industry, and thus is closely related to natural environment, and agricultural and food processing technologies. Distribution of food is determined by political and economic mechanisms, but improved storage and distribution technologies have been widening the scope of marketing. Food consumption reflects not only the level of income, but also the culture and customs related to food.

The increased food production in relation to population growth in recent decades has been a significant achievement of modern agricultural science. However, such problems as environmental destruction and endangered food safety have also emerged. The urgent necessity of environmental conservation and safe food supply is now recognized in the world.

Therefore, this program is offered for the study of food and environment in the broader field of agricultural science.

Who can enroll?

This is an open program, in that all interested students of Tokyo NODAI may enroll in any of the courses. Courses consist of a series of weekly lectures, except for some experiment and fieldtrip courses. Each course carries two credits. Credits obtained in this program can be counted as part of graduation requirements, to a maximum of 30 credits under the inter-faculty enrollment system.

Examinations are conducted during the lecture period. No supplementary examination will be provided, and unsuccessful students are required to re-enroll in the following years.

How much does it cost us?

For Tokyo NODAI regular students and visiting students from global partner universities.

No additional payment is required for enrolling in most of the courses offered in this program. However, as the following four courses involve fieldtrips and experiments, the students are required to pay for their expenses.

  • " Environment and Landscape of Japan "
  • " Comparative Food Processing Technologies "
  • " Environment Conservation in Asia "
  • " Field Study of Food and Environment "

Special Program Curriculum (Conducted in English)

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