Updated on : Apr. 19, 2022

Second recruitment: April 19, 2022 (Tuesday) to April 27, 2022 (Wednesday) at 17:00

Call for Applications April 2022 Enrollment

Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (TUAT) WISE program (Program name: Excellent Leader Development for Super Smart Society by New Industry Creation and Diversity) is making a call for student applications. Applicants must be enrolling in Master course at TUAT in April 2022 and October 2021,  and Doctoral course at TUAT in April 2022. – Students in any areas and majors at TUAT are eligible. 

The distinctive features of the WISE Program are creation of new industries and diversity. In particular, through the joint creation of agricultural science and engineering, and in cooperation with private companies and overseas research and educational institutions, WISE Program is working to foster high-level doctoral students with creation of new industries that will contribute to the agricultural distribution revolution realized through advanced engineering technology as its main theme.

All students who understand the purpose of this program and who wish to go to a doctoral course are welcomed to apply. Specifically, the Program aims to nurture Ph.D. degree holders with the following type of capabilities.

  • Those who will leverage the collaboration of agriculture and engineering, and use advanced engineering technology to create new industries that offer solutions for the social challenges in the agricultural science and its related fields
  • Those who will encourage diversity (e.g., gender, nationality, social experience) for promoting innovation
  • Excellent leaders who have the holistic perspectives, creativity, the appreciation and understanding of diversity, international competitiveness and high-level expertise

The WISE Program is a five-year integrated course in which students can acquire credits for additionally-provided lectures and trainings while being enrolled in a regular graduate school. Ph.D students can also transfer into the Program.

  • Cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary research, learning and communication
  • Studying abroad and taking part in international collaborative research with overseas research institutions
  • Carrying out collaborative research with private companies

Qualification Requirements

Students who enrolled in the first year of the Master courses (including the first year of Professional Degree Course and the first year of the five-year integrated Doctoral course in BASE) at TUAT in April 2022 and October 2021, who have the intention to go on to the Doctoral courses at TUAT after obtaining Master degrees, and who have goals that match with the educational and research philosophies of the WISE Program.

Students who enrolled in the first year of the Doctoral courses (including the first year of Cooperative Division of Veterinary Sciences and the third year of the five-year integrated Doctoral course in BASE) at TUAT in April 2022 and who have goals that match with the educational and research philosophies of the WISE Program.

Applicants will be widely recruited, and there are no restrictions in regard to majors, area of research, nationality, gender, or working status (i.e., working adults are included).

* Before making your application to this program, you have to receive an approval of your primary supervisor. If you are admitted as a student of this program, contact each of your supervisors and confer on your future research plan.

* Students who pass the final selection and are formally admitted as the WISE-Program students shall take prescribed subjects. After obtaining required credits and passing the QE2, the student shall have “WISE Program completed” in the Diploma. The Master or Doctorate degree will be obtained from the graduate school of affiliation.

Selection / Admission Criteria for the Program

Initial Selection: Document Screening

A comprehensive assessment will be made of such matters as academic grades and the reason for application.

Please read the following application guidelines carefully and submit the application form by the deadline.

Secondary Selection: Interview

A comprehensive assessment will be made of academic and research capabilities as well as the understanding of and enthusiasm for this Program through a 10-minute presentation on the following topics as well as a 7-minute Q&A session (total of 17 minutes for the interview).

  • Describe the reasons why you are applying for the WISE Program
  • For M1, summary of your research carried out up to now and the
    research plan in the Master Course.
  • For D1, summary of your research carried out up to the master course.
    A summary of your most recent research paper is acceptable for a
    working student. Outline of research plan in the doctoral course and
    beyond.
  • Research prospect based on the expected learning experience in this Program
  • Future vision after completing this program and acquiring the degree

Number of students admitted to the Program from second recruitment:

M1 – 10 students; D1 – 5 students

Application and Selection Schedule (Updated on Apr. 19, 2022)

Application Period (Second Recruitment)

Application period: From April 19 (Tue) to 17:00 April 27 (Wed), 2022

Selection Period (Second Recruitment)

Primary selection (Document Screening): Successful applicants announced on May 9 (Mon), 2022
Secondary selection (Interviews):
The interview will be held online on May 10 (Tue) – 11 (Wed), 2022. The details will be announced to successful applicants of primary selection individually.
Selection result announcement: Successful applicants will be announced by e-mail on around May 12 (Thu), 2022
(Orientation for WISE Program will be held from 15:00 on May 16 (Mon), 2022)

Documents to be submitted 

For details about application procedures, please refer to the application guidelines.

Download the application guidelines and application form

 

WISE Program Spring recruitment session

 

FAQ

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◆About application

Q1. I entered TUAT in October 2021. Am I eligible to apply for WISE Program?
A1. Master’s course students are eligible to apply. Doctoral students will be admitted only in April 2022.

Q2. How much is the level of competition?
A2. Approximately 2 times.

Q3. Should I pay any tuition fee to enter the WISE Program?
A3. No, you don’t have to pay any extra fee.

Q4. I’m still not sure whether I will continue to doctoral course or get a job after completion of master’s course. Should I decide to enter a doctoral course before application?
A4. Basically WISE students will proceed to the doctoral course. However, it is natural that students think about various career options. Previously, there was a WISE student who proceeded to a doctoral course in another university after completion of a master’s course in TUAT. If possible, please continue your studies in the doctoral program, but we respect your choice. After you enter the WISE Program, you will have a chance to discuss with doctoral students, and international students beyond the boundaries of your field. You will learn not only your own research but also other students’ research, as well as known issues in society from engineers or farmers in the field. WISE Program is strongly recommended as you will have a broader perspective.

Q5. Is the application for WISE Program completed by attending the the explanation session?
A5. No. You need to submit the application form which you can obtain from our website. After that, document screening and interviews will be carried out. Please check the application guidelines carefully and submit your application documents before the deadline.

 

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◆About the class

Q1. What kind of required courses in WISE Program?
A1. Such courses related to the social application of research or diversity.

Q2. I would like to ask how to manage normal classes in the graduate school or study abroad program with WISE Program. What will happen if those activities coincide with the courses of the WISE Program?
A2. Since WISE Program is an add-on program to be taken in addition to the classes and research at your graduate school, you should give priority to the courses and required activities at your graduate school. On the other hand, since there are some required courses for WISE students, we try to coordinate the schedule with students as much as possible, depending on the number of students. However, there are some students for whom it is difficult to make such arrangements. In such cases, we try to make it as flexible as possible by asking students to reconsider their courses, or to respond with make-up classes or alternative reports.

Q3. Can courses taken in the WISE program count toward completion requirements for the regular graduate major?
A3. Basically, each of these courses will be counted separately from the regular major. However, some courses are transferable to the requirements of the WISE  Program. In addition to the regular major, completion of the WISE Program will be noted on the degree certificate.

Q4. Though collaboration with overseas universities seems to be one of the features of WISE Program,  I think that it is difficult to travel overseas due to Covid-19 pandemic now. Will most of the programs be implemented online?
A4. In AY2021, traveling overseas was not carried out except for some cases. As an alternative, we have been conducting online classes, workshops, and exchange meetings, for keeping collaboration. We would also like to resume travel abroad when the situation improves  in the future.

Q5. For those who take this curriculum from the first semester (Master’s), they take various courses for 2 years from P1 to P2, and then move on to the next stage after the examination called QE1. However, for those who transfer from the Doctoral Program, will they have to take P1-P2 courses after entering the program?
A5. Those who transfer from the Doctoral Program will be admitted at the level of passing the QE1 examination. In order to obtain the necessary credits, you will take some courses together with the master’s students. Basically, you will take some courses to obtain the required number of credits during the three years from P3 to P5.

Q6. Is it possible to take some courses in P1 – P2 after transferring?
A6. Off course, it’s possible. We also have a system in place to recognize your voluntary activities as credits.

Q7. I plan to complete my degree early in my regular major. If so, how will I be able to complete the WISE Program?
A7. If you are going to complete your doctoral degree in 4 years, please do your best to complete the WISE Program within 4 years as well.

Q8. I am a D1 and would like to study abroad for a year in the future. If I transfer to the WISE Program now, will I still be able to complete the course in WISE?
A8. It is possible. We will provide the alternative way for students to attend classes through the online access while studying abroad.

 

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◆About WISE Program

Q1. What is the most important point of the WISE Program? I heard about international collaboration, industry-academic collaboration, and collaboration of agriculture and technology. Which point is the WISE Program oriented the most?
A1. Both are important. It is important to grasp the world from a global perspective, to develop a vision, and to relativize oneself in society while developing one’s research capabilities. To this end, it is important to have international communication to develop our international sensibilities, industry-academia collaboration as a basis for thinking about new industries, and the perspective and experience of agriculture-industry collaboration to greatly expand research capabilities.

Q2. I belong to BASE. What is the difference between WISE and BASE?
A2. The department of BASE focuses on the wide range of the related field of food, the environment and energy, while WISE Program focuses on the creation of new industries and diversity. WISE Program is designed to provide students with both knowledge and practice of the process of creating new industries and the diversity. Also, one of the outstanding feature of the program is that students can learn data science. By acquiring the basic knowledge and skills of data science, you will be able to apply them to your own research and social implementation, as well as develop the basic skills to run simulations and predict the effects of your prototypes.

Q3. There is no Ph.D. program in the Department of Industrial Technology and Innovation. Can I enter WISE Program?
A3. Currently, some students from the department belong to WISE Program. You will proceed to the doctoral course where your supervisor belongs to.

Q4. Is founding a new company the final goal of the WISE Program, as the third phase of the curriculum consists of projects with companies or entrepreneurship according to the PowerPoint?
A4. Some students may take that direction, but it’s not the only path. First of all, since the TUAT-WISE Program is an educational program designed to develop “advanced knowledge professionals”, it is a prerequisite and most important to enhance their research capabilities. Base on this, you will be able to take practical action to become an outstanding leader who can lead the creation of new industries and diversity in a ‘super-smart society’. After completing the program, students are expected to be active in a variety of positions based on their own strengths and beliefs, such as entrepreneurs, practitioners, entrepreneurs within organizations (people who start businesses), and researchers who can return research results to society in collaboration with entities in different positions.

Q5. I hear that students will get financial support from WISE Program.
A5. There are “Proposal-Based Project” to support individual research and “Joint Project of Agricultural and Engineering” to support team research. In both cases, the research is positioned within the purpose of the WISE Program and can be used to pay for a portion of the expenses required for activities or to pay for one’s own RA expenses and so on. One example is a joint symposium with another university’s WISE Program to expand personal networks.