Masters Degree in Urban and Regional Planning in Japan

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Urban and Regional Planning

A Masters degree gives you the opportunity to either further your understanding of a particular question or take off in a completely different way using skills you have gained from your previous undergraduate degree.

Urban and regional planning of land for the use of large groups of people is a field that requires one to have a great deal of knowledge. The most important subjects include planning, metropolitan development dynamics and implementation.  

Japan has one of the highly integrated higher education systems in Asia. Japans approach to science and technology is highly rated thus their education levels very structured from childhood to primary through secondary to tertiary levels. With 126 million people living in Japan it has a cultural rich environment. Greater Tokyo area is the largest metropolitan area in the world, with over 30 million residents.

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Master Governing the Large Metropolis

Sciences Po
Campus Full time 2 years

The Master's programme Governing the Large Metropolis aims to prepare graduates for work on public policy issues in a variety of large metropolises beyond Europe, in relation to different types of organizations and agencies. [+]

Best Masters in Urban and Regional Planning in Japan 2017. Master Governing the Large Metropolis Programme objectives The Master's programme Governing the Large Metropolis aims to prepare graduates for work on public policy issues in a variety of large metropolises beyond Europe, in relation to different types of organizations and agencies. The world cities and urban sprawl of both the global North and the global South face massive public policy and governance challenges. The scale and speed of urbanization raise a plethora of issues, which are all covered in the programme. These include: economic development, poverty and slums, housing, health, technological and social innovation, the management of risk, infrastructure, water and waste disposal, changing labour markets, sustainable development, democratic participation. Governing populations divided and organized by class, income, religion, ethnic origin, mobility and/or gender has become even more difficult in a globalizing world where opportunities for mobility, participation in overlapping networks, interdependence and the scale of large urban regions make classic territorial conceptions of government and public policies partly obsolete. Students receive rigorous methodological training, experience from international professionals and exposure to high level academic content. The programme is taught entirely in English with a great emphasis on issues of comparative study. No ready made recipes are provided, and no simple fairy stories on the so called "best practices of good governance": the programme trains the students with a strong critical approach and management skills so as to be competent for project accounting and decision making to implement urban policy in critical environments. Systematic relations are built with urban professionals and research groups, including cities such as Bogotà, Lima, Mexico, Rio, Sao Paulo, Lagos, Beijing, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Istanbul, Cairo, New Delhi, Shanghai, Tokyo and Johannesburg. Going beyond geography, development studies and physical planning, the Master's programme aims at training young professionals who will take charge of public policy design and implementation in the governance of large cities in the future. Main orientations and specific features The two-year programme comprises a mix of sound interdisciplinary theoretical courses, case studies, methods and professional training: Theoretical training focuses on public policy, sociology, governance, law, economics, demography, risk and globalization, centering on issues such as housing, migration, food security, utilities, climate change, informal economy, local finance, conflict management, transports, cultural policies, and the digital city; Professional training is provided in the first year through a group project (capstone) commissioned by a private or public organization, which involves doing applied research in the urban field. Students work 1.5 days a week for six months with a professional tutor. Students also take advantage of a planned study trip to a large urban center (past cities include Cairo, Istanbul, Casablanca/Tangier/Rabat). Case studies and workshops are taught by professionals; Solid methodological training in advanced quantitative and qualitative analysis, network analysis, map work, ecological data mining, and GIS training; In the second semester, regional training focuses on specific area of expertise, with historical insights on urban change. Students have to chose among African Metropolis, Arab and Mediterranean Metropolis, Asian Metropolis, Latin American Metropolis, and North American Metropolis; In the final semester, students will either undertake an internship of at least 14 weeks in a large metropolis or will spend the semester within a partner university, where they will prepare a research thesis (for those envisaging a PhD). During the whole duration of the programme, students are assisted in their course and professional orientation through a regular vocational statement exercise. The programme works in collaboration with other programmes from the Urban School. It also has a close link with research conducted at Sciences Po, notably with the research program "Cities are back in town". Career opportunities Students will have opportunities to work in the following organisations: UN organisations; Environment, health, security and food organisations; Global utility firms (water, transport, waste disposals, energy); NGO's in different sectors (democratic governance, environment, housing, development, culture…); Urban planning agencies, economic development agencies, urban political organisations; Networks of cities (C40, ICLEI etc..); Urban and regional governments; Private foundations and think tanks; Private developers and international consultants in the large metropolis. [-]

Master in AAP (AAP Special Course)

Ehime University
Campus Full time 5 years October 2017 Japan Matsuyama

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 bio-industry in harmony with the environment, effectively utilizing the regional characteristics of the Shikoku area as an academic research field. [+]

A Special Course for International Students from Asia, Africa, and the Pacific Rim Offered by the Shikoku International Student Education Consortium The Graduate Schools of Agriculture of Ehime University, Kagawa University and Kochi University 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, on Shikoku, one of the four main islands of 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. PROGRAM GOALS 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 bio-industry in harmony with the environment, 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 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 program. (3) All classes and research instruction are given in English, however all students are required to take a two-week intensive 'Survival Japanese' class after entering the program in order to learn enough Japanese for daily life and, if desired, students may take other Japanese language classes. FIELD OF STUDY Applicants should choose a field of study related to that of their prospective academic adviser (please refer to the list provided in this outline). The applicant must contact and consult with the prospective academic advisor about the field of study before applying. RESEARCH FIELDS OF AAP PROGRAM IN GRADUATE SCHOOL OF AGRICULTURE, EHIME UNIVERSITY RESEARCH FIELDS OF AAP PROGRAM IN GRADUATE SCHOOL OF AGRICULTURE, KAGAWA UNIVERSITY RESEARCH FIELDS OF AAP PROGRAM IN GRADUATE SCHOOL OF AGRICULTURE, KOCHI UNIVERSITY Studies on environmental effects of photosynthetic function,mass transport, matter production and yield of crops. Developmental physiology and production system of fruit crops Applied entomology Ecological and Physiological Study of Fruit Trees Horticultural utilization of native resources in pomology Crop science Studies on the feeding regulatory mechanism based on the animal nutrition, animal behavior for efficient animal production. Reproductive physiology of fruit trees Genetics and breeding in rice Plant-Pathogen interactions OR Molecular Biology and Plant immunity Development regulation of vegetable crops Tropical fruit science Systematics of insects, conservation of biodiversity Ecophysiology on yield determination of field crops Ecology of spider mites and insects Molecular biology of plant immunity, plant biotechnology Physiological and molecular biological analysis on plant functions and utilization of plant resources Tropical ornamental plant science Studies on Soil Science and Soil Management Technology for the Sustainable Agriculture with Local Biological and Ecological ResourcesS Genetic resources in floriculture Tropical vegetable crop science Measurement and diagnosis are studied using image processing and expert systems in respect of the growth of the plant in plant factory and greenhouse. And, network utilization of this information is also studied. Effect of light quality on plant growth and morphogenesis Biological and environmental systems Researches on the green amenity defined as the effect of plants on human comfort and the environment control in greenhouse Genetic improvement and environmental control of pigmentation and coloration in horticutural plants Food production process engineering Our research interests are plant water-relations and mass spectrometry in plant cells, i.e., physics, chemistry, mathematics, thermodynamics and engineering Physiological and molecular aspects of postharvest changes in ornamentals and vegetables Applied meteorology Economical studies on management and preservation of agricultural land Farm Management, Food policy Plant molecular ecology Comparative study on livelihood and its transformation maritime world. Agricultural Policy; Agricultural Marketing; Environmental and Resource Economics Sustainable forest operations and environmental protection Study of the marketing system and price mechanism of farm products, agricultural and life materials by economic, technical and political methodologies. Plant cellular and developmental physiology in vitro Forest tree ecophysiology The principles of agricultural and environmental economics, sustainable agriculture and agribusiness. Molecular elucidation on mechanisms of pathogenicity and plant defense systems Forest engineering Studies of many issues to occur in the marine products industry and a fishery area by general viewpoints of sociology and cultural anthropology. Plant-microbe interaction in legume plant Forest Product Science Studies of sustainable development in the marine products industry and coastal zone by mainly viewpoints of economics, management and marketing theories. Biochemisty and molecular biology on stress responses and tolerances of higher plants. Chemistry of woody material utilization Study on the role and function of agricultural cooperatives in regional agriculture. Biotic and abiotic stress signal transduction in plants Marine environmental science Synthesis of useful organic compounds using natural resource. Signal transduction on plant-microbe interaction Early life history of fish Investigation of bio-functional substances by using animal cell technology and molecular biological techniques for human health. Molecular genetics and breeding in rice Fish immunology and virology Biochemical and molecular biological studies on protein transport, transport proteins, and molecular chaperones Molecular biology and biochemistry of mushrooms. Fish genetics and breeding science Molecular biology of membrane proteins Molecular biology and biochemistry of extremophiles. Marine ecology Molecular population genetics and evolutionary genetics of forest trees and the related organisms. Molecular biology and biochemistry of mushrooms Coastal ecology Basic theory of the biological process in forests and development of techniques for conservation and sustainable use of forest resources Molecular biology of sugar related enzyme genes.Production of rare sugars using microbial and enzymatic reactions Fish physiology and endocrinology Various enhancements of wood properties and system development of forest resources for sustainable use. Applied microbiology and enzymology for production of rare sugars. Production of rare sugars using bioreactor system Food science and nutrition Various enhancements of wood properties and system development of forest resources for sustainable use. Functional analysis of the Golgi apparatus and its application to protein production Fish physiology and biochemistry Studies on plant species diversity and coexistence in terms of biological processes and stoichiometry. Rheological properties and texture of foods, and preparation of nano-emulsions for food system Post-harvest science and technology of fish Measurement, monitoring and planning of forest resources and functions. Soil environmental science Biotechnology for marine animals Turbulent transfer within and above a vegetation canopy, Impacts of elevated CO2 (FACE) or global warming on stomatal response, transpiration and photosynthesis. Development and application of immunological methods for mycotoxins, and toxicicolgy and human exposure of mycotoxins Environmental facility engineering Researches on wastewater treatment and reuse for agricultural land andphosphorous recovery from wastes. Chemistry and molecular nutrition of functional foods including coloring materials and flavor substances Landslide engineering Characteristics of coastal shallow water ecosystem; effects of anthropogenic chemicals to marine organisms; ecological conservation of shallow water ecosystem. Food engineering encapsulation,Spray drying,Functional food powder Geotechnical engineering Ecotoxicological effects and risk assessment of environmental pollutants including endocrine-disrupting chemicals in a variety of wild and model animals. Biochemical research of food proteins Water environmental engineering Conservation genetic resources of Fish. Physicochemical properties and industrial applications of various types of colloidal systems Environmental water purification engineering Molecular mechanisms of fish spermatogenesis and oogenesis and artificial manipulation of fish reproduction. Organic chemistry, biosynthesis, and bioactivity of wood components, and woody biomass utilization Plant environmental science Investigation on development of earth-friendly and sustainable aquaculture systems including physiological, molecular biological and ecological studies Organic chemistry, biosynthesis, and bioactivity of wood components, and woody biomass utilization. Soil environmental science Horizontal gene transfer in microbial community. Resistance of microbes to metals and antibiotics. Degradation and utilization of proteins by bacteria in marine ecosystem. Allelopathy and plant biochemisty Soil ecology Decontamination of water and soils; Surface and structural chemistry of clay minerals and zeolites. Bioorganic chemistry of functional organic compounds Plant nutrition Environmental chemistry and ecotoxicology on persistent toxic substances and waste treatment and material cycle sciences Biologically active natural products and their mechanisms of action Tropical bioengineering NA Biogeochemical studies on the material cycling in the aquatic ecosystem Advanced chemical ecology NA Standing stock and productivity of phytoplankton in coastal sea, and the behavior of biophilic element Microbiology of extreme environments NA Ecology and behavior of ant Microbial molecular genetics NA Material cycle of biophilic elements and dynamics of microalgae Biointeraction chemistry NA Chemical and biological processes in coastal ecosystems Processing of tropical crops NA NA Food Science NA NAs Food Functional Chemistry NA NA Animal resources technology NA NA Plant bacterial pathology NA NA Plant pathology NA NA Reproductive biology NA NA Rural resource management. NA NA Environmental anthropolory. Qualifications (1) Eligibility: Foreign nationals living abroad or in Japan that wish to pursue graduate study. (2) Nationality: Those Citizens of countries in Asia, Africa and the Pacific Rim (including the Russian Federation) which that have diplomatic relations with the Japanese government. (3) Age: There is no age restriction, as long as the academic requirements are fulfilled. (4) Academic Career: Those who met one of the qualifications below: Have graduated from a Japanese university or have academic ability equal or superior to that of a university graduate. Have completed or will complete a 16-year school curriculum in a foreign country. Have completed a 15-year school curriculum in a foreign country, and who have been recognized by the SISEC to have obtained the prescribed units with first-class honors. (5) Health: Applicant must be physically and mentally healthy enough to pursue study at university. (6) Language: Can speak, read and write well in English. (7) Visa Requirement: If selected, the applicant will be required to acquire a “College Student, (ryuugaku)” visa prior to coming to Japan. Note 1: Military personnel and civilian employees in the armed forces are not eligible. Note 2: Those who do not arrive in Japan by the designated time are not eligible. Note 3: If an applicant should apply as a prospective university graduate and fail to graduate from his/her university by September, 2016, his/her enrollment shall be cancelled. Note 4: Applicants for the “Master’s Degree and Internship Program of the African Business Education Initiative for the Youth (ABE Initiative)” or “Pacific Leader’s Education Assistance for Development of State(Pacific-LEADS)’’ must also satisfy the additional requirements of the ABE Initiative program. Date of Enrollment From October, 2017 The application will be available at the end of March 2017, so there is time to make contact with the professor with whom you wish to study. [-]