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IPAAE Project
Universities of the world are tackling issues both of global and local matters. This is particularly true for the fields of agriculture and the education. A new project proposed by Kyushu University (QU) is challenging to quality education of agriculture in global and local views. The project aims at developing an international educational system for the Master's course (MSc) and establishing "International Platform for Asian Agricultural Education". The platform comprises six universities including three Japanese (QU; TUAT-Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology; KBU-Kobe University), two Thai universities (KU-Kasetsart University; CMU-Chiang Mai University) and one German university (UHOH-the University of Hohenheim).
The platform will offer an international curriculum including lectures, practices, seminars, joint surveys, and thesis research. The participants can be qualified by international credit transfer system. The topics treated in the platform would be agriculture, forestry, and the environment in Asia, international development, technical communication and so on. The project intends to promote teachers' mobility that cultivate global view of students, as well as students' mobility that leads deep understanding local issues in different cultures.
To implement the project four components are identified: (1) cooperation among six universities of Japan, Germany and Thailand; (2) development of an international curriculum; (3) improvement of educational infrastructure; and (4) improvements of the educational system. Each of the issues will be treated in different subprograms. They are assembled up and packaged for the platform.
The project would promote the quality education of international course that attracts students from Asian and EU countries. The collaboration also accelerates an alliance of universities and the development of agricultural studies in Asia.
The roles of university are becoming diverse and critical in knowledge-base society and thus the universities of the world is reforming for quality education, advanced research, and effective outreach. International program in a university is increasingly important in terms of the current reform of universities. It attracts foreign students from both developing and developed countries, and raises a global mind in the next generations.
Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Japan, has encouraged universities in this context and setting up a found of the supporting program.
Graduate School of Bioresource and Bioenvironmental Sciences, Kyushu University (QU) has proposed a project with a collaboration of Tokyo University of Agriculture (TUAT) and Technology, and Kobe University (KBU). These universities have a history of bilateral cooperation with Asian and European universities. Based on their achievement, the project intends to create a new standard of international curriculum with universities of Thailand and Germany,
Kasetsart University (KU) in Thailand, Participating Universities
Chiang Mai University (CMU) in Thailand and the University of Hohenheim (UHOH) in Germany are experienced organizations in international program of agriculture. Thus the projects aims at developing an international educational system for the Master's course (MSc) and establishing "International Platform for Asian Agricultural Education" in QU, TUAT, KBU, KU, CMU, and UHOH.