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Dean Hideo Yamasaki

 

 

Faculty of Science

 

On the coral island of Okinawa the Faculty of Science was established in 1950 to teach the core sciences including Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics. As Okinawa is famous for its unique mixed-culture (“champuru” in Okinawan dialect), the Faculty of Science has inherited diverse styles of U.S. and Japanese universities. In its early days, Michigan State University, the first Land-Grant University in the U.S.A., was a model for the University of the Ryukyus. Incorporating the Land-Grand tradition, the Faculty of Science has developed to offer not only the core sciences but also applied sciences such as Earth Sciences, Marine Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Fisheries and Coral Reef Sciences, a unique characteristic that cannot be seen in other Faculty of Sciences in Japanese national universities. The Faculty of Science is currently composed of three departments: the Department of Mathematical Sciences, the Department of Physics and Earth Sciences, and the Department of Chemistry, Biology, and Marine Science. These departments offer both undergraduate and graduate programs leading to a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science degree in five majors (Mathematics, Physics, Earth Sciences, Chemistry and Biology). A doctoral program in Marine and Environmental Sciences was also established in 1998. Since its establishment, the Faculty of Science has endeavored to cultivate capable individuals who contribute to the international cooperation and development of society. With our experience, and geographical and historical background, the Faculty of Science aspires to international excellence in subtropical sciencessomething like no other.


Keeping in mind the universal importance of basic science, our goal is to develop superior personnel as well as to facilitate research in the field of science, as we forge ahead with unique education and research focused on the special characteristics of the subtropical island environment.

 

Introduction

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 The prosperity of modern society is heavily dependent on the development of science. Through education and research conducted in the field of basic science, the Faculty of Science contributes to the development of science and to fostering personnel capable of a broad range of initiatives in society. To achieve our goals, we provide students with a broad-and-deep foundation of basic knowledge in all fields of science, as well as helping them to deepen their knowledge in their field of specialization.

 

 Graduating students receive a Bachelor or Science. In addition, if they earn the required number of credits under the License Act, students can earn the Type A High School Teacher Certificate or the Type A Junior High School Teacher Certificate in science or mathematics.

 

 Upon the establishment of the Doctoral Program associated with the Faculty of Science in FY1998, the Faculty of Science graduate school became known as the Graduate School of Engineering and Science. In the Master’s Program, students engage in sophisticated education and research specializing in the fields of Mathematical Sciences, Physics and Earth Sciences, and Chemistry, Biology, and Marine Sciences. The Doctoral Program serves to foster specialist researchers in the field of Marine and Environmental Science, in association with with the Faculty of Science.

 

 The Faculty of Science operates a research center known as the Tropical Biosphere Research Center, which is engaged in research in elucidation of tropical and subtropical life phenomena. Additional facilities related to the Faculty of Science include the Instrument Research Center, the Low Temperature Center, and the Disaster Prevention Research Center for Island Regions. These Centers are well utilized by undergraduate and graduate students as well as faculty of the Faculty of Science, for experiments, hands-on studies, and research.

 

 

Special Characteristics of the Faculty of Science

 Since more than 45% of high school students move on to college or junior college, university in our times is not limited to fostering specialists, but also to educating individuals who can work in a variety of fields. Further, research subjects are now comprehensive and multifaceted in the fields of the environment, life science, energy, and more, which means that their resolution lies beyond current academic systems. New collaborative systems are now required.

 

 To meet these needs, we have implemented extensive improvements to our education and research at the University of the Ryukyus Faculty of Science, resulting in the launch of a new Faculty of Science in FY1996. The following is an overview of the Faculty: 

 

 

 

(1) Three Departments, Five Programs
 To accommodate a wide range of scientific issues, the Faculty of Science has three departments and five programs. The three departments are Mathematical Sciences, Physics and Earth Sciences, and Chemistry, Biology, and Marine Science, each of which has specialized programs using a large lecture system.

 

(2) The Fusion of Basic Science and Applied Science
 The current academic system is maintained as the core of our education and research (mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, and earth science), while interdisciplinary research based on the special characteristics of the Okinawa environment can also be easily accomplished here.

 
 
(3) Multidisciplinary Study Patterns
 To acquire a specialization in science, students must first decide on a program of specialization. While students focus on their field of choice, our curriculum is designed to do away with barriers between the different fields of science, keeping the number of credits required for a specialization to a minimum. This enables students to focus on their field of choice, yet enables us to provide both multidisciplinary education as well as extensive specialization in the field of the student’s choice.
 
 
(4) Small Seminar-Style Classes
 Immediately following enrollment, students take a mandatory class called the Foundational Seminar (maximum enrollment of about five students). The purpose of this seminar-style class is to enable students to quickly familiarize themselves with the research facilities and environment and to provide an opportunity for students to ask questions in a laid-back setting. The class emphasizes interaction between students and faculty, providing a relaxed learning environment. The Foundational Seminar includes the following: 1) on-site learning (overview of laboratory and research facility, use of the library), 2) basic science education (how to read scientific research papers and scientific writing in English, scientific writing, daily science, and easy introductions to specializations). 
 
 
(5) General Education Classes
 We offer General Education classes in order to provide all students in our faculty with a common basis in science. These courses include: 1) basic science classes such as mathematics for natural science applications and scientific methodology, 2) interdisciplinary courses such as introductions to the various fields, 3) classes designed to help students attain teaching licenses, and 4) unique classes such hands-on courses at museums, hands-on courses in ship driving, diving courses, and more.
 
 
(6) The Education Process
 In their first year, students mainly take general education classes to provide them with basic knowledge, plus general science classes as the basis of their specialization. From their second year onward, students deepen their specialization.
 
 
 

Our Education Philosophy and Objectives

 
 The Faculty of Science seeks to further expand the traditional academic field of science, to implement education and research initiatives emphasizing the special geographical characteristics of Okinawa, and to educate individuals capable of working from a variety of angles in society.
 
 In light of today’s dramatic strides in academics as well as current social circumstances, the philosophy of the Faculty of Science is as follows:
 
(1) To answer to expectations of basic science and to social expectations, we educate individuals with lofty ideals, a wide-ranging perspective, strong convictions, and an international perspective
 
(2) To facilitate education and research on the special regional characteristics of the natural environment of Okinawa, as well as education and research that answers to society’s demands including technology, culture, etc. as an academic foundation of a basis for learning
 
 

Academic System

 
 We have set up the following three academic departments as the optimal organization to implement education and research in the current times, emphasizing the unique characteristics of the Okinawa environment:
 
Mathematical Sciences
Physics and Earth Sciences
Chemistry, Biology, and Marine Sciences
 
Department Enrollment Limit  Program  Program Enrollment Limit 
Mathematical Sciences 40 students Mathematics 40 students
Physics and Earth Sciences 65 students Physics Approximately 40 students
Earth Sciences Approximately 25 students
Chemistry, Biology, and Marine Sciences 95 students Chemistry Approximately 47 students
Biology Approximately 48 students
 
 
 

Distinguishing Attributes of the Departments

 
■ Department of Mathematical Sciences
  In recent years, the field of mathematics is recognized for its applications in many fields. It is now well-known that applications are to be found not only in the fields of natural science and engineering but also in social sciences such as economics and psychology, and even in the humanities. Mathematics is also critical to the study of algorithm theory, which is a crucial component of computer science. . One of our goals is to clarify the mathematics hidden behind real-life issues. To achieve this we provide education and conduct research in a wide range of basic mathematical sciences.
 
 
■ Department of Physics and Earth Sciences
 This Department is comprised of the Physics Program, which conducts education and research on the laws of motion on subjects ranging from the elementary particles that comprise matter to the universal scale, the many forms of energy, and material interaction; and the Earth Science Program, which conducts comprehensive education and research on the earth’s environment including subjects such as typhoons, ocean currents, global warming, coral reefs, crustal movements, and more. To achieve our goals, the Department of Physics and Earth Sciences integrates basic and applied research with regional research, implementing education and research on the global environment and its future in a comprehensive manner. This approach is highly effective in bolstering education and research in this field. 
 
 
■ Chemistry, Biology, and Marine Sciences
 At the Department of Chemistry, Biology, and Marine Sciences, we conduct education and research in the fields of comprehensive oceanographic science, focusing on marine chemistry and biological production. We also have a Chemistry Program and a Biology Program, which teach the basis of the natural sciences. This arrangement enables us to better accommodate interdisciplinary studies, and to implement comprehensive research and education focusing on the marine environment and particularly the regional characteristics of Okinawa. 
 

 


  The Graduate School of Science was merged with the Graduate School of Engineering in FY1998 to form the Graduate School of Engineering and Science. At this time we also added a Doctoral Degree Program to our Master’s Degree Program. Our graduate studies science programs work to foster researchers as well as individuals capable of adapting to our current times with a scientific perspective. We also have numerous special courses to accommodate exchange students from around the world, giving our Graduate School students the opportunity to interact with international students.

 

 The Master of Science Program (two years) has three different specializations:  

 

 

 

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●Mathematical Sciences Major (Maximum enrollment: 10)

  Providing a foundation in the various types of sciences, we also conduct education and research in the areas of mathematical sciences and mathematical theory as related to information theory.


●Physics and Earth Science Major (Maximum enrollment: 17)
 This major is comprised of two areas: physics and earth sciences. In the area of physics, we study the diverse characteristics of basic particles and atoms that comprise matter as well as of molecular aggregates, using theoretical and experimental methodology as well as simulation. In the field of the earth sciences, our educational and research initiatives are concerned with the island arc as well as the sea bed, ocean, and atmosphere surrounding it.

●Chemistry, Biology, and Marine Sciences Major (Maximum enrollment: 26)
 This major is divided into the fields of chemistry and biology. In the field of chemistry, in addition to conventional chemistry, we implement broad-based education and research including tropical environment chemistry and natural products chemistry. In the field of biology, our education and research is concerned with biology including conservation of the environment and biological resources, on all levels ranging from genetics to ecosystems.

Doctoral Program (three years)
●Marine and Environmental Sciences (Maximum enrollment: 5)
 The Marine and Environmental Sciences major of the Doctoral Program is comprised of three courses. We also cooperate with faculty at the Tropical Biosphere Research Center on education and research institutes.

 


 

 

Welcome to OIMAP !

    We are pleased to announce that the Okinawa International Marine Science Program (OIMAP) will receive applicants for the next academic year starting in October 2017.
   
   OIMAP is organized into three fields: 1) Bioscience, 2) Environmental Sciences, and 3) Physics, Chemistry and Mathematical Sciences.
   
   OIMAP is a 9-year program (2007-2015), and during this term we have received many applicants from ~30 countries (see List of applicants by country).
  
   We welcome applications from prospective master’s and doctoral students wishing to conduct research related to marine sciencestropical-subtropical island studies, and basic sciences. We offer students access to outstanding facilities, state-of-the-art-equipment and the opportunity to work with leading academics in their chosen field of study. OIMAP aims to build advanced research networks and core research and education hubs in the Asia_Pacific region, and students are expected to acquire globally-proficient scientific skills.
 

 

Application process

Application forms can be downloaded below.

Note that deadline for submitting all forms is May 31, 2017.

 

  1. A Profile of the University of the Ryukyus 2017The file is about a profile of the University of the Ryukyus, including the brief of facilities.
  2. Master's Program
  3. Doctoral Program

 

Enquiries

Initial enquiries should be addressed to the Academic Affairs Unit of the Faculty of Science:

Telephone: (098) 895 8595 (international: 81 98 895 8595)
 Facsimile: (098) 895 8587 (international: 81 98 895 8587)
 E-mail:        
rggakmu@to.jim.u-ryukyu.ac.jp
 Postal Address: Academic Affairs Unit (Faculty of Science)
                              
Graduate School of Engineering and Science
                              University of the Ryukyus
                              1 Senbaru
                              Nishihara, Okinawa 903-0213
                              Japan

 

Voices of OIMAP Students


Here are comments from some past and present OIMAP students:

   

Javier A. Montenegro Gonzalez
Masters student in Marine Biology
   
Aaron Ouchi
Masters student in Marine Chemistry

Md. Atiqur Rahman Patoary
Ph.D. student in Physics
   
Tamanna Rob
Masters student in Natural Products Chemistry completed in 2007
   
Le Doc Luong
Masters student in Geochemistry completed in 2011

 



 

Welcome to CRABS!

 
We are pleased to announce that the Coral Reef and Advanced Biological Sciences Program (CRABS) will receive applicants for the next year starting in October 2017.

CRABS is organized jointly by the Field of: 1) Biosciences, 2) Environmental Sciences, 3) Chemistry.
 
 
Application Process
 
 
Note that deadline for submitting all forms is February 1, 2017.
 
Prospective applicants are advised to contact a potential adviser for consulation on research themes and plans.
 
*For details, please refer to Guidelines for Application 2017.
 
 

The file is about a profile of the University of the Ryukyus, including the brief of facilities.

 

2. MEXT Scholarship

Qualification

Nationality: Indonesia and those located in Southeast Asia and South Pacific

Age limit: under 35 years of age as of April 1, 2017.

 

*For more details of Qualifications and Application Documents, please refer to Guidelines for Application 2017.

 

Guidelines for Application 2017

The file is about the guidelines for the application of MEXT scholarship program for academic year 2017.
 
 
 
The PDF file includes Form I to Form V for application non-scholarship program.
(Separated MS-word files are also available:I, II-1, III-1, IV(pdf), V)
 
 
 
 
3. Non-Scholarship
 
Qualification
 
Nationality: Open to International and Japanese
Language: Should be fluent in English
 
 
*For more details of Qualifications and Application Documents, please refer to Guidelines for Application 2017.
 
 
The file is about the guidelines for the application of non-scholarship program for academic year 2017.
 
 
 
The PDF file includes Form I to Form VI for application for non-scholarship program.
(Separated MS-word files are also available: I, II-2, III-2, IV(pdf), V, VI)
 
 
 
 

 

 


Nature in the Ryukyu Archipelago: Coral reefs, biodiversity, and the natural environment 

 

 Nature Photos in the International Joint Field Course 2014 (Taiwan)

 

 Nature Photos in the International Joint Field Course 2015 (Indonesia)


 

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