Bioagricultural Sciences

About the Graduate School of Bioagricultural Sciences Transnational Doctoral Program

Many Asian countries face serious economic and social challenges in today’s rapidly changing world. Through programs such as the Transnational Doctoral Program, Nagoya University is tackling these issues head-on in partnership with partner Universities and Institutions throughout Asia.

In the sphere of agriculture, there are several areas that the Graduate School of Bioagricultural Science are addressing:

  • (1) tackling the detrimental impact of excessive pesticide use on crops, and the toxic effects of residual pesticides on
      people’s health,
  • (2) preventing lean harvests stemming from diseases, pests and climate change,
  • (3) improving the quality of crops and animal products and raising income from them, and
  • (4) establishing systems to provide guidance to farming families.

In general, these issues cannot be addressed by simply applying solutions that have proved successful in developed countries. What is needed instead are sustainable solutions that fully take into account regional requirements.

In the Transnational Doctoral Program offered by the Graduate School of Bioagricultural Sciences in conjunction with the Asian Satellite Campuses Institute, research into the topics outlined above is undertaken by students who already serve as officers in current local governments or affiliated organizations. Accordingly, we can expect their research findings to be integrated more rapidly in actual government policy.

Following successful completion of the program, we look for these graduates to make full use of their highly developed expertise and analytical abilities to play an instrumental role in agricultural promotion in their respective countries, while also instructing younger generations of researchers and/or officers.

Although this initiative is still fairly young as an institution, we are committed to pursuing academic research and educational activities through ASCI in an effort to further the development of NU and its relationship with Asian countries.

Available Countries

  • Cambodia
  •  Laos
  • Myanmar

Admissions Requirements

Applicants must be current employees of government or scientific professionals engaged in matters relating to agriculture, forestry and fisheries (excluding employees on temporary leave), who have at least two years of relevant work experience.
Applicants are also required to have already completed a master’s degree or professional degree through a Nagoya University graduate school or a graduate school of another recognized university.

Further information on admissions can be found at: 

Specific information on Transnational Doctoral Program admissions:

Degree Offered

The Graduate School of Bioagricultural Sciences offers students with the opportunity to carry out research in the following fields: Biosphere Resources Science, Biological Mechanism and Functions, Applied Molecular BioSciences, Bioengineering Sciences. The program duration shall in principle be for three years. Doctoral candidates who pass the doctoral thesis examination will will graduate with a Doctor of Agricultural Sciences.

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Graduation Requirements

Aside from completion of an appropriate research based dissertation, it is expected that the student engages in day-to-day remote research guidance through active use of ICT, fixed learning (schooling) periods of intensive lectures, seminars and research guidance on Nagoya University’s Japanese domestic campuses, and thesis writing guidance at the Nagoya University Asian Satellite Campuses.


The faculty members are highly specialized and respected academics in various fields. To learn more, see the following links:

Searching NU researchers: 

Graduate School of Bioagricultural Sciences laboratories:


In accordance with its aspiration to be “a leading hub university of Asia,” Nagoya University continues to deepen its collaboration with major universities across Asia. To support this effort, through the Asian Satellite Campuses Institute (ASCI) the School of Agricultural Sciences and Graduate School of Bioagricultural Sciences are working with counterpart institutions to equip graduates with the analytic and problem-solving capabilities required to autonomously develop efficient policies in their countries. The agricultural sciences have a particularly important role in the countries of our partner institutions due to the critical dependence of these countries on agriculture.
The School of Agricultural Sciences and Graduate School of Bioagricultural Sciences have long track records in conducting research across the Asian region. Examples include overseas fieldwork exchange programs involving undergraduate students from Nagoya University and our partner institutions, and technological development and joint research managed by the International Cooperation Center for Agricultural Education. These efforts have been geared toward promoting agricultural development in countries across the Asian region.
As a natural extension of these efforts, the Graduate School of Bioagricultural Sciences has established an agricultural sciences satellite campus in Cambodia at the Royal University of Agriculture (RUA), where we currently have two doctoral candidates who commenced in late 2014. Both individuals are from the Cambodian Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries, where they hold positions of high responsibility. Through close supervision and academic supports, our students are now able to demonstrate a solid understanding of the importance of academic data analysis and how it can benefit society, as well as successfully apply it in their research activities.
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