Ph.D. On Campus

Intellectual Exchange and Innovation

Kyushu University

36 months
5164 USD/year
5164 USD/year
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Primarily this doctoral program has been conceived to provide a high-tech training academy for talented young people to become the future distinguished academics of South East Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa. Such individuals, it is hoped will retain deep, meaningful and long term connections with Japan.  The Intellectual Exchange and Innovation is offered by Kyushu University. 


Due to the potential economic dividend as well as political and moral considerations, the focus will be upon the development of environmentally friendly, green technologies.

As a consequence of being a relatively small and mountainous island nation, Japan has few easily accessible natural resources which can be used as fuels or raw materials for advanced technological processes. Despite these formidable natural obstacles, by the end of the 20th century Japan could count itself as being a member of the pre-eminent, democratic developed nations. From the 1960s onwards, Japan had perfected its own innovative style of management, production and technological innovation. Due to the remarkable success of Japans key industries, the accumulated knowledge and experience as well as the tools to overcome the environmental consequences of industrialization has since been exported around the globe. It is thus crucial as we move into the 21st century that Japan remains an active and vigorous participant in the global community, especially due to its geographical proximity, the wider Asian region.

Complacency is often the enemy of success and we can expect as the 21st century matures that the global economy and therefore the highest levels of scientific innovations will originate from large states or federations with sizable populations and abundant resources, such as the United States, the European Union, China, Brazil and Russia. In such a climate of competition it is essential therefore that smaller nations such as Japan should actively engage in scientific collaborations, cultural exchanges and the building of bridges to friends and neighbors throughout Asia and the wider global community.

By the name of this “Intellectual Exchange and Innovation Program,” Kyushu University hopes to convey the core ideals and sentiments which will render such a collaboration a success. The young pioneers who enter this program from the targeted regions, we hope will acquire the key knowledge that is necessary to enhance the development of their own nations, while at the same time developing close relationships with academic staff and students of Kyushu University.

Intellectual Exchange and Innovation Program features 

In recent times, most scientific endeavors wherever they may be occurring in the world are conducted primarily in the English language. Indeed all the major journals and those with the highest impact factors are written in English as in fact are all Japanese scientific publications. It could be said that scientific innovation is unlinked with culture, unlike literature, therefore the use of a common language is essential. Japanese institutions have for too long been allowed to lag behind their competitors with respect to the implementation of English to study science. Recently at Kyushu University we have strived to create an environment where young domestic and overseas researchers can work together effectively, efficiently and obtain results by embracing this ideal. Consequently the targeted exceptional foreign students can feel assured that they will be able to conduct green technology research to the highest levels, without the troublesome restrictions of a language barrier. For all these reasons the medium of instruction of this course will be English only. As this course is a research-based doctoral program. All students will be required to complete several modules in addition to their ongoing doctoral research. They will also acquire knowledge of Japanese culture, society and industry through a series of key lectures and internships.

Programme Structure

A student has to earn at least 16 credits as well as complete a doctoral thesis approved by faculty committee.

  • Discussion Leading & Organizing
  • Conference Design & Organizing
  • Journal Running & Handling
  • Industrial structure of Japan
  • Fundamentals of Japanese communication
  • Practical Internship
  • Fundamentals on Interdisciplinary Engineering Sciences — Material, Energy and Environment
  • Doctoral research
  • Fundamental research

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


16 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants must hold a master’s degree (or equivalent) from a university, or be expecting to receive a master’s degree by September 
  • Applicants must be physically and mentally capable of pursuing studies at a university.
  • Applicants must possess an acceptable official English qualification, such as a qualifying TOEFL, TOEIC, IELTS, or Cambridge Certificate score (a photocopy of the scores obtained must be attached). A minimum IELTS overall band score of 5.5 is required.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    5164 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2582 USD per semester during 36 months.
  • National

    5164 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2582 USD per semester during 36 months.
  • 267,900 Yen per semester

Living costs for Fukuoka

111200 - 165260 JPY /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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