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Intellectual Exchange and Innovation, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #124 (QS) Fukuoka, Japan
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. 
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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,” we hope 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.

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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    16 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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

  • International

    4844 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2422 USD per semester and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • 267,900 Yen per semester

Living costs for Fukuoka-shi

  • 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.


Excellence linked Scholarships for 10 Promising International Students

?Ten students who are evaluated as particularly gifted during the admissions  process will be awarded a scholarship of 145,000 JPY per month for three years,  which is enough to cover their primary living expenses.

?Travel expenses from his/her mother country to Fukuoka, Japan for the enrollment and return travel expenses from Fukuoka to his/her mother country after  the completion of the Ph.D study of three years will be provided.

?Tuition fees of students awarded this scholarship will be paid by Kyushu University,  thus, the students do NOT need to pay tuition fee, enrollment, and administration fee.

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