Opening Ceremony of the Graduate School of Fisheries Summer Session 2015
On 22th August, 2015, an opening ceremony of the Graduate School of Fisheries Summer Session 2015 was held at Faculty of Fisheries, Kagoshima University, Kagoshima. This summer session is held for master course students based on the “Postgraduate (Master) Programme on Tropical Fisheries with International Linkage (ILP)” which is an international alliance to share the curriculum formed with characteristic subjects offered by the member schools in Southeast Asian countries and Japan.
As for the opening, around 50 master course students including 14 students from three member schools, Sam Ratulangi University, Indonesia, University of the Philippines Visayas, Philippines, and Kasetsart University, Thailand attended. Dr. Tatsuro Matsuoka, dean of Faculty of Fisheries, expressed his welcome greeting and celebrated that the first activity of ILP has successfully started. Representatives of each school students also presented their greetings and future perspectives.
The idea of ILP was originally proposed by Dr. Tatsuro Matsuoka, and since the establishment of the program in August 2014, it has shared the curriculum under the common rule of ILP. The governing council of ILP comprises representatives of the member schools, and has guaranteed the qualification of education. Since 2015, registration of students has started; they are able to attend classes at any member schools as the classes of their own school. Indeed, the credit will be issued from their own school via ILP. This unique linkage program is definitely original, and is no other in Asia.
Students from the member schools are expected to attend four of six subjects of lecture and/or laboratory classes. Moreover, they will be having the practical training for the latest analytical method at the laboratory in each specialty under the supervision of host scientist. Onboard training by using the faculty training vessel is also expected. English will be spoken at all the scheduled classes, suggesting that there is no border of the difference in language. During the Summer Session, we will be having various activities for the acceleration of international cooperation in education. We believe that it will be a good influence for students.