The 8th International Summer School in Biosphere Science

“The 8th International Summer School in Biosphere Science” was held from 22 July to 28 July 2015, aiming to share up-to-date scientific knowledge and techniques in the biosphere sciences with students and young academic staffs from MOU universities and partner universities of our graduate school.

This year, a total of 14 students or young academic staffs joined from Pukyong National University (South Korea), Chonnam National University (South Korea), Tunghai University (Taiwan), Airlangga University (Indonesia), Gadjah Mada University (Indonesia), Nong Lam University (Viet Nam), Kasetsart University (Thailand), Myeik University (Myanmar),  Visayas State University (Philippines), University of the Philippines Visayas (Philippines), University of Peradeniya (Sri Lanka) and University of Brothers Mentouri (ex. Constantine 1) (Algeria).

On the first day, July 22, a welcome ceremony was conducted.

Welcome ceremony

Welcome speech by the Dean, Dr. Kazumasa Uematsu

The summer suchool participants and students of the Graduate School of Biosphere Science introduced themseives.



In the afternoon, they visited some laboratories of the Graduate School of Biosphere Science.

After visiting laboratories,  an international exchange reception party hosted by HU students was held.

The participants made a presentation regarding their countries, universities and the research field at the party.

For the following two days, they selected and joined one of the scientific program works (Fisheries and Marine Biology program, Domestic Animal Science program, Food Chemistry and Nutrition program, Applied and Cellular Biology program), learning and experiencing cutting-edge knowledge and techniques in related scientific fields with the help of Japanese student assistants.

< Fisheries and Marine Biology program >

< Domestic Animal Science program >

< Food Chemistry and Nutrition program 1 >

< Food Chemistry and Nutrition program 2 >

< Applied and Cellular Biology program >

The participants had lunch and took a break with assistant students during their program works.

On July 25, a study tour to two UNESCO world heritage sites (Atomic-bomb dome in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Itsukushima shrine in Miyajima Island) was conducted to learn about Hiroshima’s elegant and tough history.

  Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

Atomic Bomb Dome

Peace Memorial Museum

Itsukushima Shrine in Miyajima Island

Study tours to private companies were also conducted.

On July 27, they visited Otafuku Sauce Co., Ltd which is the top company manufacturing and selling of sauce used for Japanese traditional food ‘Okonomiyaki’.

Before visiting the sauce factory, they had a experience of Okonomiyaki making at this special facility in the Wood Egg Okonomiyaki Building.

It was first time for everyone to cook and have Okonomiyaki. They enjoyed Hiroshima's local dish very much.

Then, they visited the sauce factory and observed the most advanced technology for sauce production.

On the final day, July 28, the information sessio nwas organized to introduce the Graduate School of Biosphere Science.

In the session, admission information was provided and international students and a researcher of our graduate school talked about their experience of studying and campus life at Hiroshima University.

After the information session, they visited Stake Corporation in Higashi-Hiroshima City, which is.a leading company for manufacturing grain processing machineries, and observed the most advanced technology for their production.

In the afternoon, a farewell ceremony was conducted, and a certification was handed by the Dean.

Finally, the summer school was closed by the Farewell Party at the modern university cafeteria.

Farewell Party at the university cafeteria " La Place"

Executive and Vice President, Dr. Toshiyuki Sato

Participants tried on Japanese "Yukata"

After spending fruitful time in Hiroshima,  they left Japan for their country on July 29.

  Participants leaving from Hiroshima Airport

Comments by the summer school participants

  • This summer school was very instructive to me despite this very short time. I learned many things about Japan and I made many friends. I wish really to come back as a student in this amazing university, I thank you all of you.
  • This Summer School has opened a lot of doors for me. I had so much fun experiencing the Japanese culture as well as discovering Japan in the context of my research field. I just wish Hiroshima University will continue to invite participants from my university so that other University of the Philippines Visayas students will also experience what I did and maybe pursue a graduate degree in this prestigious university.
    Thank you for all the fun and learning adventures, Hiroshima University!