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Call for applicants for the joint degree programs in sustainable development

In October, 2020, Hiroshima University will open the following joint degree master’s programs in sustainable development with, respectively, the University of Graz, Austria, and Leipzig University, Germany.

  • Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences
    Joint International Master’s Programme in Sustainable Development (Hiroshima University – University of Graz)
  • Graduate School of Advanced Science and Engineering
    Joint International Master’s Programme in Sustainable Development (Hiroshima University – Leipzig University)
     
■Program details and application procedure

We have begun recruiting students for the above two joint degree programs. The information and application procedure for the joint degree programs with the University of Graz and Leipzig University will be found on the website of the “Joint International Master’s Programme in Sustainable Development”, developed by the consortium consisting of Hiroshima University, University of Graz, Leipzig University, Ca’ Forcari University of Venice (Italy), Utrecht University (Netherlands), etc. 
Hiroshima University was previously involved only as a mobility partner in this consortium. However, from October 2020, the above-two programs will be added as a new joint degree option with Hiroshima University.
Prospective applicants should visit the website and apply online.

https://www.jointdegree.eu/de/sustainable-development/

The application deadline is March 18, 2020, Wednesday, CET (Central European Time).

■Financial support

Hiroshima University offers financial support for students who choose Hiroshima University as their entrance (home) university. For details, please study the following information:

■Admission quota (October 2020 admission)
Program Partner University
(country)
Degree Language Quota
Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Joint International Master’s Programme in Sustainable Development
(Hiroshima University – University of Graz)
University of Graz (Austria) Master of Science English 2(※)
Graduate School of Advanced Science and Engineering 
Joint International Master’s Programme in Sustainable Development (Hiroshima University – Leipzig University)
Leipzig University
(Germany)
Master of Science English 2(※)

※When applying, students will choose either Hiroshima University or the partner university as the “entrance university” (home university). Each program admits one student from among the applicants who choose Hiroshima University as their entrance university and one from among the applicants who choose the partner university as their entrance university.

■Admissions
○Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet all of the following requirements:
・A bachelor’s degree or an equivalent degree worth a minimum of 180 ECTS credits (See Note.)

Note: According to the regulations of the Japanese “School Education Law”, all applicants, including students who choose University of Graz or Leipzig University as their entrance (home) university must meet one of the following requirements. (※). 
【※Admission Requirements (PDF)】

・Applicants must submit scores from the IELTS, TOEFL, or Cambridge EFL and meet the English proficiency requirements defined below if their native language is not English and they do not have a bachelor’s or master’s degree from a program taught in English. 
*The English language certificate must be no more than 2 years old from the deadline of application in May,2020.

(※)English language proficiency requirements
・IELTS Academic – 6.5 overall or above (with a minimum score of 6.0 in writing)
・TOELF iBT – 93 or above
・Cambridge EFL (English as a Foreign Language) 
Candidates should have one of the following two certificates:
C1 Advanced: B or above   C2 Proficiency: C or above

○Application Process

【First Screening】

・Joint implementation with the consortium university
・The first screening will be conducted online, on the basis of the following application documents:

Curriculum Vitae, Academic Transcript (Bachelor’s), Certificate of Degree Awarded, Recommendation Letter, Personal Statement Letter,

※Applicants whose mother tongue is not English are required to submit one of the following documents:

An official certificate certifying that the applicant has completed a bachelor’s or master’s degree program taught in English 
An English proficiency certificate such as IELTS, TOEFL or Cambridge EFL.

・Applicants will be assessed on the basis of the following criteria: bachelor’s degree (or equivalent), GPA, professional and academic career, personal statement of purpose, and letter(s) of recommendation

【Second Screening】
・The second screening will be conducted by the home (entrance) university. 
・For an applicant who has passed the first screening, the home (entrance) university will conduct the second screening according to their selection process.

Application document screening (including research proposal), together with an online interview examination via Skype or other platforms.

※Joint International Master's Programme in Sustainable Development (Hiroshima University and University of Graz) : Basic knowledge relating to Development Studies and International Development Studies
※Joint International Master's Programme in Sustainable Development (Hiroshima University - Leipzig University) : Basic knowledge relating to Environmental Systems Studies and Environmental Engineering

・An application fee: 30,000 JPY will be charged for processing in the Second Screening
・All application documents submitted must be originals.

■Enrolling in Classes at the Entrance (Home) University and Partner University

Students will be admitted in October and study for one year at the partner university abroad during the two-year course of study. Based on which university that students choose as their entrance (home) university, the students are scheduled to enroll in classes at the location as shown below. 

ENTRANCE (HOME) UNIVERSITY LOCATION OF STUDY
1st semester
(fall)
2nd semester
(spring)
3rd semester
(fall)
4th semester
(spring)
Joint International Master’s Programme in Sustainable Development
(Hiroshima University-University of Graz)
Hiroshima University (HU) HU UG UG HU
University of Graz (UG)     UG HU HU UG
Joint International Master’s Programme in Sustainable Development
(Hiroshima University-Leipzig University)
Hiroshima University (HU) HU LU LU HU
Leipzig University (LU) LU HU HU LU

 

■Desirable students

Joint International Master’s Programme in Sustainable Development (Hiroshima University- University of Graz)

Students who possess ability to conduct research and engage in practice based on the fundamental principles of international cooperation in development studies through social science approaches, in order to resolve the pressing regional and global issues related to the SDGs, especially the issues of poverty reduction, and those who have excellent collaboration and communication skills and exhibit competitive capability for employment in the international labor market of universities, research institutions, governments and international organizations,  private sectors, and NGO, etc. 

Joint International Master’s Degree Programme in Sustainable Development (Hiroshima University – Leipzig University)

Students who possess ability to conduct research and engage in practice based on the fundamental principles of sustainable development in environmental studies, through   science and engineering approaches, in order to resolve the pressing regional and global issues related to the SDGs, especially the environmentally-driven development issues caused by the rapid urbanization of developing countries, and those who have excellent collaboration and communication skills and exhibit competitive capability for employment in the international labor market of universities, research institutions, governments and international organizations, private sectors, and NGO, etc. 

[Inquiries]
International Exchange Group, Hiroshima University

E-mail: kokusai*office.hiroshima-u.ac.jp  (Please replace*with a halfwidth”@”when sending.)


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