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Developing field scientists for the next generation of polar research

Graduate Education

Sampling of zooplankton in the Antarctic Ocean.

Collecting rock samples in Brattnipene, Sør Rondane Mountains, Antarctica

NIPR accepts students for five-year full-term and three-year second-term doctoral courses through the Department of Polar Science in the School of Multidisciplinary Sciences of SOKENDAI (the Graduate University for Advanced Studies). 20 students are currently enrolled in the course. The objective of the Department of Polar Science is to identify the primary causes of individual environmental changes within Earth’s overall system and the interactions between them. The department fosters researchers who have the ability to carry out a broad range of earth science studies in a flexible and creative way, especialy as the field scientists.
SOKENDAI was established in October 1988 as Japan’s first national graduate school to exclusively offer doctoral courses. Juxtaposed five-year doctoral courses were added in 2006. The university currently consists of six schools that receive the assistance of 19 parent institutes.

Special Collaborative Research Fellows

In accordance with the Article 29-1-3 of the National University Corporation Law, the Inter-University Research Institute Corporation accepts graduate students at the request of universities and cooperates with university education.

Every year since 1981, NIPR has accepted graduate students in polar science and related fields as special collaborative research fellows. In 2016, NIPR accepted 12 students.

Joint Graduate School

In 2006, NIPR and Kyushu University entered into the Agreement on Partnership and Cooperation in Education and Research. The two institutes have joined hands in offering graduate education in the field of polar environment studies.

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