Volume 11 Issue 8 - December 4, 2009

Research Express@NCKU Dec. 4 ~ Dec. 10, 2009


Extramural Opportunity
  1. International Graduate Program for Advanced Science (IGPAS)
    Graduate School of Science, Tohoku University

    International Graduate Program for Advanced Science (IGPAS) is an interdisciplinary graduate program in the Graduate School of Science, Tohoku University. It was established in October 2004 as the first international graduate program founded in Japanese national universities. IGPAS offers courses in English for international students who are eager to obtain master’s and doctoral degrees from the Graduate School of Science. It also aims to educate Japanese students to exert their abilities as internationally-active, professional scientists.

    IGPAS has proudly reserved positions of Japanese government scholarship for its master’s students since its foundation, and in 2008, IGPAS-Super Doctoral Course (SDC) has been started for doctoral students jointly with the Institute for the International Advanced Research and Education (IIARE) of Tohoku University. Students of IGPAS-SDC benefit from fellowship by IIARE to promote world top-level, interdisciplinary research at the Graduate School of Science.

    Prospective students will have excellent opportunities to study modern science and conduct cutting-edge research with top-level scientists currently working at Tohoku University.

    IGPAS is a 5-year graduate program as the combination of a 2-year master’s program and a 3-year doctoral program. Each student belongs to one of six departments, which are divided into three groups according to the GCOE programs:(i) Chemistry, (ii) Mathematics, Astronomy, and Physics, and (iii) Earth Science and Geophysics.

    The academic year of IGPAS starts in October. The Graduate School of Science will admit at most 20 students each for the master’s and doctoral programs each year.

    How to apply?
    Please refer to the website http://www.sci.tohoku.ac.jp/english/2nd/igpas.html#link1 for the details.

    Download IGPAS Application Booklet 2010
  2. Osaka University
    International Program of FRONTIER BIOTECHNOLOGY

    A five-year program for master's and doctor's degrees
    For Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarship Students

    The aim of this program is to expose young scientists to state-of-the-art research skills and indepth knowledge of advanced biology, chemistry and physics to harness the potential of biotechnology. The program encompasses both master and doctor courses, while emphasizing research that directly benefits society and the environment. Students are expected to enroll in these courses sequentially in order to obtain both master's and doctor's degrees. 

    Scholarship Benefits
    1. 157,000 JPY per month
    2. Air ticket (to and from Japan)
    3. Tuition fee exempted

    Number to be Admitted
    Ten for each year

    Application Requirements
    1. Nationality: must be of the countries whose citizens are eligible for a Monbukagakusho Scholarship (Japanese Government Scholarship).
    2. Age: must be less than 35 years as of April 1, 2010 (i.e. born on or after April 2, 1975).
    3. Education: Must have graduated from a university or college and completed 16 years of formal study by September 30, 2010.
    4. Language ability: must have a good command of English.

    Application Deadline
    December 10, 2009

    Program Start Date
    October 1, 2010
    Please log on to following website for detailed information.

    Please send the application package directly to the International Students Section, Academic Affairs Division, Graduate School of Engineering,Osaka University based on the instruction addressed in “Guidance to applicants” before the deadline.
Opportunities from NSC
  1. Elite Project
    The reason that the NSC uses the name “Po Lo” for ” Elite Project”in English to designate the program is highly symbolic. Elites were a legendary figure who is well-known for his abilities to spot and recognize “horses of one thousand miles” (excellent horses that can run far and fast). The Elite Project is meant to recognize and recruit Taiwan’s “best and the brightest” abroad who are capable of transferring new technologies to Taiwan’s industries. On the other hand, those who are invited back to Taiwan would hope to meet the Po Los who can recognize and appreciate their forte and expertise.

    The project recruits primarily through the NSC’s Science-technology Division attached to Taiwan’s official mission overseas (usually under the name of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office), which identifies and recommends the potential candidates to apply. The evaluation committee set up by NARL would then screen and select the applicants. Overseas senior professionals specialized in the following key fields are given precedence by the recruitment office.1) Basic sciences, 2) biomedical science and technology, 3) image displays, 4) digital contents,5) information and communication technology, 6) semiconductors, 7) energy science and technology, 8) environmental science, oceanography and natural disasters, 9) nano and advanced material science and technology, 10) key service industries, 11) international law and politics, and 12) humanities and arts.

    The Project invites 20-25 elite professionals annually and pays for their round-trip airfare and perdiem expenses for a duration ranging from one to three months. The NARL helps set up their visits to local agencies. Through their lectures, seminars, short-term courses or joint research endeavors, the invitees can thus demonstrate their expertise and speciality, and share their experience in problem solving and managerial know how with the local audiences. Such kinds of interactions facilitate possible follow-up collaboration between the invitees and local organizations.

    For more information, please visit: http://elite.narl.org.tw/clientQueryAction.do?method=queryIntro&type=1
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