Name Faculty of Agriculture, University of Miyazaki
GGN 4052852637237 Website http://www.cc.miyazaki-u.ac.jp/muigap/english_top.html
Country Japan

Profile:

The Faculty of Agriculture, University of Miyazaki can trace back its origin to the Miyazaki College of Agriculture and Forestry (Departments of Agronomy, Forestry and Animal Science) which was founded in 1924. In 1949, the Miyazaki College of Agriculture and Forestry, 2 normal schools and a technical college were combined to form University of Miyazaki, and the Miyazaki College of Agriculture and Forestry set up the Faculty of Agriculture with Departments of Agronomy, Forestry, Animal Science, Veterinary Science and Agricultural Chemistry. The Faculty of Agriculture, by successively expanding into several specialized scientific fields, eventually had 8 departments: Agronomy, Forestry, Animal Science, Veterinary Science, Agricultural Chemistry, Fisheries, Agricultural Engineering and Grassland Science. In 2010, after reorganizing the Departments, the Faculty now has Departments of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Forest and Environmental Sciences, Biochemistry and Applied Biosciences, Marine Biological and Environmental Sciences, Animal and Grassland Sciences, and Veterinary Science. Graduate School of Agriculture for Master's course (two-year course) was established in 1967, had 6 graduate courses: Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Forest and Environmental Sciences, Biochemistry and Applied Biosciences, Marine Biology and Environmental Sciences, Animal and Grassland Sciences, International Course of Agriculture. From April 2007 a Doctoral course in Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Agriculture and Engineering (three-year course which combine agriculture and engineering), started with the purpose of integrating education and research fields, and from April 2010 another Doctoral course in Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine (four-year course) also commenced with the aim of producing excellent physicians, veterinarians, researchers and educators as advanced professionals.

Kibana Agricultural Science Station: On the Campus Farm, there are 6 ha of paddy fields and 17 ha of fields adjacent to the campus. It is very convenient for experiments and field training. The paddy field has been generously divided into sections of 5 ha. In the paddy field and in the rice processing center modern and labor-saving methods including mechanization of integrated work are carried out. In the fields, there are many greenhouses, an open vegetable garden, a flower garden, an orchard, and plant specimen’s garden etc. For the students, in order to be able to learn the fundamentals of farming in which agricultural theory is synthesized, and to demonstrate modern farming technology, such as solution culture for vegetables by computer controlled systems, the curriculum of the technical education is associated with classroom instruction. Research is carried out on the improvement of agricultural techniques for field crops in the predominant climate of southern Kyushu.

In recent years, the Faculty of Agriculture has focused on education in food safety. In order to develop the GAP education program, we are working on the special project “Nurturing of International GAP (Good Agricultural Practices) -capable Food Management Specialists (2011-2014)”. It is supported by MEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology).
 

Achievements:

The University Farm acquired “JGAP-Fruits and Vegetables 2010” in 2011, “JGAP-Cereals 2012” in 2012 and “GLOBALG.A.P.-Version 4.0 Combinable Crops” in 2013. It is the first GAP-certified university farm in Japan. In addition, the University Livestock Farm is implementing “ GLOBALG.A.P.-Version 4.0 Livestock Cattle and Sheep” as well as “Dairy”. It will be the first GLOBALG.A.P. certified livestock farm in Japan.

Faculty of Agriculture developed the GAP education program for university students. Farm training at the GAP-certified University Farm is included in this program, Students can learn skills of GAP over 4 years. This program consists of the “GAP Core Subjects” and the “GAP-related Subjects”. The “GAP Core Subjects” consist of the following: the Introduction of GAP, GAP Simulation Training, Lecture for GAP Trainer, Internship and Practical Training at GAP-certified Farm, Ethics for Agricultural Practitioners, Scientific English and a Graduation Thesis. However, the “GAP-related Subjects” are elective. The following areas are Food Safety and Quality Improvement, Environmental Conservation, Workers Safety, and Farm Administration and Sales Management. Students are recommended to acquire credits from a range of subjects across the 4 areas. Students who meet these requirements will receive a special certificate at graduation. This program is the first among universities in Japan.

University of Miyazaki continues to support and spread the GAP implementation within the region. In November 2013, we were very proud to support the “GLOBALG.A.P. Tour Stop in Miyazaki”. Training for GAP trainers, farmers and high school students is also implemented by using GAP-certified University Farm. In addition, we are approaching to citizens, consumers and even children.

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