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INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE AFFAIRS

The following activities are included:

  • Publishing the introductory brochure to the "Graduate School of Energy Science"
  • Supporting international academic cooperation on the innovative science
  • Encouraging the exchange of scholars and students and the influx of foreign students

1. Agreements for Educational and Scientific Cooperation

The Graduate School of Energy Science, Kyoto University has established exchange agreements with foreign universities and institutes to promote mutual cooperation on education and scientific research limited to the disciplines of energy science. Within mutually acceptable fields, the following general forms of cooperation will be pursued:

  • Joint research activities
  • Exchange of invitations to scholars for lectures and seminars, and participation in conferences, colloquia and symposia
  • Exchange of scientific materials and information
  • Exchange of faculty members and students for study and research

Currently, agreements with 19 foreign counterparts have been concluded in cooperation with the Graduate Schools of Engineering and Informatics respectively.

2. Exchange of Students

Since its establishment, the Graduate School of Energy Science has received students from various foreign countries, and at the same time has promoted short-term study abroad for the students in our school.


Moreover, since 2001, the International Doctoral Program in Energy Science has been offered to provide young students and researchers with a Master's degree (or equivalent) with the opportunity to further their studies toward a Doctoral degree at Kyoto University. Eight students will be admitted to the program every year with a three year scholarship years from the Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho). In this course, Japanese is not required for accomplishing their studies, but a good command of English is necessary. Selection is processed by documents presented by the applicants including a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), GRE (Graduate Record Examination) General Test or TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication) score. Details are accessible on our homepage (http://www.energy.kyoto-u.ac.jp/doctoral/).

3. Exchange of Researchers

The Graduate School of Energy Science has invited visiting professors from abroad institutionally as teaching staff. They are elected as the most active researchers in various academic fields, who may collaborate with our staff and cultivate an international sense in students through English lectures. In addition, three young scholars from abroad have been placed as Lecturer and Assistant Professors respectively.


Individual departments and chairs have actively received researchers from various foreign countries such as China, Canada, Korea, the US, Austria, Denmark, Holland, and others. More than 100 researchers are dispatched to universities and research bodies abroad, contributing greatly to developments in academic research on energy science. In addition, a number of visits have been requested by foreign research institutions and Embassies for courtesy calls and inspection.

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