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新学生と忙しく学ぶ日々【New students are busy learning new things】

posted May 7, 2019, 12:00 AM by Yoshitaka Uchida



Spring has started with cherry blossoms in Hokkaido. The team welcomed many new master’s students and has been very active so far. Another student has come back from a long-term exchange study. Since the establishment of the new graduate school (the graduate school of global food resources), I started having students joining the team from their master’s courses. I am very happy to have them, but it is hard to train them since most of them change their scientific fields from their undergraduate dissertations. I am struggling to establish the training methods for them. 

Well, I consider one of the most important things for the training is to show them farms. Many agricultural students in Japan have not been visiting many farms (which is very unfortunate). Thus, I took them to the Tokachi region, in Hokkaido. With the help of farmers and a fertiliser company, students were faced with questions such as; what is agriculture? what are the issues related to agriculture? what types of research are needed? I hope students were motivated by discussing the questions here. 

Agriculture is an industry that deals with great nature. The role of agricultural scientists is huge. My students should understand that. I am very thankful for the farmers and the fertiliser company that helped us a lot during the training of my students.