- ▶ University of Göttingen
- ▶ Faculty of Agricultural Sciences
- ▶ Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development
The Georg-August-Universität Göttingen was founded in 1737 in the spirit of the Enlightenment. It began with four Faculties and soon became one of the most attended universities during the 18th and 19th centuries in Europe. It is one of the most prestigious universities in Germany, previously supported by the German Universities Excellence Initiative. With membership in Coimbra Group and more than 40 Nobel Prize winners, the university enjoys great international renown.
The origin of the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences can be traced back to the 19th century. Based on the first lectures on agro-chemistry, by Karl Sprengel from 1784 to 1830, new scientific fields in agronomy, animal production and farm management were developed. The Faculty of Agricultural Sciences was formally founded in 1952 as the seventh Faculty of the Georg-August-Universität.
The faculty consists of three departments: crop sciences, animal sciences, and agricultural economics and rural development. Totally, the faculty currently has more than 40 full professors.
The core skills of the faculty are analyses of national and international agricultural and nutritional sciences. Well balancing natural and social sciences, research is conducted in the area of food, resource, and energy production on farms, in the upstream and downstream domains of the value chain, and in the field of sustainable development, both internationally and domestically.
Chulalongkorn University is Thailand’s oldest and one of the country’s most prestigious universities. It was officially established in 1917 by King Vajiravudh (Rama VI) and named after his father, King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) as he initiated a policy to promote education so the country to adapt to the developing world and avoid colonization.
The Faculty of Economics, Chulalongkorn University, was officially founded on August 8, 1970 as a result of the collaboration between the Department of Economics in the Faculty of Commerce and the Department of Public Finance in the Faculty of Political Science. The principal objective of the Faculty is to undertake activities that promote economic and social development of Thailand.
The Faculty operates courses for Bachelor, Master’s and Doctorate degrees. At the postgraduate level, the Faculty offers one Master’s programme in Thai, five international Master’s programmes, and one international Dissertation Doctorate programme. The international programmes are taught in English.
The academic and student exchange agreement between the Graduate School of Economics, Kyoto University and the Faculty of Economics, Chulalongkorn University was initiated in August 2013. In recent years, the two universities jointly organized faculty workshops. The two universities, together with Thammasat University, have also organized a series of joint graduate workshops every year since 2014.
Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow (UoG) is the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world. Over the last five centuries and more, UoG has constantly worked to push the boundaries of what’s possible. Today UoG is ranked 55th in the world (QS World University Rankings 2014). UoG has more than 25,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students and welcomes students from more than 120 countries worldwide.
The College of Social Sciences is at the forefront of theoretically-informed and rigorous empirical research and research-informed teaching in all of the Schools. The College of Social Sciences was built upon the proud tradition of Adam Smith in developing a holistic analysis of society and responding to current and emerging local and global challenges. This college’s research makes significant contributions to scholarly debates, to international, national and local policy and practice, and to professional education. Adam Smith Research Foundation, as part of the college, promotes collaborative research across and beyond the College. The college has an international reputation and makes a major contribution to UoG as a broad-based, research-intensive university. The College leads the University’s ambitions to expand international recruitment for taught postgraduate programmes. Building successful partnership agreements with overseas partners has continuing momentum.
- ▶ Wageningen School of Social Sciences
- ▶ MSc International Development Studies
- ▶ Sub-department of Sociology & Anthropology of Development
Wageningen University & Research Centre (WUR) is one of the world’s leading education and research centres in the plant, animal, environmental, agrotechnological, food and social sciences. WUR is ranked 77th of all universities worldwide and 22nd for life sciences (THE World Reputation Rankings 2014), the second of the 150 best universities in the world in the field of agriculture and forestry (QS World University Rankings 2014), and the best university in the world in agricultural research (NTU Ranking 2014). Wageningen University, part of WUR, also has an excellent international reputation. One of the five departments, Department of Social Sciences, consists of six Sub-departments: Sociology & Anthropology of Development; Sociology & Governance; Communication, Philosophy and Technology; Economics; Business, Consumer and Competence Studies; and Management Decision Support. First two sub-departments, including 7 chair groups such as Rural Sociology, Sociology of Development and Change, and Environmental Policy, among others, are our close counterpart. Researchers, including PhD candidates, based in 26 chair groups of Social Sciences and Environmental Sciences, participate in the Wageningen School of Social Sciences (WASS) and promote research that increases the understanding of social processes and design practices around challenges in the domains of food, agriculture, environment, health and development. For Master programmes, International Development Studies, Development and Rural Innovation, Applied Communication Science, and Management, Economics and Consumer Studies in social sciences and some others in environmental sciences could be our counterpart, but students at Wageningen University are usually encouraged to pursue interdisciplinary studies including natural sciences.
Renmin University of China is a research-oriented comprehensive university focusing on humanities and social sciences. It is directly under the Ministry of Education of China and is jointly financed and supported by China’s Ministry of Education and the Beijing Municipal government. It can be traced back to Shanbei Public School, founded in 1937 in the midst of Anti-Japanese War.
The science of economics at Renmin University of China has enjoyed high reputation in the country. The school of economics was among the first ones to confer master degree and doctoral degree in economics and to establish “the Training Center of Economic Talents”, which triumphantly ranked as No.1 overall in the country. In a review on teaching and research quality assessment conducted by the Ministry of Education in 2002, the school’s subjects of political economy, western economics, and national economics were listed as “the National Fundamental Subjects”, with the first two ranked on the top.
The school of economics, Renmin University of China and Graduate School of Economics, Kyoto University have had agreements on academic cooperation and students exchange associated with tuition exemption since 2010. The two schools have experienced many opportunities of various cooperation and exchange.
Heidelberg University is a world-renowned research university with a strong international orientation. Besides enhancing its disciplinary strengths, the University places special emphasis on maintaining the dialogue across traditional subject boundaries. In Heidelberg, the Cluster “Asia and Europe in a Global Context” explores a complex historical relationship of great relevance for the global transformations of our time. This relationship is characterized by competition and conflict as well as cultural interactions ranging from migration and trade to the formation of concepts and institutions. The Cluster’s research design strengthens the links between the rich expertise in Asian studies developed within Heidelberg’s “comprehensive university” framework and the broad disciplinary scope of humanities and social sciences. It focuses on case studies of the cultural interactions between and within Asia and Europe to develop an encompassing transcultural research approach. This plays a central part in the University’s Field of Focus “Cultural Dynamics in Globalised Worlds”. The Karl Jaspers Centre for Advanced Transcultural Studies (KJC) is the central institution for the Cluster’s work and collaboration.
The University of Strasbourg is the largest university in France, with about 43,000 students and over 4,000 researchers, and is amongst Europe’s best, being part of the League of European Research Universities (LERU). The University offers academic programs in all major scientific disciplines, with a particular focus on multidisciplinary approaches.
The department of Japanese studies was created in 1986, its numbers have been growing steadily, making it the second language in terms of number of students among the twenty-five taught at the faculty of languages of the University of Strasbourg. The department of Japanese Studies receives more and more requests from students who wish not only to teach or research in the field of Japanese studies, but would like to receive specialized training in translation and interpretation, or to discuss concrete issues related to language and society in contemporary Japan.
The National University of Singapore (NUS) is one of the world’s best universities and offers a global approach to education and research with a focus on Asian perspectives and expertise.
The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) has a rich history going back from the year 1929 to present day, complementing its diverse subjects offered to its students. The Faculty is organized into three divisions – Asian Studies, Humanities and Social Sciences – under which 15 departments and programmes are grouped. FASS is one of the largest faculties at NUS, with an annual intake of about 1,900 students. More than 6,000 FASS undergraduate students (including 500 exchange students) and close to 1,000 graduate students make up the student population. The Faculty also has more than 400 Faculty members and 160 executive and professional staff.