ABE Initiative

Code and name of the course for Application Form
Prior Inquiry and Professors
Features of the course and curriculum
Supporting information of the course
General information of the university
Number of the International Students
Message to Prospective International Students
Overseas Offices, International Academic Exchange Agreements with Overseas Institutions
Alumni Association of the international students

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Your desired university information must be filled in on the 1st page of Application Form by following the sections 1~5 below. See 10. to select a supervisor.
See 9. and check the requirements for the prior inquiry.
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92A Yokohama National University
Graduate School of Engineering
Specialization in Ocean and Space Engineering, Department of Systems Integration / Master of Engineering, Master of Philosophy in Engineering
Code and Name of the Course for Application Form
1. Graduate School Code 92A
2. Name of University and Graduate School Yokohama National University
Graduate School of Engineering
3. Program and Degree Specialization in Ocean and Space Engineering, Department of Systems Integration / Master of Engineering, Master of Philosophy in Engineering
4. Desired Supervisors See "10. Professors and Associate Professors"
5. Fields of Study
Marine Science /
6. Standard Time Table
(Years needed for graduation)
Starting as a Research Student up to 6 months, then 2 years as a Master’s Student after passing the entrance exam
7. Academic Background At least 16 years of academic background or equivalent
8. Other Requirements
(Linguistic Ability or else)
Prior Inquiry and Professors
9. Prior Inquiry From Applicants (Before Submission of Application Documents) Before submitting application documents, you are recommended to inquire about your research theme / plan in order to select an appropriate university supervisor matched with your research area. Please click here for the inquiry.

*The contact form for inquiries regarding this program has been closed.
10. Professors and Associate Professors
Names Research Subject,Contact (e-mail),Special Message for the Future Students
KAWAMURA Yasumi (Dr.)
【Research Subject】
Structural Mechanics, CAE(Computer Aided Engineering), FEM(Finite Element Method), Structural Reliability, Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering, Stochastic Analysis, Risk Analysis

【Special Message for the Future Students】
I am looking forward to seeing in Yokohama

HINO Takanori (Dr.)
【Research Subject】
Development of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) techniques for marine hydrodynamics and CFD-based evaluations of hydrodynamic performance of marine vehicles.

【Special Message for the Future Students】

NISHI Yoshiki (Dr.)
Associate Professor
【Research Subject】
Marine cable and riser dynamics, ocean flow energy extraction, seawater desalination using solar power, and marine ecosystem modeling

【Special Message for the Future Students】
Let us spend together delightful time pursuing innovative technology.

HIRAKAWA Yoshiaki (Dr.)
Associate Professor
【Research Subject】
Ship motion in waves, aircraft ditching, anti-rolling system and small boat deployment from ship stern

【Special Message for the Future Students】
You can conduct various experiments using our large towing tank.

MIYAJI Koji (Dr.)
Associate Professor
【Research Subject】
Computational fluid dynamics for compressed fluid, high-speed gasdynamics, aerospace engineering

【Special Message for the Future Students】

OKADA Tetsuo (Dr.)
【Research Subject】
Ship Structural Design, Structural Analysis

【Special Message for the Future Students】

Features of the Course and Curriculum
11. Features of Graduate School Since its foundation, Yokohama National University (YNU) has been committed to the spirit of solving actual, real-world problems by putting theory into practice, encouraging new endeavors, widely opening its doors to society, and fostering exchange with other nations.
The Department of Systems integration, the Graduate School of Engineering, cultivates students who can construct advanced complex systems from small components by synthesizing science-based elemental technology, design technology that makes use of that elemental technology, and production technology that harmonizes with society and environment.
Students belonging to the specialization in ocean and space engineering can acquire fundamentals of fluid, structure, and motion mechanics, design and control theories for ships, airplane and satellite, and innovative technology for ocean space utilization based on naval architecture and ocean engineering and aerospace engineering. This specialization provides students with opportunities of taking part in overseas internships and of attending special lectures by specialists invited from worldwide countries in order to foster students who can conduct pronounced activities across national boundaries.
12. Features and Curriculum of Program The specialization in ocean and space engineering offers several lectures on naval architecture and ocean engineering, and aerospace engineering.
Examples can be seen in the following PDF.

Graduates in our specialization have to get credits by taking some of the above classes and by participating laboratory meetings, and domestic or overseas internships.
We can teach a student enrolling as a research student fundamental or advanced topics related to the ocean and space engineering.
Supporting Information of the Course
13. Maximum Number of Participants 5 participants for Graduate School of Engineering
14. Language Used in Program
(1) Lecture: All lectures in English
(2) Text Book: English. But Japanese text will be used partially while English instructions are given orally.
(3) Laboratory work: Safety instructions are written in English. Conducting of the research is generally instructed by the supervisor in English.
(4) Seminar: 1. Seminars including international students are generally in English and Japanese. 2.Seminars including foreign students are generally in English and Japanese.
(5) Thesis Guidance: English
15. Academic Schedule

Our graduate school opens lectures during two semesters a year: spring semester from April to July, and autumn semester from October to February. Enrollment ceremonies are held at the beginning of April and October for students enrolling in April and October, respectively. Final examinations for getting credits are set at the end of July and middle of February.
Few classes are given in August, September and March, and students is thus able to have vacations for these months, during which they are able to go out for activities outside campus such as internships or trips.
We can receive graduate students twice a year: April and October. If you belong to YNU as a research student, you will be recommended to take an entrance examination for being a regular graduate student as soon as possible. The entrance examinations are conducted twice a year: mid-August and latter-January.

Please see the following Website for academic calendar of 2016-2017.

【Graduate school Entrance Examination】
August 23 (Tues): writing test
To be determined

16. Website
(1) Graduate School: http://gakufu.eng.ynu.ac.jp/english/index.html
(2) University: http://www.ynu.ac.jp/english/index.html
General Information of the University
17. Supporting Service to International Students
International Students Support Center for Consulting or Counseling about Daily Life, Campus Life, Cross-Cultural Adjustment etc.

The International Student Center (ISC) aims to teach Japanese language and culture to international students at Yokohama National University as well as offer a place where Japanese and international students can interact. To achieve these ends, the ISC primarily provides
1) Japanese language and culture education for international students
2) Coordination of the Junior Year Overseas at YNU (JOY) Program
3) Liberal arts education for international and Japanese students
4) Counseling for international students concerning life and study in Japan

Please refer to the website for details:

The YNU Health Center performs emergency treatment for illness and injury for free of charge. 
An orientation is held at the beginning of the semester in April and October for new international students. Various matters are explained at the orientation, such as those that concern international students for their everyday livings (safety, health examinations, insurance, dorm living, application for part-time work permission, events for international students, and more), those related to Japanese-language education, and precautions when completing official procedures on and off campus.

Provision of Student Dormitory

All ABE initiative scholars are preferentially allocated to Ooka International Residence. Ooka International Residence is a quality housing complex for international students, researchers, and faculty and administrative staffs of YNU, aims to promote multicultural exchanges and mutual understanding. It comprises men's dormitory, a women's dormitory with lounges, and other spaces for sharing and interchange. Maximum occupancy is 252 international students, 23 international researchers, 36 faculty and administrative staffs and all rooms are individual rooms, including washbasins, toilets, beds, desks, chairs, lockers, and other amenities. 
Please refer to the websites below.

Japanese Language Education Program for International Students

The International Student Centers in our university provides a large variety of Japanese language classes depending on the level of each nonnative student. The classes are divided into six levels from beginner to advanced. The classes are structured around different functions and goals, such as conversation, listening, comprehension, oral presentation, English-Japanese translation, or advanced grammar. Generally, thirty classes are offered each week, and are open to all international students.

For detail please refer to ISC website.

Cultural Activities

There are currently some 830 international students from 70 countries and regions enrolled at YNU. The ratio of international students to Japanese students is one of the highest in Japan. This can be ascribed to an ideal environment for international students to friendly communicate with each other and with Japanese students. YNU supports friendly interaction among international and Japanese students through various programs, such as study tours, culture experience programs, and friendly gatherings.


The International Student Center conducts overnight (two days, one night) home-stay programs. They are scheduled for June and November every year. If you would like to participate in a home-stay program in a distant area, there are long-term home-stay programs held during summer vacation or other holidays in the Hokkaido and Kyushu regions as well as Kanazawa City.

Any Special Attention to Religious Practice

Special care for Muslim students
(Pray spaces, Halal food at cafeteria, chilled refrigerator of Halal food),

Facilities (Library etc)

Please refer to the website for details.

Please State Other Particular Support Service you are Endeavoring, if any.

We can invite students to take part in "Short Visit Programs" which are held for two weeks to three months. During the visit, participants stay at an overseas university to take special lectures made by foreign professors, and to make a presentation of your own study and discuss it among a lot of persons, through which you can progress your study and improve your communication skill.

18.Number of the International Students (As of May 1, 2016)*Asia : Numbers are except for China.
Area Europe USA China Asia M East Africa Others Total
Bachelor 3 5 63 110 2 1 5 189
Master 1 0 236 48 3 13 10 311
Doctor 1 1 56 89 4 11 9 171
Others 18 8 66 43 1 6 15 157
Total 23 14 421 290 10 31 39 828
19. Message to Prospective International Students
Message from University

YNU: Uniquely Qualified to Develop Human Resources for the New Global Age

With the start of the 21st century, the international community entered an era where the growth of emerging economies, such as BRICS and Southeast Asian nations, holds the key to globalization. Latin American and African countries also look poised to enter a period of growth in the near future. Yokohama National University (YNU) calls this era the “new global age.” We are seeking sustainable development for the world and Japan by focusing our attention on emerging economies in Asia and beyond.

To be successful in this new global age requires a thorough understanding of the cultures, religions, and systems of emerging economies. What will be critical in this context is education and research that integrate the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. YNU houses its humanities and social science colleges and its science and engineering colleges on the same campus so the university has great potential to offer education and conduct research suited to the new global age.

In addition, YNU is deeply connected to its local area of Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture. Yokohama has great potential for innovation while at the same time facing many challenges, including environmental issues and population aging with the decline in the birthrate. Many of these challenges are also shared by other parts of the world. YNU is confident that paying attention to and addressing the issues of Yokohama will in fact develop a global perspective: a unique viewpoint that can simultaneously consider both the local and the global. Harnessing the merits of having a single campus that brings together the humanities and the sciences and is home to many international students from emerging economies, YNU will develop human resources equipped to thrive in the new global age.

Yuichi Hasebe
President, Yokohama National University

Please refer to the website for details.


Voice of International Students

Please refer to the website for details.

20. Overseas Offices, International Academic Exchange Agreements with Overseas Institutions
Overseas Offices Country of Overseas Liaison Office Its Covering Area, Partner Offices
(1) Agreements between Universities
(2) Agreements between Faculties
International Academic Exchange Agreements Please refer to the Website for details.
Please refer to the Website for details.
(1) http://www.ynu.ac.jp/english/international/agreement/univ_list.html
(2) http://www.ynu.ac.jp/english/international/agreement/section_list.html
21. Alumni Association of the International Students
Names The Websites Names The Websites
Please refer to the Website for details. http://www.globalalumni.ynu.ac.jp/english/list/index.html

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