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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.
(Please use the contact form for any inquiry. The form can be downloaded by clicking the button.)
(Contact after the application period is not allowed.)
94A Yokohama National University
Graduate School of Urban Innovation
Program: Department of Architecture and Urban Culture/ Master of Engineering, Master of Philosophy
Code and Name of the Course for Application Form
1. Graduate School Code 94A
2. Name of University and Graduate School Yokohama National University
Graduate School of Urban Innovation
3. Program and Degree Program: Department of Architecture and Urban Culture/ Master of Engineering, Master of Philosophy
4. Desired Supervisors See "10. Professors and Associate Professors"
5. Fields of Study
Engineering / Others(Other Engineering Fields) /
6. Standard Time Table
(Years needed for graduation)
2 years as a Master’s Student OR Starting as a Research Student up to 6 months,then 2 years as a Master’s Student after passing the exam.(Depend on the capacity of the applicants)
7. Academic Background At least 16 years of academic background or equivalent
8. Other Requirements
(Linguistic Ability or else)
(1) TOEFL IBT:80, PBT:550is required
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
Akira Tasai (Mr.)
【Research Subject】
Structural engineering for reinforced concrete structures, failure limits of reinforced concrete structures, new reinforced technologies

【Special Message for the Future Students】

Satoru Sadohara (Mr.)
【Research Subject】
Designing for energy efficient, low carbon dioxide emissions architecture, regions, and cities, environmentally friendly urban development, urban disaster prevention, use of GIS

【Special Message for the Future Students】

Minoru Takamizawa (Mr.)
【Research Subject】
Urban planning systems, organizations, the building and operation of plans and other systems, community development, improving the residential environment and urban spaces

【Special Message for the Future Students】

Masaya Kawabata (Mr.)
Associate Professor
【Research Subject】
Design and analysis of structural systems using double membrane and spatial structures

【Special Message for the Future Students】

Yuka Matsumoto (Ms.)
Associate Professor
【Research Subject】
Seismic resistance of steel structures and construction design method

【Special Message for the Future Students】

Ineko Tanaka (Ms.)
Associate Professor
【Research Subject】
Energy-saving architecture and environmental movements, development of residential environment education program, environmental planning for architectural structures and cities

【Special Message for the Future Students】

Taku Nohara (Mr.)
Associate Professor
【Research Subject】
Urban planning, urban design, landscape, community development, space planning, towards a comprehensive methodology for enhancing the value of urban spaces

【Special Message for the Future Students】

Features of the Course and Curriculum
11. Features of Graduate School

Yokohama National University is in its 137th year since its beginning -foundation of the Teacher Training Center -and is in its 62nd year since becoming a national university based in Yokohama, 30km south of Tokyo. During this period, while going through natural disasters and changing times, YNU has remained in the lead in churning out individuals equipped with practical knowledge and skills to be successful in society. In research, YNU has published numerous findings that are recognized globally, beyond the Japanese cultural and industrial boundaries. Currently, YNU consists of four colleges of Education and Human Sciences, Economics, Business Administration, and Engineering Science as well as five graduate schools of Education, International Social Sciences, Engineering, Environment and Information Sciences, and Urban Innovation.
The Graduate School of Urban Innovation was established in April, 2011, to train those creative, highly-specialized future professionals whose work will involve a variety of urban innovation projects (M.A. Program) and those future global leaders who, having trained to possess multiple viewpoints, will themselves be the underpinnings of global expansion of urban innovation research (Doctorate Program).

12. Features and Curriculum of Program

Specialization in Architecture and Urban Culture
Students will train to become knowledgeable in cutting-edge research in various areas related to Architecture, Urban Space and Culture (thanks to having dual educational/research focuses: architecture and culture/arts) and be able to take the knowledge and, through practical research, put it to use in the form of urban innovation.

List of Subject
[Common subject]

Building Structural Performance

Geotechnical and Geo-environmental Engineering in Urban Area

Green Building and Community Planning

Regional and Cross-Cultural Studies

International aid policy debate

Cross-border Societies and Region


[Practical subject]

Studio for Architectural Structural Engineering

Environmental Urban Design Studio

Studio for infrastructure management

Studio for creative infrastructures

Research Studio about Asia and Developing Countries

European and American Socio-Cultural Research Studio

[Specialized subject]

Seismic Improvement Theory of Existing Buildings

Elasto-Plastic Analysis of Structure

Structural Design of Spatial Structures

Architectural Thermal Environment

Ecological Design Method for Architectural Environment

Theory of Regional and Urban Environmental Management

Theory of Urban Built Environment Planning

Theory of Urban Design

Introduction to Area Analysis using GIS

Theory for infrastructure safety design

Infrastructure-Environment Interaction

Seismic and durability design

Theory of Geotechnical Design

Advanced Theory of Disaster Prevention System Design

Environmental processes in inland and coastal waters

Transportation Planning

Urban infrastructure policies

Urban water circulation

International Infrastructure Project Study

Engineering structural dynamics

Elastoplastic theory of geomaterials and continuum mechanics

Structural Dynamics and its application to Design

Theory of Development Processes in Developing Countries

Theory of Regional Planning

Theory of Local Community

[Exercise for specialized subject]

Seminar of Architecture and Urban Culture IS

Seminar of Architecture and Urban Culture IF

Seminar of Architecture and Urban Culture IIS

Seminar of Architecture and Urban Culture IIF

Seminar on Urban and Regional Studies IS

Seminar on Urban and Regional Studies IF

Seminar on Urban and Regional Studies IIS

Seminar on Urban and Regional Studies IIF

Supporting Information of the Course
13. Maximum Number of Participants 2 participants
14. Language Used in Program
(1) Lecture: All lectures in this program are offered in English.
(2) Text Book: In principle, textbooks written in English are used. When a Japanese textbook is referred to for supplementary explanation, oral explanations will be offered in English so that the students can understand the main contents of the reference material.
(3) Laboratory work: Laboratory works in this program are offered in English.
(4) Seminar: Special seminars with guest speakers are occasionally offered for the English-speaking students. They will be conducted entirely in English. The participants in this program are invited to attend such seminars.
(5) Thesis Guidance: Thesis Guidance in this program is offered in English.
15. Academic Schedule

The Academic year starts on April 1 and ends on March 31 of the following year and is divided into two semesters:
Spring semester: April 1-September 30
Autumn semester: October 1-March 31 of the following year

Please refer to the following Website for Academic calendar of 2016-2017.

【Graduate school entrance examination】
<Summer Admission>
August: writing test, interview
<Winter Admission>
February: writing test, interview

16. Website
(1) Graduate School: http://www.urban.ynu.ac.jp/english/
(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 Center 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 927 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, 2017)*Asia : Numbers are except for China.
Area Europe USA China Asia M East Africa Others Total
Bachelor 5 6 69 114 2 0 5 201
Master 0 1 256 51 2 15 12 336
Doctor 3 1 52 73 4 13 10 156
Others 19 14 115 67 2 7 10 234
Total 27 22 492 305 10 35 36 927
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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