Trans-ASEAN Global Agenda Education Program with MEXT scholarship 2017

(TAG-MEXT program)

Application Guideline

by University of Tsukuba

last update: 17:30 February 16, 2017


Program Overview and Contents

University of Tsukuba will launch a bachelor degree program for nurturing global human resources focusing on solution for global issues related with Life and Environmental Sciences. The program aims to provide knowledge and expertise to overcome challenges and issues on biodiversity and interaction between its elements and human-kinds. Program contents consist of courses offered by Interdisciplinary Program in Life and Environmental Sciences with following special courses focusing on global issues. Duration of the program is 4 years and students will belong to College of Agro-Biological Resource Sciences. Students who complete 4-year program will be granted with Bachelor Degree of Bioresource Science.

Basic Global Issues:

The course will cover topics from industrial arena, relay system and will conduct special seminar on gGlobal Agenda and ASEAN: hopeful role for ASEAN countries and the Japanesefs contribution towards United Nationsf MDGs/SDGh. Students will learn the basic knowledge for accomplishing agenda, and will have a deep understanding about international relations.

Trans-ASEAN Global Agenda Debate Seminar:

This course aims to provide basic knowledge and communication skill to equipped students in attaining gTAG Programmeh goal in Global Agenda successfully. Students will have group discussion, assignment presentation and debate on: I) preservation of natural resources and sustainability of using natural resources; II) natural disaster crises management; III) enhancement of primary industry (Dairokujisangyoka); IV) Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and teachers education; V) preservation of traditional cultural heritage and sustainable use.

Global Agenda Internship:

In this course, students will have the opportunity to do their internship in the national institutes and private companies in Tsukuba Science City (Kenkyu gakuen toshi) which addresses global issues. Students will learn about research methods for the solution for each challanges, and will get basic knowledge about project management. Training in local small company is also done from time to time.

Specialized Field Practice 1:

Field practice will be conducted in gSugadaira Montane Research Center". In this course, students will have a deeper understanding for biodiversity preservation through animal tracking and bird watching.  Students will also know the culture on intermountain region and the peoplefs way of life.

Specialized Field Practice II:

Field practice will be conducted in gShimoda Marine Research Center". In this course, students will have an opportunity to study coastal biodiversity and interrelationship among aquatic animals and marine environment. Students will also get the chance to learn the culture in coastal area and their peoplesf way of life.

Specialized Field Practice III:

This course will be conducted in gTsukuba Geociteh in the field of geology and geography. Students will learn the historical and cultural background and interdisciplinary work of geosciences.

Specialized Field Practice IV:

This course aims to provide an opportunity to participate research seminar to discuss research studies in Agriculture and Forestry Research Center (AFRC) in University of Tsukuba to deepen basic understanding of Japanese farm management system and research activities related with agriculture development.

Specialized Field Practice V:

Join the Tsukuba 3E (Environment, Energy and Economy) forum: Four (4) research institutes located in Tsukuba Science City and municipalities of Tsukuba City organizes the forum to establish Tsukuba as an energy-saving, low-carbon city of science, based on the Tsukuba Eco City Concept.

Specialized Field Practice VI:

The disaster-related educational and research organizations, in cooperation of research institutes in Tsukuba Science City joins together to allow students to get information regarding different disaster prevention.


Entitlement of MEXT Scholarship

119,000 JPY/month from admission until graduation in University of Tsukuba (maximum period: 4 years)

              Tuition fee in University of Tsukuba (maximum period: 4 years)

              Round trip airfare



September 1st, 2017


Expected Graduation

              August 30th, 2021


Condition for Application

              English proficiency:          Equivalent of       TOEFL-iBT 61 or higher

TOEIC 600 or higher

IELTS 5.0 or higher

              Nationality:                       Nationality of one of ASEAN countries

(Person with dual nationality including Japanese nationality is not eligible to apply.)



Qualification of Applicants

Individuals who have a nationality other than Japanese, and fall under both (1) and (2).

(1) Persons who have completed 12 years (11 years for applicants from Republic of the Union of Myanmar) of school education outside Japan, or persons who are expected to complete their said education course by August 31, 2017.

(2) Persons who were born on a date from April 2nd, 1995 and April 1st, 2000.


Selection Procedures

 Selection process has two stages. In the first stage, your academic ability and study plans (personal statement) will be evaluated. The second stage is interview by University faculties. In this, we are looking to get a feel for your suitability for the program. Specifically, we are interested in your career and life goals, how well those goals match with our program, and how a degree from Tsukuba will help you achieve those goals.

(1) First Stage Screening: A comprehensive evaluation of the submitted documents (qualification certificates, transcripts, certificates of English ability, reference letter, study plan and other supporting documents). The first screening result will be announced on the University of Tsukuba official website and by email on April14, 2017 (5 PM, Japan Time).

(2) Second Stage Screening: Individual interviews will be conducted for the applicants who have passed the first stage screening. Information about the dates, times, and interview method will be sent to the candidates by email. The interview will be used for an overall evaluation of the applicantfs English ability, basic knowledge, and eagerness/motivation to enter the program of life and environmental sciences.



Application documents

1.      Application form for admission (Form 1: MS wordPDF)


2.      Letter of reference from your school (Form 2: MS wordPDF)

We require a reference letter from your school principal or similar official who can describe your academic background. If your school principal is unable to write the reference letter on your behalf, please ask someone such as your counselor or homeroom teacher (someone who knows you well and who has been involved in your educational activities).


3.      Certificate of completion (or expected completion) of the final school, secondary education.

If you are a current student in a university, you must also submit a certificate showing that you are a regular student in your university.


4.      Official score sheet of English proficiency test (TOEFL-iBT, TOEIC, IELTS).


A letter certifying that the applicant has equivalent English proficiency signed by school principal or college dean


5.      Transcript of record

Please submit a three-year high school transcript (upper secondary education). If you are currently in your third year of high school and your final results for your third year have not yet been determined, enter the results up to the second year. Please note that the format is not designated. Only original transcripts will be accepted. If you have any further education including universities, please submit those transcripts as well that show the appeal of your academic performance.


6.      Copy of Passport

Submit a copy of your passport.


7.      Study plan

Describe your study plan in the university at 800 to 1,200 words.

(MS wordPDF)


8.      Check list of application documents Study plan (MS wordPDF)


Note: All documents must be written in English. If any documents or qualification certificates issued by your school are in a language other than English, translate these documents into English, have your school certify the translation, and attach the original documents to your application (No specific format is designated. Please use A4 size paper).



Submission of application documents

Completed application documents have to be submitted both as email attached files and postal mail. Documents have to be submitted through coordinator in each school or university. Application sent directly to program coordinator or program manager will not be accepted.


Email has to be sent to following address

(Deadline: April 14, 2017, 5 PM Japan time)


                                          Gwen Manero ANUEVO, Ph.D.

                                          Program coordinator

Trans-ASEAN Global Agenda Education Program with MEXT scholarship

University of Tsukuba


Postal mail has to be sent to following address

(Deadline: April 21, 2017)

                                          Dr. Nakao NOMURA

                                          Global Commons, University of Tsukuba

                                          Tennodai 1-1-1, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, 305-8577, JAPAN


Selection schedule

              April-14               Deadline for application by e-mail

              April-21               Deadline for application by postal mail

              May-8                 Announcement of result of 1st selection

              May-15 – 19        Interview (through Skype or video-conference)

              May-23               Announcement of results of 2nd selection



Gwen Manero ANUEVO, Ph.D

TAG Programme Coordinator

Academic Support Office, School of Life and Environment Sciences, University of Tsukuba

1-1-1 Tennodai, Tsukuba City, Ibaraki PrefectureJapan. 305-8572

Phone: <office: +81-29-853-3855>, <cellular: +81-80-4169-4108>

Email: <> or <>


Nakao NOMURA, Ph.D

TAG Programme Manager, Associate Professor

Faculty of Life and Environment Sciences, University of Tsukuba

1-1-1 Tennodai, Tsukuba City, Ibaraki PrefectureJapan. 305-8572 
Phone: <office: +81-29-853-6767>, <cellular: +81-80-3023-1911>

Email: <>