(Oct. 3) Taoyaka Program Opening Ceremony wad held

We would like to extend a warm welcome to 4 students admitted to TAOYAKA program, October 3, 2017. Congratulations.

As of October 3rd, we have 50 students in our program from 16 countries.
We wish everyone all the best and the successful semester!


(Nov. 25) HIRAKU 3MT Competition 2017

HIRAKU 3MT Competition is exciting opportunity for Ph.D. students to effectively explain their research and future vision with a single slide in limited three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.

【Date】 Saturday, November25, 2017 10:00~17:00
【Venue】 Small Hall, Higashi Hiroshima Arts & Culture Hall (Kurara)
  7-19, Saijo Sakaemachi, Higashihiroshi, 739-0015
【Participation Fee】 Free
【Schedule – Key Dates to Note】
September 27  Deadline of the Application
Mid-October     Presenters to be finalized
November 2     Pre-Training (Hiroshima/Yamaguchi/Tokushima Sites)
November 25   HIRAKU 3MT Competition 2017
【Program of the Day】
10:00 Opening Remarks
10:10 Keynote Lecture
10:35 Create your Future in Three Minutes! Presentation (Japanese Section)
12:40 Lunch Break
13:40 Create your Future in Three Minutes! Presentation (English Section)
14:40 [Concurrent Event] Create your Future with One piece of Paper! Poster Session
16:20 Awards Ceremony
17:00 Closing Remarks
* Please be noted that the program is subject to change, including the order of the Japanese/English sections.
【Award and Prizes】
●HIRAKU President Award 
●Global Challenge Award 
●Sponsor Award (Otsuka Award, Kyowa Hakko Bio Award, Springer Nature Award, Chugai Technos Award, IBM Award, JSW Award, Mazda Award)
●People’s Choice
*We will be sending the Global Challenge Award recipient to the 2018 Asia-Pacific 3MT Finals (3MT®) to be held in Australia.
* We are planning to finalize recipients of each award per section (Japanese and English), but we may combine the two sections for some awards.
* Rest of presenters will be receiving the Challenge Award (or Participation Award).

More detail (HIRAKU Website)

Taoyaka Program will join “International Cooperation Career Fair 2017” in Tokyo on Oct 28

We will explain about our education program, examination and students life etc at the venue.

We are looking forward to seeing and talking to future students of Taoyaka Program!!

Date: Saturday, October 28th 10:00-17:00 

Venue: TKP Akasaka Station Conference Center 13th floor


Tunchai Mattana, Graduate School of Advanced Sciences of Matter, TAOYAKA Program, will present at 2017 Asia-Pacific 3MT Competition Semi-Final!!

Tunchai Mattana, the winner of the Global Challenge Award at the Three Minutes Competition for Future Doctors 2016, will compete with 54 winners coming across from the region at the Asia-Pacific 3MT Semi-Final, to be held at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. You can watch her presentation via live-stream.

Competition Title: 2017 Asia-Pacific 3MT Competition
Date & Time: Friday, September 29, 2017, Semi-Final 7:30-12:30 JT
Venue: GHD Auditorium, University of Queensland
Live-Stream URL:

She will be the fourth presenter at the fourth round. Her presentation is expected to start from 10:52am Japan Time. If she gets successfully selected as one of the 10 finalists, she’ll be advanced to the Final, which will start from 2:00pm Japan Time. Don’t miss it!

hiraku    3mt-logo


(Ref) 2016 Asia-Pacific 3MT Competition:

Completion ceremony was held on September 20th

Taoyaka Program completion ceremony was carried out on September 20th and 4 students of the first graduating class were celebrated by faculty members and staffs, their junior students, and their family on their accomplishment and their completion of the program.

Professor Miyatani, program director, encouraged the graduating students to take an active role in the society as a global leader from now on and extended respect to them for the efforts and hard work they put in the program.

We wish them all the best in their future endeavors.

The 117th TAOYAKA Program Seminar

The 117th TAOYAKA Program Seminar will be held with the 370th IDEC seminar and the 109th Study Session of Development and Cultural Change Forum. 
Everyone is welcome. We look forward to seeing you at the seminar.


■ Date: Thursday,  September 21,  2017
■ Time: 14:30 – 6:00PM
■ Venue: Small Conference Room, 1F  Graduate School for International Development and Cooperation (IDEC), Hiroshima University
■ Title: Changing Patterns of Milk Production and Processing in Alleviating Poverty: A Case study on Rural Dairy Farmers in Different Milk Marketing Agencies in Bangladesh
■ Speaker: Dr. Dharma Raj Dangol, Associate Professor, Department of Development and Poverty Studies, Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University, Dhaka/
  Visiting Associate Professor, Graduate School for International Development and Cooperation (IDEC), Hiroshima University, Japan
■ Language: English 

Dairy sector in Bangladesh is mainly governed by the informal milk market. Most of the smallholder rural farmers produce milk for self-consumption and the surplus milk is sold either to the middle men or in the local market. The number of NGOs and private agencies is attracted to milk business based on the successful model of Bangladesh Milk Producers’ Co-operative Union Ltd (BMPCUL) also known as Milk Vita. This study was carried to grasp the pattern of formal milk market expansion in Bangladesh in 2001 and 2017. It further aims to assess the contribution of different milk processing agencies in alleviating rural poverty. The Field survey was conducted at the household level in Sirajganj and Jessore districts to collect the primary data in 2001 and 2017.  It is revealed that the farmers under cooperative dairy have free access to dairy services and have received the higher price for their products as compared to the dairy farmers under private agencies.  However, the growth of milk production and market expansion of private milk processing agencies are found much faster than the BMPCUL. The main reasons for such growth and expansion of private agencies might be business motives, quick decision-making process, and the establishment of a smaller scale of processing centers in different locations.










(Oct 23, 30) Information sessions for applicants

Information Sessions will be held as below. Please contact us for registration with your name, affiliation and contact information by October 19.


Date: Monday, October 23rd, 2017
Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm (JST)
Venue: 1F Large Conference Room, Graduate School for International Development and Cooperation, Hiroshima University (1-5-1 Kagamiyama, Higashi-Hiroshima City Hiroshima 739-8529 Japan)
Language: English


Date: Monday, October 30th, 2017
Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm (JST)
Venue: 1F Large Conference Room, Graduate School for International Development and Cooperation, Hiroshima University (1-5-1 Kagamiyama, Higashi-Hiroshima City Hiroshima 739-8529 Japan)
Language: Japanese

*Note: Attendees can attend via skype. Please register by October 13.

Program Overview, Entrance Examination, Q&A









Video : Information session held on November 2016 



Taoyaka Program Office, Hiroshima University

E-mail: apply[a]   *Please replace [a] with @.

Taoyaka Program held “Onsite Training” in Oki Island

Taoyaka Program held the Onsite Training titled “Commercialization of emerging technologies for creation of supporting industry to realize sustainable forest resource management” from 22-26 August in Oki islands, Shimane pref. This program was jointly conducted with the University of Texas at Austin and other two Leading Programs,  Global Resource Management of Doshisha University. In this training, 25 students from 11 countries with diverse background made interdisciplinary teams and learned issues confronting Oki and efforts to be taken for development of “Midori no Konbinat (Green Complex)” from various perspectives and created development model. The training was successfully completed today thanks to the kind cooperation of Okinoshima municipal government, Fujii Consultants, Oki -Dogo Forestry Cooperation. 

The 115th TAOYAKA Program Seminar will be held on August 28th

■ Date: Monday, August 28, 2017
■ Time: 15:00-16:00
■ Venue: Large Conference Room, 1F Graduate School for International Development and Cooperation (IDEC), Hiroshima University
■ Title:Building and Growing Innovation Ecosystems: The Case of Austin, Texas
■ Lecturer:Dr. David Vandyke Gibson, Senior Research Scientist, IC2 Institute, The University of Texas at Austin
■ Language: English
■ Contact:Taoyaka Program Office, Hiroshima University


The 114th TAOYAKA program seminar will held on August 17th as follows.

■ Date: Thursday, 17 August, 2017
■ Time: 15:00-16:30
■ Venue: Large Conference Room, 1F  Graduate School for International
Development and Cooperation (IDEC), Hiroshima University
■ Title: Studies on energy saving and emission reduction based on modal shift in the field of transportation
Prof. Zhongzhen YANG, Transportation Management College, Dalian Maritime University
■ Speaker:  Prof. Zhongzhen YANG, Transportation Management College, Dalian Maritime University


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