Okayama-Hue International Master's Program
in Sustainability of Rural and Environmental Systems

Course Descriptions

Courses for Rural Environmental Management Major
Regional Planning and Resource Management

This course deals with the fundamental dimensions of regional development planning in developing countries based on the experiences, both good and bad, of international agencies such as the United Nations. Some strategies for regional development will also be introduced, while the main agenda will be on how to empower the local people for sustainable rural development.


Prof. KIM Doo-Chul
Assoc. Prof. UBUKATA Fumikazu
Assoc. Prof. Nguyen Huu Ngu
Dr. Truong Quang Hoang

Environmental Hydrology

Hydrology is the study of the earth's waters - their movement, chemistry, and distribution. This course provides basic knowledge of hydrological cycle and basic techniques of hydrological analysis. Besides, nutrients, contaminants and sediment transports are combined with hydrological fluxes toward the modeling for aquatic ecosystem and synoptic watershed dynamics. Students study statistical analysis of hydrological processes, estimation of flood discharge, rainfall-runoff models, and hydraulic models. Some issues related with hydrological environment, like climate change, currents in lakes, stratified flows in reservoirs, tidal/density currents in coastal areas, and impact of socio-economic development on aquatic environment, are also discussed.

Prof. CHIKAMORI Hidetaka
Prof. OKUBO Kenji
Assoc. Prof. Le Van Thang
Dr. Pham Huu Ty

Chemistry for Environmental Sustainability

The objective of this course is to familiarize the students with the fundamentals of chemistry on materials and natural resource cycles for the construction of a sustainable society. This course will cover the following topics: water chemistry, atmospheric chemistry, soil science, environmental modeling, sustainable use of resources, and energy conversion processes.

Prof. MAEDA Morihiro
Prof. Md. Azhar UDDIN
Dr. Le Van Tuan
Dr. Nguyen Van Huy

Solid Waste Management

This course provides a basic understanding of the solid waste management and planning. The basic concept of solid waste management and 3R promotion, definition of solid waste, waste generation and characteristics, waste collection and transport, and technologies and systems for waste treatment and landfill will be lectured. This course is composed of classroom lectures, field works, and final presentations prepared by students.

Prof. FUJIWARA Takeshi
Assoc. Prof. MATSUI Yasuhiro
Dr. Nguyen Trung Hai
Assoc. Prof. Tran Anh Tuan

Courses for Agricultural Development Major

Environmental Ecology

This course offers ecological viewpoints to environmental problems and the resolution in ecosystems, regions, and global levels. Although interdisciplinary studies should be needed to resolve environmental problems, ecology is important and indispensable above all. For understanding of the viewpoints, this course provides fundamental and applied knowledge on structure, function, and the changes of ecosystems, with focusing on the forest and woodland ecosystems. Students will understand the ecological views of environmental problems and discuss the ecological ideas on environmental conservation in this course.

Prof. SAKAMOTO Keiji
Prof. SHIMA Kazuto
Dr. Ho Dac Thai Hoang
Dr. Duong Minh Hieu
Applied Animal Science

This course outlines the basics and practices of production and management of food-producing livestock and other animals. Emphasis will be placed on physiology and nutrition including immunology, biochemistry, and microbiology which account for metabolism and homeostasis. The goal of this class is to study ways to improve the health and productivity on a sound understanding of the relationship between food, animals, and the environment.

Prof. NISHINO Naoki
Assoc. Prof. HATABU Toshimitsu
Assoc. Prof. Nguyen Huu Van
Dr. Duong Thanh Hai

Field Crop Science

This course will provide the basic knowledge of food and horticulture crop including developmental physiology. And its application, utilization, propagation will be introduced. Moreover, the course will provide students with the opportunity
to study an advanced level the techniques used for the food and horticultural crop production; identify important trends and developments within the agricultural industry; apply research methodology and information technology to agricultural practice.

Prof. GOTO Tanjuro
Assoc. Prof. HIRAI Yoshihiko
Dr. Trinh Thi Sen
Dr. Nguyen Quang Co

Agricultural Biotechnology

With a rising population, an integrated system of plant and animal production must be sufficient to feed us now and in the near future. Actually, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is raising the alarm, because more than 800 million people in the world do not have enough to eat, substantially causing 24,000 people to die from hunger. In order to meet/challenge this problem, this class aims to learn the past, present and future of the agricultural production to achieve the global food production sustainably.


Prof. TOYODA Kazuhiro
Assoc. Prof. WAKAI Takuya
Assoc. Prof. Truong Thi Hong Hai
Dr. Vu Van Hai


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