Kyushu University started the DDP with Lund University in 2010, which enables students to obtain Master’s degrees from both universities after they spend a total of three years at Kyushu University and Lund University. The program provides opportunities for students to obtain Master’s degrees from universities in two different countries as well as to have higher education in a different cultural area, in Sweden in Northern Europe (for Kyushu University students) and in Japan in the Far East (for Lund University students), and it aims to train students to become highly-skilled people who will take a proactive role in the international society in the future.
- No application fee and tuition fees are payable to the host university.
- A Master’s thesis must be written in English at Kyushu University, and face-to-face interviews must be conducted at both universities.
- Credits are transferrable.
Higher Education System at Lund University and Kyushu University
Lund University, as well as the majority of European universities, has introduced a five-year course system combining a Bachelor’s degree course and a Master’s degree course, in which it offers stand-alone two-year international courses for Master’s degrees in some areas (e.g., Water Resources Engineering, an international course for Building & Environmental Technology). Kyushu University students can apply for the international courses only.
While Kyushu University has introduced a two-cycle course system consisting of a four-year Bachelor’s degree course and a two-year Master’s degree course, Lund University students can apply to all international courses (where applicable) for a Master’s degree provided in the Graduate School of Engineering at Kyushu University.
Lund University, as well as Kyushu University, has two-year Master’s degree courses. To compare with Kyushu University, Lund University focuses on classwork, tends to be classwork-oriented and introduces many practices and exercises during class, while Kyushu University tends to be research-oriented, and students spend more time on research.