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Admissions Policy

Education

(1)Outocomes
In chemistry, we attempt to elucidate the basic characteristics of the atoms and molecules that comprise matter, looking into the myriad of different types of matter that exist in the natural world. In the Chemistry Program, we remember the importance of universal basic science, our goal being to move forward with specialized education drawing on the basics of chemistry as well as regional characteristics. To achieve these goals, students need the foundations of chemistry to help them understand reactions, structure, and function of a variety of substances from the perspective of molecular science. We also provide applied chemistry training in the fields of natural products and the environment, in the context of regional characteristics as such subtropical, island arc, and ocean environments, and we build new materials. This focus on the special attributes of the island arc makes our program unique.

(2)Training
We train individuals who can apply their knowledge and skills for useful purposes in society, drawing on the foundations of science and region-specific education they receive here based on the philosophy and objectives describe above. Our graduates also work in a wide range of fields using their knowledge of chemistry.

Curriculum

(1)Curriculum Description and Defining Characteristics
In order to train personnel capable of working in a variety of fields using their basis in chemistry, students take general education courses in their first and second years. Through these general education courses, students get liberal arts as well as language training, enabling them to expand on their perspective as people.
During their first year, students must take the Foundations Seminar, where new students tour facilities associated with our university and facilities related to our chemistry program, in order to help them become accustomed to student life. In this seminar students also learn about how broad—and how appealing—the field of chemistry is, and how science contributes to society. At the same time, students take courses on the basics of their specialization in order to help them to better understand their specialization later on.
In their second year, students begin taking specialized courses in the areas forming the basis of chemistry, including physical chemistry, organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, and inorganic chemistry. Specifically, students take the compulsory classes of inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, and analytical chemistry. From the second semester of their second year through the first semester of their third year, students take chemistry laboratories in the four mandatory fields mentioned above. In these classes and laboratories, students learn about the structure and characteristics as well as the reaction and synthesis of the myriad of substances that exist in the natural world, including inorganic compounds, organic compounds, high-molecular compounds, biological matter, and more. Through this process, students acquire not only a sense of the natural world and the world of science reinforced with knowledge and skill but also the knowledge base they need to address environmental and energy issues with flexibility. Students take general education classes as well as specialized classes through their second year to further enhance their overall education.
From the second semester of their second year, students take a variety of specialized elective classes based on the foundations they have acquired in physical chemistry, organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, and inorganic chemistry. They also take specialized electives on the unique characteristics of the Okinawa environment. Students who have completed all of their compulsory courses, specialized courses, and chemistry laboratories, and the required number of electives, by the end of their third year choose to affiliate with one of our 20 laboratories to conduct their graduation research. The purpose of the graduation research is to acquire specialized knowledge by doing cutting-edge research in their field, to teach students how to properly read and understand research papers, and how to present research findings. Through this process, students acquire the basics of natural science, understanding natural phenomenal, observation, how to define issues, and how to solve problems. The Chemistry Program has a wide variety of laboratories, enabling students to get one-to-one training in their field of interest. In their fourth year, in order to further boost their research capabilities, 30% of students move on to graduate school.

(2)Teaching System
The Chemistry Program has three different lecture courses: Molecular Function Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, and Marine Chemistry. We have twenty faculty members including one from the Instrumental Research Center. In particular, two faculty members for each academic year offer guidance and opinions not only on academic matters but also in student life at our annual informal meetings. In addition, all of our faculty members are available at the times noted on syllabi for students wanting advice.

Prospective Students: Skills and Competence in learning Chemistry

(1)Required Skills and Competencies
In tandem with the type of student we are looking for at the University of the Ryukyus, we at the Chemistry Program are looking for individuals who are interested in examining the natural world from the perspective of the chemistry field, who want to pass on the knowledge and skills they learn through this program to society. We also want to train people who will serve as successors of knowledge in academic research, technical specialists who can lead in industry, and people who can take on an inspiring role lead in the field of education as well as teach.
In light of the above, we at the Chemistry Program are looking for people who have the following qualifications:
(1)People interested the functioning of matter and the natural environment
(2)Individuals who have learned the basics of chemistry
(3)Individuals who want to use the knowledge and skills they have leaned for a useful purpose in society

①General Admission
Based on the Basic Policy noted above, we are looking for individuals who have basic academic knowledge and logical thinking skills, who have a strong desire to study at the University of the Ryukyus, and who want to use the knowledge and skills gleaned through the Chemistry Program for a useful purpose in society.
②Admission by Recommendation
Based on the above Basic Policy, we are looking for individuals with a desire to examine matter and nature from the perspective of the field of chemistry, as demonstrated in participation in high school chemistry clubs or the like, in addition to having the basic knowledge mentioned in General Admission above.
③Special Admission for Returnee Students
Based on the above Basic Policy, we welcome people who are highly functional in a foreign language and who have an international perspective, in addition to having the basic knowledge mentioned in General Admissions above. Applicants should also have a strong desire to study at the University of the Ryukyus.
④Self-Funded Foreign Student Admissions
Based on the above Basic Policy, we are looking for foreign nationals proficient in Japanese with a strong desire to study at the University of the Ryukyus, in addition to having the basic knowledge mentioned in General Admissions above.

(2)Recommended Subjects and Skills for High School Students Aspiring to Study at the University of the Ryukyus
①General Admissions
Perspective students who have not taken their individual scholastic aptitude tests who want to begin their studies starting with the second semester should take Chemistry II in order to ensure that their studies at the University go smoothly. The structure and reaction speed of matter and chemical equilibrium learned in Chemistry II are closely related to what we learn in the Chemistry Program.
②Admission by Recommendation
Prospective students who have not taken their scholastic aptitude tests who wish to enroll via Admission by Recommendation can meet application requirements by taking Chemistry I and Chemistry II; therefore we highly recommended Chemistry II. The structure, reaction speed of matter, and chemical equilibrium learned in Chemistry II are closely related to what we learn in the Chemistry Program.
③Special Admission for Returnee Students
Prospective students returning from abroad who have not taken their University Center Examination or individual scholastic aptitude tests are strongly advised to take Chemistry I and Chemistry II using Japanese-language textbooks and reference materials in order to facilitate the learning process subsequent to enrollment.
④Self-Funded Foreign Student Admissions
Self-funded foreign international students who have not taken their University Center Examination or individual scholastic aptitude tests are strongly advised to take Chemistry I and Chemistry II using Japanese-language textbooks and reference materials in order to facilitate the learning process subsequent to enrollment.

Admissions Policy (Enrollment Requirements)

①General Admissions
Students taking the first-semester examination area assessed based on the University Center Examination and individual scholastic aptitude tests. Those with a broad base of knowledge have an advantage.
Students taking the second-semester examination are assessed based on the University Center Examination, their high school transcript, their basic academic knowledge, and suitability to our institution. Additional comments from high school instructors and counselors are also taken into consideration.
②Admission by Recommendation
In the process of admission by recommendation, students are assessed based on the sum total of a variety of factors including the University Center Examination, personal interviews, and academic transcripts. The student’s basic knowledge level is evaluated based on the University Center Examination. In the interview, students with superior logical thinking and suitability to our institution have an advantage, as well as those who have a strong inclination toward research on nature and who have knowledge of the natural sciences. In reviewing the transcript and in the interview process, we are looking for students particularly interested in chemistry, and those who have submitted (or plan to submit) chemistry projects to chemistry or science competitions, or who have participated in chemistry club activities. Additional comments from high school instructors and counselors are also taken into consideration.
③Special Admission for Returnee Students
Returnee students are exempt from the University Center Exam. Instead, they are assessed and selected based on the sum total of various factors including an essay, personal interviews, and academic transcripts. The essay consists of answers to a series of questions. During the interview, students are assessed based on a series of factors such as motivation, eagerness to learn as demonstrated by their future plans, their basic knowledge of chemistry, experience living overseas, and suitability to our institution. Transcripts are assessed based on academic performance as well as club and other activities, particularly those related to chemistry or science in general. Additional notes made by the student’s teachers and guidance counselors are also taken into consideration.
④Self-Funded Foreign Student Admissions
 Self-funded foreign students are expected from the University Center Examination. Instead they are selected based on the Examination for Japanese University Admission for Foreign Studies and personal interview, in which they are expected to demonstrate similar levels of knowledge to students admitted under General Admissions.

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