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UNESCO International Post-graduate University Course in Microbiology (1973-2003)


The International Post-graduate University Course in Microbiology was founded by in 1973. The course involves scientists from the Asian members of UNESCO, especially young instructors specializing in microbial engineering to blush up their knowledge and elevate their research activity. This course is funded by the Japanese Government, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and the International Cell Research Organization (ICRO), and is jointly operated by the Japanese National Commission for UNESCO, Osaka University, Tohoku University, University of Tokyo, Kyoto University, and Kyushu University. The course aims at the improvement of technical skills of the trainees gearing towards technological innovations in order to foster new frontier in the field of fundamental and industrial microbiology.
Members of the Steering Committee of the International Post-graduate
University Course in Microbiology (2002)
President, Osaka University Tadamitsu Kishimoto
Secretary-General, Japanese National Commission for UNESCO Hiroshi Nagano
Professor, Graduate School of Agricultural Science Yoshiaki Kamio
Professor, Graduate School of Agriculture and Life Science Sueharu Horinouchi
Professor, Graduate School of Engineering Tadayuki Imanaka
Professor, Graduate School of Biostudies Hidehiko Kumagai
Professor, Graduate School of Agriculture Kenji Sonomoto
Professor, Graduate School of Agriculture Kensuke Furuwaka
Director, Professor, International Center for Biotechnology Yoshikatsu Murooka
Professor, Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, Osaka University Toshiomi Yoshida
Director, Administration Bureau, Osaka University Koichi Kitami
The one year training course includes attending lectures on Fundamental and Industrial General Microbiology (37 topics), hands-on experiments (5 topics) and Japanese conversation class (27 h) at Osaka University for the first 2 months and conducting research in any of the above mentioned cooperating universities for the next 10 months. In addition, an educational tour is included to provide valuable information on the Japanese fermentation industry.
Figure shows the distribution of the 397 graduates of the course until 2002, who have become leaders of the universities and government agencies in their home countries.

About 30th Course

Laboratories hosting research work of the assigned participants
Tohoku University
Kiwamu Minamisawa Kamonluck Teamtisong, Female Thailand
Yoshiaki Kamio Sodbayar DEMBERELSUREN, Female Mongolia
The University of Tokyo
Seuharu Horinouchi Jia Sujuan, Female, China
Katsuhiko Kitamoto ESCANO Cristphers, Male, Philippine
Kyoto University
Tadayuki Imanaka Yulia sari ISMAIL, Female, Indonesia
Nobuyoshi Ezaki WU Huiyuan, Female, Vietnam
Kyushu University
Kenji Sonomoto NGUYEN Thi Bich Phuong, Female, Vietnam
Osaka University
Kiichi Fukui Soedarini, Female, Indonesia
Akio Kobayashi Md. Anowar Khasru Parvez, Male, Bangladesh
Suteaki Shioya Atipol BOONRUANGTHAVORN, Male, Thailand
Takuya Nihira Azeem KHALID, Male, Pakistan
Yoshikatsu Murooka DANG Minh Hang, Female, Vietnam
Tatsuji Seki Tawatchai SUMPRADIT, Male, Thailand

Alumni's Activities

Present or experienced position
of course alumni

Position of experience Number
 President 4
 Vice President 5
 Dean/Director 19
 Deputy Dean 9
 Head/Chief 15
 Associate Head 4
 Total 56
Present status of alumni
Present Status Number
 Professor 47
 Associate Professor 53
 Assistant Professor 20
 Lecturer 40
 Research Associate 34
 Total 194


The following information can be viewed in PDF file.
 History of applicants for the course by region (124kb)  History of selected participants and their number by region(68kb)