Students Voice

Special Scholarship Program (SSP) Students

Mr. Nipat Puthipad from Thailand


Ever since I got my masters degree, I have wanted to take a doctoral program to gain knowledge and experience for supporting my goal as being a part of sustainable development. Through its SSP scholarship program, KUT has given me a valuable opportunity to do interesting research in Japan, with support for living expenses.

Currently, I am a third year D.Eng. candidate, doing a research project on self-compacting concrete. During the course, with excellent research facilities and valuable advice from my competent supervisor, my knowledge and skills in research have developed noticeably.

Living in KUT is pleasurable as KUT has provided a comfortable dormitory for international students (International House), which is located within the university campus and is therefore only a short walk from the faculty buildings. KUT also organises various tours and activities for students to enjoy and gain new experiences. Furthermore, there is a warm and friendly atmosphere at KUT that all the people at KUT, including faculty members and students, contribute to.

In addition to the enjoyable life inside KUT, Kochi has numerous attractions and activities to experience throughout the year. These include enjoying the Yosakoi dance, kayaking through the Shimanto river, and watching stunning fireworks.

Ms. Nguyen Thi Tam from Vietnam


I was given a very good opportunity to come to Japan when I was selected as a SSP student in KUT. KUT is a young university with a 20-year history in education - YOUNG and ENERGETIC, YOUNG and ACTIVE, YOUNG and FULL OF VITALITY. I was impressed by the research projects which have been conducted in KUT. All fields are very modern and follow global trends in the development of technology. My research field is Environmental & Infrastructure Management. I have been studying Waste Management, looking particularly at the connection between authorities and community in waste management policy. With my passion of working with the community and effective management, I hope my research results will contribute to the development of a scientific career as well as practical application in waste management.

KUT is located in Kochi Prefecture, on the island of Shikoku in Japan. Kochi is famous for the beautiful nature and the fresh, delicious seafood, one of my favorite kinds of food. The weather is quite comfortable, not too cold in the winter and not too hot in the summer. I believe that all the things I learn and experience at KUT will be valuable and will contribute to my future work as well as my colorful life. I'll enjoy my Ph.D. life with all my passion, my love of science and my hard-working style. No pain, no gain! It's the right time to start a brighter future here - KUT and now -2017!

Mr. Salehzadeh Niksirat Kavous from Iran


I am doing Ph.D. on Human-Computer Interaction. Despite my previous engineering background, my Ph.D. is a totally new adventure for me to study the relationship between humans and technology. My focus is designing technologies which can enhance human capacities, such as video games for cognitive enhancement of the elderly, or smartphone apps to increase mindfulness in users.

As a senior Ph.D. student, I deal with daily academic tasks such as finalizing my research papers, traveling to international conferences, preparing my dissertation, and taking care of administrative paperwork. KUT helps me to manage all these tasks by providing great support. First, the campus is gorgeous; it makes me always feel at home rather than at school. Second, I am working with an excellent international research team that always set big goals. Third, I receive financial support via the SSP, which covers my necessary living expenses. Beyond academics, I have a chance to experience cultural exchanges with diverse people and in particular with Japanese about whom I am very curious. In this way, I can enjoy my Ph.D. life which I look upon not only as an investment for my future but also as a way of finding inner happiness while doing research.

Ms. Ranawakage Chamila Deshani from Sri Lanka


Upon completion of my bachelor degree from University of Colombo, Sri Lanka and my master degree from Tokushima University, Japan, I found KUT as the best institution for me to develop my career to the next, and most rewarding, level. The Special Scholarship Program at KUT assures us the best financial environment throughout our study period whilst providing a world class research environment within a rich variety of disciplines.

I feel so grateful and privileged to be able to join the laboratory for Molecular Developmental Biology supervised by Prof. Yusuke Kamachi, who is a prominent scientist in the field of Developmental Biology. The main theme of our laboratory is to investigate, at a molecular level, gene regulatory networks during embryonic development, using Zebrafish as the model organism. During my PhD thesis, I have the opportunity to master latest technologies such as ChIP-seq and CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing.

Reading for a Ph.D. is certainly a challenging, even stressful, time for any student. However, life at KUT, especially because it is near the city of Kochi that is filled with so much energy and hospitality, alleviates all our hardships and strengthens us both physically and mentally to perform to the very best of our ability.