Special Admission for the Transnational Doctoral Programs for Leading Professionals in Asian Countries

October 2024 Enrollment

  • Department of Educational Sciences Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Education, or Degree of Doctor of Education
  • Department of Psychology and Human Developmental Sciences Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology


1. Objectives

The Transnational Doctoral Programs for Leading Professionals in Asian Countries aim to offer doctoral degrees to government executives or individuals serving in equivalent leading positions of Asian countries who already possess a master’s degree and wish to continue their studies by providing a quality education program which combines education at Nagoya University (NU) Asian Satellite Campuses conducted in collaboration with NU’s main campus, and short-term intensive academic activities at main campus in Japan enabling students to continue their carrier in the current posts while deepening their knowledge and experience.

2. Eligible Applicants and Countries

Eligible Applicants: senior officials of governments, faculty members of universities or individuals serving in equivalent leading positions in the countries below.
※ “individuals serving in equivalent leading positions” may include senior staff of international organizations who shall be staying to work after finishing this program in the same country as they applied.

Eligible Countries: Mongolia and Uzbekistan (2 countries in total)

3. Host University

Graduate School of Education and Human Development, Nagoya University
Department of Educational Sciences
Department of Psychology and Human Developmental Sciences

4. Admission Openings

One or two in total.

5. Details of Curriculum

  1. Basic Concepts
    The curriculum is suitable for nurturing national leaders in various fields, providing day-to-day remote research guidance through active use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT). There will be fixed schooling sessions consisting of intensive lectures, seminars, research guidance, and thesis writing guidance on NU’s Japanese domestic campuses, and research guidance at the Nagoya University Asian Satellite Campuses.
  2. Requirements for Doctoral Thesis
    The doctoral thesis must meet the following criteria.
    • Contributes to the discovery and resolution of theoretical and practical issues in the field of educational studies or psychological studies. In the Department of Educational Sciences, two degrees are offered: the Ph.D. requires theoretical application and development, while the Ed.D. requires a practical resolution to an issue in education. In the Department of Psychology and Human Developmental Sciences, the Ph.D. is offered.
    • Presents analyses of relevant research trends and frameworks, and develops arguments based on Japanese or English sources. The reason for this is that the academic advisor may not be able to adequately assess the substance of the arguments included within the dissertation.
    • States a research question, addressed in the thesis in a well-argued and well-structured manner.
    • Demonstrates originality.
  3. Program Duration / Degrees
    In principle, the duration of the program is three years in the Ph.D. or Ed.D. program, and the student must submit and defend a doctoral dissertation in English or Japanese under the supervision of his/her advisor. The student who obtains credits and pass the examination of the submitted thesis conducted by his/her supervisory panel will be granted Ph.D. or Ed.D. in Department of Educational Sciences, or Ph.D. in Department of Psychology and Human Developmental Sciences. In the Department of Educational Sciences, the applicant shall the
    program for either the Ph.D, or Ed.D. upon application.
  4. Language
    Lectures, practice and other guidance will, in principle, be conducted in English and/or Japanese.

6. Application Period and Examination Schedule

  1. Application Period
    March 25, 2024(Mon)– April 22, 2024(Mon)
  2. Date of Announcement of the First Screening Result
    June 13, 2024 (Thu)
  3. Date of Interview Examination
    June 24, 2024(Mon) – July 1, 2024(Mon)
  4. Date of Announcement of the Final Result of Examination
    July 19, 2024 (Fri)

7. Commencement of the Program

October 2024


This program offered by the Graduate School of Education and Human Development, Nagoya University, aims to develop human resources for quality education and promotion of societal welfare. The program offers doctoral degrees to senior officials of governments, faculty members of university or individuals serving in equivalent leading positions within other influential organizations, who already possess a master’s degree related to educational sciences or psychological studies, but wish to further their credentials, or deepen and theorize their knowledge and experience gained within their current positions.

1. Fields of Study

Department of Educational Sciences (Ph.D. or Ed.D.)
Department of Psychology and Human Developmental Sciences (Ph.D.)

2. Eligibility Requirements

Persons who meet all of the following conditions:

  1. Persons who have a minimum of three years of experience related to educational policy-making within government, university, or equivalent institutions.
  2. Persons who possess a letter of recommendation from their employer or director of affiliated organization.
  3. Persons engaged in an occupation or a role related to policy-making for the advancement in education or human development fields within their nation, and who have the potential to integrate their knowledge and experience in the form of a doctoral dissertation.
  4. Persons who have been awarded a Master’s degree or professional degree by a Nagoya University graduate school or a graduate school of another university.
  5. Persons who have written a Master’s thesis in English or Japanese. In case of written in another language, an additional article published a first-authored in English or Japanese is needed.
  6. Persons who have already achieved significant progress in an on-going research project or who have conceptualized a purposeful and feasible research plan. Research topics and plans must be within the interests and capacities for providing guidance of our current faculty.

3. Scholarships (Schooling)

This Program offers learning support as detailed in (1), (2), and (3) below for the fixed learning (schooling) periods on NU’s Japanese domestic campuses.

(1) Scholarship (expenses during stay):

The scholarship will be paid based on the Scholarship Payment Guidelines for the “Transnational Doctoral Programs for Leading Professionals in Asian Countries”

(2) Scholarship (travel expenses):

Nagoya University will provide an economy-class airplane ticket (return) from the international airport nearest the student’s home address to Central Japan International Airport for students visiting Japan to take part in schooling.

(3) Accommodation during stay:

Accommodation for the duration of each intensive supervision seminar in Japan will be provided for the student. (Utilities shall be paid by the student).

(Note) A scholarship will be terminated if grantees fall under one of the following circumstances:

  1. If it becomes definitive that the grantee will not be able to complete his/her program within the standard duration of studies because of his/her poor academic achievement or suspension.
  2. If he/she is provided with another scholarship (except scholarships designated for research expenses).
  3. If he/she is enrolled in another Ph.D. course of other institutions.
  4. If a request is received from the government and/or other state institution of the grantee’s home country for termination.

In addition, grantees who continued receiving stipend despite one of the mentioned conditions may be required to return the money received during the period in question.

4. Tuition Fees, etc.

This program does not require students to pay application, admission and tuition fees for the standard duration of the program.

5. Application Documents

All documents for application should be typewritten or neatly written in block letters in English or Japanese and should be sent to the office. In the event that certificates, transcripts and other documents are in a language other than English or Japanese, a certified translation into one of these two languages must be attached. Depending on the domestic jurisdiction in each participating country, it should be certified by a notary, school official, or other relevant official.

  1. Application Form (Prescribed Form) (Word)
  2. Degree or certificate of (prospective) completion of Master’s program issued by the university attended
  3. Transcript of academic records of Master’s program
  4. Statement of job experience. Detailed information about both the present job and any relevant previous jobs, along with possibilities of the prospective career path in the fields of education or human development as it pertains to the program being offered should be elaborated on. Be sure to explain the role of your position in your affiliation, and its influence on the process of policy making. (Around 1,600 words in English or around 4,000 characters in Japanese with A4 size sheet)
  5. Proposed research plan on prescribed form with the research theme (Around 1,600 words in English or around 4,000 characters in Japanese with A4 size sheet)
  6. Publications’ list (A list of books, articles, presentation at conference or seminar. In English or Japanese with A4 size sheet)
  7. Master thesis or equivalent research paper in English or Japanese with abstract. In case it is written in other languages, please attach either an English or Japanese translated abstract. In addition, other research papers and documents published in either English or Japanese, including the cover page of publication in which they appear, can be submitted.
  8. Copy of Passport with photograph
  9. Letter of recommendation from employer or director of affiliated organization (specifying term of employment and sealed by employer or director)

*1. The applicant can include supplementary materials in support of their application, as described below:

  • Copy of publications related to the research proposal (academic or professional article).
  • Official records of English or Japanese examinations (e.g. TOEFL, TOEIC, IELTS, JLPT).

*2. The applicant might be required to submit additional documents as deemed needed.

6. Application Procedures

Deadline for submission of application documents: April 22, 2024(Mon).
The documents should be sent via e-mail to at the Mongolia Satellite Campus, or at the Uzbekistan Satellite Campus as an encrypted zip file. The name of the applicant should be written in the subject of the e-mail. Note that the recommendation letter (9) should be encrypted and directly send to at the Mongolia Satellite Campus, or at the Uzbekistan Satellite Campus by recommender.

7. Examination

The examination will be conducted, first, by the screening of the documents, and second, through an interview. The applicant will be notified by e-mail about the date and place of the interview.

Date of announcement of the result of first screening: June 13, 2024 (Thu)
Date of second examination interview: June 24, 2024(Mon) – July 1, 2024 (Mon)

For applicants with disabilities or other special needs
Applicants with disabilities or other special needs that require reasonable accommodations and adjustments for taking the entrance examinations due to their disabilities or other special needs should submit the following documents to the at the Mongolia Satellite Campus, or at the Uzbekistan Satellite Campus by April 22, 2024 (Mon).

  1. Application form for reasonable accommodations or adjustments: On A4 size paper in the format of your choice, please provide information regarding the condition of your disabilities or other special needs, which specific accommodations and adjustments are required for you to take the entrance exam and why they are necessary.
  2. Official certificate of disability (e.g., a medical certificate, “Shogaisya-techo” in Japan), etc.: Applicants must submit Certificates of Disability or other alternative documentation that provides detailed information regarding limitations imposed by the disabilities or other special needs, and provides sufficient justification for the requested accommodations or adjustments. (Copies acceptable).
  3. Third Party Statements: Applicants must obtain and submit statements from third parties that are familiar with the applicant’s disabilities or special needs, attesting to the limitations imposed by then, and describing any special considerations that might be required (observations and opinions from medical professionals, relevant faculty from the applicant’s school, and other specialists).
  4. Other Documents: Applicants may, if desired, submit additional documentation providing additional information regarding their disabilities or other special needs and the necessary considerations.

For inquiries regarding special considerations for taking the entrance examination or while attending Nagoya University, please feel free to contact the todrol_e[at]yahoo.com at the Mongolia Satellite Campus, or elmurodov[at]nagoya-university.uz at the Uzbekistan Satellite Campus by the application deadline.

8. Announcement of Examination Results

Applicants will be notified of the results of the examination by e-mail on July 19, 2024 (Fri).

9. Enrollment Procedures

Details will be provided upon acceptance.

10. Personal Information Protection Policy

Any information regarding individuals which has been obtained in the course of invitations for applications or from details contained in application documents shall be used for the purpose of notifications concerning the application in question, entrance examinations, announcements of results of entrance examinations, enrollment procedures and any other items subsidiary to those situations. It will also be used for the administration of the school register and for academic records connected with student academic affairs after enrollment.
Any information obtained concerning individuals will be handled appropriately, and never be used for any reason other than its administrative purpose.

11. Other

1. All personal information submitted to Nagoya University is appropriately managed in compliance with the “Act on the Protection of Personal Information Held by Independent Administrative Agencies” and the “Management of Nagoya University Students’ Personal Information” regulations.
2. Personal information related to the applicant, such as name, address, date of birth, etc., will be used for the purpose of admissions, announcement of results, and enrollment procedures. Personal information related to the applicant and entrance examination results will be used to improve future selection procedures.
3. Furthermore, the personal details of applicants admitted to Nagoya University will also be used for: i) academic affairs (student registration, academic advising, etc.); ii) student welfare services (health care, career services, tuition exemption, scholarship applications, etc.); and iii) collection of academic fees.
4. All times and dates indicated in the Admission Requirements refer to Japan Standard Time (UTC+09).
5. Regarding the clarification of the scope of control for “deemed exports” under the Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Act (“FEFTA”)
In November 2021, in accordance with the clarification of the scope of control for “deemed exports” under the Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Act (“FEFTA”), some provision of sensitive technology to faculty members and students by universities and research institutions has become subject to control under the FEFTA. Consistently with this change, when applying to study at the University, students will be required to submit a “Declaration of applicable specific categories” based on the “Flowchart for determining applicable specific categories”. In addition, submitting a “Letter of confirmation” may be required at the time of acceptance.
As a general rule, this is not required if the research involves only the humanities and social sciences.
As an exception, if you are involved in a fusion area with a science field, please follow the flowchart below.

“Declaration of applicable specific categories” & “Flowchart for determining applicable specific categories”  
You may submit the form at your own discretion. If you have any questions, please contact below. Academic Research & Industry-Academia-Government collaboration, Export Control Division 
 E-mail: TEL:052-747-6702
If you cannot submit the “Declaration of applicable specific categories” in time for the application deadline, please submit it as soon as it is ready. All other documents required for application must be submitted on the application deadline.

Graduate School of Education and Human Development
Nagoya University

Furo-cho, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya, 464-8601, Japan
Tel: +81-(0)52-789-2606
Fax: +81-(0)52-789-4921

Asian Satellite Campuses Institute (ASCI), Nagoya University

The Mongolia Satellite Campus
309 Tuushin Tower, (Tuushin Hotel)
Prime Minister Amar street 15, Ulaanbaatar 14200
Tel & Fax: (Office) : +976-(0)76115758

The Uzbekistan Satellite Campus
International Business Center 14 F 107-B, Amir Temur Street, 100084, Tashkent
Tel: +998-(0)712389405/06/07
Fax: +998-(0)712389407