International Research Enrichment (IRE) Program

The International Research Enrichment (IRE) program is designed for students interested in pursuing a research career in science, or broadening their exposure to research during their undergraduate studies. It emphasizes curiosity and grit, which are the essential attributes to a successful career in scientific research. Building upon the premise that exposure to international research environments at an early stage is essential to a fruitful research career, the program offers outstanding science students an early opportunity to nurture their research abilities and solidify their discipline-specific knowledge in regular Science programs.

 

The IRE program has the very similar curriculum structure as the Science (Group A) and Science (Group B) programs have. The IRE program further distinguishes itself from the regular science program by providing students the following:

 

Program Highlights:

  • Free choice of major programs among Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Ocean Science and Technology and Physics
  • Tailor-made team building activities and field trips
  • Participation in advanced research projects under the supervision of world-class professors
  • Opportunities to meet with Nobel Laureates and renowned scientists
  • Individualized Research Guidance and Mentoring from experienced Faculty
  • Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)
  • Exchange opportunities in a renowned foreign university

          - Summer research internship opportunities in foreign universities and institutions

          - Scholarship support for overseas learning trips

 

Career Prospects:

Building upon the premise that exposure to international research environments at an early stage is essential to a fruitful research career, the program offers outstanding science students an early opportunity to nurture their research abilities and solidify their discipline-specific knowledge in regular Science programs. Most of the graduates will pursue further studies in renowned universities around the world.

 

For JUPAS applicants, students can apply for the IRE program through the direct choice, or apply for a program transfer from the regular Science (Group A) program or Science (Group B) program after their first year of study. For non-JUPAS applicants, students interested in the IRE program are encouraged to put IRE program as their first choice, with either one Science (Group A) program or Science (Group B) as the alternative choice.

SciNet is an online platform linking students and alumni of International Research Enrichment (IRE) and research postgraduate (RPg) programs together, for research support and knowledge exchanges.

Undergraduate Admissions for 2021 Intake
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