IMAT Program

International Material Flow Management Program (IMAT)

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Outline of the Program

IMAT Dual Degree program students spend their first year studying at APU and the second year at the Institute for Applied Material Flow Management (IfaS), University of Applied Sciences Trier, Germany. The program offers an integrated knowledge in engineering, economics, law, natural and social sciences. In addition to the learning goals of Sustainability Science Division, the program also offers knowledge on how to link economic development with environmental protection in the fields of energy, water, waste or other material streams, through the use of optimized technology management strategies.

At APU the IMAT Program belongs to the Sustainability Science Division. As such, completion requirements for the APU portion of the Program are the same as those for the Sustainability Science Division. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in an internship in Germany.

Due to the intense nature of this dual-degree program, students must participate for the full 2 years – change in program length or transfer from another Division is not possible. IMAT students will submit to IfaS in Germany a Master’s Thesis. A concise summary of this Thesis is to be submitted to APU in the form of a Research Report. Further details regarding course content and Research Report requirements will be provided during the program guidance session.


Special IMAT Classes at APU

Classes organized especially for IMAT students are held throughout the year. Classes are usually divided into 2 types.

1) Special Studies (Sustainability Studies)
* Taught by APU or IfaS Faculty
* Held during the semesters or sessions
* Also registered for by other master’s students
* For credits from APU and IfaS

2) Special IMAT Intensive Courses
* Taught by IfaS Faculty
* Held during the orientation or quarter breaks
* May have a small number of master’s students auditing
* IfaS credits only

Some syllabi from previous classes:
2.2 Regional Material Flow Management (HECK)(PDF)
5.3 Material Flow Management Research Project Seminar (KNAUS)(PDF)
10.2 GHG Abatement Strategies and Carbon Trading(KNAUS)(Word)


For 2017FA Enrollees

a)Research Proposal Resubmission
Deadline for submission: Tuesday, 15 January 2019
*You must also report your IfaS and APU supervisors at this time.

IMAT Research Proposal Application
How to fill out the Research Proposal Form(PDF)

b) Submission of Progress Report
Deadline for submission: Friday, 12 April 2019

c) Submission of the Research Report to APU
Deadline for submission: Friday, 14 June 2019 (16:30 JST)
How to submit to APU: Online
*Submission procedures will be announced by the Academic Office at a later date.
Students who do not submit their Report on time will NOT be able to graduate. Additionally, IfaS may have separate submission requirements. Please enquire at IfaS for their specific requirements and procedures.

Further Thesis/Report Details (for all APU students) *This link provides details on plagiarism and citation.


For 2018FA Enrollees

a)Research Proposal Resubmission
Deadline for submission: Wednesday, 15 January 2020
*You must also report your IfaS and APU supervisors at this time.

IMAT Research Proposal Application
How to fill out the Research Proposal Form(PDF)

b) Submission of Progress Report
Deadline for submission: Friday, 10 April 2020

c) Submission of the Research Report to APU
Deadline for submission: Monday, 15 June 2020 (16:30 JST)
How to submit to APU: Online
*Submission procedures will be announced by the Academic Office at a later date.
Students who do not submit their Report on time will NOT be able to graduate. Additionally, IfaS may have separate submission requirements. Please enquire at IfaS for their specific requirements and procedures.

Further Thesis/Report Details (for all APU students)


For 2019FA Enrollees

First Special IMAT Intensive Class – September 2019 (tentative)
As this class will be held before or during the Orientation Week, successful enrollees will be sent an email informing of them of when they should arrive at APU.


APU Graduate School Activities

Graduate School Guest Lecture Series
The APU Graduate School and Ritsumeikan Center for Asia Pacific Studies (RCAPS) invite renowned researchers and lecturers from across the globe to present on various topics through the Guest Lecture Series. Check the latest news on the Graduate Homepage and Campus Terminal for updates on upcoming Guest Lectures.
Campus TerminalPosters will also be available in building B, prior to each Guest Lecture

Graduate Research in Progress Seminars(GRiPS)
The Graduate Research in Progress Seminars is a place where PhD students present their research and receive feedback from their peers and other professors. IMAT students are encouraged to attend these seminars and experience APU's research environment. For further details refer to the following page.
Graduate Research in Progress Seminars(GRiPS)

Last Update: April 2019


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