Why do a PhD?

Extract from: The PhD Application Handbook. (Open University Press) by Peter Bentley

You have to be a little strange to want to do a doctorate. You’ll be giving up the chance to earn some real money in a steady job, for several years of little or no money. You’ll be losing the simplicity of regular hours and a boss who tells you want to do, for the complications of setting your own agenda and planning your own work. Why do you want to do a doctorate? No, really. Why? You need to be very clear in your mind what the reasons are. Thankfully, there are some very good reasons why a normal, sane person would choose to do a doctorate. If any of these make sense to you, then you are on the right track:

Good reasons to do a PhD
…To achieve something significant
Those who have ambitions to make money should become entrepreneurs. But if you are ambitious in that you wish to challenge yourself, push yourself to new heights or achieve a difficult goal, then a doctorate may be for you.

…To discover or learn something new
Those who never lose their childlike curiosity of the world make great researchers. If you feel a driving force pushing you to explore and learn new things, then you may love research, and find a doctorate is perfect for you.

…To improve yourself and your life
Doing a PhD for the sake of a pay rise is not a good reason. But if you want to improve your abilities to understand and solve problems, increase your confidence, make yourself a better communicator and gain skills that may lead to a better job, then a doctorate may be right for you.

…It fits you
Some people are made for a doctorate. You might have grown up doing countless little ‘research projects’ as hobbies. You might have a natural thirst for knowledge or an insatiable appetite for reading books about a particular topic. You might have had a life-long fascination – even obsession – about something significant. If this sounds like you, and you can tailor a doctorate to suit your particular needs, then you’ll love it.

Bad reasons to do a PhD
Most of us have several reasons for wanting to do a doctorate, and of course they’re not all good. Here are some common bad reasons why some people consider a PhD (and I know there was a certain amount of ‘bad reason 5’ that led to my own choice.):

…Keeping your visa
If you are thinking of a doctorate because you want to keep your student visa and stay in the UK or at your current university a little longer – don’t. You must not use a PhD as a method to stay close to your friends or family, any more than you should commit a crime and have yourself locked up in jail. It is not worth it. And jail is the cheapest and easiest option by far.

…Peer pressure
If you’re thinking of a doctorate because all your friends are going to try, well done on having some clever friends. But you will have to do the doctorate, not them. How will you feel if they all achieve their PhDs while you struggle on, year after year, getting further and further into debt?

…Horrible job
If you are doing a job that you hate and just want to quit – then find another job. A PhD is not an escape hatch through which you fall into a better world, it is a long steep staircase that takes extreme perseverance to climb.

…Fulfilling the ambitions of others
If your partner or parents think that you should do a doctorate because they wished that they had – tell them to do one themselves. It must be your own ambition that drives you, not the ambition of anyone else. Otherwise you will resent them during the tough times of your work and blame them if it goes wrong.

…Rebelling
If everyone is telling you to go and get a job and you don’t like being told what to do, then make sure you are rebelling towards something you want, and not simply away from irritating parents or a boring town.

…Misplaced genius complex
If you think you are brilliant and will solve all of the world’s problems, but every one of your undergrad lecturers is telling you that your ideas are unworkable and that you are not cut out for a doctorate – it is quite likely that they are right and you are wrong.

…Insecurity
You might feel that your talents are never appreciated and you crave more respect from people around you. Perhaps you like the idea of impressing by showing a credit card with ‘Dr’ on it. This is not as daft as it sounds, for doctors do genuinely receive preferential treatment, and in some countries are treated with enormous respect. You are more likely to get a better job as well. However, if insecurity is your main driving force then you may struggle, for you will be surrounded by professors and post-docs who are more experienced than you throughout the course of your PhD. You will receive respect from them when you earn it, not because of the `Dr’ which they have themselves.

…You’ve done this kind of thing before
If you have worked in a similar area, you may have already done research or activities very similar to those that you will do during a doctorate. Or perhaps you have done a research-based project for your MSc. This is excellent experience and will help you, but a word of warning: most people think they know what they are letting themselves in for, and they are wrong. An undergraduate or MSc project does not give a proper taste of a PhD any more than a beansprout makes a Chinese meal. Working in industry is very different from academia. Even for someone with experience, the doctorate is not as easy as you might think.

Hopefully, you will find that more of the good reasons apply to you than the bad ones. Be honest with yourself. You are thinking of embarking on something that can change your life, either for better or worse, depending on you.
https://www.findaphd.com/advice/finding/phd-faqs.aspx

 

why do a phd

6th Annual Conference on Sri Lanka-Japan Collaborative Research (SLJCR-2018)

The 6th annual Conference on Sri Lanka-Japan Collaborative Research will be held from 31st August to 1st September, 2018 at University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.

The SLJCR conference is organized by the Sri Lanka-Japan Study Center (SLJSC) in collaboration with the International Affairs Office (IAO) of University of Peradeniya. The event will provide a great opportunity for scientists of Japan and Sri Lanka to present their findings of collaborative research, to exchange the latest advances in their fields of study, and to initiate new collaborative research

On behalf of the organizing committee, I am pleased to announce the call for abstracts from the researchers and natural and social scientists of Japan and Sri Lanka, to present their collaborative research outputs on modern science at this prestigious event. Prospective authors are invited to submit abstracts, authored by both Sri Lankan and Japanese scientists, on or before 10th June, 2018 through the email: sljcr2018@gmail.com.

The abstract preparation guidelines can be found on http://www.pdn.ac.lk/ic/sljcr/2018/Submission.html. Submitted abstracts will be acknowledged within three days after submission and reviewed by the reviewing committee. Accepted abstracts will be published in the Book of Abstracts. For further details regarding the conference, please refer to our website, http://www.pdn.ac.lk/ic/sljcr/2018/index.html.

Please be kind enough to circulate this information among Faculties and Departments of your University, and other interested participants. For any inquiries regarding the conference, please contact the secretary of the conference through sljcr2018@gmail.com.

We look forward to receiving your abstracts.

Thank you.
Sincerely,

Secretary
SLJCR 2018

SLJCR 2018

Every year, Sri Lanka-Japan Study Centre (SLJSC) organizes the Conference on Sri Lanka-Japan Collaborative Research (SLJCR), which allows scientists to exchange the latest advances in their fields of study and provides an environment that fosters and share new collaborations and research ideas.

The 2018 Conference will be held on August 31st – September 01.

More info: Conference details (click here)

SLJCR 2018

 

ABU Asia-Pacific Robot Contest-2017

ABU Asia-Pacific Robot Contest-2017 will be held on 27th (Sunday) August in Ota Ward Gymnasium (1-11-1, Kamata, Ota-ku, Tokyo 144-0031). A Sri Lankan Students’ team will also be competing in this Robot Competition in this year. SLSAJ have an opportunity to participate in the event as observers.

Those who would like to take this opportunity to see the Robot Competition and Cheer the Sri Lankan students’ team can register their names by using the link below-

Robot Contest 2017

For more information about the event, please visit – http://aburobocon.net/

Event outline
1. Contest Date : Sunday, August 27th 2017
2. Venue : Ota Ward Gymnasium (1-11-1, Kamata, Ota-ku, Tokyo 144-0031)
3. Schedule
11:00 – 12:00 Gate open for general audience
12:00 – 12:30 Opening Ceremony
12:30 – 17:00 Tournament (with breaks)
17:10 – 17:40 Closing Ceremony
18:00 Contest Close

ABSTRACT PREPARATION INSTRUCTIONS- SLJCR2017

The abstract should be authored by both Sri Lanka and Japanese scientists, and one of the authors should present the paper at the conference once accepted.  

  1. The content of abstract is limited to 1 page length onto this template (maximum 300 words). Single line space and Calibri font must be used. Please kindly refer to the sample abstract attached.
  2.  The content of abstract should be provided with Title, Author(s), Institution(s) or Affiliation(s), the body of abstract and Keyword(s).
  3.  Skip one line between (a) Title and Author, (b) Institution and the body of abstract, (c) the body of abstract and keywords.
  4.  Please refer to the following fonts instructions:
    • Title: 14pt, bolded, centralized alignment
    • Author: 11pt, bolded, centralized alignment.
    • Institution: 10pt, regular, centralized alignment.
    • The body of abstract: 11pt, regular, justified alignment
    • Keywords: 11pt, regular, lefted alignment
  5. Underline name of author who will give a presentation.
  6. The corresponding author is marked using asterisk and give the E-Mail address.
  7. Names of the institution, city and country should be listed.
  8. Organize the body of the abstract as follows:
    • A statement of the background of the study
    • A statement of the methods used.
    • A summary of the results in sufficient details to support the conclusions.
    • Conclusions.
    • Do not use subtitles, e.g., Methods, Results, etc.
  9.   Please provide 4 to 6 keywords that can be used for indexing purposes.
  10. Standard abbreviations are acceptable and may be used without definition. Non-standard abbreviations must be defined in parentheses the first time they appear in the body of the abstract.

GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS

  1.  The conference abstract submission form must be in digital format. Please save as Microsoft Office Word file (.doc or.docx file).
  2.  Please indicate the field under which your abstract falls, i.e.:
    a.                 Health and Hygiene
    b.                 Food and Nutrition
    c.                 Agriculture, Livestock and Forestry
    d.                 Natural and Basic Sciences
    e.                 Information Technology, Mathematics and Statistics
    f.                  Engineering
    g.                 Education
    h.                 Social Sciences and Humanities
    i.                  Climate and Environment
  3.  Please indicate the preference of presentation, Oral or poster.

Sample Abstract(click here)

Submit your abstract to : Sljcr2017@gmail.com

Flyer and other information about the conference (click here) 

more info

http://www.pdn.ac.lk/ic/sljcr/2017/index.html

 

SLJCR- 2017 Flyer

Update: 2018 Visit sljcr-2018

5th Annual Conference on Sri Lanka Japan collaborative research: SLJCR- 2017

Conference on Sri Lanka • Japan Collaborative Research Addressing global issues through collaboration and partnership 23rd – 24th September 2017 SLJCR 2017
UNIVERSITY OF PERADENIYA, SRI LANKA

Sri Lanka-Japan Study Center organizes the conference on Sri Lanka-Japan Collaborative Research (SLJCR) annually, which allows scientists to exchange the latest advances in their fields of study and provides an environment that fosters and share new collaborations and research ideas. This International Conference: SLJCR-2017 is a forum for a multi-disciplinary audience of researchers from Japan and Sri Lanka, with various backgrounds to present their collaborative research outputs on the modern science.

Themes
Sri Lanka – Japan Collaborative research for
Sustainable development Addressing global issues through collaboration and partnership
Health and Hygiene
Food and Nutrition
Agriculture, Livestock and Forestry
Natural and Basic Sciences
Information Technology, Mathematics and Statistics
Engineering Education Social Sciences and Humanities Climate and Environment

Conference Co-chairs

Prof. Masaru Ishizuka Toyama Prefectural University, Japan
Dr. Shameen Jinadasa University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka


IMPORTANT DATES

Abstracts submission deadline: June 30, 2017
Notification of acceptance of abstracts for presentation: July 15, 2017
Final submission for publication in proceedings: August 15, 2017
Early bird registration: August 15, 2017
Early bird registration: August 15, 2017
Registration closes: September 15, 2017
Conference Begins: September 23, 2017

ABSTRACT PREPARATION INSTRUCTIONS(Click here)


International Advisory Committee
Prof. Hisashi Nakamura (Ryukoku University) Prof. Buddhi Marambe (University of Peradeniya) Prof. Kamala Liyanage (University of Peradeniya) Prof. P. Ratnayake (Saga University) Dr. Shrikantha Herath (United Nations University) Prof. Norio Tanaka (Saitama University) Prof. N. S Cooray (International University of Japan) Prof. Monte Cassem (Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University) Prof. Masaki Tabata (Saga University) Prof. Ken Kawamoto (Saitama University) Prof. Akio Koizumi (Kyoto University) Prof. Masaki Yoshio (Saga University) Prof. Yukio Ikemoto (University of Tokyo) Prof. Kuniyoshi Takeuchi (ICHARM, Japan) Prof. Takayuki Shimaoka (Kyushu University) Prof. Hiroshi Kakazu (Okinawa Inst. of Asian Buis. Research) Prof. Akio Miyamoto (Obihiro University) Prof. Ranjith Dissanayake (University of Peradeniya) Prof. Missaka Wijayagunawardena (University of Peradeniya) Prof. Saliya De Silva (Saga University) Prof. Ananda Kumara (Meijo University) Prof. Tomonori Kawakami (Toyama Prefectural University)

Contact Us
Conference Secretariat & Abstracts Submission
Email sljcr2017@gmail.com
Telephone — +94-81-239-2411
University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya 20400, Sri Lanka

Dr. Shameen Jinadasa (Conference Co-Chair)
Email -shamj@pdmac.lk ; shamnj@gmail.com

Dr. Nanda Gunawardane (Director/International Research Center)
Email -nandagunawardhana@pdn.ac.lk

http://www.pdn.ac.lk/centers/sljsc/index.php

SLAcJ Conference

Conference Theme: “Sustainable Tourism Issues in Sri Lanka”

Date: May 28, Sunday, 2017
Time: 15:00~17:00
Place: Sri Lanka Embassy, Tokyo
Organizer: Sri Lanka Academics Association of Japan (SLAcJ)

Confirmed Presentations:
1 Dr.Mami Futagami (Professor, Faculty of Foreign Studies, Meijo University)
2 Dr. Yasuo Miyakawa (Prof. Emeritus Kogakkan University, Kyushuu University),
3 Dr.Ananda Kumara (Dean, and Professor, Faculty of Foreign Studies, Meijo University)(SLAcJ President)
4 Dr. Hettige Don Karunarathne, (Visiting Professor, Hosei University)
5 Student Group from the Tokyo Institute ofTechnology (Course on Global Human Resources Development)
6 Commentator: Dr.N.S.Cooray, (Professor & Associate Dean, International University)

For more info, Please contact

Dr.Ananda Kumara アーナンダ クマーラ
President, SLAcJ
Professor and Dean, Faculty of Foreign Studies(Since April, 2016) 外国語学部・学部長 (2016年4月1日より)
Meijo University 名城大学
メール mail: kumara@meijo-u.ac.jp

住所:461-8534
愛知県名古屋市東区矢田南4丁目102番9
名城大学ナゴヤドーム前キャンパス Meijo University Nagoya Dome Mae Campus
外国語学部 Faculty of Foreign Studies
電話:052-832-1151(代表)
052-768-5798(クマーラ研究室・ダイヤルイン)
Fax:052-721-8881

Application procedure for MEXT

There are 2 ways to get the MEXT scholarship, university recommendation, and embassy recommendation.  

1-University Recommendation

In this case, you have to apply to the relevant department in the university you like. The procedure is a little bit different in each website.

Here are some links in The University of Tokyo (as an example, try to find similar info from other universities too)

General link for MEXT scholarship

http://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/prospective-students/mext_scholarship.html

(not much details are available here as it is common website to the whole uni, have to check in each graduate school for more details)

Degree Programs Offered in English for Graduate Students

http://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/prospective-students/graduate_course_list.html

This has the all the courses you can do in The Tokyo

example course

This is engineering

http://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/academics/grad_engineering.html

again it depend on the department, above link have a link to the list of departments

Example department

civil engineering department  ( a most detailed website we have seen)

http://www.civil.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/admission/

it gives the link to guidance (orange icon)

>>http://t-cens.iapply.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp/guidance/t-cens/step1/cvl.php

go to selection process and schedule if you need details about dates

>>http://t-cens.iapply.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp/guidance/t-cens/step1/cvl.php?id=selection_schedule/cvl_schedule

so every year it is the same schedule

Likewise, check  other universities too and find their website and relative departments by yourself, make an excel sheet (Tip to find the good universities, search “top 10 universities in Japan” in google)

2-Embassy recommendation

1). In the embassy recommendation process, application period ends in May in the previous year to the intended scholarship year.  (e.g. If you are applying for 2018, application period is May 2017). Applications should be forwarded to the ministry of higher education since the initial selection is done by them.

2). After reviewing your application, selected candidates are requested to do a written exam.

  • English and Japanese Language (Japanese exam is optional for selection) 

3). If you get through the written exam, next step is the interview.

  • Most important thing to pass the interview is the research plan. They check past achievements too. Also, they need to see how your research plan will benefit both Japan and Sri Lanka)

4). You need to pass above 2 steps to pass the ‘Preliminary Screening’ of the MEXT scholarship program. Once you pass the interview, a certificate is given saying that you have passed the preliminary screening and the set of application documents are given to be filled and given to the embassy of Japan.

5). Once you get the preliminary screening certificate, you need to write to the prospective supervisors get their acceptance to supervise your future studies by the ‘Acceptance Letter’.

6). Return the Acceptance letter to the embassy.

7). Once you complete all the above steps, all your application documents are sent to the MEXT in Japan for the secondary screening.

8). Secondary screening results will be announced by the February of the coming year and if you pass the secondary screening, you can fly to japan in the first week of April or October depending on your course plan.

Notes:

  • Students may contact university professors before the interview too (some professors are okay with that)  and you may find some other opportunities ass well
  • Usually, students will not be directly enrolled in university MSc or Phd programs. They may have to join as research students and sit for entrance exams.

Hope above details will be important and if you need further information please have a look at following links.

http://www.lk.emb-japan.go.jp/eg/contents/Scholarship/scholarship2014.html#scholarship2015

http://www.studyjapan.go.jp/en/toj/toj0308e.html
Other scholarships:

The universities have other scholarships too like ADB scholarship. Hope you can find those details in a similar way

 

5th Annual Conference on Sri Lanka Japan collaborative research: SLJCR- 2017

Every year, Sri Lanka-Japan Study Centre (SLJSC) organizes the Conference on Sri Lanka-Japan Collaborative Research (SLJCR), which allows scientists to exchange the latest advances in their fields of study and provides an environment that fosters and share new collaborations and research ideas.

The 2017 Conference will be held on September 23rd and 24th.
Please wait for the updates.

More info: Conference details (click here)

Contact: Sri Lanka – Japan Study Center

SLSAJ Research Conference 2016

We are pleased to announce that the SLSAJ Annual Research Conference 2016 has been scheduled to be held on 4th of December (Sunday) from 1 p.m. onwards at the 4th floor Conference Hall of the Embassy of Sri Lanka with
The SLSAJ Research Conference is organized on an annual basis to provide its members an opportunity to present their research findings in front of academics, fellow colleagues, and members of the Sri Lankan community living in Japan. We cordially invite all our members and honorary members to join the conference to disseminate your specialized knowledge and contribute to your respective fields among others.
Date : 4th December (Sunday)
Venue : 4th Floor Conference Hall, Embassy of Sri Lanka, Tokyo, Japan
Support : Embassy of Sri Lanka, Tokyo, Japan
Sponsor : Adam Innovations Co. Ltd

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