The International Course in Primatology and Wildlife Research arose with the establishment of the Center for International Collaboration and Advanced Studies in Primatology (CICASP) on April 1st 2009. CICASP was originally situated in the Kyoto University Primate Research Institute, helping it promote international cllaboration in reasearch and education with a focus on the primate mind, body, ecology, conservation, and genome in order to understand the evolutionary origins of human nature. Now, CICASP sits within the Center for the Evolutionary Origins of Human Behavior, after a restructuring of the Primate Research Institute. CICASP administers the International Course in Primatology and Wildlife Research, thereby providing a door for international students to enter Kyoto University.
CICASP welcomed its first students in April 2011, and has since had numerous international students enrolled in its graduate programs, from countries as diverse as the USA, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Chile, Kenya, Bangladesh, India, South Korea, China, England, France, Hungary, Vietnam and Portugal. CICASP faculty assist international students in various ways, such as supervising research projects, providing lectures in comparative animal behavior and teaching the fundamentals of science communication, while CICASP administrators provide all aid necessary to cope with life and academic affairs in a foreign country.
Graduate students of the International Course in Primatology and Wildlife Research fit within the Graduate School of Science, Division of Biological Sciences, and their supervising faculty are now spread between Kyoto University's Center for the Evolutionary Origins of Human Behavior, the Wildlife Research Center, the Center for Ecoogical Research and the Kyoto University Museum.
The Primate Research Institute (PRI) was established in 1967 and for the subsequent six decades promoted basic research synthesizing various approaches to understanding the nature of primates — including humans. The Center for the Evolutionary Origins of Human Behavior was established in April, 2022, following a restructuring of the Primate Research Institute. The center is now home to over 800 non-human primates of 16 species.
At CICASP, we recognize that diversity is a strength of our academic community, and that the success of our work hinges on inclusion. We constantly strive to identify and overcome our own biases, and to build a culture in which every member of the community feels valued and respected. We celebrate individual uniqueness and welcome contrasting viewpoints as we work together to extend the reach of science across national boundaries.
CICASP does not discriminate against, and does not tolerate harassment against, members of our open community based on categories such as nationality, religious and political beliefs, age, sex, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, ethnic background, or geographic origin. Discrimination and harassment are additionally prohibited by international treaties to which Japan is a signatory (e.g., International Bill of Human Rights), Article 14 of the Constitution of Japan, Japanese laws (e.g., Basic Act for Persons with Disabilities) and local ordinances (e.g., Aichi Prefecture Ordinance for Building a Society that Respects Human Rights), and Kyoto University policies (e.g., Anti-harassment Policy).
CICASP staff (including teaching assistants), students in our graduate program, participants of CICASP events, and residents of properties managed by CICASP are all expected to abide by these principles and policies.