In FY2012, two proposals submitted by the University were accepted as part of the Doctoral Education Leadership Program.
Under this program, which aims at producing future leaders in industry, academia and government who will be active in global affairs, excellent students will be recruited to participate in integrated master's and doctoral courses designed to impart a broad perspective and develop creativity. Top-class Japanese and foreign instructors from industry, academia and government will be brought together with these promising students in doctoral courses that go beyond specialized frameworks. The degree program will be of the highest quality and worthy of recognition worldwide. It will support radical reforms in graduate education with the aim of spurring the development of graduate schools suitable for the finest educational institutions.
The program will help train top leaders who will be active in politics, finance, government, and academia both in Japan and abroad, individuals ready to take leadership roles in the global community. There will be three categories of courses within the overall program. The first is the all-around model (training well-rounded leaders), in which an integrated approach is used to bring together all areas of learning. The second is the complex area model (training leaders for a complex range of leadership), which integrates liberal arts and the sciences, which is a degree program designed to produce individuals who will take the lead in developing innovations, and cuts across the boundaries of several fields, where subjects like the environment, life and health, safety and peace of mind, materials, information, and multicultural communities will be studied, along with participation in integrated industry- academia-government projects with the aim of proposing solutions for the problems human society faces. The third is the only-one model (leaders in only one area), which is a degree program designed to make full use of excellent, unique resources from all over the world to train leaders as pioneers in new fields.
A total of 124 applications were submitted (70 schools), and 24 were selected (17 schools) (selection rate: 19.4%).
The University's projects that were chosen are described below.
All-around model (2 selected/6 applications)
- Program name: PhD Professionals' Gateway to Success: Cultivating Grassroots Leaders in the Asian Frontier
- Coordinator: Professor Naoshi Sugiyama, Graduate School of Science
Complex area model (across subject areas) (2 selected/16 applications)
Coordinator: Professor Hiroyasu Tajima, Solar-Terrestrial Environment Laboratory