Four Projects Selected under the 2005 Initiative for Attractive Graduate School Education

The selection results for proposals for the 2005 Initiative for Attractive Graduate School Education will be announced on Tues. October 25. Four of the programs the University submitted for acceptance were selected. These are outlined in the table below.

Through these activities, we are being called on to actively strengthen of our educational and research functions.

▪Qualitative improvement of graduate school education (strengthening the organization of curricula)

▪Enhancing our global competitiveness by raising the reliability and international acceptance of our programs (a very important point)
Launched in FY2005, the Initiative for Attractive Graduate School Education is based on the New Era Graduate School Education proposal advanced by the Central Education Council in its interim report released on June 13, 2005. The initiative was launched in response to new needs in contemporary society for strengthening the capability for training creative young researchers. The initiative prioritizes supporting efforts for developing highly motivated and creative researchers and for promoting qualitative improvements in graduate education.

The applications were based on doctoral courses (only courses set up as programs, categories, and 3-year doctoral programs) established at national, public and private universities and graduate schools for ongoing educational research efforts aimed at training researchers. This included courses designed to foster the development of researchers in new educational programs in such fields as human studies, social sciences, natural sciences, engineering, agriculture, and medicine. Applications for 338 programs were submitted by national public and private graduate schools. After applications were reviewed, 97 programs were selected, including programs submitted by Nagoya University graduate schools. Of the 97 chosen, 35 were in the Humanities and Social Sciences field, 43 were in the natural sciences, engineering, and agriculture fields, and 19 were in medicine.


Graduate School:


Names of educational programs

Fields covered by applications

Person supervising the effort (responsible person)



Graduate School of Education and Human Development

Department of Psychology and Human Developmental Sciences

Creating system with educational programs based on team participation

Courses in humanities and social sciences


Toshikazu Yoshida

Graduate School of Law

Department of the Combined Graduate Program in Law and Political Science

Education in law and political science with the aim of developing project-oriented researchers (using multi-layered knowledge networks)

Courses in humanities and social sciences

Professor (head of department)

Mitsuki Ishii

Graduate School of International Development

Department of International Development and Department of International Cooperation

Fostering the development of ability to do independent research in international development fields (with emphasis on strengthening field work capabilities)

Courses in humanities and social sciences

Professor (head of department)

Yasushi Hirosato

Graduate School of Bioagricultural Sciences

Department of Bioengineering Sciences

Promoting education in bioengineering sciences through government-academia cooperation

Courses in natural science, engineering and agriculture

Professor (head of department)

Takashi Tsuge