Nagoya University to Open a Joint Degree Program, 'International Collaborative Programme in Science,' in Cooperation with the University of Edinburgh

The Graduate School of Science at Nagoya University will be launching a Joint Degree Program, named the "International Collaborative Programme in Science between The University of Edinburgh and Nagoya University," in October 2016 with the University of Edinburgh, which has the sixth longest history in U.K. and has produced 11 Nobel laureates. This program aims to develop international next-generation researchers by establishing a unified degree program that takes advantage of the strengths of each university. This program is only the third Joint Degree Program to be established in Japan.



(1) Abstract of the New Program


Graduate School of Science


International Collaborative Programme in Science between the University of Edinburgh and Nagoya University


Doctorate (in Science)

Number of Students

2 students

(one student whose principal school is Nagoya University and  one whose principal school is the University of Edinburgh)

Manner of Instruction

English will be used as the common language. During the three-year doctoral course, the students must do research at the partner university for 6 to 12 months.


Students will be provided financial support during their studies at the partner university.

  We will begin recruiting students for the 2016 Fall semester. 


(2) Anticipated Benefits
〈For Students〉

1. Students will have the rare opportunity of spending 6 to 12 months overseas at the partner university to participate in academic and research activities and developing a sense of internationality.

2. Students will be affiliated with two laboratories, one in each university, and receive guidance from faculty of both universities, which will widen their range of research activities and help them develop the ability to approach problems from a multilateral perspective.

3. Graduates will earn the status of having obtained a degree guaranteed by two universities.

4. Students will be able to build an international network of human resources by participating in academic and research activities at two different universities.

5. Students will undergo "Transferable Skills Training", designed with the purposes of research literacy development and career path education required to participate in society, which will help them cultivate expertise in the world of academia and acquire practical skills, facilitating the development of a perspective career path.

〈For Universities〉

1. By jointly educating doctoral students, the two collaborating universities will have more opportunities to conduct joint research and share the use of research facilities and equipment, which will revitalize the research of both universities and consequently help them to create new research fields and acquire research funds. 

2. To solve environmental and energy issues facing humanity, solutions from multilateral perspectives are essential. The joint research and human development conducted through the "International Collaborative Programme in Science" will help the universities discover countermeasures in response to these issues.

3. Joint research conducted by world-class laboratories from both universities under the "International Collaborative Programme in Science" will bring about innovative research achievements.

4. Both universities have a history of conducting engaging in Academia-Industry collaborations, with Nagoya University being located in the middle of an industrial cluster. Establishing and operating the "International Collaborative Programme in Science" will increase opportunities for technology transfer and further vitalize Academia-Industry collaborative research and joint programs.

5. The launching of this program will serve as a catalyst in accelerating the establishment of new joint degree programs with other universities, further enhancing the progress of internationalization of both universities.

6. The process established for the conferral of joint degrees will lead to quality assurance of the degree on an international level, which is anticipated to improve international evaluations of the degree programs of both universities.  

7. The two universities will enhance their international recognition and competitiveness to the next level by sharing educational and research activities colored with each university's unique characteristics, and lead the world's education and research as world-class universities.


(3) Examples of Human Resources the Program Aims to Cultivate
  • Global researchers who have acquired strong fundamental academic skills and are prepared to boldly pioneer new frontiers of research
  • Global educators who pass on knowledge and technologies, from the basics to applications, to the next generation
  • Highly specialized global professionals who have acquired expertise in cutting-edge technologies and gained success by utilizing their international joint research skills and networks.