Education and Research
Initiatives for Attractive Education in Graduate Schools
Core Program to Foster Researchers for the Future of Information Science
Building Educational Programs at the Frontiers of Biological Sciences
Fostering Leading Researchers for Advanced Fusion Technology in Materials Science
In order to foster young researchers who are able to meet the demand of rapidly changing society with flexibility and creativity, MEXT (the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology) decided to start the Initiatives for Attractive Education in Graduate Schools in 2005, and chose educational programs proposed by NAIST's Graduate School of Information Science and Graduate School of Biological Sciences in October. This project is the first of its kind to focus on graduate school education aiming at developing human resources that serve as the backbone of leading research and supporting them selectively.
The project represents an organizational commitment to fostering young researchers, enabling them to work on their research themes from a broader and unique perspective in the context of increasingly specialized fields of science and technology. The Committee of the Initiative for Attractive Education in Graduate Schools, operated by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, evaluated 338 submissions from 147 universities, and selected 97 submissions from 45 universities.
The selection included 2 NAIST programs. The “Core Program to Foster Researchers for the Future of Information Science” by the Graduate School of Information Science is a program to foster engineers and researchers who can address the needs of the ICT (information and communication technology）age, providing a variety of cross-departmental curriculums and a scholarship system to help develop international leaders.“Building Educational Programs at the Frontiers of Biological Sciences” by the Graduate School of Biological Sciences aims to establish tutoring system by multiple teachers and prepare international education systems to enhance students’ abilities including scientific English.
For the 2006 academic year, 129 universities submitted 268 new educational programs for developing researchers, and 46 programs from 35 universities were selected. This included an educational program submitted by NAIST’s Graduate School of Materials Sciences. As a result, educational programs by all 3 graduate schools of NAIST were selected and the Institute achieved the nation’s top program selection rate (100%) per the number of graduate schools.
The “Fostering Leading Researchers for Advanced Fusion Technology in Materials Science” program by the Graduate School of Materials Sciences adopts a dual course system to foster researchers who can develop new fusion technologies, while promoting international capabilities such as the improvement of scientific English and mid-term research at overseas institutions.
All programs focus on promoting an environment that enables students to obtain cutting-edge knowledge and research skills with a global perspective.