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Program for Leading Graduate Schools

**Read the outline of Program for Leading Graduate School** (Jump to the bottom of the page)

Programs Selected in FY2013
Category Program Organization
All Around Category Global Leader Program for Social Design and Management
The University of Tokyo
Graduate education and research training program in decision science for a sustainable society
Kyushu University
Composite Category:
"Ambitious Leader" Educational Program for the Development at the Frontiers of Materials Science
Hokkaido University
Interdepartmental Doctoral Degree Program for Multi-dimentional Materials Science Leaders
Tohoku University
Graduate Course for System Inspired Leaders in Material Science Osaka Prefecture University
Composite Category:
Ph.D. Program in Empowerment Informatics
University of Tsukuba
Graduate Program for Real-world Data Circulation Leaders
Nagoya University
Innovative Program for Training Brain-science-information-architechts by Analysis of Massive Quantities of Highly Technical Information About the Brain
Toyohashi University of Technology
Graduate Program for Embodiment Informatics
Waseda University
Composite Category:
Harmonious Multicultural Society
Integrated Human Sciences Program for Cultural Diversity
The University of Tokyo
Women Leaders Program to Promote Well-being in Asia
Nagoya University
Program for Creating a Flexible, Enduring, Peaceful Society
Hiroshima University
Composite Category:
Interdisciplinary Theme
Graduate Program in Gerontology: Global Leadership Initiative for Age-Friendly Society
The University of Tokyo
Fostering Long-term Creativity and Innovation with Science and Technology Disciplines Based on Ochanomizu Spirit "Migakazuba" in the Next Generation of Global Leaders
Ochanomizu University
Only-One Category Advanced Program for Global Leaders in the Changing World National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies
Global Leader Program for Fiber Renaissence
Shinshu University
Leading Graduate Program for Reducing the Burden of Non-communicable Disease(NCD) in the Asian Pacific Region
Shiga University of Medical Science
Leading Graduate Program for Primatology and Wildlife Science
Kyoto University
Programs Selected in FY2012
Category Program Organization
All Around Category Academy for Global Leadership Tokyo Institute of Technology
PhD Professional: Gateway to Success in Frontier Asia Nagoya University
Composite Category:
Creation of the Practical Science Leading Graduate Schoolfor Green and Clean Food Production Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology
Advanced Graduate Course in Global Strategy for Green Asia Kyushu University
Composite Category:
Life and Health
Training Program of Leaders for Integrated Medical System for Fruitful Healthy-Longevity Society Kyoto University
HIGO (Health life science: Interdisciplinary and Glocal Oriented) Program Kumamoto University
Composite Category:
Materials Education program for the future leaders in Research, Industry, and Technology (MERIT) The University of Tokyo
Interactive Materials Science Cadet Program Osaka University
Graduate education program on molecular device system nurtured for global leaders and establishment of educational research base in overseas Kyushu University
Composite Category:
Graduate Program for Social ICT Global Creative Leaders The University of Tokyo
Collaborative Graduate Program in Design Kyoto University
Humanware Innovation Program Osaka University
Composite Category:
Harmonious Multicultural Society
Graduate Program in Cultural Resource Management Kanazawa University
Doctoral Program for Multicultural Innovation Osaka University
Global Resource Management Doshisha University
Composite Category:
Safety and Security
Inter-Graduate School Doctoral Degree Program on Science for Global Safety Tohoku University
Disaster Nursing Global Leader Degree Program University of Kochi
Composite Category:
Interdisciplinary Theme
Leadership Development Program for Space Exploration and Research Nagoya University
Energy-Next Ph.D. Program Waseda University
Only-One Category New Frontier Leader Program for Rare-metals and Resources Akita University
Innovative Flex Course for Frontier Organic Material Systems Yamagata University
Nurture of Creative Research Leaders in Immune System Regulation and Innovative Therapeutics Chiba University
Leading Graduate Course for Frontiers of Mathematical Sciences and Physics The University of Tokyo
Program for Nurturing Global Leaders in Tropical and Emerging Communicable Diseases Nagasaki University
Programs Selected in FY2011
Category Program Organization
All Around Category Graduate School of Advanced Leadership Studies, Kyoto University Kyoto University
Cross-Boundary Innovation Program Osaka University
Science for Development of Super Mature Society Keio University
Composite Category:
SustainabilityScience The University of Tokyo
Academy for Co-creative Education of Environment and Energy Science Tokyo Institute of Techenology
Integrative Graduate Education and Research Program in Green Natural Sciences Nagoya University
Global Environmental System Leaders Program Keio University
Composite Category:
Life and Health
Ph.D. Program in Human Biology University of Tsukuba
Graduate Program for Leaders in Life Innovation The University of Tokyo
Education Academy of Computational Life Sciences Tokyo Institute of Techenology
Interdisciplinary Program for Biomedical Sciences Osaka University
Composite Category:
Safety and Security
Inter-Graduate School Program for Sustainable Development and Survivable Societies Kyoto University
Composite Category:
Interdisciplinary Theme
Advanced Graduate Course for Photon Science The University of Tokyo
Phoenix Leader Education Program (Hiroshima Initiative) for Renaissance from Radiation Disaster Hiroshima University
Only-One Category Fostering Global Leaders in Veterinary Science for contributing to One Health Hokkaido University
Program for Cultivating Global Leaders in Heavy Ion Therapeutics and Engineering Gunma University
Global Nuclear Human Resource Development for Safety, Security and Safeguards Tokyo Institute of Technology
Green Energy Conversion Science and Technology Yamanashi University
The Program for Cross-Border Legal Institution Design Nagoya University
Next Generation Picobiology: Focused on Photon Sciences University of Hyogo

Outline:About Program for Leading Graduate School

Program for Leading Graduate School scheme is a funding project operated by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan in order to provide degree programs recognized around the world as being of the highest academic quality. Programs select the most promising applicants from among students with exceptional academic performance who intend to remain in higher education for five years, throughout the first and second halves of doctoral programs. Students enrolled on each program follow a specially designed curriculum. The aim of this funding project is to shape graduates not into researchers but into global leaders with the capacity to play active roles in industry, government, and academic institutions. As such, these programs differ from previous funding projects, such as Global Center of Excellence programs, which had a clear focus on researcher training. Program for Leading Graduate School should also place emphasis on the reform of current graduate education, and be committed to the construction of a new model for graduate schools in Japan in which doctoral-level education is intended to produce graduates capable of undertaking top-level roles in the everyday world.

In 1991, the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture of Japan implemented policy designed to strengthen and improve graduate schools in Japan, notably by increasing the number of places on graduate level courses. Indeed, now that there are growing numbers of students embarking on graduate level courses, graduate schools need to focus on providing education that will allow graduates to take up roles in diverse fields other than academia.

Traditionally, higher education has functioned through educational institutes designed to cultivate researchers. The Program for Leading Graduate School scheme, however, has been designed to tackle the problems outlined above. Programs awarded funding should aim at producing talented doctoral graduates with strong expertise, a broad perspective, and the ability to take practical action; in other words, graduates who meet the needs of real society. Therefore, the funding is offered in support of measures put in place at applicant universities to provide innovation programs, unfettered by the organizational conventions of graduate education. They are expected to contribute to the construction of a new model for graduate schools that will bring about reform in Japanese higher education.

Programs will be led by outstanding faculty from inside and outside of Japan in cooperation with external organizations. Programs should also include work in integrated academic fields that transcend conventional disciplinary boundaries, foreign language education relevant to program content, and internships in Japanese and international companies and government agencies. This will allow program participants to actively acquire the core competencies required to work in real world settings. Examinations should also be set throughout the 5 years of each program, to ensure that academic progress is strictly monitored. Programs should also include measures designed to encourage students to be active in implementing independent learning.

The Program for Leading Graduate School scheme has three categories in place. Universities applying for funding must apply under the relevant category according to program objectives.
Three categories are as following:

[All Around Category]
This category is for programs designed to produce graduates able to take on active roles as future global leaders in domestic and international political, financial, and governmental bodies. Programs should bring together the knowledge of the entire university or universities involves, and should foster “all around” type leaders, with integrated specializations that combine social sciences, life sciences, and science, and engineering.

[Composite Category]
This category is for programs designed to produce graduates capable of bringing together industrial, academic and government projects and driving innovation in order to address the problems faced by current human societies. Students will be trained through an interdisciplinary curriculum, cutting across conventional disciplines, designed in accordance with the actual challenges facing society today. The composite category currently has 7 themes, including Environment, Life and Health, Substance, Informatics, Harmonious Multicultural Society, Safety and Security and Interdisciplinary Theme.

[Only-One Category]
This category is for programs designed to train students to become leaders able to make significant contributions to human society. The category is intended to develop programs that are internationally unique and the most international in nature of any other programs in place at the applicant university.