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Leading Program in Doctoral Education 2013 held

2014-1-14(Tue)

On Friday, January 10, and Saturday, January 11, Osaka University held a national forum on education programs for graduate students, Leading Programs in Doctoral Education, at Grand Front OSAKA. Some 900 people including the program students, faculty and staff members, as well as businessmen, participated in this two-day event.
In the student forum, Next Visionary, 48 student teams presented their visions for the next generation and competed with each other. A forum for exchanging information among faculty and staff members, Leading Staff Workshop, and other events were conducted in parallel and had a great success.

The student forum will be broadcast on the Institute for Academic Initiatives website in the near future.

What is the Leading Program in Doctoral Education?

This forum aimed to introduce the personnel these leading programs have been cultivating. Sixty-two programs for nurturing global leaders for the next generation are ongoing at 30 universities in Japan. This forum was the second and the first in the Kansai region. The forum was held for the purpose of helping students taking the programs to stimulate each other through exchange. It aimed to provide faculty and staff members involved in planning and management of programs with opportunities to share good practice and challenges. It was also a good opportunity for business people to see, early on, doctoral candidates who will enter the work-force in three years.

What was students' heated discussion, Next Visionary?

The student forum, Next Visionary, was planned as a place where students expected to create innovation in society as global leaders in the future could demonstrate their strengths. Under five major social themes: "Unknown Devices," "Sustainability of Resources or Infrastructure," "Social Disparity and Conflict -- Health Issues," "Social Disparity and Conflict -- Overcoming Socioeconomic Disparity," and "Japan and/or Global, Now and Future," 189 students in 48 teams participated in the competition for presenting solutions for these problems over the two days. In addition to the two days of exchange at the forum, they had been involved in preparation for 4 months. In order to assess their proposals and presentations from a practical viewpoint, 42 people from business and administration communities participated as reviewers and gave the students severe but encouraging advice.
Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology made a presentation about the problem of food, an unavoidable crisis for the world, and won the outstanding award due to the scale of their research. From Osaka University, including a joint team with Kyoto University, 9 teams participated and won top awards in one of the themes and, all told, took runner-up and honorable-mention awards. Every team's presentation was unique. All teams surely gained something valuable during the two days.

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