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Program for Leading Graduate Schools websites

2012-2-1(Wed)

In 2011, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology launched the Program for Leading Graduate Schools. Out of 21 programs from the programs submitted by universities throughout Japan, two programs submitted by Osaka University were selected. These two programs are rooted in the interdisciplinary "Future Vision and Strategy" approach taken by the university in December 2011 under the new President.

Osaka University has created websites providing information about these two programs:

Program for Leading Graduate Schools

The Program for Leading Graduate Schools is intended to become a driving force behind drastic reform in applicable areas of graduate school education at leading educational centers. Program for Leading Graduate Schools aims to promote the efforts of graduate schools to create and develop world-class degree programs, programs transcending field borders, with the aim of producing graduates capable of serving as international leaders in academia, business, and government.

 Leading Program outlines were submitted to JSPS from universities throughout Japan. The maximum duration of programs was set at 7 years. Applications for three types of programs were sought by JSPS: all-round programs (programs that would produce leaders with a wide range of expertise), multidisciplinary programs (programs that would produce leaders with expertise in overlapping fields), and only-one programs (programs that would produce leaders with a clearly defined specialty).

 JSPS selected 21 programs from the programs submitted by universities throughout Japan. Out of these 21, the above-mentioned two were programs submitted by Osaka University graduate schools.

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