In order to nurture global leaders who will be able to make green innovation happen, this doctoral program provides unique curricula under an innovative instructional system with various features, as follows:
Along with the faculties at the University of Yamanashi, the doctoral program involves a variety of academic and research institutes with which we have concluded affiliation or collaboration agreements (National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, National Institute for Materials Science), collaborating industrial corporations (leading Japanese automakers) and a global collaboration network.
Under this new instructional system, all of the collaborating institutes work together to ensure that students acquire advanced expertise, practical skills, and an international outlook.
In addition to the faculty responsible for the program, additional assisting faculty from the University and global partner institutes participate in the program. The number of faculty is large enough to maintain a student to faculty ratio of 1.5 to 1, creating small-group instruction, with close attention to each student.
The program has concluded affiliation agreements with world-renowned overseas academic institutes, resulting in the establishment of a global network. Faculty exchange and transfer of credits between partner institutes help to nurture students.
Through the global collaboration network, the program attracts outstanding foreign students and actively accepts employees of domestic companies and students from other departments at the University or other universities, creating a research environment where students mingle and learn from each other. This provides advantages for students to develop an international awareness and to broaden their perspective. To offer students opportunities to gain different insights from each other, monthly research meetings are held to present the results of their studies.
A committee of advisors, consisting of faculty from multiple fields, helps students with planning. This system enables the advisors to offer generous and meticulous care to each student.
During the two years of the Master’s program, subjects of interactive discussion between students and faculty are provided. A particular focus is on developing debate skills in English through interactive discussion subjects presented by foreign faculty. From the third year, open forums are held where students try their skills with their opponents from other institutes, faculty or students from different fields, with the aim of expansion of their point of view and improvement of their debate skills.
Affiliated students can participate in internships at external organizations such as affiliated companies and national research institutes.
Affiliated students can also transfer to the “Wise program” supported by MEXT.
Strong connections to industry and research institutes at home and abroad have already been established through joint research, education and research guidance with collaborating institutes. As a wide range of feedback from industry has been incorporated since the early stage of planning of this program, the curricula are designed so as to develop professionals from the viewpoint of the qualities that industry seeks in employees. This assures a career path in industry after students complete the program.