Translate high-level research promotion capabilities into a driving force for the industrial world!

pict_portrait-01-01SiMS is a course where industry and academia jointly support students who dream of translating their high-level research promotion capabilities into a driving force for the industrial world and becoming global leaders. Acquire strong “wings” to achieve your dream by designing your coursework yourself, debating with many leaders and working hard with excellent research instructors under the guidance of a mentor.


Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka Prefecture University
SiMS Program Coordinator

Course overview and features

In SiMS, special efforts are made to nurture “system-inspired” leaders in material science who can utilize their deep knowledge of material science based on the idea of “koto-zukuri”—creation of “koto” or systems—and develop subdivision-integrated research strategies. To build a leadership training system that makes the most of the strength of the universities, SiMS focuses on cultivating leaders active mainly in the industrial world who have a tough business mind that can make strong connections between high-level academic research results and the development of new industries and who can build a “living” link from basic to applied studies.

Three challenges

  1. Nurture a new type of leader!Nurturing “system-inspired” leaders in material science
  2. Link industrial recovery in Japan with postdoctoral career paths!Course focusing on nurturing leaders to be a driving force for the industrial world
  3. Accomplish university reforms through a new approach to joint application!

    Establish a new graduate school to promote integration of disciplines in the integrated university

    • Multiple instructor system
    • Globalized education
    • Instruction system through industry-academic cooperation

In the 20th century innovation arising from material science, the sophisticated hierarchization of electronics such as materials, devices and systems worked well. In recent years, however, new material concepts that cannot be addressed with this technological paradigm appeared and a new research paradigm where the subdivided areas in material science and the subdivided areas in system engineering are highly integrated was developed. Furthermore, a shift in industrial structures such as “koto-zukuri” became apparent. Promoting research for the strategic integration of subdivided fields—not only from the viewpoint of integration of subdivided areas in technological fields and the creation of seeds, but also from the viewpoint of systems and business—is becoming an essential factor in building sustainable and globally competitive industries and industries supporting a safe, secure and sustainable society.

Considering these factors, to recover global competitiveness in Japan, there is now a real need for high-level research leaders, and building the development system to nurture such leaders, who can develop innovative, system-inspired research development strategies in which the idea of “koto” is directly integrated into the development of “mono,” or material things, release mono-zukuri from the closed subdivided area itself, and each subdivided area from raw materials, functional molecules/devices to systems controlling all of them is highly integrated . Against this backdrop, in SiMS, “system-inspired” research leaders are nurtured who can integrate innovations that could never be achieved from the viewpoint of a single, subdivided and closed area in the fields of electronics, energy and life science to build a “living” link from mono to koto.

We do not nurture researchers who have a research approach toward predetermined goals, but researchers who can create a new concept of koto-zukuri that gives them an overview of the social system.

Create a new picture of a leader!

To achieve the targets above, in SiMS, leaders in material science are nurtured in the fields of energy materials, electronic materials and biomaterials. In Osaka Prefecture University and Osaka City University, as part of their mission as public universities, study groups with global achievements in these fields have put their energies into maximizing industrial output by conducting both high-quality material science research and applied research and into building a “living” link between basic and applied research. In SiMS, system-inspired research leaders who will be the driving force in the industrial world will be nurtured by making the most of these educational and research resources. In SiMS, instructors in the systems and information engineering fields who have global achievements will act as a bridge between students majoring in material science and students majoring in systems and information fields, and participate fully in its expanded curriculums to practically link the knowledge of mono and the idea of koto. This is also one of the important features of this course.

Picture of human resources to be nurtured

What will this new type of leader who can create new industries and become a driving force be like?

SiMS aims to develop leaders with the following specific capabilities through the curriculums established by boldly inviting instructors in the system and information fields and from companies.

  • Firm basic academic ability in materials to act as a leader in the material science field
  • Design capability to build subdivision-integrated research strategies based on system thinking
  • Breakthrough capabilities to develop basic research into industrial innovation
  • Leadership and global information-providing capabilities to promote their own ideas to the world

SiMS aims to develop leaders, based on these capabilities, who can build industries that are globally competitive and can contribute to building a sustainable society.