Kickoff Symposium for SiMS Program was held. (January 24, 2014)
The Kickoff Symposium for the “Graduate Course for System-inspired Leaders in Material Science (SiMS)” was held on Friday, January 24, 2014 on the Nakamozu Campus of Osaka Prefecture University (OPU). The hall was almost full, with the participation of more than 500 students (650 participants in all).
The SiMS Program aims to foster global system-inspired leaders in material science with the cooperation of private-sector researchers and business owners who have been playing a leadership role in the industrial world. The Kickoff Symposium began with opening speeches by Taketoshi Okuno, President of Osaka Prefecture University; Yoshiki Nishizawa, President of Osaka City University; and Ms. Shino Inomata, Director of Office for University Reform, the Higher Education Bureau at the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). In her address, Ms. Inomata commented that the MEXT has highly appreciated OPU’s efforts toward this joint program, especially in terms of actively involving private businesses, designing the course with an eye toward development of entrepreneurs, and providing a wide range of internship opportunities in the private sector. She also mentioned that she has high hopes that many excellent students will participate in this program and then play a leading role in society in the future.
Following the opening speeches, brief explanations about this course were given by the Program Coordinator and faculty members from abroad, including the outline and merits of the program as well as the attitude and mindset expected of participating students. Guests from the private sector, ranging from distinguished business leaders to young company researchers (Ph.D.), spoke about the benefits of and expectation about this program from their own standpoints.