Course Registration Guide 2016 for International Students
Today, there is an increasing need for researchers with a high level of education who can demonstrate strong leadership in the global community to make our industry more competitive and to achieve a sustainable society through innovations. Osaka Prefecture University and Osaka City University have been selected by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Science, Sports and Technology as the center for promoting the “Program for Leading Graduate Schools” in order to foster excellent students who will play leading roles in the academic, industrial and governmental sectors around the globe. In line with this, we offer the “Graduate Course for System-inspired Leaders in Material Science,” a five-year straight doctoral course designed to cultivate leaders with a global perspective for the industrial community.
1. Goal of this Program
Given the difficulties in securing energy and industrial resources while aiming at the realization of a sustainable society, material science constitutes the major foundation to attain the industrial style, as well as lifestyle, that enable us to sustain a stable environment and civilization. A few examples of the importance of material science research include developing an innovative technology to efficiently gather, accumulate and utilize renewable energy such as sunlight, and an interdisciplinary approach researching life phenomena at the molecular level to solve health, food or environment related problems. As such, material science advances could become the essential force to shake up preconditions for a sustainable society and inspire new ideas as to what it should be like. Furthermore, from the standpoint of material scientists, it appears that a multi-faceted perspective, which is applied to discover materials that reveal their functions in systems or to develop nanoscience to deal with big data and other new challenges in information technology, is indispensable in order to meet the challenges to a sustainable society where multiple elements are intertwined. In addition, the establishment of a new methodology in material science, which is based on multi-layered, interdisciplinary ideas inspired by “koto-zukuri (value creation),” is also essential. The SiMS Degree Program aims to foster research leaders who can deal with the challenges outlined above by equipping them with the qualities discussed in the following section.
2. Objectives of this Program
The SiMS Degree Program aims to equip students with the following qualities:
- A deep understanding of the relationship between engineering and nature, environment, society, history, mankind, and culture based on an in-depth general education; a sharp awareness of the impact of science and technology on society and nature; a strong sense of responsibility towards society and a high ethical standard as an engineer;
- Strong leadership with expertise and systematic understanding of technology based on an in-depth knowledge of material science;
- The ability to design research strategies stemming from multi-layered, interdisciplinary ideas inspired by systems thinking;
- The ability to achieve breakthroughs, as well as the management skills, to bring about industrial innovations utilizing the output of fundamental R&D;
- The ability to disseminate one’s ideas widely and have them deeply rooted in the global community through strong leadership;
- Quality as a “system-inspired” research leader well versed with multi-layered, interdisciplinary ideas inspired by incorporating the idea of “koto-zukuri (value creation)” into the process of “mono-zukuri.” Such leaders will be able to bring about innovations in electronics, energy and life science, which will never be fleshed out from a perspective confined to a single layer of material science;
- The management skills to enable creation of new industries, which are internationally competitive and contribute to the realization of a sustainable society that is safe and secure, taking advantage of the knowledge obtained in this program.
3. Curriculum Policy (Curriculum organization and implementation policy)
- The five-year straight curriculum is organized with the objective of achieving the goals set forth by the “Graduate Course for System-inspired Leaders in Material Science.”
- Aiming to bring about innovations in such fields as electronics, energy and life science, which will never be fleshed out from a perspective confined to a single layer of material science, we have designed our curriculum to foster “system-inspired” leaders well versed with multi-layered interdisciplinary ideas through an education of how to incorporate the idea of “koto-zukuri (value creation)” into the process of “mono-zukuri.” Furthermore, we have organized our curriculum in an interdisciplinary manner and through industry-academia-government collaboration so that we can cultivate researchers who can conceive new ideas of “koto-zukuri (value creation)” utilizing the deep knowledge of materials and systems and apply a comprehensive perspective towards our society instead of just being preoccupied with research for its own sake.
- The literacy course in our curriculum provides a general education in philosophy and ethics of science to help students take a holistic view of science.
- The interdisciplinary courses in our curriculum (Basics of Material Science, Basics of System Science, Project & Laboratory rotation,) are designed to foster multi-layered and interdisciplinary research capabilities. Students are exposed to a broad range of disciplines, which will enable them to think holistically and raise questions flexibly.
- The ideation course and the global course, which are an essential part of our degree program, are designed to foster (1) “systems thinking” to take a holistic view of complex events or phenomena; (2) “design thinking” to create new ways of thinking; and (3) “management skills” to flesh them out into innovations in a comprehensive manner.
- The entrepreneurship course and the global course are provided in a mixed manner with focus on lecture, research, and exercises. Instructors include foreign scholars. We also invite instructors from the business community. Various issues in the globalized industry are raised with the objective of fostering the system-inspired ability to deal with them.
4. Diploma Policy (Assessment and Degree Grant Policy)
The ultimate goals of our program are the pursuit of truth and the creation of knowledge; the development of science and technology in harmony with the ecosystem; the contribution to the development of a sustainable society and the creation of culture; and to bring about industrial innovations in such fields as energy, electronics, and life science.
An education in line with these ultimate goals is offered throughout this program. In order for the students enrolled in this program to be certified for a diploma, they need to develop the abilities to identify, assess and solve problems; enhance creativity and personality; and acquire expertise and high ethical standards as well as in-depth general knowledge, along with the following qualities:
- A solid basic knowledge of material science required to lead a specialized field in material science;
- The ability to design research strategies stemming from multilayered, interdisciplinary ideas inspired by systems thinking;
- The ability to achieve breakthroughs and management skills to bring about industrial innovations utilizing the output of fundamental R&D;
- The ability to disseminate one’s ideas widely and have them deeply rooted in the global community through strong leadership.
In this program, the major assessment criteria will be whether a student has been able to (1) discover problems in our society or industry by taking a system-inspired, holistic view; (2) design and complete one’s own course-work and research plan to solve these problems; and (3) foster an ability to achieve breakthroughs and management skills to create industrial innovations in such fields as energy science, electronics, and life science.
5. Graduate Schools and Departments in which the Degree Program is offered and the Major names which offer the Degree Program
[Graduate Schools of Osaka Prefecture University]
|Graduate School||Department||Course Name by Department
which offers the SiMS Degree Program
|Engineering||Mechanical engineering||Leading Program Course|
|Aerospace and Marine-System Engineering||Leading Program Course in Aerospace Engineering|
|Leading Program Course in Marine System Engineering|
|Electronics Mathematics and Physics||Leading Program Course in Mathematical Sciences|
|Leading Program Course in Physics and Electronics|
|Electrical Engineering and Information Science||Leading Program Course in Electrical and Information Systems|
|Leading Program Course in Computer Science and Intelligent Systems|
|Material Science and Engineering||Leading Program Course in Applied Chemistry|
|Leading Program Course in Chemical Engineering|
|Leading Program Course in Material Science|
|Quantum and Radiation Engineering||Leading Program Course|
|Life and Environmental Sciences||Applied Life Sciences||Leading Program Course|
|Environmental Science and Technology||Leading Program Course|
|Sciences||Physical Science||Leading Program Course|
|Molecular Science||Leading Program Course|
|Biological Science||Leading Program Course|
|Mathematics and Information Sciences||Leading Program Course|
[Graduate Schools of Osaka City University]
|Graduate School||Department||Course by Department which offers the SiMS Degree Program|
|Engineering||Mechanical & Physical Engineering||Leading Program Course|
|Physical Electronics & Informatics||Leading Program Course|
|Applied Chemistry & Bioengineering||Leading Program Course|
1. Registering for the Courses and Earning Credits
Students in the Leading Program Courses must register for the subjects specified by the curriculum of the affiliated graduate school department as well as the subjects in the curriculum of the SiMS Degree Program, and earn the credits required to complete the respective curricula.
2. Curriculum of the SiMS Degree Program
The curriculum of the SiMS Degree Program is shown in the Appendix (see the next page).
3. Course Registration Reminders
- Signing up for the Courses, Grading, etc.
Course application, grades, credits, the academic calendar, etc., are specified by graduate schools of Osaka Prefecture University or graduate schools of Osaka City University.
- Registration for Interdisciplinary Courses
- i)Selection and registration for the subjects of Basics of Material Science and Basics of System Science
Basics of Material Science
(Eight subjects, including Introduction to System-inspired Material Science)
■Each student must select either one of the two courses through mentoring. (System majors must register for subjects of Basics of Material Science, while Material Science majors must register for subjects of Basics of System Science. In each case, students must earn at least four credits from two subjects.)
■Introduction to System-inspired Material Science is an introductory subject for System majors to study Material Science, while Introduction to System Engineering is an introductory subject for Material Science majors to study System Science. These subjects are not compulsory, but strongly recommended.
Basics of System Science
(Eight subjects, including Introduction to System Engineering)
- ii)Registration for Special SiMS Research (compulsory, two credits)
Special SiMS Research is a course that allows students to conduct research for about three months in a laboratory of a different field/specialization from the affiliated laboratory. The registration flow is as follows:
- Determine in which year to register for the course. Apply for the course at the beginning of the predetermined academic year;
- Consult the mentor (see III-3. Individual Mentoring by Persons with Experience as a Corporate Executives on page 16) to select the laboratory, etc., for the course.
(To search laboratories accepting students for Special SiMS Research, their research subjects and other information, click “Laboratory Rotation” on the SiMS website and then log in to “Special SiMS Research Laboratory Rotation.” The ID, password and when the website is updated will be informed separately.);
- Meanwhile, with permission from the research advisor, determine the desired period for taking the course;
- Submit the prescribed application to the mentor;
- The mentor and the faculty from the laboratory will discuss the application details and determine whether the laboratory will accept the student or not, as well as the requirements for acceptance and other necessary matters;
- The mentor and the faculty in charge of review from the laboratory will have a discussion and confirm whether the application is consistent with the object of the program or not;
- The mentor will inform the student of the results of the discussion (accepted or not, requirements for acceptance, etc.);
- Start to take the course (start to conduct research in a different field);
- Submit the mentor weekly reports during the course period, as well as a report at the completion of the course.
- i)Selection and registration for the subjects of Basics of Material Science and Basics of System Science
- Registration for Ideation Courses
Special Seminar for Strategic Reasoning and Thinking is conducted in groups of four to five students. Students must attend the first class session when grouping will be conducted.
- Registration for subjects to be taken in the third to fifth years
Subjects to be taken in the third to fifth years include the Global Leaders’ Workshop (outside Japan).
To take courses outside Japan, students may need to take such procedures as, for example, applying for a study visa, in addition to course application. Since each student has a different situation (host institution, training period, etc.), information related to course registration
will be informed as necessary.
4. Course Application Reminders
[Students of Osaka Prefecture University]
- Students must apply for SiMS subjects provided by Osaka Prefecture University online and take them at Osaka Prefecture University.
- Students may take Introduction to Communication Systems (provided by Osaka Prefecture University in the first semester, and provided by Osaka City University in the second semester) at either university. Those who desire to take the subject at Osaka City University must contact Academic Affairs of the affiliated graduate school department, because online application for it is not possible.
- Subjects in the standard curriculum of the department may not appear on the course application screen.
When a subject of the SiMS Program and a subject of the department are identical, only the SiMS subject will appear (see the table below).
For instance, Introduction to Science and Engineering of Material for Energy as a SiMS subject is the same as Advanced Science and Engineering of Material Cycling. On the course application screen, however, only Introduction to Science and Engineering of Material for Energy as a SiMS subject appears (Advanced Science and Engineering of Material Cycling does not appear). Therefore, those who desire to take Advanced Science and Engineering of Material Cycling must apply for Introduction to Science and Engineering of Material for Energy. Credits earned by completing the subject are counted toward the completion requirements of the field at the department.
SiMS subject title Specialized subject in standard curriculum as identical with SiMS subject (Field/department offering the subject) Basics of Material Science Introduction to Science and Engineering of Material for Energy Advanced Science and Engineering of Material Cycling (Chemical Engineering at Materials Science and Engineering) Introduction to Biomolecular Sciences Introduction to Applied Life Sciences (first year at Applied Life Sciences)
Topics in Applied Life Sciences A (second year at Applied Life Sciences)
Introduction to the Process System Advanced Process System Engineering (Chemical Engineering at Materials Science and Engineering) Introduction to Bio-Related Systems Advanced Biopolymer Chemistry (Applied Chemistry and Materials Science at Materials Science and Engineering) Basics of system Science Introduction to Energy Systems Analysis Topics in Energy Systems Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) Introduction to Information System Advanced Neuro-Science (Mathematical Sciences at Electronics, Mathematics, and Physics; Computer Science and Intelligent Systems at Electrical Engineering and Information Science） Introduction to the Energy Power System Advanced Electric Power System Analysis (Electrical and Information Systems at Electrical Engineering and Information Science) Communication Systems Advanced Information Systems (Mathematical Sciences at Electronics, Mathematics, and Physics; Electrical and Information Systems and Computer Science and Intelligent Systems at Electrical Engineering and Information Science) Introduction to Bioinformatics Topics in Bioinformatics (Applied Life Sciences)
- In the case where a student who enrolled in the Leading Program Course in the second year in the master’s course has already completed a subject that is identical to a SiMS subject and has earned credits for the subject, the student is automatically deemed as having completed the SiMS subject and earned credits for it. Therefore, the title, credits, and other information of the SiMS subject, not those of the specialized subject in the standard curriculum, will appear in the student’s attendance book and transcript for the second year and onward. The credits are counted, however, toward the completion requirements of the field at the department.
- Credits earned by completing the Technology-based Entrepreneurship Course as one of the literacy courses are counted toward the completion requirements of the affiliated graduate school department.
[Students of Osaka City University]
- Student must use the online registration system when applying for SiMS subjects, whether or not they are provided by Osaka Prefecture University, in a similar manner to ordinary subjects.
- Students must take SiMS subjects that are provided by Osaka City University at Osaka City University. However, they may take Introduction to Communication Systems (provided by Osaka Prefecture University in the first semester, and provided by Osaka City University in the second semester) at Osaka Prefecture University.
5. Taking Courses Jointly Offered by Graduate Schools of Osaka Prefecture University and Graduate Schools of Osaka City University
When students of the graduate schools of Osaka Prefecture University take courses offered by the graduate schools of Osaka City University, or vice versa, they need a student (Leading Program student) ID of the graduate school that offers the course.
[Students of Graduate schools of Osaka Prefecture University]
When students take courses offered by the graduate schools of Osaka City University, they must contact Academic Affairs of the affiliated graduate school to follow the prescribed procedure to get a student ID, and always carry the ID once it is issued.
[Students of graduate school of Osaka City University]
When students take courses offered by Osaka Prefecture University, they must follow the prescribed procedures at the Leading Program Support Office (see IV. Other 2. Leading Program Support Office on page 10) to get a student ID, and always carry the ID once it is issued.
6. Assessment of Progress
Progress in the SiMS Degree Program is assessed as stated in the table below.
|Assessment method||Assessment schedule||Qualifications for Examination and Defense|
|SiMS Qualifying Examination||At the end of the second academic year||Those who have earned 12 or more credits for the designated subjects, including the compulsory subjects, in literacy, interdisciplinary, or ideation courses. (See Appendix.)|
|SiMS Pre-Defense||At the end of the fourth year
|SiMS Defense||At the end of the fifth year||Those who are expected to meet the doctoral program requirements of the affiliated graduate school department and have earned 18 or more credits including 12 credits for compulsory subjects as shown in the Appendix.|
* This assessment may be given ahead of schedule to those who have satisfied the qualifications for the examination mentioned in the table above.
Students eligible for early assessment include those entered the graduate school in the second semester and who are currently enrolled in the Leading Program Course, as well as those to whom one of the following cases apply:
- SiMS Qualifying Examination
Those who have been enrolled in the Leading Program Course since the second year of the master’s course and have satisfied the qualifications for the examination mentioned in the table above
- SiMS Defense
Those who are allowed to shorten the period required to complete the doctoral course and have satisfied the qualifications for the examination mentioned in the table above
* Explanation of the date, method and other information of the SiMS Qualifying Examination, etc., will be provided in advance.
7. Requirements for advancement
Students must satisfy the following requirements to be advanced to the third year of the SiMS
- Finish the master’s program and get enrolled in the doctoral program.
- Pass the SiMS Qualifying Examination (SiMS QE) mentioned in the section 6.
8. Requirements for completion of the SiMS Degree Program
Students must satisfy the following requirements to be certified as having completed the SiMS Program.
- Meet the requirements of the doctoral program of the affiliated graduate school department.
- Pass the SiMS Defense review mentioned in the section 6.
9. Additional Remark on the Diploma on the Completion of the SiMS Degree Program
Those who have completed the SiMS Degree Program will receive a diploma of the degree offered by the affiliated graduate school department, which will have an additional remark on the completion of the System-inspired Leaders for Material Science (SiMS) Degree Program.
A transcript issued at the completion of the program will clearly state the completion of the Leading Program of the affiliated graduate school department.
10. Loss of Qualification for Enrollment
Those who are determined as being disqualified to continue studying in the SiMS Degree Program as a result of a review of their study results and attitude in the program will lose the qualification for enrollment in the program. However, this will not prevent them from continuing their enrollment in the affiliated graduate school department and writing a thesis at the department.
1. SiMS Program Grants
In order to help those who are enrolled in the SiMS Degree Program concentrate on their academic work and research, grants (non-loan type) of the amounts listed below (to be determined) will be provided to them upon application (application procedures will be informed separately) and after the prescribed examination, unless they fall under the following categories:
- (1) A recipient of a Research Fellowship for Young Scientists (doctoral Course: DC) provided by the Japan Society for Promotion of Science: JSPS (an independent administrative organization);
- (2) A recipient of a scholarship or a scholarship loan provided by the Japan Student Services Organization (an independent administrative organization);
- A foreign student receiving a scholarship from the Japanese government;
- A foreign student receiving a scholarship from one’s home country;
- A recipient of the university scholarship;
- A wage earner, including wages from part-time jobs;
- A person who works as a teaching assistant or a research assistant, other than for the SiMS Degree Program, or who works as such for the SiMS Degree Program for more than five hours per week and receive wages accordingly;
- The following amount of grants may be awarded to the recipients of program grants.
Academic year in the SiMS Degree Program Annual Amount of Grants First and second year Up to 1,200,000 yen Third to fifth year Between 1,800,000 yen and 2,400,000 yen
2. Education and Research Expenses
Expenses for participation in academic meetings and overseas training required in the course of the SiMS Degree Program will be paid within the limits of the budget. Application procedures for payment will be informed as needed.
3. Individual Mentoring by Persons with Experience as Corporate Executives
A mentor will be assigned to each student upon enrollment in the SiMS Degree Program. All students can receive comprehensive support from their mentors with regard to taking courses in the program, planning independent research, laboratory rotation, study abroad and other matters.
4. Corporate Internship and Career Path Support
Industry-University Cooperative Center of Advanced Education, which has turned out many doctoral researchers for industry, provides support in selecting a host for internship and designing a career path.
1. Purchase of Personal Accident Insurance for Students Pursuing Education and Research and other insurance
Those who are enrolled in the SiMS Degree Program must take out, for the period of their enrollment, Personal Accident Insurance for Students Pursuing Education and Research (Gakkensai) and liability insurance incidental to Gakkensai, or insurance equivalent to these.
2. Leading Program Support Office (SiMS Office)
The Leading Program Support Office performs administrative work associated with the SiMS Degree Program.
The office will provide information on registration, student support and other necessary matters, via email, phone, bulletin board, or other means.
If you have any questions, contact the following:
Room 316, 3rd floor of A6 Building
Nakamozu Campus of Osaka Prefecture University (Refer to the map of back cover)
TEL: +81-72-254-7852 FAX: +81-72-254-8293
Contact to the above 2. Leading Program Support Office (SiMS Office) about Conference and inquiries about Leading Degree Program.