Discussing ideas with different people in different venues
Students in SiMS are provided with an environment where they can get on with their studies while discussing their ideas with different people in different venues. A major feature of SiMS is that students are required to design their own coursework under the guidance of a mentor, who is a former company executive. Students are offered various classes, including a literacy class where students can develop their consciousness of environmental issues and sustainability; an interdisciplinary class where students in material science can improve their knowledge of systems engineering and students in systems engineering can improve their knowledge of material science; and an ideation class where through camp training, students can develop system thinking (ability to look at complicated things from a panoramic view), design thinking (ability to create new ideas) and management capabilities (ability to convert systems and ideas into tangible forms). In the ideation class, students learn how to come up with ways to build ideas while holding detailed discussions with researchers, entrepreneurs, leaders in the industrial world and other distinguished people. Several selected top students will participate in a joint ideation workshop to be held in Brown University to experience discussions in English.
An open environment through cooperation with the industrial world and complete support from universities
SiMS has an open structure where students are nurtured in cooperation with the industrial world. Each student is guided not by a single instructor, but by a mentor who is a former company executive acting as an industrial leader together with a research instructor. In other words, students are nurtured by industry-academia collaboration. In the entrepreneurship class to develop students’ corporate sentiment and sense, former company executives and present company employees act as instructors. Another important feature of SiMS is overseas support from instructors who receive students to participate in overseas internship programs and out-of-campus advisors invited to introduce the viewpoint of the industrial world into program preparation and degree evaluation.
Osaka Prefecture University and Osaka City University plan to continue this type of human resources development system into the future and, to provide university-wide support for the system, create a new department for it within the course period.
(Appendix) Curricula and Accreditation of the SiMS Program