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.

Time Table

(Appendix) Curricula and Accreditation of the SiMS Program

(Appendix) Curriculum and Accreditation of the SiMS Program for International Students Courses Subject title Number of Credits *mark is compulsory Academic year Number of credits for designated subjects, etc
Total 18 credits or more including 10 credits for compulsory subjects
Literacy courses Scientific Literacy *2(Compulsory) 1-2 4 credits or more
Studies on International Environmental Issues 2 1-2
Special Seminar for Scenario Task Oriented Planning 2 1-2
Technology-based Entrepreneurship Course *2
Interdisciplinary courses Multi-layered, interdisciplinary research Special SiMS Research *2
1-2 2 credits
Basics of Material Science (To be taken by System majors) Introduction to System-inspired Material Science 2 1-2 In light of the curriculum in each department, students are required to select either the Basics of Material Science or the Basics of Systems Science.


4 credits or more from the course designated by each department

Introduction to Science and Engineering of Material for Energy 2 1-2
Introduction to Electronics Materials Science 2 1-2
Introduction to Biomolecular Sciences 2 1-2
Introduction to Process System 2 1-2
Introduction to Bio-related Systems 2 1-2
Introduction to Applied Chemistry I (for foreign students) 2 1-2
Introduction to Applied Chemistry III (for foreign students) 2 1-2
Basics of System Science
(To be taken by Material Science majors)
Introduction to System Engineering 2 1-2
Introduction to Energy Systems Analysis 2 1-2
Introduction to Information System 2 1-2
Introduction to Energy Power System 2 1-2
Introduction to Communication Systems 2 1-2
Introduction to Bioinformatics 2 1-2
Introduction to Intelligent Information Systems I (for foreign students) 2 1-2
Introduction to Intelligent Information systems II (for foreign students) 2 1-2
Ideation courses Special Seminar for Strategic Reasoning and Thinking *2
1-2 2 credits or more
Ideation and Globalization Workshop 2 3-5
Global courses Special Seminar for Global Communication 2 1-2 2 credits or more
Global Leadership Workshop *2
Entrepreneurship courses Special Seminar for Business Planning based on System-inspired Material Science 2 3-5 4 credits or more including 2 courses
(2 credits)
8 courses marked*
Technology-based Entrepreneurship Course-I(TEC-I) 2 3-5
Technology-based Entrepreneurship Course-IIA (TEC-IIA)〔MOT Basic〕 *1 3-5
Technology-based Entrepreneurship Course-IIB (TEC-IIB)〔MOT Consulting Basic〕 *1 3-5
Technology-based Entrepreneurship Course-IIC (TEC-IIC)〔Intellectual Property Plan〕 *1 3-5
Technology-based Entrepreneurship Course-IID(TEC-IID)〔Ideation Seminar〕 *1 3-5
Technology-based Entrepreneurship Course-IIE (TEC-IIE) 〔Management and Marketing〕 *1 3-5
Technology-based Entrepreneurship Course-IIF (TEC-IIF) 〔Venture Business & Entrepreneurship Basic〕 *1 3-5
Technology-based Entrepreneurship Course-IIG (TEC-IIG)〔Special Seminar for Leadership〕 *1 3-5
Technology-based Entrepreneurship Course-IIH (TEC-IIH)〔Special Seminar for Leadership〕 *1 3-5
Technology-based Entrepreneurship Course-III (TEC-III) 〔Company Research〕 2 3-5
Technology-based Entrepreneurship Course-IV (TEC-IV) 〔Research Leader Development〕 2 3-5