Student Application Guidelines
|Schedule for application and screening|
|Application period||February 19 – 21, 2014|
|Examination date||March 1st and 2nd, 2014|
|Announcement ofExamination results||March 14, 2014|
1. Program Outline
As the industry grows increasingly competitive, there is an increasing need for researchers with a high level of education who can demonstrate strong leadership in the global community so as to realize 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 are both highly creative and internationally attuned and will play leading roles in the academic, industrial and governmental sectors around the globe. In an effort to achieve this goal, we offer the “Graduate Course for System-inspired Leaders in Material Science,” a five-year straight doctoral course designed to foster leaders with a global perspective for the industrial community.
Objectives of this Program
We aim to foster researchers equipped with the following abilities and characteristics:
- Ability for “thinking inspired by systems and/or values”, i.e. taking a holistic view of complex events or phenomenon; “design thinking” to come up with new ideas; and “management skills” to flesh out these ideas.
- Entrepreneurship to link cutting-edge academic achievements with industrial innovations.
- Ability to design research strategies stemming from multilevel interdisciplinary ideas inspired by “koto-zukuri (value creation)” and formed through higher reasoning and thinking based on a deep knowledge of material science.
- Ability to communicate effectively and to take a strong leadership role in the global community, thereby having one’s own ideas disseminated and deeply rooted in society.
multi-level structure of electronics encompassing materials, devices and systems. In electronics, its lower level is treated as a black box except for input /output features and also as a component of its higher level. In this way, technological innovation has been promoted by a highly efficient education system of researchers in each individual level. However, in recent years, new concepts of materials are appearing and the shift in the industrial structure focusing on “koto-zukuri (value creation)” is under way. Against such a backdrop, it is getting increasingly difficult to meet new challenges within the conventional technology framework. Furthermore, promotion of strategic research based on multi-level interdisciplinary ideas, driven by the feedback from systems and businesses transcending the standpoint of business seeds or a technical combination of layers, is becoming an essential element in developing sustainable and internationally competitive industries focusing on “koto-zukuri (value creation),” as well as industries underpinning a sustainable society that is safe and secure instead of industries merely focused on supplying cheap products. In light of the current situation in which the advantageous position of Japanese industries are increasingly challenged in the international arena, there is an increasing need for highly educated research leaders, who can unleash the practice of “monozukuri” or a Japanese way of manufacturing high-value added products, which has been confined to a specific layer, and take it to a higher level by introducing the idea of “koto (value)” into the development process of “mono (goods).” Such research leaders should also be able to map out an innovative, system-oriented R & D strategy based on a combination of the layers of material, functional molecule/device and the systems, which controls them. It is an urgent task for Japan to construct an education system.
In light of the awareness of the issues mentioned above, for this Leading Program, which aims to educate system-inspired leaders for material science, who can link the achievement of fundamental R&D with proficient entrepreneurship; design research strategies stemming from multilevel interdisciplinary ideas inspired by “koto-zukuri (value creation)” and formed through higher reasoning and thinking based on the deep knowledge of material science; and bring about innovations worthy of global recognition using their fundamental research accomplishments, we hope to recruit students who are highly motivated as follows:
- Students who are deeply committed to the academic world; love people and nature; can tenaciously confront the problems lying ahead in the industrial community obstructing a sustainable growth and world peace; and are keenly conscious about the preservation of the global environment.
- Students who can undauntedly collect/disseminate information in the global environment and manage them.
- Students with an entrepreneurial mindset eager to link cutting-edge academic achievements with industrial innovation.
- Students with the potential to become industrial leaders who can contribute to the development of a new industry with proficient entrepreneurship.
- Students who can take a holistic view on material science inspired by systems so that new findings can be made.
- Students highly motivated and capable of designing one’s own course-work and research plan for oneself so as to acquire the knowledge necessary to solve the problems confronted by the global society as well as industry.
[Curriculum Policy (Curriculum organization and implementation policy)]
- The five-year straight curriculum will be organized with the objective of achieving the goals set forth by the “Graduate Course for System-inspired Leaders in Material Science.”
- We aim to foster system-inspired leaders for material science, who can link the achievement of fundamental R&D with proficient entrepreneurship; design research strategies stemming from multilevel interdisciplinary ideas inspired by “koto-zukuri (value creation)” and formed through higher reasoning and thinking based on the deep knowledge of material science; and bring about industrial innovations worthy of global recognition using their fundamental research accomplishments.
- Based on a general education in philosophy and ethics of science that will help students to take a holistic viewpoint of science, interdisciplinary courses including the Basics of Material Science and System Science are offered.
- Through education in the interdisciplinary courses (Basics of Materials Science, Basics of System Science, Project & Laboratory rotation,), students will be exposed to a broad range of disciplines, which will enable them to think holistically and raise questions flexibly. This will help students to create value and design research strategies from multilevel interdisciplinary ideas and through higher reasoning and thinking based on the deep knowledge of material science.
[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 various fields. Those enrolled in our program will be able to (1) cultivate the abilities to identify, evaluate and solve problems; (2) develop creativity and personality; and (3) acquire general knowledge, expertise, as well as high ethical standards, based on the following qualities obtained through our education in line with the ultimate goals mentioned above:
- Basic knowledge of materials science required to lead a specialized field in materials science.
- Ability to design research strategies stemming from multilevel interdisciplinary ideas inspired by “koto-zukuri (value creation)”
- Ability to link the achievement of fundamental R&D and a new industry with proficient entrepreneurship
- Ability to disseminate one’s ideas widely and have them deeply rooted in the global community through strong leadership.
Those who have successfully earned a doctoral degree will be awarded with the diploma with reference to the “Graduate Course for System-inspired Leaders in Material Science.”
In this program, the major criteria for assessment will be whether a student has been able to (1) discover problems in our society or industry by taking a holistic view of material science inspired by systems; (2) design and complete one’s own course -work and research plan to solve these problems; and (3) foster an ability to achieve breakthroughs to bring about industrial innovations in such fields as energy science, electronics, and life science utilizing the knowledge one has gained throughout their course-works and researches
For more detail, please refer to the website of the SiMS degree program
2. The Number of Students to Be Admitted
|Name of Degree Program||Number of studentsto be admitted|
|“Graduate Course for System-inspired Leaders in Material Science (SiMS)”(Program for Leading Graduate Schools)||Around 20|
3. Application Qualifications
Those who fall under one of the following categories and commit to enrolling in the program if they pass the examination are qualified to apply for this Program.
(1) Those who have passed the entrance examinations held by any one of (A) – (L) below and plan to be enrolled in April 2014.
(2) Those who are enrolled in the first year class of any one of (A) – (L) below at the time of application.
(3) Those who have taken the examination for the Spring (April) 2014 admission held by any one of (A) – (I) below.
(A) Master’s program in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka Prefecture University
(B) Master’s program in the Department of Aerospace and Marine System Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka Prefecture University
(C) Master’s program in the Department of Electronics Mathematics and Physics, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka Prefecture University
(D) Master’s program in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Science, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka Prefecture University
(E) Master’s program in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka Prefecture University
(F) Master’s program in the Department of Applied Life Science, Graduate School of Life and Environmental Science, Osaka Prefecture University
(G) Master’s program in the Department of Physics, Graduate School of Science, Osaka Prefecture University
(H) Master’s program in the Department of Chemistry, Graduate School of Science, Osaka Prefecture University
(I) Master’s program in the Department of Biological Science, Graduate School of Science, Osaka Prefecture University
(J) Master’s program in the Department of Mechanical & Physical Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka City University
(K) Master’s program in the Department of Physical Electronics & Informatics, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka City University
(L) Master’s program in the Department of Applied Chemistry & Bioengineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka City University
4. Documents Required for Application
|Documents required for application||How to prepare the forms, etc.|
|1||Application form, Entrance examination slip, Photo slip and Resume||The forms provided by the University (Form 1) should be used.|
|2||Application qualification documents||Applicants in qualification category (1) should submit a copy of the letter of admission. Applicants in qualification category (2) should submit a student registration certificate. Applicants in qualification category (3) should submit a copy of the entrance examination slip for the master’s program.* If an applicant in category (1) lost the letter of admission and is unable to submit a copy, it has to be reissued. The reissue request should be made to the Entrance Examination Section of Osaka Prefecture University or the academic affairs section of the School of Engineering of Osaka City University.
An applicant in category (3) who has passed the examination for the master’s program after submission of application documents should submit a copy of the letter of admission immediately after the announcement to the address mentioned in 11. Contact.
|3||Reason for Application||The form provided by the University (Form 2) should be used.|
|4||Academic transcript||The number of credits earned in the undergraduate school by the time of application, assessment and assessment criteria should be entered.* Original copy
* Either in Japanese or in English
* An applicant who graduated from a technical college should submit academic transcripts of both regular and advanced courses.
* An applicant who transferred in the third year of a university should submit academic transcripts of the current and previous education institutions.
|5||Return envelope for an entrance examination slip||A self-addressed return envelope (12.0cm×23.5cm) affixed with a 380 yen stamp|
(1) No incomplete documents will be accepted.
(2) Documents submitted for application will not be returned.
(3) Changes to your application documents will not be accepted in principle once they are submitted.
(4) If any erroneous or false statement is found in the submitted documents, your admission to this Program may be canceled.
(5) Your personal information disclosed upon application will be utilized solely for screening purposes while the personal information of those who have passed the examination, including their test results, may be utilized for educational purposes in this Program.
(6) An entrance examination slip will be issued for those who have completed application procedures.
(7) No examination fee is charged.
5. Submission of Application Documents
(1) Application period
February 19 – 21, 2014
* When mailed, application documents must arrive by February 21, 2014. Write “Application documents for the Graduate Course for System-inspired Leaders in Material
Science” on the front of the envelope in red ink.
Send by either simple registered mail or Letter Pack Plus.
Use the address listed in 11. Contact.
(2) Submission hours
10:00 – 15:00 except for lunch time (12:00-13:00)
(3) Address for hand delivery of application documents
SiMS Support Office, Rm 1334W, third floor of Building No.A1
Nakamozu Cmapus of OsakaPrefecture University
(Access map: http://www.osakafu-u.ac.jp/access/)
(Campus map: http://www.osakafu-u.ac.jp/info/campus/nakamozu.html)
6. Screening Method
(1) Examination subjects
- (a) Small essay (Perfect score: 100 points)
- Theme will be announced on the date of examination.
- (b) Oral examination (Perfect score: 100 points)
- The first five minutes will be spent on presentation of your graduate thesis (or your current research subject if you are enrolled in the graduate school). Then, questions will be asked to test your knowledge. We will provide the equipment you may need for your presentation (computer installed with Windows7 (OS) and Microsoft Powerpoint 2010 and a projector). You may also bring in your own computer and other equipment for your presentation as necessary.
- (c) Interview (Perfect score: 100 points)
- Taking into account the Reason for Application already submitted and the small essay, questions will be asked concerning the Admission Policy of the SiMS Degree Program.
(2) Selection method
The selection is made according to the total scores of your small essay, oral examination, and interview. Applicants in category (3), who failed in the entrance examination of the master’s programs described in 3. (3) (A)-(I), will be excluded from screening consideration.
7. Examination Date, Time and Venue
|Examination date||Subject||Timetable||Assembling and examination venue|
|March 1st, 2014||(Assembling time)||(9:40)||Nakamozu CampusOsaka Prefecture University
Rm B4, Bulding No.West K-102
|Small essay||10:00 – 11:00|
|Oral exam and interview||13:00 – 17:00|
|March 2nd, 2014||Oral exam and interview||9:30 – 12:0013:00 – 17:00|
* Timetable for an oral examination and an interview will be announced after you finish the small essay at the examination site. Please be aware that your oral examination date may be different from your interview date.
* If you arrive up to 20 minutes late for the small essay exam, you will still be admitted to take the examination. In that case, please enter the examination room and follow the instructions of a supervisor. The examination time will not be extended even if you are late. However, if you arrive late due to one of the reasons outlined below, you may be admitted to sit for the examination if you arrive within 40 minutes of the start of the exam, and your examination time may be extended. In this case, also, please follow the instructions of a supervisor.
Permitted reasons for late arrival:
- You are late by 20 minutes or more because you were unable to get on/off board the vehicle which is normally in operation according to the designated timetable due to an accident, etc.
- Unexpected accident, injury, illness on your way to the examination venue.
* Items you should bring on the examination date: Entrance examination slip, writing implement.
* A watch with calculation or communication capabilities are prohibited.
* Your cell phone must be turned off. (You are not allowed to use your cell phone to check the time.)
* When the examination is cancelled or unable to be carried out according to the schedule because of natural disaster or other reasons, an “Emergency Notice” will be posted on the website of our Program. (http://SiMS-program.osakafu-u.ac.jp) Please check to find the necessary information.
* The emergency contact on the examination date is the same as the number listed in 11. Contact.
8. Announcement of Examination Results
(1) Time of announcement
13:00 – 15:00 on March 14, 2014
(2) Venue of announcement
At the entrance of Building No. A3 in Nakamozu Campus of Osaka Prefecture University and at the Main Hall of the student support center in Sugimoto Campus of Osaka City University.
The ID number of successful applicants will be posted on the venue mentioned above and also be listed on the website of this Program. (http://SiMS-program.osakafu-u.ac.jp)
(3) Letter of admission
After the announcement of the examination results, a letter of admission will be sent to the address listed in the application form of the successful applicants.
* No inquiry by telephone or e-mail will be accepted.
9. Enrollment schedule, qualifications and procedures
(1) Enrollment period starts on April 1, 2014
(2) Enrollment qualifications
Applicants who passed the examination and are enrolled in any one of the Departments (A) – (L) mentioned in 3. Application Qualification as of April 1, 2014 are qualified for the sign-up.
(3) Enrollment procedures
Details will be provided to the successful applicants in late March 2014.
Those who are enrolled in this Degree Program are qualified to apply for grants.
The support office of the “Graduate Course for System-inspired Leaders in Material Science,” the Entrance Examination Section of Osaka Prefecture University
1-1 Gakuencho, Naka-ku, Sakai City, Osaka 599-8531, JAPAN
TEL: 072-252-1161 (ex. 3076) 072-254-7852 (direct number)