Student Application Guidelines for 2015
Schedule for application and Screening
|Application period||February 18 – 20, 2015|
|Examination dates||February 28 and March 1, 2015|
|Announcement of Examination results||March 13, 2015|
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.
Discoveries in materials science can radically change industry. This has been demonstrated by the introduction of silicon technology, semiconductor lasers, and magnetic memory devices, to name but few. These great achievements in the 20th century can be attributed to the 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
|Name of Degree Program||Number of students to be admitted|
|“Graduate Course for System-inspired Leaders in Material Science (SiMS)”(Program for Leading Graduate Schools)||Around 20including 4 from a category defined by 3-(2) below, along with a few from foreign applicants*|
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) – (O) below and plan to be enrolled in April 2015.
(2) Those who are enrolled in the first year class of any one of (A) – (O) below at the time of application.
(3) Those who have taken the examination for the Spring (April) 2015 admission held by any one of (A) – (L) 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 Quantum and Radiation Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka Prefecture University
- (G) Master’s program in the Department of Applied Life Science, Graduate School of Life and Environmental Science, Osaka Prefecture University
- (H) Master’s program in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Technology, Graduate School of Life and Environmental Science, Osaka Prefecture University
- (I) Master’s program in the Department of Mathematics and Information Science, Graduate School of Science, Osaka Prefecture University
- (J) Master’s program in the Department of Physical Science, Graduate School of Science, Osaka Prefecture University
- (K) Master’s program in the Department of Chemistry, Graduate School of Science, Osaka Prefecture University
- (L) Master’s program in the Department of Biological Science, Graduate School of Science, Osaka Prefecture University
- (M) Master’s program in the Department of Mechanical & Physical Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka City University
- (N) Master’s program in the Department of Physical Electronics & Informatics, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka City University
- (O) Master’s program in the Department of Applied Chemistry & Bioengineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka City University
|Documents||How to prepare the forms, etc.|
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 transferred in the third year of a university should submit academic transcripts of the current and previous education institutions.
|5||A return envelope for an examination slip (when sending an applicatin by postal mail)||A self-addressed return envelope affixed with a 392 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, the admission may be canceled.
(5) Applicants’ personal information disclosed upon application documents will be utilized solely for screening purposes, while some information of those who have passed the examination, such as academic transcript, may be utilized for educational purposes in this program.
(6) An examination slip will be issued for those who have completed application procedures.
(7) No examination fee is charged.
(1) Submission period: February 18-20, 2015
* When mailed, application documents must arrive by February 20, 2015. Write “Application documents for the Graduate Course for System-inspired Leaders in Material Science” in 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 lunch time (12:00-13:00)
(3) Address for hand delivery of application documents:
Leading Program Support Office (SiMS Office)
Rm 1206S, Second Floor of A1 Building
Nakamozu Campus of OsakaPrefecture University
(Access map: http://www.osakafu-u.ac.jp/access/)
(Campus map: http://www.osakafu-u.ac.jp/info/campus/nakamozu.html)
(1) Examination subjects
(a) Small essay (100 points for full marks)
Theme will be announced on the date of examination.
(b) Oral examination (100 points for full marks)
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 (100 points for full marks)
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)-(O), will be excluded from screening consideration.
|February 28, 2015||(Assembling time)||(9:40)||Room No. West K-102,
Osaka Prefecture University
|Small essay||10:00 – 11:00|
|Oral examination and interview||13:00 – 17:00|
|March 1, 2015||Oral examination and interview||9:30 – 12:00
13:00 – 17:00
* Time table for an oral examination and an interview will be announced at the venue after the small essay test. Some applicants may have to take the oral examination and an interview on the second day.
* Late arrival to the venue up to 20 minutes for the small essay examination is still allowed to take the examination, but the examination time will not be extended. However, if the reason for late arrival is due to such reasons listed below, it would be allowed to for the applicant to sit for the examination within 40 minutes of the start of the examination, and the examination time may be extended.
Permitted reasons for late arrival:
- Being late by 20 minutes or more because of suspension of public transport due to an accident, a natural disaster, and etc.
- Unexpected accident, injury, illness on the way to the examination venue.
* Items to be brought: Entrance examination slip, writing implement.
* A watch with calculation or communication capabilities are prohibited.
* Cell phones must be turned off, as it not allowed to use them 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 the SiMS 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 telephone number listed in 11. Contact.
13:00 on March 13, 2015
A3 Building in the OPU Nakamozu Campus, and the Student Support Center in the OCU Sugimoto Campus
The ID numbers of successful applicants will be posted at each venue, and will also be listed on the SiMS website: http://sims-program.osakafu-u.ac.jp/
* No inquiry by telephone nor e-mail will be accepted.
Successful applicants, who passed the examination and signed up for enrollment in any one of the graduate school departments (A)-(O) mentioned in 3, are eligible for the enrollment in the SiMS program.
(2) Enrollment procedure
To be explained at the briefing at 15:00 on March 13, 2015
(3)SiMS course will start on April 1, 2015
Details will be provided to the successful applicants in late March 2014.
Those who are enrolled in the SiMS program are qualified to apply for financial aid which is provided to support their living expense in Japan.
Leading Program Support Office (SiMS Office)
Osaka Prefecture University
1-1, Gakuencho, Naka-ku, Sakai City,
Osaka, Japan 599-8531
TEL: 072-252-1161 (ex. 3075) 072-254-7852 (direct number)