Program Overview

1. Program Flow

  1. The themes submitted by the corporations are announced to Doctoral Student Career Center registrants over the campus LAN and participants are invited to join. Postgraduate and post-doctoral students are eligible to join, regardless of department. Team leaders must be doctoral students.
  2. Four to eight people are selected by the selection committee, depending on the number of teams formed. Teams are formed by mixing students from different departments.
  3. Those that are selected undergo basic study (2 credits), where they learn skills such as innovation leadership and logical communication. They also conduct an overview study on the target corporations to prepare for the corporate seminar.
  4. The corporate seminar will be held by the team coordinators and field coordinators (who are educators) along with corporate personnel and the students who were selected. They will elucidate and tackle issues for resolving the societal problems cited by the corporations. Guided by an interim report and other information, they will implement reports and presentation as final deliverables to the corporations, and then get an assessment from corporate management.
  5. Applied study will follow steps (3) and (4) (2 or more credits). Unlike basic study where the knowledge necessary for human resources that drive the organization, including leadership and management, is acquired, in the applied study, skills are learned through actually performing investigational research. And after applied study, the results of the corporate seminar will be reassessed from an academic standpoint.

2. Example of Possible Corporate Seminar Themes/Planning

[ Setting of Theme ]

Once the seminar themes are submitted by the corporations, corporate personnel and team members start planning. The themes submitted by the corporations will be centered on dealing with societal problems of concern to the corporation.

  • Environmental measures in corporate activities
  • Global expansion of the corporation
  • Social and corporate response the graying society
  • Industrial revitalization in regional partnerships etc

[ About Plan Content ]

The plan to be formed by postgraduate and post-doctoral students from the humanities and sciences will be established through consultations between corporate personnel, plan assessment committee members, and coordinators. It is recommended that technological, economic, legal, journalistic, and other viewpoints be incorporated. Examples of plan content

  • Planning of environmentally conscious activities
  • Formulation of international distribution plan
  • Formulation of R&D plan linked with international intellectual property strategy
  • Needs study on corporation for the aging of the society
  • Marketing study and strategic planning contributing to the promotion of environmentally conscious regional expansion etc.

3. Implementation System