National University Reform Enhancement Promotion Project MEXT(Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology)
Tri-Institutional Collaborative/Cooperative Educational Reform Project


Innovation-oriented human resources fostering

Innovation-oriented human resources fostering

By utilizing the strengths of the industry-finance-academiagovernment collaboration networks based in the respective regions of the three institutes, we have established an industry-academia integrated campus aimed at improving and enriching the innovation-oriented human resources fostering project. In this way, the project will foster the development of personnel capable of reinvigorating local industries that have the potential to compete on the global stage.

Outline of the project

Promotion of the Industry-Academia Integrated Campus

We are building an integrated campus to generate innovation with a global perspective where the entire world is viewed as a training factory. The campus further expands upon the excellent track record of the industry-finance-academia-government collaboration networks based in the respective regions of both UTs and the 51 KOSEN colleges, and facilitates connections with overseas collaboration sites (such as universities and companies) through these networks. Here, students take the initiative in collaborative research and development activities that are jointly implemented by the three institutes and numerous local companies based throughout Japan. This campus aims to foster the development of practical and innovative personnel through innovation-oriented research and development activities, which are conducted by integrated teams comprising engineers from local companies, as well as academic staff and students hailing from different fields. Through these efforts, we are promoting the reinvigoration of local industries that are internationally competitive.

Fostering Innovation-Oriented Human Resources

Under a jointly developed educational curriculum, UTs and KOSEN are producing creative and practical engineers who are able to lead and support Japan’s monozukuri(the art, science, and craft of the unique Japanese approach to craftsmanship and manufacturing)culture. In this project, the three institutes will increase collaborations, develop a coordinated educational curriculum that links UTs and KOSEN, and foster the development of innovation-oriented human resources. To this end, this project has established the GI-net, which utilizes a dedicated VPN, and we are conducting investigations on the following:
* Development and promotion of Gigaku-based innovation-centered education and engineering design education programs
* Development of practical education methods and evaluation methods for engineering design ability and innovativeness

Gigaku Innovation Promotion Center

As part of the industry-academia integrated campus, NUT has established the Gigaku Innovation Promotion Center to facilitate the development of innovation-oriented human resources through industry-finance-academia-government collaborative research projects.
The center includes several departments to administer the activities of this project. These include the Department of Gigaku Practical Education and Core Network Operations, which is responsible for the development of innovation-centered education, as well as the development and operation of a core network for the project; the Department of Gigaku Innovation and New Industry Creation, which implements the industry-finance-academia-government collaborative research projects; and the Department of Integrated Campus Promotion, which plans and operates the industry-finance-academia-government collaborative projects, as well as promotes the industry-academia integrated campus.

Major Progress and Achievements

The innovation-oriented human resources fostering project is actively implementing education and research activities using the GI-net, which links the 59 nodes of the three institutes located throughout Japan with a dedicated high-speed communications line.
These activities include videoconferencing, remote lectures, briefing sessions, large-scale meetings, and education and research meetings. In addition, the project is initiated the development of practical engineers who can generate innovation through the shared use of the “Wide Area Information System for Education and Research”, which efficiently provides staff and students with an optimal education and research environment equipped with cutting-edge information processing technology; as well as through the development and implementation of an education program in the integrated campus that coordinates the continuity between UTs and KOSEN.