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SDG Professional Course

~Getting to Know the Course~

Lecturer Interview — with Prof. Takimoto Koichi

Introduction

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Prof. Takimoto is the chief director of the SDG Professional Course, and head of the Center for International Exchange and Education at Nagaoka University of Technology.

We are grateful to hear his ideas and thoughts about the Course and also his impression about the students of the first graduating class.

Interview Q&A

1. Please let us know the characteristics and/or point of recommendation about the SDG-P Course.

On one hand, engineering graduate students are very much interested in research. They wish to place majority of their time and effort on their research work in the selected topic and field. It is also true that one cannot achieve anything without focusing on one thing.

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On the other hand, we are now facing potentially catastrophic social, economical, and environmental issues, illustrated by SDGs. We kept these notions in our mind when setting up SDG Professional Course. The established SDG Professional Course, therefore, allow students to be fully engaged in their research projects, while they provide chances for students to understand and work on real issues facing the world today.

For example, one class in the Master’s course exposes students to interactions and complexities of SDGs, which they would not nevertheless think deeply about by working on their own field. Likewise, students in Doctoral course are required to propose possible applications of their own research work to solve/improve SDG-related issues.

2. Please let us know the content of the SDG-P Course subject you are responsible for.

I teach a Master’s student class in SDG professional course, "SDGs-recognizing limitations and challenges-".

In this class, I overview current conditions of natural systems, and their connections to social and economical issues.

3. What was your impression towards the first graduating class of SDG-P Course students?

I feel very fortunate to have had these students. They are smart, pleasant, supportive of others, and passionate about their research and SDGs. Although I am unfamiliar with their field of thesis work, all supervisors whom I spoke to have said highly of them.

Having them in this campus clearly gave positive impacts on other students, on the university and on the community.

4. What would you like to tell students who are thinking of taking the Course?

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Nagaoka University of Technology maintains a diverse student body with about 12% foreign students from 20 countries, and Japanese students from Hokkaido to Okinawa. It is rather unique as a relatively small university of around 2000 students in a local city. These conditions give us cohesiveness with diversity.

As I explained above, SDG Professional Course allows students to focus on their selected research while providing chances to realize and think deeply about the significance and challenges of applying their knowledge and skills to work on SDGs.

The Course is suitable for those who wish to pursue academic or industrial careers in various engineering fields, and it is currently supported by MEXT and university’s own scholarships.

September 17, 2021


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