Leading Forum 2013


January 10 and 11, 2014
KNOWLEDGE CAPITAL Congrès and Convention Center (Kita-ku, Osaka)

Fostering the next generation of leaders

The Leading Forum for the 2013 academic year is hosted by Osaka University. This forum aims to bring together students, faculty and staff in Programs for Leading Graduate Schools around the country to share information and experiences, apply them to the operation of their respective programs, build public awareness of the value of doctoral professionals, and forge new directions in research.
The forum began with addresses from Osaka University’s President Toshio Hirano and Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Higher Education Bureau Director Yukihiko Nunomura. These were followed by a keynote address by Japan Federation of Engineering Societies President Ayao Tsuge on “Ideals for Innovators to Create a New Society: Expectations for Doctoral Professionals in the Regeneration of Japanese Society”. Unfortunately, a sudden unavoidable  business prevented President Tsuge from attending in person, but his absorbing video address captured the essence of the Leading Programs initiative and fascinated the audience.
The main events of the forum were the “Next Visionary” student forum (see the Activities page for details) and the Staff Workshop for faculty and staff responsible for the Leading Programs all around Japan. The latter involved group sessions across six themes: Student Support; Quality Assurance, Evaluation, and Selection; Career Paths, Internships, and Academia-Industry-Government Partnerships; New Teaching Methods and Leadership Education; Initiatives in Interdisciplinary Education, and Globalization of Educational Programs. Proceedings also included panel discussions and poster sessions introducing the various Leading Programs, and wide-ranging feedback was gained from industry representatives and other delegates.

Quality Assurance, Evaluation, and Selection: Initiatives in quality assurance, methods for evaluation, recruitment and selection

HWIP was responsible for the Staff Workshop session on Quality Assurance, Evaluation, and Selection, with Professor Toshimitsu Masuzawa acting as session facilitator. Material for this session was provided by the following programs in addition to HWIP: Advanced Graduate Program for Global Strategy in Green Asia (Kyushu University), Inter-Graduate School Doctoral Degree Program on Science for Global Safety (Tohoku University), Graduate Program for Leaders in Life Innovation (University of Tokyo), Leading Graduate School in Veterinary Science for One Health (Hokkaido University),Nurture of Creative Research Leaders in Immune System Regulation and Innovative Therapeutics (Chiba University), Cross-Boundary Innovation Program (Osaka University). After the program representatives had introduced their own work in areas such as selection procedures and candidate evaluation, there was a lively discussion ranging across many themes, including how to identify outstanding candidates, how to attract international students, and how to deal with transfer and mid-course entry.