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Summer Camp 2017

Date:
August 26, 2017 – August 27, 2017
Location:
Marubeni Tama Center Training Institute
2-39-2 Bessho Hachioji-shi, Tokyo 192-0363

Proposal Competition for Super Mature Society

In advance of this camp, RAs, divided into nine teams, extracted issues related to super mature society and carried out field work. On the first day of the camp, RAs discussed the solutions to the issues extracted by each team with the professors, mentors, and graduates, and brushed up the ideas. Finally, RAs completed their proposals in Japanese and English and gave presentations about that in English.

The Winning Team

Name Grade & department
Shohei Okamoto 1st-year doctoral program, Graduate School of Economics
Yasuhiro Kojima 1st-year (2nd-major) master program, Graduate School of Business and Commerce
Takahiro Ishikawa 1st-year (2nd-major) master program, Graduate School of Business and Commerce
Yukihiro Imakiire 2nd-year master program, Graduate School of Science and Technology
Fei Ding 1st-year master program, Graduate School of Law

An Idea of the Winning Team

They have made a proposal with the vision of promoting and improving employment of people with disabilities. In the final competition, they proposed a scheme using Social Impact Bond (SIB) to actively utilize private resources and enhance labour conditions, including their wages. SIB is a mechanism which governments outsource projects for solving social problems as pay-per performance type, financing from private sectors.

  • Photo 1 of the winning team member (from the left: Mr. Ishikawa, Kojima, Okamoto, Fei, and Imakiire)

A Roundtable Discussion by Graduates

In this summer camp, we held a roundtable discussion by graduates who completed the Leading Program in March 2017. The graduates told RAs about learning from the PLGS and their job hunting, looking back over the five years spent in the Program for Leading Graduate School and working experiences in the workplace.

Final competition

Comments from Faculty Members

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Group Photo

Prof. Eva Wiberg, Prof. Viktor Owall, Prof. Olov Sterner and Mr. Richard Stenelo from Lund University gave a lecture at the Hiyoshi West Annex Building.They introduced education, research and environment of Lund University

On Saturday, April 22, Prof. Eva Wiberg, Prof. Viktor Owall, Prof. Olov Sterner and Mr. Richard Stenelo from Lund University gave a lecture at the Hiyoshi West Annex Building. They introduced education, research and environment of Lund University and then they had a question/answer session to understand what Lund University achieves and seeks.

Lund University is a comprehensive university, which has 8 faculties, Medicine, Engineering, Science, Social Sciences, Humanities and Technology, Economics and Management, Law and Fine and Performing Arts. They also have a vision: “a world-class university that works to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition”. They have conducted various research and have been innovating. For example, The Tetra Pak, Bluetooth and Nicorette have been developed from Lund University and their partner companies. They told us that innovation is occurred when sharing competence and discussing with others. Sweden has a law on intellectual property rights of ownership for academic staff. According to this law, lecturers, researchers and doctoral students own the right to their own research results. It helps Lund University to be innovative. They focus on education as well as research. For instance, they have various engineering programs and international master programs. Not only researchers but also students at Lund University made innovation happened. One of them got an idea of reusing shower for saving water and reducing energy.

Lund University is a most international university in Sweden, because 15 % of students and 40% of research students at Lund University are international students. Lund University joins several associations for universities. League of European Research Universities (LERU) is a network to promote European education, research and innovation. Universitas 21 is international network of 25 leading research-intensive universities in 16 countries. Lund University is open to others and promote diversity. They also have a lot of female students and the average age when finishing the Ph.D. is 35. It means that there are various students and teachers that have different background. Also, 90% of Ph.D. holders go to industry. The career of students at Lund University is various. Lund University regard diversity or different ideas as important.

We, research assistants (RAs) of Program Leading Graduate School (PLGS) at Keio University, could learn a lot of things from the lecture. Innovation come from different ideas and different people. RAs are from 10 different graduate schools and we have mentors who have different backgrounds. Therefore, we have an opportunity to make innovation happened.

By Yuma Sakakibara, Enrolled in 2017 Spring, M1, Graduate School of Science and Technology

Prof. Eva Wiberg, Deputy Vice-Chancellor.
Prof. Viktor Owall, Dean Faculty of Engineering.
Prof. Olov Sterner, Dean Faculty of Science.
Mr. Richard Stenelo, International Director & Deputy Executive Director.
Lund University
http://www.lunduniversity.lu.se

A delegation from Lund University visited the core campus of our program

On Saturday, April 22, from Lund University, Dr. Eva Wiberg (Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor), Dr. Viktor Öwall (Dean Faculty of Engineering, Professor), Dr. Olov Sterner (Dean Faculty of Science, Professor) and Mr. Richard Stenelo (International Director & Deputy Executive Director) visited the core campus (Hiyoshi West Annex building) of our program. They attended two seminars of Group Project Exercises (GPE), had a discussion with selected seven students, and gave interesting lectures for students, mentors and professors in our program. Especially, they had great interests in the MMD educational system (double-degree program) and GPE seminars instructed by mentors, mostly an executive- or manager- in their industry.
Lund University, located in the southern part of Sweden, was founded in 1666. It is known as a prestigious university (96th place in the Times Higher Education (THE) and 73rd place in the QS Ranking in 2016) and educates approximately 40,000 students.
http://www.lunduniversity.lu.se/


Lecture by Dr. Eva Wiberg
(Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor)

Discussion in the seminar held by Professor Shimazaki

Discussion in the seminar held by Professor Yamasaki

Discussion meeting with seven students

“The Hidden Human Model” Professor Yannis Stylianou, The Professor of Speech Processing at The University of Crete, in Greece, Department of Computer Science, and “My career” Professor Masami Akamine, The Mentor of Keio Leading Program.

On Saturday, November 26th, 2016, Professor Yannis Stylianou and Professor Masami Akamine gave us their presentations entitled “The Hidden Human Model” and “My career” at the Hiyoshi West Annex, the base of this Leading Program.

Professor Stylianou is currently the Professor of Speech Processing at the University of Crete, in Greece, Department of Computer Science, and since 2013, he has been also the Group Leader of the Speech Technology Group at Toshiba Cambridge Research Lab, UK. After obtaining Bachelor’s degree (in Electrical Engineering) from National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) Greece, he pursued his graduate studies in France and acquired a doctorate degree in Signal Processing from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications de Paris (ENST-Paris).

In their presentations, Professor Stylianou presented a model named “Hidden Human Model” as a way to draw our life with a hidden and an observation lines and with a circle as a wheel that advances our life. The observation line is the discrete timeline which represents our observable turning points and achievements. The hidden line is the continuous timeline which represents our invisible continuous efforts for our achievements on the first line. The circle consists of our principles or interests, and creates continuous events on the hidden line, which then produces the observations on the first line. Based on his model, he illustrated how to pursue our career paths forward. Professor Akamine told us how he had tackled a lot of obstacles in his life and encouraged each of us not to give up dreams.

All students in our program were inspired by their enthusiastic lectures. From their words, we learned the importance of changing the perception of things. Although we cannot necessarily do what we want to do, we can do things in the way we want. Professor Stylianou and Professor Akamine have hit a wall many times and overcome it by changing their perception of things. On the way to becoming a global leader, we will face many obstacles and this lecture will be definitely helpful and encourage us at that moment.

(By Keisuke Ujike, Enrolled in Spring, 2016, M1, Graduate School of Media and Governance)

HP address of the University of Crete, in Greece, Department of Computer Science:
https://www.csd.uoc.gr/en/
HP address of Speech Technology Group at Toshiba Cambridge Research Lab
http://www.toshiba.eu/eu/Cambridge-Research-Laboratory/Speech-Technology-Group/

Winter Camp 2016

Date:
December 17, 2016 – December 18, 2016
Location:
Marubeni Tama Center Training Institute
2-39-2 Bessho Hachioji-shi, Tokyo 192-0363

Learning Discussion Skills in English

In this camp, debate skills which RAs have learned in Conference Communication class were used to improve their discussion skills in English. RAs, divided into 12 teams, practiced debates on given topics. Mentors and faculty members joined each team and gave RAs advice. Having completed two sessions in two days, RAs have developed skills to state their opinions logically in English in a short time. All participants discussed each topic after the debate in order to deepen the understanding of the topic.

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「Strategy and Leadership in the Semiconductor Industry」Dr. Peter Ventzek and Mr. Jim Greenwell Marketing and Technology, Tokyo Electron America Inc.

On October 22, 2016 (Sat.), Dr. Peter Ventzek and Mr. Jim Greenwell gave us a lecture entitled “Strategy and Leadership in the Semiconductor Industry” at the Hiyoshi West Annex, the base of this Leading Program.

Dr. Peter Ventzek and Mr. Jim Greenwell are currently working at department of Marketing and Technology of Tokyo Electron America Inc. Dr. Peter Ventzek obtained his doctoral degree at the University of Michigan and completed his “post-doc” at the University of Illinois. Then, he joined at Hokkaido University as an Associate Professor, and later opportunity at Motorola in Austin Texas led him to have his present position. He is also a Project Professor at Keio University now. Mr. Jim Greenwell graduated BS in Aerospace Engineering and had MBA. After he finished his work as a Former Army helicopter pilot, he started working in semiconductor industry. He has experienced a variety of jobs, and now he works for Tokyo Electron America Inc.

They gave us a very interesting lecture on what has been and will be the role of strategy and leadership for development of semiconductor industry. Since they have been leading Marketing and Technology for Tokyo Electron in global field, the presentation consisted of very practical contents. All of the contents were helpful for our activities in the Program for Leading Graduate School (PLGS) at Keio University even though our field is not only industry.

In their presentation, strategy was explained as a careful plan and/or method for achieving a particular goal over a long period of time. Dr. Ventzek and Mr. Greenwell lectured specific ideas about strategy and essential components of leadership to utilize thinking of strategy in teams. The idea is not only important for industry and business we will participate in in the future but can be introduced to our present research activity and GPE: a core activity in PLGS to seek a solution(s) of problems Japan is facing now. By progressing our activities with the ideas, it is thought to be possible to make better results and more growth. In addition such practical lecture, both speakers gave us messages in the presentation and Q and A time including an importance and positive ideas about mistake. All of the messages strongly encouraged us.

The students in PLGS all have the same mission to become a leader of an international society and lead the world in the future. This lecture was extraordinarily important to give us precious ideas and strong encouragement.

Texted by Koji Kosai, Enrolled in Spring 2016, M1, Graduate School of Science and Technology

Marketing and Technology, Tokyo Electron America Inc.
Dr. Peter Ventzek and Mr. Jim Greenwell

HP address of Tokyo Electron America Inc.
http://www.tel.com/about/locations/tea.htm

“The Leadership Talent in Demand by International Organizations”, Dr. Mbuli Charles Boliko, The Director of the Japanese Liaison Office of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

On October 8, 2016 (Sat.), Dr. Mbuli Charles Boliko gave us his presentation entitled “The Leadership Talent in Demand by International Organizations” at the Hiyoshi West Annex, the water hole of our program’s activities.

Dr. Mbuli Charles Boliko is currently the Director of the Liaison Office of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Japan. After obtaining a Master’s degree (in Applied Psychology) from the University of Kisangani in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, he taught at the Institut Supérieur de Commerce in Kinshasa. He pursued his graduate studies in Japan and acquired a doctorate in International Development from Nagoya University. He also currently serves as a visiting professor at the Université Catholique du Congo.

In his presentation, Dr. Boliko discussed the lessons he has learned from his experiences in the human resource departments within the United Nations system and offered advice on what to do and not to do for students in search of a career in international organizations, along with several other helpful advices. A consistent theme of his lecture was the importance of a “sense of objective.” Dr. Boliko had a firm sense of objective from his early years. In order to achieve his goals, he chose to leave his parents at the age of 11 and pushed forward in the direction he had identified for himself. His words reflecting his own experiences really resonated in our hearts.

The students in our program all share a sense of objective: “to become a leader of an international community.” This lecture was extraordinarily important to give us a strong encouragement.

By Yoshikatsu Nakajima, Enrolled in 2016 Spring, M1, Graduate School of Science and Technology

FAO Liaison Office in Japan HP http://www.fao.org/japan/jp/

Summer Camp 2016

Date:
August 27, 2016 – August 28, 2016
Location:
Marubeni Tama Center Training Institute
2-39-2 Bessho Hachioji-shi, Tokyo 192-0363

Exercise Facilitation in English

In this camp, RAs performed facilitation exercises in English using the basic skills and techniques learned in the Winter Camp in 2015. On the first day, RAs were divided into 10 teams and each team discussed about the given theme. A professor and two foreign graduate students that we invited from Shibaura Institute of Technology for the camp participated in the discussions. Faculties including mentors joined these teams as advisors. On the second day, five presentation sessions were held. Two teams which discussed the same theme gave presentations in a session. Three RAs were appointed as moderators. Faculty members evaluated each team’s presentation. By conducting all the sessions in English, RAs were not only able to practice and review the facilitation skills and techniques, but also find their weaknesses in English.

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Professor Xiao-Li Meng, Ph.D., The Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University

On Saturday, July 2, Dr. Xiao-Li Meng, the Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) at Harvard University, gave a lecture at the Hiyoshi West Annex Building. Dr. Meng delivered a talk entitled “The Four Seasons of Graduate School” about his experience as the dean and had a question/answer session, which enabled us to better understand GSAS.

Dr. Meng was originally from Shanghai, China. His academic career started with his undergraduate degree in mathematics at Fudan University. From there he went on to teach at China Textile University for two years. After that, he went back to Fudan University and received a diploma in the graduate study of mathematical statistics. He was then enrolled in the Department of Statistics at Harvard University and received his Ph.D. degree in 1990. After ten years of being a faculty at the University of Chicago, he joined Harvard University as a professor of Statistics in 2001. He was appointed the Dean of GSAS in 2012.

In his talk, he introduced to us how the Harvard program has developed global talents. In his presentation, Dr. Meng quoted the phrase “To teach is to learn twice” from Joseph Joubert. In an innovative course for graduate students called the Graduate Seminar in General Education, graduate students work with faculty to develops new courses to teach undergraduates. One of the key points in graduate studies is a deep understanding of a graduate student’s own research. Teaching becomes an effective way for a student to understand more about his or her field as he/she needs to explain his or her field in ways that are easy to understand and also by incorporating real life examples. Dr. Meng introduced us to such a course he taught, the Happy Course. He also talked about a GSAS wide program called the Harvard Horizons, which provides not only an opportunity for participating graduate students to improve his/her presentation skills, but also how to communicate a discipline-specific topic to the general audience. Such training helps the student to understand his or her own study deeply.

For a research assistant (RA) of the Program for Leading Graduate School (PLGS) at Keio University, the second major master program is in a different field from the first major master program in order for him or her to develop a broad perspective. Moreover, we RAs who have been enrolled in PLGS from10 different graduate schools have been discussing with 12 mentors on social problems related to the “super mature” society of Japan. They are managers or senior executives of industries and local governments. Dr. Meng’s lecture gave us ideas and encouragement to study our professions deeply and find opportunities to interact with RAs from other academic fields.

By Yurie Kubo, Enrolled in 2016 Spring, M1, Graduate School of Media and Governance

Dean Xiao-Li Meng, Ph.D.
Dean
The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Harvard University
https://www.gsas.harvard.edu

Research internship in University of Freiburg, Germany

Wataru Yoshiki
Year: 2nd year of PhD candidate / RA2012
Belonging: Graduate School of Science and Technology
Destination: University of Freiburg, Germany
Duration:July, 2015 ~December, 2015 (Six months)

I have done a research internship for six months in Professor Karsten Buse’s group, Department of Microsystems Engineering in University of Freiburg, Germany. There were two purposes of this internship to: (1) enrich my Ph.D. thesis by experiencing the research theme which is different from the theme that I have been studying in Japan and (2) obtain an experience working in a global environment where there is no Japanese.
During the internship, I have tackled with one research project with a German doctoral student. Since The project was not the same as the theme of my Ph.D. thesis but was not so far from that, I was able to not only contributes the project but also learn a lot of knowledges and skills from the project. I believe that we were able to build a win-win relationship. When I joined the host group, I was surprised to see that most of people there were German (I did not expect such a situation). However, thanks to their fluent English and an excellent hospitality, my life in the host group was very comfortable. In addition, ‘Optics colloquium’ which was held every two weeks was very interesting because renowned European researchers were invited to the colloquium to give a lecture.
Besides research activities, I was invited to home parties hosted by colleagues several times and went to a Christmas market with the students in the host group. Thanks to these nice events, I was seldom missing Japan. In a weekend, I sometimes went on trips alone to other cities in not only Germany (e.g. Köln, Berlin) but also France and Switzerland. I enjoyed these trips very much. I am sure that I have learned ‘German lifestyle’ where both ‘work’ and ‘private time’ are enthusiastically pursued.

Department of Microsystems Engineering, University of Freiburg

Trip to Dresden with RAs

Christmas party

Picture with Professor K.Buse,