Educational System

The educational system of our All-Round Program for Leading Graduate School (PLGS) will cultivate a next generation of highly qualified doctoral students by combining their major expertise of selected research assistants (RAs) with (1) double majors for integrated education of arts and sciences and (2) an innovated education featuring collaborative efforts of academia, industry and government.
In addition to fulfilling all requirements for their the first and second major master and doctoral degrees, RAs are required to take the core curriculum of the leading program and to participate in various activities including summer and winter camps and internships abroad. Consequently, RAs will be expected to possess a broad perspective of view and vision and abilities to discover and solve daunting issues, to make a plan(s) and to execute all. To complete our PLGS, RAs needs to fulfill requirements for the followings: 1) a completion of all requirements for one of the existing graduate programs that each RA belongs to and 2) a completion of all requirements for the leading program as described above. Upon the completion of their doctoral program, the completion of the leading program will be described on a diploma.
The educational system of our five-year PLGS will be described as follows: 1) MMD system (joint-degree program); 2) the core curriculum; 3) activities including summer and winter camps; 4) a coordinated effort for each RA’s first major research.; 5) use of e-Learning Cloud System.

1) The MMD system under an agreement of the joint-degree program (the first major master degree, the second major master degree and the first major doctoral degree)

A key program of our PLGS is the MMD system where all RAs will be enrolled in the first major and second major master degree programs and then the first major doctoral degree program. To enable RAs to finish the five-year program of the MMD system, the joint-degree program has been institutionalized as an agreement of Keio University for our leading program, allowing RAs to finish two master degrees in three to three and half years.

2) The core curriculum of our PLGS

The heart of the core curriculum in the leading program is a course of group project exercise. This course will continue through the entire five-year program. A group of RAs will receive their guidance made by top-class experts as mentors from renowned Japanese industries and a local government. In addition, RAs will participate in internships abroad (each for about four weeks) during master degree programs and research study abroad (about a half year) during the first major doctoral degree program. These activities will foster RAs to broaden their perspective of view and vision and obtain their innovative planning ability along with their major expertise.

3) Various activities including summer and winter camps

Summer and winter camps will provide RAs with a meeting place where faculty members with different fields and mentors from a variety of industries and a local government all gather. Since all participants stay overnight under the same roof, RAs will be able to raise their abilities by participating in active exchanges and discussions among participants with various backgrounds and a wealth of experience.

4) A coordinated effort for each RA’s first major research

As a key class of the core curriculum in our program, group project exercise takes place every Saturday. A lecture series on ‘my career path’ by a variety of speakers with a wealth of experiences has also been provided on that day. There, effects of waterhole can clearly be observed when different values are exchanged and discussed. Therefore, all RAs get together with their highest priority in the program every Saturday. We have other activities including progress meetings on Wednesday, summer and winter camps and symposia, all events that can be remotely accessible using e-Learning Cloud system.
Giving a priority to the first major with a flexible timing of course works enables RAs to take all other classes of the core curriculum and maintain their coordinated efforts for course works in both the first major research and leading program.

5) e-Learning Cloud System (Cloud-type Remote Education System)

Graduate schools of Keio University have been located on different campuses, i.e., social sciences on Mita campus, medical sciences on Shinano-machi campus, science and technology on Yagami campuses, governance and media on Shonan-Fujisawa campus. In order to facilitate course works for the first and second major master programs and to allow RAs to take a given class on a different campus, e-Learning Cloud System has been implemented to connect different campuses simultaneously.

The Core Curriculum, 2014

subjects credits
Group Project Exercise 1 (required) 1
Group Project Exercise 2 (required) 1
Group Project Exercise 3 (required) 1
Group Project Exercise 4 (required) 1
Group Project Exercise 5 (required) 3
Group Project Exercise 6 (required) 3
Internship(required) 2(Spring)
Environmental Economic Theory 2
Economics for Development of Super Mature Society 2
Aging Society (recommended) 2
Aged Society and Health (recommended) 2
Policy Management(Human Security and International Development) 2
subjects credits
Macroeconomic Developments and Economic Policy in Japan 2
Practical Intellectual Property Management1 2
Practical Intellectual Property Management2 2
Conference Communication 2
Communication Skill 1(recommended) 2
Communication Skill 2(recommended) 2
Global Startup (recommended) 2
Academic Technical Writing 2
Distance Operation 2
Analysis and Design of Time and Space 2