The Core Curriculum

1. Group Project Exercises 1 – 6 (Graduate School of Science and Technology)

This course is most important in the core curriculum, only the course work that will continue throughout the five-year MMD system. The mentors, mostly a manager or equivalent or higher position in renowned Japanese industries and/or a local government provide RAs with issues to have been raised in industries and governments every Saturday. In a small group of RAs with a mentor, RAs will be provided with actual issues in a society and brush up their problem-identifying skills and planning and problem-solving abilities. Results of the exercise will be reflected as RAs’ policy proposals and/or a long-term strategy of industries.

2. Internship and Study Abroad (Graduate School of Science and Technology)

RAs will be provided with internships during master degree programs and study abroad during doctoral degree programs. As a foreigner in different working and cultural environments, RAs will develop and cultivate their independency, cooperative attitude and global awareness during one-month internship. In their study abroad, RAs will have a chance to deepen their major research expertise with a sub-supervisor(s).

3. Economics for Development of Super Mature Society (Graduate Schools of Economics and of Business and Commerce)

After providing an overview of the present state of the Japanese economy which has reached the stage of a super mature society, this course will discuss ways to advance technological and institutional innovations that have the potential of resolving the problems and opening up a new era. For that end, a number of business areas will be taken up as case studies, and the issues to be addressed in those areas in terms of technology and institutional arrangement will be discussed from a long-term point of view.

4. Aging Society (Graduate Schools of Health Management and of Media and Governance)

An aging society seeks for an improvement of health care, a review of the social security system, a creation of a lifetime working platform and a better usage of spare-time. This course will examine issues for these agendas and plan a grand design(s).
(Taught in English)

5. Pratical Intellectual Property Management 1,2(Guraduate School of Science and Technology)

As a future leader who has been cultivated in the present program, he or she will be expected to embark on a global business as a generation of new industries to achieve Quality of Life (QoL) in aging society with fewer children. Hence, a strategic use of global intellectual property rights system cannot be avoided during this process and collaboration among industry, academia and government will be expected to play a key role in the process. By adopting a case study method with an introduction of the cases that have recently become a hot topic, the course will offer and let students learn practical knowledge of intellectual property rights and management.

6. Distance Operation (Graduate School of Science and Technology)

A key element to accomplish QoL in a super mature society will be a distance operation. In this course, RAs will participate in actual exercises of the daVinci surgical system, haptics and motion capture system and in a series of discussions. Through their experiences in the technologies and discussions, RAs will plan a system(s) of a new era by exploring challenges for commercialization of these technologies.
(Taught in English)

7. Global Startup (Graduate School of Science and Technology)

Expected leaders in the drastically changing world will be required both to have an understanding of the real world and to be capable of discovering the hidden essence from a broad perspective of view. In order to become such an expected leader, one of the best practices is to learn the sprit of “Entrepreneurship”. By exercising a mock venture company, RAs learn, in this practical course, the fundamental way of thinking of successful entrepreneurs. RAs also visit and talk with such entrepreneurs at an incubation center during the course.

8. Communication Skill 1 and 2 (Graduate School of Science and Technology)

To build the total solution for global communication needs, this course will provide RAs with their individual English skills, including expressive and imaginary power, cross-cultural understanding skills, leadership skills and problem-solving capability. All classes will be taught in a small group.
(Taught in English)