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Leading Forum 2017

Forum 2017, Program for Leading Graduate Schools was successfully finished.

     Date: October20-21 (Fri.-Sat.)
     Venue: Nagoya Marriott Associa Hotel
     Host: Nagoya University


The Program for Leading Graduate Schools (Leading Program in short) supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Spots, Science and Technology (MEXT) aims to enhance the development of doctoral degree holders. This program is designed to foster students to become leaders who have high levels of specialization, are able to scrutinize society from a broad perspective, and who will play active roles globally, in the industrial, academic and governmental sectors. A total of 62 programs have been adopted in 33 universities throughout Japan from 2011, and this year is the last part of the fiscal year for all the programs that commenced with the inception of the Leading Program.

This forum focused on the legacies from the Leading Program for it was the last opportunity for all respective programs to come together.

On the occasion of completion of the first 20 programs for leading graduate school, we looked back on these years to recognize our achievement and how they could endow future graduate students with prospective opportunities. The forum displayed the outcome and skills that the students gained through their activities. Some program graduates shared their experiences with us to discuss how the Leading Program had actually influenced their career choices.


The First Day:
  ・Keynote speech 1: Michinari Hamaguchi, President,
       Japan Science and Technology Agency
  ・Keynote speech 2: Haruno Yoshida, President, BT Japan /
       Vice Chair of the Board Councilors, Keidanren (Japan Business Federation) /
       Member of Regulation Reforming Council

  ・Short presentations:Forum_CIMG5371_edited.jpg
    Students from the leading programs selected in
    2011 presented what they had learned and
    achieved through their program activities
  ・Panel discussion:
    Panelists from industry, government and academia
    discussed one of the themes for this forum:
    Legacies from the Leading Program
  ・Poster presentations by students:
    Students presented how to make use of skills
    they acquired through leading program activities
    and might apply towards career development

    LGS Program Participant:
      2nd year member: Hiroki Sonehara


The second day:
    Parallel Workshop:Exit Strategy, Curriculum integration,
    Discussion on diversity management

The following 3 students joined in this program.

2nd year member: Hiroki Sonehara (Impression): Interaction with Ph.D candidates belonging to the leading Graduate School program gathered from all over Japan was very exciting. At the poster session, we got a lot of constructive comments on our presentation aiming at medical implementation of personal genome analysis. I would like to continue discussing with Ph.Ds from all over the country.

3rd year member: Toshio Kanno (Impression): We listened to the keynote speech about the ideal model of the doctorate made by leaders in industry, government or academia and learned that the required qualities are not only specialized knowledge, but also the ability to overlook the market and to develop a new field. Issues about the economic problems at university and the occupational problems after graduation were shared with LGS students and were sent to the industry, government and academia representatives with an expectation of improvement. This forum was an excellent opportunity to learn about the abilities expected by society and share the problems students have been concerned about.

4th year member: Min Ma (Impression): In the Forum 2017, participants opened a big `dialogue` on the recommendations to industries, academic and educational circles. The presenters described what kind of abilities are required, the present situation in the academic world, and the PhD students' future plans. As leading program students, we entered into a detailed discussion on industry and academia in terms of exit strategies. My team, we suggested that `building the leading program Alumni and Career Network`. And our proposal was selected as one of the ten suggestions for the Nagoya Declaration. The activity showed the significance of the program for leading graduate schools and the importance of support by MEXT, and it also helps PhD students to make career choices.

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