The students completing the co-creative education course of environment and energy science are required to acquire the following abilities:
- Broad-based and specialized academic ability required for a comprehensive understanding of environment and energy, and a practical problem-solving capability.
- An ability to apply science and technology flexibly, pursue creative research and technological developments, see through the essence and the universality of the matters, as well as explore and discover new challenges in the field of environment and energy science.
- Global leadership and rich international communication skills in order to lead the knowledge frontier based on deep insight.
- Bird’s-eye-view to organically integrate science and engineering field related to environment and energy with humanities and social science field, along with the ability to utilize it.
- A passion and a strong spirit to take responsibility in the management of environment and energy-related business and policy proposals to national politics, as well as to contribute not only to Japan but also to the sustainability of mankind.
The acquisition of these abilities and the education at the Academy are related in the following manner:
Acquisition of expertise in the environment and energy fields and practical issue-solving capability
The Academy offers 5 co-creative courses, namely Advanced Energy, Next generation Energy, Molecular / Bio-environment, Global / Urban Environment, and Social Economy System, in 3 fields: Energy, Environment, and Human Social Science related to environment and energy. The expertise is enhanced in the co-creative course of one’s own major, and the acquisition of broad expertise is encouraged through the compulsory interdisciplinary co-creative course. In addition, specific subject research equivalent to master’s thesis and doctoral thesis research aim to nurture the practical issue-solving capability, and the expansion of a specific subject research to self-created thesis is expected to cultivate self-reliant issue-solving ability.
Ability on self-created subjects for creative research and technological development
The ability to set up subjects by oneself is required in order to create innovation from creative research and technological development in the environment and energy fields that transform spacio-temporally. In order to cultivate this ability, interdisciplinary bridge research, or specific interdisciplinary subjects corresponding to laboratory rotation are made compulsory under the interdisciplinary co-creative education program, so that students can experience crossing the disciplinary borders. Such experience is utilized in setting up self-created subjects separate from the doctoral thesis research of one’s own major in the doctoral course, which allows students to acquire self-reliant theme-setting ability in order to proactively conduct creative research transcending the disciplinary borders.
Global leadership and strong international communication skills
We have a mandatory Global Internship system, sending students mainly to 105 overseas partner universities of Tokyo Tech in order to nurture international communication skills. Furthermore, we invite well-known researchers and doctoral students from foreign partner organizations, and hold International Education Forum on Environment and Energy, which includes oral presentation by the students. In this forum, students from different research organizations, nationality, and research disciplines eat and sleep in the same room, set subjects related to environment and energy for each room, conduct joint investigation and discussion, and present the results, in order to further enhance their international communication skills and global leadership. Those in charge of overseas programs in different fields allocated as foreign mentors conduct individual interviews on a regular basis, in order to effectively strengthen the doctoral students’ international mindset from a global perspective.
Bird’s-eye-view as a leader and its utilization
In this diploma program, Leadership Development Course I is newly established in close collaboration with the business community. Development Course I consists of lecture subjects concerning the interface between technology and society, and educational subjects concerning international economy, international politics, philosophy, safety, religion, and law related to environment and energy, and aims to cultivate global bird’s-eye-view and the ability to utilize it, while being aware of the relationship with the business community, politics and economy.
Boosting the spirit of contributing to the perpetuity of the mankind
Leadership Development Course II, which is newly established in close collaboration with the industry, is centered on career path support, and consists of subjects related to technological strategy, business strategy, international strategy, intellectual property strategy, life planning, etc., in expectation of contributing to leader development in the business community. In addition, we hope to produce excellent doctoral degree holders to all sectors so that they can contribute to the development of not only Japan but also the entire world. To that end, media internship at newspaper companies and publishing companies, policy internship at policy organizations in Japan and abroad, including Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry (METI), Ministry of Environment, National Institute of Science and Technology Policy (NISTEP), Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) in UK, European Parliament, etc., as well as foreign companies internship to overseas bases of Japanese companies in emerging countries are made mandatory, in the hope that such dispatch will support diverse career paths through industry-government-university co-creation structure, and nurture a spirit to contribute to the sustainability of Japan and all humanity.