Quality Assurance and Incentives through 3 Gates
The Academy effectively applies system that guarantees the quality of students; thereby gathers talents from Japan and abroad, and produces the next generation leaders who can lead the 2S x 3E era in the environment and energy fields.
【First gate】 Course entrance examination
(within 6 months from enrollment in master’s course)
Of the students enrolled in the master’s course of the existing departments, which is the basis of the Academy, those who wish to take this Education course submit a series of research plan covering the range from the specific subject research of one’s own major (equivalent to master’s thesis) to doctoral thesis, statement of reasons for selecting a co-creative course in a different field, as well as an essay on the image of a true global leader in the environment and energy fields. More than 3 faculty members from different disciplines closely examine the course admission request, and decide the students to be enrolled in the course.
【Second gate】 Preliminary examination to enter doctoral course
(within 1.5 to 2 years from enrollment in master’s course)
Enrollment in the doctoral course of the Academy is admitted following the submission and screening of specific subject research of one’s own major (equivalent to master’s thesis) and specific interdisciplinary subject research. Students admitted to enroll are permitted to take up global internship.
【Third gate】 Qualifying examination for Ph.D. candidates
(6 months after enrollment in doctoral course)
The qualifying examination to become qualified to commence a doctoral research, the so-called Ph. D. candidate, is conducted on the following items:
- Oral examination to test specialized and basic skills (guarantee of theoretical minimum)
- Oral examination to test issue-solving capability (set a theme and resolve the issue on the latest topic in one’s specialized field notified 10 days prior to the exam, and present the outline)
- Interview examination to confirm the qualification as a global leader (company managers also join as interviewers: Industry-Government-University co-creation)
Talented doctoral students who pass the third gate acquire the qualification to start the doctoral thesis research.
Admission of talented foreign students
Tokyo Tech has 108 carefully selected overseas partner universities, as well as offices in Thailand, the Philippines, and Beijing in Asia. The Academy actively utilizes the network established by Tokyo Tech, accepts talented foreign students, positions the admission of foreign students with incentive as Research Studentship, and globally distributes student application guidebook as an innovative doctoral education program in the field of environment and energy, in order to attract excellent foreign students. Students who wish to enroll as Research Studentship take master’s course admission examination and course entrance examination simultaneously, so that the quality of the enrollees is guaranteed. In addition, Tokyo Tech currently introduces 8 programs under the special program offering preferential placement of government (Ministry of Education)-sponsored foreign students (research students), including “Special Program on Advanced International Engineers Development for a Sustainable Development”. Foreign students admitted under these special programs are extremely talented, but we also recognize foreign students wishing to take the graduate school education course based on the education philosophy of the Academy as the recipients of the Co-creative education course, if they pass the course entrance examination.