In order to train brain information architects, we have implemented an organic educational program that emphasizes collaboration, with the following features:
1) A research theme is constructed, based on the demands of society and determined by group educators and collaboration with industry, academia and government.
Group educators from our in-school staff, domestic and foreign universities and research institutions, as well as faculty from corporations, define an interdisciplinary research theme based on large-scale brain information engineering. These definitions also correspond to the various needs and career paths of the students.
The doctoral research theme is decided during the second year of the master program. A matching event is conducted with our corporate and research institution partners in order to determine appropriate research themes. The focus of these efforts is the development of projects that will be important for society. We enhance the capacity to tackle “Problems with no solution” by executing PDCA (Plan, Do, Check, Action).
2) A systematized interdisciplinary curriculum reinforces global communication skills, life ethics, as well as knowledge and capability in brain science.
We reinforce our Electronics-Inspired Interdisciplinary Education system for advanced interdisciplinary training in five fields: genome function analysis, bio sensing, nanophotonics, high-performance simulation, and brain information decoding. The curriculum is systematically organized.
3) Three stages of external internships are set in order to develop pragmatic leaders.
We make use of our foreign campus (Penang, Malaysia) during the first and second half of the doctoral program to impose the following three steps:
a) Brain Science Internship.
b) International Summer School.
c) Doctoral Program On-the job Training.
We strive to develop broad career path options across various fields, by having compulsory long-term Doctoral Program On-the job Training at universities, research institutions and corporate partners around the globe.
4) The four steps towards the academic degree examination
A doctoral degree in engineering as a “Brain Information Architect” is presented through the following four stages of degree examination:
1. Second-half doctoral program advancing qualifying examination
2. Second-half doctoral program Doctoral Program On-the job Training examination
3. Second-half doctoral program preliminary examination
4. Second-half doctoral program final examination
The academic degree examination is conducted by the Leading Graduate School Promotion Committee. This is an open organization comprising program staff and industrial, academic, and governmental members, with a primary focus on research achievement, international perspective and innovation skills development.