The Four Stages of the Academic Degree Examination

The Four Stages of the Academic Degree Examination

The Doctoral degree in engineering for the “Brain Information Architect” is qualified and achieved 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

Academic degree examinations are conducted by the Leading Graduate School Program Committee, an open organization run by program staff, industrial, academic, and governmental members, whose primary focus is on research achievement, international perspective and innovation skills.

 

The Degree examination system of this program has the following features:

1) Under the group educator system, we provide academic degree instruction and examine research achievement (science and technology qualification), communicative competence (international competitiveness) and the ability to create new developments that are valuable to society (social and corporate power)

2) We are distinguished from conventional academic dissertation-centered degree examinations. We approach the academic degree examination system with an emphasis on overseas summer school, as well as Doctoral Program On-the job Training during the second half of the doctoral program.

3) In order to guarantee (2) above, and based on the Central Education Council’s report “Graduate School Education in Globalizing Society”, we shorten the first and second half of the doctoral program to 4.5 years from the conventional 5 year term, and impose a six-month Doctoral Program On-the job Training period during the latter half of the second year to nurture the abilities required as a Brain Information Architect.

4) If a student’s report suggests that their achievement does not meet the minimum standard, the PDCA will point out specific issues that are causing problems and the student will be tasked to repeat some portions of the program as necessary.

5) The preliminary and final academic degree examination will be performed by the examination committee, comprising group educators, program staff in the specific field, and external members. All examinations will be performed in English.

6) TOEFL iBT68 and above is required to complete the program.

7) If a student is not qualified as a degreed student in this program at the advancement qualifying examination in April (the second year of the first half of the doctoral program) an ordinary degree examination is offered to receive a first-half doctoral program degree. The prospects of acquiring the doctorate in engineering must be ascertained at the time of the Doctoral Program On-the job Training during the second year of the latter half of the doctoral program. Arrangements for students below the program qualification standards should be taken into consideration.

 

Clear Milestones to Guarantee PDCA

We have a clear program structure with milestones during the 5 years of the doctoral program to implement PDCA, as described in the following chart:

 

Reporting and Assessment Period Contents

Overseas summer school reporting session

M1, October

Presentation of the global summer school achievements in English. Evaluation is performed at the Leading Graduate School Program Committee. Students who do not reach the minimum requirements need to go through additional programs such as a language improvement program and foreign trend surveys to improve their skills.

Second half of the doctoral program,
Advancement qualification examination assessment

M2, April

Assessment and evaluation of the research plans and motivation. It will then be decided whether advancement to the second half of the doctoral program is appropriate. Students who do not reach the requirements are moved to the first/second half of a regular doctoral course.

Second half of the doctoral program,
Briefing on Progress in Research session #1

D1, March

Report and discussion in English on the research achieved over one year during the second half of the doctoral program. The matching of Doctoral Program On-the job Training during D2 begins based on the result of this report. To students who have difficulties in proceeding, we point out the problems and set clear goals for revising their research plan during their Doctoral Program On-the job Training. We review their revised plan during the research progress report meeting II.

Second half of doctoral program
Briefing on Progress in Research session #2

D2, March

Report and discussion in English on the research achievements and the Doctoral Program On-the job Training during the second half of the doctoral program during period D2. Four members of the group educators examine and instruct on the doctoral research progress and future job matching. To students who have difficulties in proceeding, we point out the problems and set clear goals with additional guidance sessions.

Second half of the doctoral program
Assessment on Preliminary Examination

D3, December

The preliminary examination is conducted. Seven examiners are nominated, from group educators in the Leading Graduate School Education Program Committee, one from industry, one from overseas and one from in-school staff of a different major. The examination is judged by the result of the presentation in English and includes a Q&A session. Students who do not pass the examination are moved back to the second half doctoral program.

Second half of the doctoral program

Final Examination

D3, February

Seven examiners are nominated by the Leading Graduate School Program Committee to conduct the final degree examination (same preliminary examination).

 

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