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.
During the first and second half of the doctoral program, we strive to develop broad career path options across various fields by having the following three steps of compulsory long-term Doctoral Program On-the job Training at universities, research institutions and corporate partners around the globe.
- Brain Science Internship.
- International Summer School.
- Doctoral Program On-the job Training.
(4) The six steps towards the academic degree examination
A degree of “Doctor of Engineering” as a “Brain Information Architect” is confered through the following six stages of academic degree examination:
- Preliminary qualifying examination advancing second-half doctoral program
- Qualifying examination advancing second-half doctoral program
- Qualifying exaination for Doctoral Program On-the Job Training of second-half doctoral program
- Qualifying exaination on research progress
- Preliminary defense
- Final defense
The academic degree examinations are conducted including the group educators whose primary focus is on research achievement, international perspective and innovation skills.