A guide to completion of a doctoral program

The broad qualifications, (1) to (3), below are required for the doctoral program to be completed. It is indispensable for a doctoral candidate to grow and to nurture one's ability while acquiring knowledge pertinent to one's chosen field.

(1) An independent researcher who develops and promotes creative research on his own.
(2) A researcher and technical expert with the abilities to manage, to plan, and to guide the process of research and product development.
(3) A technical expert with a wide field of vision and abilities, able to synthesize complicated physical systems, and pursue the development of the effective use of social systems.

This doctoral program is comprised of three important components (shown below as a, b, c),with four units allocated to each component.

a) Improvement of one's research and promoting ability.
b) Acquisition of expert knowledge and skills.
c) Cultivation of a synthetic view.

To a), Special Experimentation (required: 4 units)

Students grapple with their own research theme under the guidance of an advisory group, and through their research experience, acquire the 'know-how' of promoting research while developing their own ability of finding and solving problems, etc. Through this process, the core of a degree thesis will be created.

To b), Lecture A (required: 2 units) and Special Practice (required: 2 units).

Lecture A centers on up-to-date research and original theory which relate directly to the field of one's research theme, and aims at improving professional technical scholarship. In special practical training, within this university's academy-industry-government cooperation innovation organization, and at research and development facilities in the region, we cultivate the abilities of research planning management, and research accomplishment. Also, through experiencing research procedures, in acquiring the latest research skills, and in gathering research information relating to one's research field, the development of 'learning, experiencing, and thinking,' is advanced.

To c), Special Seminar (required: 2 units), Lecture B (elective: more than 2 units), and Comprehensive Special Lecture (elective: 2 units)

Special Seminar focuses on other research and development organizations, factory manufacturing job sites, and on such places like hospitals that request technical support. We cultivate a broad field of vision on the present day situation and on research on both sides of science and engineering, on the 'Needs Seeds ' of research and technical development, and on the physical and engineered contributions to human society. Lecture B is a group of classes that form a broad base to one's special field. The Comprehensive Special Lecture (Social Open Seminar) is a seminar that includes all teaching staff who belong to the major as well as researchers and technical experts outside the university; it is a place where students acquire broad knowledge on such areas as academic standards, research technical development, and character maturation.

Also, students in the doctoral program have the opportunity to present their thesis in the lecture. This group of classes is a place where inspiring and interchanging ideas is a means of further education. We aim to form an extensive base concerning one's specialized field, and to establish a comprehensive view including the relationships between society and science engineering, and research methodology. Through high education standards, we cultivate the capabilities necessary to handle complicated, extensive problems.