CURRICULUM

Course Overview / List of Contents

From the following subjects, [1] Fusion-of-intelligence Courses and [2] Research Proposals are required subjects, and at least two subjects from [3] to [10] Elective Subjects are required. Students in undergraduate and master’s programs can also earn credits for these courses.

Curriculum Overview

Compulsory Subjects

  • 1 Fusion-of-intelligence Courses
    Development of presentation skills; comprehensive perspective; problem-finding and solving skills; communication skills and career opportunity enhancement

    In the Future-Creation (MIRAI) Course, students will engage in free, challenging, and interdisciplinary research beyond the framework of their affiliations and specialties, enhance their abilities, develop an interdisciplinary and bird's-eye view, and build a cross-disciplinary platform "MIRAI-SDGs" as a "place of emergence" to create new interdisciplinary research issues.
    (1) MIRAI-SDGs
    Doctoral students will select and register SDGs issue(s) related to their research theme. In this way, a cross-disciplinary link of course students will be created in each SDGs matrix. Next, (1) the contents of research themes and (2) issues to be solved by the integration of disciplines using the MIRAI-SDGs platform will be presented in Japanese and English summaries and 3min videos, which will be shared with course students, course collaborating faculty members, URA and corporate consortium members using online tools. In the MIRAI-SDGs platform, each student's information is grouped by SDGs issue category to form a virtual research area that transcends organizational affiliations.

    (2) Cross-Disciplinary Discussion
    The course students supported by this project, who cross the border to learn and discover issues in different fields, will watch summaries and 3min videos of other students to learn about research themes and fields of study in different fields of specialization, and will ask questions and have developmental discussions using online communication tool such as Slack, provided by the course. Each student will send questions via Slack to students who select the same SDGs issues as themselves, students with different SDGs issues, and students with whom they wish to communicate with a view to conducting joint research (at least 5 students in total). The students will then submit a report on common issues and new challenges they have discovered through questions, exchanges of opinions, and discussions, as well as on possible solutions and joint research. In order to engage in cross-disciplinary discussions with students in fields other than one's own, it is necessary to first acquire basic knowledge in the field, which will lead to the cultivation of an interdisciplinary and bird's-eye view of the field. The course collaborating faculty members and URA also participate in this exchange of opinions and play the role of mentors to encourage students and find the seeds of interdisciplinary exchange within the course.

    (3) Constructive Communication and Emergence of Fusion Research
    As the next step, students will make a more detailed presentation of their research submitted to the MIRAI-SDGs platform in a poster format. Students and faculty members will discuss "why the issue is important" in real time, and brainstorm to generate fusion knowledge to solve the problem. The faculty members actively participate in the online discussion and poster session, and serve as mentors to communicate with and encourage doctoral students from other graduate schools. This will create opportunities for connections between students in other fields and between students and faculty members, and for the emergence of cross-disciplinary collaborative research.

    (4) Career Development
    In order to learn from the field of social issues and connect with society, we invite members of the corporate consortium (institute director class, human resources staff, etc.) and alumni of the University who are active in various fields to the MIRAI-SDGs platform and Slack. By viewing the student summaries and watching the 3min videos, members of the corporate consortium will be able to learn about the connection between the SDGs and cutting-edge issues in various academic fields at Kyushu University, as well as confirm the potential of doctoral course students and identify outstanding talent. In addition, individual or group networks will be established between corporate consortium members and presenting students, and to have dialogue and socialize between doctoral students and business people. This will allow course students to gain a perspective on social issues from the field, and if the interests of both parties coincide, it is expected that this will lead to the formation of career paths and the search for possible collaborations such as laboratory tours, internships, and joint research. Using the contents of "MIRAI-SDGs," we hope that people in and outside Kyushu University (industry) will see and evaluate the potential of Kyushu University's doctoral human resources. Furthermore, we hope this will lead to the expansion of career paths in the industry and society.

  • 2 Research Proposals
    Development of Bird’s-eye view and interdisciplinary perspectives; problem-finding and solving skills; making effective proposals and planning; logical and critical thinking; and power to break through

    In order to cultivate the ability to conduct challenging and interdisciplinary research that goes beyond one's own specialty, students are required to summarize the current status of research fields that are not an extension of their doctoral research theme (different specialty) and adjacent research fields that are related to their doctoral research theme, etc.
    The student will also need to raise the issue of unresolved critical issues then prepare and present a research proposal to solve the problem and the expected results of the research.
    In proposing and solving problems, students are encouraged to work from an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary perspective based on the knowledge, understanding, and methodologies of different fields acquired in the "Fusion-of-intelligence Courses".
    Research proposals will be conducted by each graduate school and department. The implementation schedule and information sessions also will be announced by each graduate school and department.

Courses for Career Development and Training of Transferable Skills (Elective Subjects)

  • 3 Graduate-Level Integrated Project
    Taking an integrated perspective; identifying problems and finding solutions; identifying and dealing with challenges; planning skills; practical capabilities; research management abilities; power to break through

    【Scheduled to start in FY2023】
    Interdisciplinary creative research proposals that integrate are generated through brainstorming sessions in the Fusion-of-intelligence Courses will be collected. After reviewing the contents of the research proposals, research funds will be distributed from the project's general allocation budget. This will help to promote interdisciplinary research in the doctoral program of the university, create new academic fields, and this will lead to the development of young researchers who will be responsible for those researches.

  • 4 Interdisciplinary Courses and Sub-Major Programs
    Bird’s-eye view; Global Mindedness; Communications skills; Humanity

    By taking one course from any one of the following four groups and earning credits for it, the course will be approved as an Interdisciplinary Courses and Sub-major Programs. For details on each courses, please refer to the syllabus and other information provided by the implementing academic departments.

  • 5 Entrepreneurship Training Courses
    Entrepreneurship, Creativity, Making effective planning, and Global Mindedness

    Robert Huang/ Entrepreneurship Center (QREC) at Kyushu University offers approximately 32 entrepreneurship education courses. By taking one of these courses and earning credits, the course will be approved as an Entrepreneurship Training Course. Among them, we would like to introduce two courses that we recommend to doctoral students.

    【Entrepreneurial Value Evaluation】
    Learn intellectual property strategy, industry-academia collaboration, and commercialization of university-originated technology seeds through exercises.

    Faculty: Megumi Takata
    Place: Room E-211, East Bldg. 2, Ito Campus
    Dates: Intensive 10/8,22, 11/5,19, 12/3,17, 1/7,28 (all Saturdays), 4th and 5th periods 14:50-18:10
    Language: Japanese
    Details: Click below for the link to the syllabus

    Knowing IP strategies is beneficial for spreading the results of your research to society. In this lecture, you will learn how to utilize intellectual property rights such as patents, industry-university collaboration management methods such as joint research and establishment of university-launched ventures. You also learn "effectuation," a mode of behavior that you should acquire in order to survive in today's highly uncertain society.
    In addition, students will learn how to commercialize university technology seeds through exercises using the QUICKLOOK* method, which uses actual university seeds.

    *QUICKLOOK is a technology assessment method developed by NASA, established at the University of Texas at Austin, and used at Boston University Business School.

    【Finished】【Advanced Lecture in Global Seminar (English)】
    Two days of intensive lectures by faculty members of the No. 1 university in the U.S. for entrepreneurship education.

    Faculty: Shingo Igarashi, Yasuhiro Yamakawa (Babson College)
    Location: Tenjin (location to be determined)
    Dates: Intensive 8/10 (Wed.),11 (Thu.) 10:00-18:00
    Language: English
    Details: Please refer to the educatioanl programs guide below

    Students will learn the essentials of an entrepreneurial mindset for both researchers and working professionals in today's highly uncertain and rapidly changing society,
    This is the intensive summer course for two days offered by Dr. Yasuhiro Yamakawa, Associate Professor at Babson College and Visiting Professor at Kyushu University. Participants will learn the essence of the one step ahead leading entrepreneurship education of the U.S.
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    For information on other courses offered by QREC and how to take them, please check the QREC website.

    *English Courses
    ・Entrepreneurial Intension Summer intensive(9/15Thu,16Fri)※Lectures by distinguished professors from the U.S.
    ・Advanced Lecture in Research Skills Development(English)Fall quater
    ・Technology Marketing Game (English)Winter quater

  • 6 Internationality Courses
    JICA Development Studies Program/ COIL (Collaborative Online International Learning) in English

    Students who complete any one of the following courses (I) through (IV) will be certified as Internationality Courses.

    (I) English version of 3min video in “Fusion-of-intelligence Courses”
    In the Fusion-of-intelligence Courses, if you submit a 3-minute video in both Japanese and English, the English version of the 3-minute video will be approved as an Internationality Course.
    (A4 summaries must also be prepared in both English and Japanese.)


    (II) JICA Development Cooperation Program
    A variety of lectures in English offered through the JICA Development Cooperation Program “Understanding Japan” and other programs. Please refer to the link below. By taking one of the courses in the JICA Development Cooperation Program and earning credits, the course will be approved as an Internationality course.

    (III) COIL(Collaborative Online International Learning) education in cooperation with overseas partner educational institutions
    COIL is a project-based learning experience that uses online communication to form teams with students from overseas universities. Under the influence of the Covid-19, it is a useful approach to provide Japanese students with international education and cross-cultural experience. So far, COIL-type education has been conducted in the Undergraduate Core Education, Co-creation, Agriculture, Arts and Engineering and Graduate school of Arts and Engineering, Human Environment at Kyushu University. For details, please contact the school offering the course. By taking one of the COIL-type education courses offered on campus and earning credits for it, it will be recognized as an Internationality course.

    (IV) 【Finished】The 12th Global Young Academy (GYA) International Conference Annual Meeting and Conference
    The 12th Annual Meeting and Conference of the Global Young Academy (GYA), a cross-disciplinary international conference on the theme of "Harmonizing Reason with Sensibility: Regenerating Science for an Inclusive and Sustainable Future," will be held at Kyushu University in 2022. About 200 young researchers from abroad and 200 young researchers from Japan will participate in the conference to discuss the role and future of science in solving social issues from an interdisciplinary perspective. Students of this course will participate in this conference to exchange opinions with members of the world's young research community and to build an international network.
    Date: Sunday Jun 12th to Friday Jun 17th, 2022

  • 7 Short-term Study Abroad and Overseas Language Programs

    The following programs are approved as "Short-term Study Abroad and Overseas programs " for the Future-Creation (MIRAI) Course. If you are considering studying abroad, please contact and consult with us about whether your course can be approved as a subject of our program.
    Due to the spread of infectious diseases, online study abroad programs are also eligible for course accreditation for the time being, when it is difficult to travel abroad. In addition, the period of study abroad should be at least one week.
    Within one month after studying abroad, etc., please download the report form below, prepare a report, and submit it by the deadline in the prescribed manner. In order to pass this course, students must submit the required documents and the submitted report must meet the standards set by the faculty members.
    【Report Forms】
    Members Only (LOGIN ) page > Course related Materials, Documents & Videos > Report forms for elective courses

    ・Exchange programs with universities that have concluded inter-university or inter-departmental exchange agreements.
    ・English language training programs with overseas universities
    ・Short-term study abroad programs between Kyusyu university and foreign universities
    ・Other privately-funded study abroad and overseas training programs applied for by individuals

  • 8 Resilience Training
    Seminars on the concept and acquisition of resilience by University lecturers and external speakers

    This is seminar lecture series held in the Future-Creation (MIRAI) Course. In FY 2022, it will be held in the second semester.
    Details will be posted on the website as soon as they are finalized.
    Within one month after participating in the seminar, please download the report below, prepare a report, and submit it by the deadline using the prescribed method. In order to pass this course, the submitted report must meet the standards set by the faculty members.
    【Report Forms】
    Members Only (LOGIN ) page > Course related Materials, Documents & Videos > Report forms for elective courses

    【Registration Closed】
    ■First and Second Seminars 
    Content: "Developing the Ability to Overcome Adversity"
    Speaker: Mr. Aritomo Takayama from Will systems
    Date: Thursday, January 12, 2023, 14:50-18:10 
    Place: Face-to-face at Ito Campus
       (The event may be held online for various reasons)
    Note: Pre-registration is required via Forms we sent by email
       Group work will be conducted during the lecture
       No recording will be made
       The lecture will be given in Japanese.

    ■Third Seminar 
    Content: Resilience Research in Practice
    Method of attendance: On-demand method (Please choose one of the video contents)
    Course period: Mid-January to mid-February

  • 9 Career Development Courses

    The program to be approved as a "Career Development Courses" for the Future-Creation (MIRAI) Course is as follows.
    Within one month after participation in a seminar, etc., please download the report below, prepare your own report, and submit it by the due date in the prescribed manner. In order to pass this course, students must submit the required documents and the submitted report must meet the standards set by the faculty members.
    【Report Forms】
    Members Only (LOGIN ) page > Course related Materials, Documents & Videos > Report forms for elective courses

    1. 【Finished】Online seminar lecture series by the head of a company's research institute will be held at the Future-Creation (MIRAI) Course
    Two lectures will be held in FY2022. All lectures given in Japanese.
    ① Date: Thursday, August 18th, 2022 1:00pm-2:30pm
    Lecturer: Dr.KONDO Hirosato (Director, National Institute of Biomedical Innovation , Health and Nutrition)
    Title: What are the requirements for social implementation of academia research?

    ② Date: Friday, August 26th, 2022 1:00pm-2:00pm
    Lectur: Dr. YAMAGUCHI Kota (CyberAgent AI Lab Research Manager)
    Title: Career planning for PhD students

    If you wish to take this course, please register for this course through Forms, which was sent to your basic university-wide e-mail address.Those who wish to be certified as an elective course must take both lectures.

    2. Programs for which the Career and Scholarship Support Division serves as the point of contact
     These programs are planned and implemented by the Career and Scholarship Support Division. Please refer to the following URL for details.
     (1) On-campus joint company information sessions
    [URL] https://www.kyushu-u.ac.jp/en/education/employment/foreign/on-campus_seminar_guidance
     (2) Other company information sessions

    3. Company information session for individual applicants
     These are programs conducted by companies and organizations. Individuals who wish to apply and participate in the program directly, please contact us at the e-mail address listed in the "Contact Us" section of this web page and consult in advance whether it will be approved as a subject for this program. The faculty member in charge will determine whether attendance at seminars and symposiums, participation in company information sessions, etc. will be approved as career development courses. Lectures and seminars related to research are not approved as career development courses because they are different from the purpose of career development courses. Please be aware of this.
     After that, please follow the procedures as instructed by the host institution (application guidelines, etc.).

  • 10 Internships in Business
    Internships at overseas companies, government agencies, and domestic companies to enhance career path

    Programs that qualify as "internships" in the “Future-Creation (MIRAI)” Course are as follows.In addition, internship hosts can include both domestic and international locations.

    1. Programs which the Career and Scholarship Support Division is the contact point
    This is a program implemented by the Career and Scholarship Support Division in cooperation with public organizations. For details, please refer to the link bottun below.
    ① Internships applied for by central government ministries and public institutions
    ② Kyushu Internship Promotion Council Internship (summer and spring)
    ③ Japan Association of Corporate Executives Internship Program
    ④ Industry-Academia Collaborative Council Innovation Human Resources Development Council (mainly for science graduate students)
    ⑤ Other internships in general

    2.Programs which each academic department is the contact point
    This program is offered to students in each faculty and graduate school. For details on how to participate in this program, please contact your faculty office.

    3. Programs which individuals apply
     These are programs which companies and organizations are recruiting for. If you wish to apply and participate directly as an individual, please follow the guidance (application guidelines, etc.) of each host institution and complete the procedures on your own.

    【Course Approval Process】
    1. Based on the above information, please decide which internship you would like to participate in. At that time, please check the form on the report and prepare the required documents for course accreditation.
    2. If you are interested in participating in the internship, please contact us with materials showing the content of the internship prior to your participation.
    3. If you wish to use your research expenses (classified as "travel expenses*") to pay for transportation, lodging (weekdays, weekends, and holidays), and daily allowance (weekdays only; no allowance for weekends or holidays) for your internship, please follow the travel application procedures of your major department. If you are paying for your ow n expenses, you don’t need to submit the travel application, however, if you plan to participate internship outside Japan, please submit an overseas travel report to your major's student office.
    4. Within one month of the last day of the internship, please download the report below, prepare your own report, and submit it by the due date in the prescribed manner. In order to pass this course, students must submit the required documents and the submitted report must meet the standards set by the faculty members.
    【Report Forms】
    Members Only (LOGIN ) page > Course related Materials, Documents & Videos > Report forms for elective courses

    *Details of the "travel expenses" item.
    This includes transportation, lodging, and daily allowance for the student's overseas and domestic business trips (collection of materials, various surveys, meetings, presentation of research and development results, etc.).
    *If you are planning to purchase items on your business trip, please be sure to consult with us in advance.