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 Subject Groups are required. Students in undergraduate and master’s programs can also earn credits for these courses.

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. 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 Integrated Research 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

    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.

    Please see below for the application guidelines for FY2024.
    We look forward to receiving many applications from those who are eligible to apply.
    [Students eligible to apply]
    All Future-Creation (MIRAI) Course students who will be enrolled in the course during the period of this project’s research grant (April 2024 to March 2025) and who are willing to carry out the research.

  • 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 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.

    ● Each course of the Graduate School KIKAN Education Courses
    This course is offered in the Graduate School KIKAN Education. The following courses are offered in English.
    1.Course Design in Higher Education (concentrated in the first semester)
    2.TESOL and language teaching methodologies
    Please check the website of the Graduate School KIKAN education and register online to take the course.

    ● Special Practice Courses in Data Science Course
    We are planning to offer an intensive summer course in practical data science for beginners, aimed at students who need or want to learn the basics of data analysis and AI. Details will be announced as soon as they are finalized.

  • 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 courses that we recommend to doctoral students.

    【Advanced Lecture in Global Seminar (English)】FY2024
    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: Papillon 24, Conference Room 12 in Hakata area
    Dates: Intensive 6/22(Sat.), 23(Sun.) 9:30 – 17:30
    Language: English
    Outline:Learn about entrepreneurship through the study of failure, and value creation through group work.

    For information on other courses offered by QREC and how to take them, please check the QREC website.

  • 6 Internationality Courses
    Cultivation of communication skills to smoothly exchange developed opinions with others in a global society in the midst of international competition in multiple languages

    Students who complete any one of the following courses will be certified as Internationality Courses.

    〇 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.)

    〇 Kyushu U 3MT Competition
    The Kyushu U 3MT Competition is an English presentation competition organized by Kyushu University.
    By participating in the Kyushu University 3MT, a prelude to the international 3MT* competition, students are recognized as having acquired internationality Courses.
    The Kyushu U 3MT, which began in the FY 2021, is scheduled to be held annually.

    *What’s 3MT?
    The purpose of this program is to train students’ skills to make their research known to a wider audience, including people outside their field of expertise (e.g., students’ academic research and presentation skills and research communication skills), by giving a 3-minute presentation about their research in English using only one slide.

    Please refer to the link below for more information on the Kyushu U 3MT and how to participate.

  • 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.
    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

    【Reference: FY2024】
    We are currently in the middle of an adjustment process for 8.Resilience Training Courses.
    Details will be announced later Kyushu University primary Mail as soon as they are finalized.

  • 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.Seminar lecture series by the head of a company’s research institute will be held at the Future-Creation (MIRAI) Course.
    We are currently in the middle of an adjustment process.
    Details will be announced later Kyushu University primary Mail as soon as they are finalized.

    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
    (2) Other company information sessions

    (Note) Some of the programs for which the Career and Scholarship Support Division serves as the contact point are granted credit(s) as graduate school KIKAN education courses. In such cases, it will be approved as a [4] Interdisciplinary Courses and Sub-Major Programs, not a [9] Career Development Courses.

    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. Check here for details. (Japanese Only)

    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 above 1 to 3 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.