2011

September 2011

DSCC the 3rd Annual Conference

The DSCC held the 3rd annual conference on Sep. 30th, 2011. After Prof. Kamata, President of Waseda University, gave an opening speech, the keynote speech was given by Mr. Chiaki Tanaka, Executive Vice President of TORAY Industries, Inc. The speech was titled °»The global°°human recourses that industries demand in the new era.°… Mr. Tanaka pointed out the two following themes; 1)The business challenge in the 21st century, 2)The human resources that industries demand in the new era. He emphasized the necessity of PhD resources in Japan and his expectations toward the PhD, universities and graduate schools. Prof. Asahi, Executive Director of the DSCC, reported the achievement of the center for this year. After that, 4 students who had finished their internship gave presentations to report their experiences. Each of the 4 went to 1)an automobile company in Japan, 2)an overseas University-Venture company institution, 3)Fraunhofer, 4)an overseas University-Company institution. The closing remark was given by Prof. Nishide, Dean of the School of Advanced Science and Engineering. More than 130 people participated, making this annual conference fruitful.

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September 2011

The 4th i-Diamond Workshop

The DSCC held the 4th i-Diamond Workshop °»PhD Resources Needed in the Global Society: Developing Expertise and Diversity°… on Sep 8th. The purpose of this workshop is to exchange ideas between UK and Japan on the development of PhD researchers that could lead the 21st century. Prof. Mineo Nakajima, President of Akita International University, and Dr. Jon Turner, Director of the Institute for Academic Development at the University of Edinburgh, gave keynote speeches for the workshop. A deep discussion striking to the heart of the problem on what is necessary for developing PhD researchers and on the upcoming graduate schools reform.

* i-Diamond: innovative Doctoral education program through Industrial-Academic Multi-Oriented research and beyoND

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September 2011

Dr. Jon Turner, Director of the Institute for Academic Development at the University of Edinburgh

Closed Seminar for Waseda University
°»University of Edinburgh - Structures and Support°…

The development of PhD researchers who can lead the world is a great issue, along with the reform of graduate schools. It was a great honor for us to invite Dr. Jon Turner, Director of the Institute for Academic Development at the University of Edinburgh, and to study the ideas of PhD development in the UK. Dr. Turner gave out a lecture °»University of Edinburgh - Structures and Support°… and described the cases in Edinburgh. We shared our views, as well as the problems we are both facing, which led to a deeper understanding of each other.

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Transferable Skills Training Workshop

Dr. Turner has done the °»Transferable Skills Training Workshop°…, a workshop for doctoral students and postdoc researchers on Sep 9th. This workshop was held by both the British Council and the DSCC. 16 students from Waseda and 6 from other universities and institutions participated.
Among various skills that 21st century researcher are likely to need, Dr. Turner had chosen the °»Collaboration Skills°… as an introduction for the Transferable Skills Training this time. In the first half, participants learned how to explain their research efficiently to researchers from other disciplines through unique activities. In the latter half, they worked in groups to make a new collaborative research with the members. Each group worked very hard and came up with so many interesting ideas. The classroom was filled with enthusiastic discussion and cheers through the whole workshop.

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September 2011

Nobel Prize Winner, Dr. Yuan T. Lee

Special lecture by Nobel Prize Winner, Dr. Yuan T. Lee

The DSCC invited Dr. Yuan T. Lee, the Nobel Prize winner in chemistry, to Waseda University on Sep. 1st. He gave out a lecture°»A Message towards Young Researchers and Doctoral Students,°… focusing on the ability necessary for young researchers to become active world-wide. The students were strongly inspired by the precious story of this world-class scientist°«s trail in research.

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Discussion with Nobel Prize Winner, Dr. Yuan T. Lee

Following the special lecture in the morning, doctoral students had a discussion with Dr. Lee on Sep 1st. Students from various backgrounds participated and made presentations on their research themes. To each of them, Dr. Lee gave a considerate and precise comment. During the free conversation time, Dr. Lee advised the students how important it is to put themselves in a new environment, which deeply affected the participants.

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