August 2016

August 25, 2016 9:00 AM

Joint Effort with the University of Tsukuba to Support the Career Development of Young Human Resources Expected to Become Doctors - Part 2

Hello! I'm Takeuchi of the University of Tsukuba. Last autumn, we started working on a human resource development project in cooperation with the Agri-Science Department of Sumitomo Electric. Generally speaking, the main focus of industry-university cooperation is on joint research or technology transfer. As a new effort, however, we tried human resource development in the style of project-based learning (PBL). Participants in this project, most of whom were graduate students and postdoctoral researchers, were from a truly wide variety of fields.

Racking their brains with an interdisciplinary approach, the participants worked on the challenge given by Sumitomo Electric. What was desired in this program was for a group of human resources from different fields to conceive unexpected ideas. Moreover, as a member of the faculty, I hope that participants will find something new and achieve growth through cooperation with a company. How have their views about society and occupations changed after working with Sumitomo Electric, facing social (industrial) problems, and engaging in in-depth discussions with members from different fields? I truly look forward to knowing the answer.

Joint Effort with the University of Tsukuba to Support the Career Development of Young Human Resources Expected to Become Doctors
Joint Effort with the University of Tsukuba to Support the Career Development of Young Human Resources Expected to Become Doctors

Below are some comments from participants after the completion of the project.

Hiroyuki Yanagisawa (Graduate School of Pure and Applied Sciences, University of Tsukuba, 3rd year, Doctoral Program)
Although I was overwhelmed at first by the often too lively discussions, I was able to train myself to create ideas through the various activities carried out each time. Thanks to the cooperation with members from different fields, I've obtained many new perspectives.

Hiroshi Yoshino (Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Tsukuba, 5th year, Five-Year Doctoral Program)
The project has made me truly realize that logical thinking developed through research activities is considerably useful, even in the world of business, and that interaction between doctoral-level students from different fields leads to the creation of high-level and diverse innovation.

*The affiliations are those at the time the comments were provided.

We would like to continue to consider how to use the unique views and thinking abilities of young human resources expected to become doctors for the benefit of society (and the world of business). We would like to express our sincere appreciation for the invaluable opportunity of working with Sumitomo Electric.

August 23, 2016 9:00 AM

Joint Effort with the University of Tsukuba to Support the Career Development of Young Human Resources Expected to Become Doctors - Part 1

Hello! I'm Baba of the Agri-Science Department. Let me introduce Sumitomo Electric's joint effort with the University of Tsukuba to support the career development of young human resources expected to become doctors.

From October 2015 to February 2016, we carried out a joint project in cooperation with the University of Tsukuba's Global Leader Career Development Network*. In this project, together with young human resources expected to become doctors, we worked on the marketing and branding of agriculture-related business. Although the main purpose of this effort was to provide support for the career development of such human resources through an internship program, it also served as a good opportunity for us to review some of our new, ongoing projects from a wide variety of perspectives. Serving as the instructor for this project was Professor Atsushi Kogoma from SANNO Institute of Management.

Joint Effort with the University of Tsukuba to Support the Career Development of Young Human Resources Expected to Become Doctors
Joint Effort with the University of Tsukuba to Support the Career Development of Young Human Resources Expected to Become Doctors

At the report meeting held on February 18, project participants gave presentations to 30 employees of Sumitomo Electric about what they had considered, which was followed by a very lively Q & A session. Expertise in linguistics, physics, chemistry, biology, and the arts, the participants had a number of unique points of view, leading to many new discoveries. The report meeting concluded with the presentation of project completion certificates to the participants.

In the next article, I'll introduce some of the comments from the participants in this project. I sincerely hope that all participants will take advantage of their experience of working together with Sumitomo Electric and fully demonstrate their capabilities in the future.

*University of Tsukuba's Global Leader Career Development Network
The network has been established for the purpose of providing support for the career development of young human resources of the University of Tsukuba who are expected to become doctors. Designed mainly for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers, the network provides global leader career development seminars (education/training programs), and opportunities to participate in long-term internship programs.