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.

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