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Established on October 20, 2014
Revised on March 21, 2017

JAIST broadly accepts people with diverse backgrounds from all sections of society, and contributes to creating innovations in education and local community development, by taking advantage of its characteristics as a graduate university, developing global human resources, taking an active role in industry and the world, and pursuing research for the resolution of social issues in a multidisciplinary setting.

By 2020, JAIST will establish itself as a needs-oriented research university with its integrated graduate school approach, and create an environment where graduates, with their master’s or doctoral degrees and the intellectual toughness they developed at JAIST, will be able to take core active roles in all fields and industries throughout the world.

Education and Research/Student Support

Pursue advanced research for solutions to problems in society and industry
Leverage achievements in research to devise an integrated curriculum, based on an integrated graduate school system where diverse senses of value and knowledge coexist
Develop human resources possessing intellectual toughness, specialization, and social adaptability by systematically supporting students’ active learning.

1-1 Improvement of the entrance examination system by shifting emphasis from screening for past academic achievements to evaluating applicants’ desire for learning

  • Implementation of entrance examinations to evaluate academic skills, enthusiasm, and course-fit of applicants, with a multifaceted and holistic approach

1-2 Aggressive acceptance of applicants with diverse learning histories, and adults returning to school

  • Development of a new admission qualifications system to be applied to adults returning to school (AY2017)
  • Promotion of publicity through academic collaboration advisors

1-3 Practical application of an advanced graduate education system through advanced research

  • Promotion of organized and systematic programs in an interdisciplinary and integrated education and research system
  • Formation of new degree programs through the establishment of joint postgraduate courses with Kanazawa University (commencing AY2018)

1-4 Sharing Knowledge Science methodology among all schools to reveal the future needs of society

  • Improvement of Innovation Theory and Methodology for Total Capability Development
  • Implementation of campus-wide FD through active learning methods
  • Introduction of self-evaluation and evaluations by others corresponding to Global Innovation and Creativity (AY2017)

1-5 Development of practical human resources through collaborations with our industrial partners

  • Engagement in research consultancy activities by URAs for private enterprises
  • Engagement in working groups for academic reform and improvement by URAs
  • Engagement in collaboration programs with private enterprises as human resource centers for various industries, along with promotion of internships
  • Collecting opinions from Industrial Advisors at the Master’s Mid-term Presentation

1-6 Continuous improvement of degree programs with global quality standards

  • Arrangement of opportunities for students to receive training off campus
  • Development of English skill criteria for students to be dispatched abroad for short- and medium-term studies (starting AY2017)
  • Implementation of internships at private enterprises abroad
  • Enhancement of degree programs offered in English

1-7 Improvement of the education program for working professionals

  • Development of grand design of educational programs for working professionals, including use of the Tokyo Satellite campus
  • Exchange programs between students with working experience and those without

1-8 Promotion of active learning methods

  • Implementation of campus-wide FD through active learning methods (see above)

1-9 Enhancement of support and guidance functions, including revision of financial support and career support for students

  • Improvement of financial aid to students through employment-type programs
  • Strengthening of career development support to the students entering the industrial world

1-10 Shift of orientation in research from “seeds” to “needs”

  • Development of faculty members’ awareness toward societal needs
  • Hosting of matching opportunities through Matching HUB Kanazawa
  • Promotion of exchange among different industries and fields by hosting Hokuriku Matching and Exchanging Salon Co-Café

1-11 Formation of an excellent research base (Excellent Core)

  • Promotion of integrated research themes across faculties to form a new base
  • Development of an organization to support the Excellent Core initiative (AY2017)

1-12 Enhancement of research support systems

  • Revision of the organizational structure of the industry-academia collaboration center (AY2017)
  • Enhancement of research support programs related to the joint use of equipment on campus
  • Implementation of support programs toward the acquisition of competitive research funding, such as large-scale Grant-in-Aid Scientific Research projects
  • Implementation of support programs to strengthen research competence
  • Enrichment of technical support systems by organizing new technical personnel (AY2017)

2 Social/International Collaboration

Develop faculty members’ awareness toward societal needs, and promote collaboration with industries
Contribute to the development of the local community and society by returning the results of research to them
Enhance globalization even further, and make the best of the global environment in education and research activities

2-1 Advancement of university-industry collaboration through participation by all members of JAIST

  • Development of faculty members’ awareness toward societal needs (see above)
  • Hosting of matching opportunities through Matching HUB Kanazawa (see above)
  • Promotion of exchange among different industries and fields by hosting Hokuriku Matching and Exchanging Salon Co-Café (see above)
  • Enhancement of collaborations with local SMEs leveraged by startup funds for joint research projects
  • Establishment of an inter-organizational joint research core
  • Strengthening of support to faculty members who have yet to implement joint research programs

2-2 Reinforce collaborations with local government, local industries, and neighboring universities in the Hokuriku region

  • Hosting of matching opportunities through Matching HUB Kanazawa (see above)
  • Promotion of a full range of collaborative activities, such as joint research projects with local governments and technical service programs
  • Hosting of extension courses in collaboration with local governments and higher educational institutions
  • Implementation of outreach programs to the local community by faculty members

2-3 International and global development with targeted areas and organizations abroad

  • Promotion of globalization policies utilizing the Center for Global Educational Collaboration
  • Development and implementation of two-way collaborative educational programs with universities in key areas (China, Vietnam, Thailand, India) (AY2017)
  • Evaluation of collaborative educational program results based on evaluation indexes, and revision of programs based on evaluation results upon renewal
  • Hosting of international symposia focused on key areas
  • Promotion of acceptance of international students from key areas

3 Business Management

Reinforce the governance function
Revise educational and research organizations
Reform the management system of personnel and salary
Distribute resources effectively, under the leadership of the President

3-1 Supporting the President’s leadership and governance

  • Development of organization to assist the president, including the appointment of executive trustee
  • Implementation of performance evaluations of the president by the president selection meeting
  • Strengthening of management support for the institute through education and research data analysis by the IR promotional team

3-2 Establishment of an integrated school system through the integration of three schools into one school

  • Review and improvement of the education and research organization, educational system, and other structures by committees with outside experts
  • Verification of the single graduate school system utilizing academic advisors

3-3 Reform of personnel and salary system, including expanded application of the annual salary system

  • Expanded application of annual salary system to assistant professors and lecturers
  • Promotion of cross-appointment system
  • Implementation of tenure track system applicable to assistant professors
  • Introduction of performance evaluations of faculty members, utilizing management by objectives

3-4 Hiring of personnel with diverse backgrounds and promoting staff mobility

  • Expediting of faculty member selection procedure
  • Retention of superior human resources by fostering transparency in promotion procedures for lecturers and professors
  • Retention of superior researchers utilizing the distinguished professor system
  • Public listings of faculty position openings for women only
  • Appointment of female managers in the administrative department in accordance with the career path guidelines

3-5 Optimizing redistribution of resources

  • Revision of work processes and reduction of costs during budget planning
  • Prioritized appropriation of budget on ambitious policies and projects with strategic importance
  • Implementation of field evaluations based on facility utilization investigations
  • Development and implementation of space re-allocation plan
  • Centralization of HR management and relocation based on personnel assignment plan
  • Keeping personnel costs in check through various measures, including revision of personnel assignments

3-6 Continuous improvement of the administrative system, promotion of internationalization of staff

  • Improvement of communications and OJTs on the floor to foster changes in organizational culture and climate
  • Actual implementation of the award-winning proposal for the office process improvement idea contest
  • Compilation of case studies of office process improvement projects
  • Strengthening of administrative organization through utilization of new job ranking system
  • Development and implementation of training plans based on career path guidelines