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JAIST SMS and UCL MAPS launched a new Collaborative Program for PhD candidates~ For the promotion of training young researchers as global leaders ~

Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST) through the School of Materials Science (SMS) and University College London (UCL) through the Faculty of Mathematics and Physical Sciences (MAPS) concluded the MoU on the Collaborative Education and Research Co-supervision Program on July 17, 2012.

The main idea of this program is that both JAIST and UCL supervisors work together for doctoral training and research supervision of selected candidates full-time over a three year period. In the second year of this program, students are sent to the partner institution and supervisors of the partner institution directly provide the students with research training for one full calendar year in total.

As far as JAIST recognizes, it is the first time among the Japanese universities to practice such a collaborative program with UCL through the entire three years of the doctoral program while taking full advantage of the mutual core-competence of both institutions.

Regarding financial support, JAIST and UCL will offer a tuition waiver and graduate stipend to the participating students. On successful completion of the program of study, students will be awarded a PhD from their respective degree-awarding institution and receive a certificate of attendance of the program.


JAIST SMS currently conducts collaborative research with UCL MAPS mainly in the field of nanoparticle science. This year, 3 cutting-edge research topics were chosen as collaborative research projects for the first recruitment of the candidates. Each project recruits one candidate and the screening is conducted by the candidate selection committee composed of JAIST and UCL members. This year’s research projects are as follows.


1)  Syntheses of Novel Nanomaterials for Biomedical Applications using Microwave Chemistry

2) In Situ Studies of the Formation of Core-Shell Heterostructures

3) Atomic and Molecular Spintronics on Silicon and Silicene Surfaces


As is seen from the fact that UCL was ranked 4th in the THE World University Rankings 2009 and has produced many Nobel Prize laureates, UCL is one of the world top level universities. What we are expecting from this program with UCL is that JAIST students will be strongly stimulated in such an outstanding academic and internationalized environment at UCL and it will successfully lead JAIST students to become top researchers and future leaders. Furthermore it is also hoped that this collaborative program will contribute to raise the international reputation of Japanese academic institutions as a whole amongst the world academia.