2017-2018 Nagoya University MIRAI Global Science Campus

Overview of Global Science Campus

Global Science Campus is a program organized by the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) to develop next-generation leaders in science and technology. Under this program, for developing outstanding human resources who will be able to play active roles in the world, universities recruit and screen local high school students with excellent motivation and capabilities, as well as develop and implement sophisticated science programs, which include international activities, for the students. To implement the Global Science Campus program, universities must organize a consortium, which serves as a center for development of local talent, in collaboration with prefectural/government ordinance-designated city boards of education and other organizations to educate students by involving the whole community.

Nagoya University MIRAI Global Science Campus program outline

This program is designed to develop students into truly creative researchers who will be future leaders in science and technology. Under this program, the University will recruit students with creativity and imagination who dream of winning a Nobel Prize (in Physics, Chemistry or Physiology/Medicine), and students who are highly willing and motivated to become future leaders on the world stage.

This program aims to find and educate potential globally competent leaders in science and technology when they are high school students. In this program, students are screened and evaluated through three stages (lectures/classes, experiments and learning in a laboratory setting, and study abroad). To achieve such an aim, a university must interact and develop trusting relationships with high schools, and must be able to rely on the dedicated support of its teaching staff and students. Nagoya University has already built close relationships with Super Science High Schools (SSHs) in four prefectures in the Tokai region through high school-university partnership programs.

The goal of this program is to produce scientists, engineers and Nobel laureates who will bring innovation to the world from among students who have completed the third stage of the program.

1st Stage: Leading-edge lectures/classes

1st Stage: Leading-edge lectures/classesWe select about 100 students by document screening. The first-stage winners take lectures given by the researchers working in our 5 graduate Schools of Nagoya University, i.e., Graduate Schools of Science, Engineering, Bioagricultural Science, Medicine and Environmental Studies.

2nd Stage: Experiments and learning in a laboratory setting

2nd Stage: Experiments and learning in a laboratory settingOut of the 100 students, only about 60 students move on to the second stage. They are asked to form into pairs and set their own subject of research. To make their lab research internship practical, lab faculty members provide specific advice to the pairs while taking their individual ideas and interests into consideration.

3rd Stage: Study Abroad

We select about 20 students as the finalists of the program based on their achievements/performances in the second stage. They will present short summaries of their research internship at a prestigious overseas affiliated university like the University of Freiburg, where they have opportunities to be exposed to the atmosphere of a traditional overseas university and its research. In this study tour, they will have a chance to deliver a presentation on their research internship and to discuss the theme with professors, other faculty members and graduate students at the host university.

Year of 2017-2018 Activity Report

Year of 2017-2018 Activity ReportA total of 259 students applied for this program. We selected 178 students for the 1st stage. In the 1st stage, they took 9 lectures over 3 days, three lectures a day, and were asked to write personal impressions on the lectures and to submit a report for each of the 9 lectures. After examining the reports, we selected 54 students to be qualify for the 2nd stage. In the 2nd stage, 27 pairs (54 students) were assigned to participate in research internships according to their own interests in the labs of their choice for a week. The three basic research areas were physics, chemistry and biomedical sciences. Year of 2017-2018 Activity ReportThey had to report the outcomes at a presentation contest, where 26 students, 13 pairs, were selected to move on to the 3rd and final stage. Currently, the 13 finalist pairs are carrying out some additional experiments and are further improving the discussion section (including the English) for their presentations at the University of Freiburg.

Global Science Campus in Numbers
Numbers 2016
Number of applicants/students 135 259
Number of applicants/high schools 29 49
Number of participants 1st Stage 115 178
Number of participants 2nd Stage 58 54
Number of participants 3rd Stage(Study tour) 22(21) 26(24)