MEIDAI MIRAI GSC

Global Science Campus

Overview of Global Science Campus

Global Science Campus is a program organized by Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) to develop next-generation leaders in science and technology. Under this program, aiming at developing outstanding human resources who will be able to play an active role 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, including international activities for students.

To implement the Global Science Campus program, universities must organize a consortium, serving 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 with the help of the whole community.

MEIDAI MIRAI GSC 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 fours in the Tokai region through high school-university partnership programs.
The goal of this program is to nurture scientists, engineers and Nobel laureates who will bring innovation to the world among students who have completed the third stage of the program.

1st Stage: Leading-edge lectures/classes

  • Interest in themes and motivation to pursue research
  • Nourishment of curiosity and understanding of basic concepts

We select about 100 students by document screening. The first-stage winners take lectures given by the researchers working in our four graduate Schools of Nagoya University, i.e., Graduate Schools of Science, Engineering, Bioagricultural Science and Medicine. Among them is the winner of Nobel Prize in Physics 2014, Prof.Hiroshi Amano.

2nd Stage: Experiments and learning in a laboratory setting

  • Physics, chemistry, biomedical sciences and materials science
  • Session to present the results of experiments and learning
  • Reporting of research results
  • Creativity, persistence, planning skills and English skills

Only about 60 students out of 100, move on to the second stage. They are asked to make 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

  • Present the results of experiments and learning
  • Improve practical English skills in an environment where a non-Japanese language is spoken

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. In the 2017 year, students are scheduled to visit the University of Freiburg in Germany for 8 days from March 9th to 16th.

This year’s activity report

A total of 135 students applied for this program. We selected 115 students for the 1st stage.
At this stage, they took 9 lectures over 3 days, 3 lectures a day, and were asked to write personal impressions on the lectures and to submit a report for each of them.
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 58 students to be qualify for the 2nd stage.
In the 2nd stage, 29 pairs (58 students) were assigned to participate in research internships according to their own interests in the labs of their choice for a week. 3 basic research areas were physics, chemistry and biomedical sciences.

They had to report the outcomes at a presentation contest, where 22 students, 11 pairs, were selected to move on to the final stage. Currently, 11 finalist pairs are carrying out some additional experiments and further improving the discussion section (including the English) for their presentations at the University of Freiburg.

Collaborating organizations

Aichi Prefectural Board of Education, Gifu Prefectural Board of Education, Mie Prefectural Board of Education, Shizuoka Prefectural Board of Education, Nagoya City Board of Education, Association of Principals of Public High Schools of the Tokai Region, Association of Principals of Public High Schools of Aichi, and Aichi Private School Association

Internal academic units

Graduate School of Science, Graduate School of Engineering, Graduate School of Bioagricultural Sciences, Graduate School of Medicine and Institute for Advanced Research

1st Stage: Leading-edge lectures/ classes (July 9th,16th,23th, 2016)
1st Stage: Leading-edge lectures/ classes
Among the 1st Stage lecturers was the winner of Nobel Prize in Physics 2014, Prof. Hiroshi Amano.
Among the 1st Stage lecturers is the winner of Nobel Prize in Physics 2014, Prof. Hiroshi Amano.
2nd Stage: Experiments and learning in a laboratory setting
2nd Stage: Experiments and learning in a laboratory setting
A pair of high-school students were discussing their research with a member of the laboratory
In a laboratory: High-school students are discussing their research with a member of the laboratory.
3rd Stage: Preparing for making presentations in English
3rd Stage: Preparations for making presentations in English
A pair of high-school students are discussing their poster presentation with an instructor in English
At an English lecture: High-school students are discussing their poster presentation with an instructor in English.
3rd Stage: Study Abroad – Presentations
Title of presentation Student’s high school (prefecture)
and grade
Title of presentation
Formation Mechanisms of Folding Intermediates of Horse Apomyoglobin in the Submillisecond time range
Student’s high school (prefecture)
and grade
Okazaki Senior High School (Aichi), 2nd grade
Aichi Shukutoku Senior High School (Aichi), 2nd grade
Title of presentation
Extracting and mapping anisotropies in Cosmic microwave background
Student’s high school (prefecture)
and grade
Okazaki Senior High School (Aichi), 2nd grade
Gifu-Kita Senior High School (Gifu), 2nd grade
Title of presentation
The effects of meclozine for mouse model of achondroplasia
Student’s high school (prefecture)
and grade
Asahigaoka Senior High School (Aichi), 2nd grade
Hamamatsu-Kita Senior High School (Shizuoka), 2nd grade
Title of presentation
Susceptibility of a cell line from Antheraea pernyi to heterologous nucleopolyhedroviruses
Student’s high school (prefecture)
and grade
Asahigaoka Senior High School (Aichi), 2nd grade
Toyohashi-Higashi Senior High School (Aichi), 2nd grade
Title of presentation
Fabrication and Improvement in Conversion Efficiency of Low-Toxic Quantum Dot-Sensitized Solar Cells
Student’s high school (prefecture)
and grade
Chigusa Senior High School (Aichi), 2nd grade
Koyo Senior High School (Aichi), 2nd grade
Title of presentation
Synthesis of magnetic nanoparticles for hyperthermia
Student’s high school (prefecture)
and grade
Okazaki Senior High School (Aichi), 2nd grade
Jishukan Senior High School (Aichi), 2nd grade
Title of presentation
Measurement of light speed and observation of ether
Student’s high school (prefecture)
and grade
Zuiryo Senior High School (Aichi), 2nd grade
Koyo Senior High School (Aichi), 2nd grade
Title of presentation
Carcinogenic risk of chromium, copper and arsenic in CCA-treated wood
Student’s high school (prefecture)
and grade
Kariya Senior High School (Aichi), 2nd grade
Hamamatsu-Kita Senior High School (Shizuoka), 2nd grade
Title of presentation
Acetalization Reaction of Glycerol toward Synthesis of Bio-based Plastics
Student’s high school (prefecture)
and grade
Kariya Senior High School (Aichi), 2nd grade
Gifu Senior High School (Gifu), 2nd grade
Title of presentation
Synthesis of Poly(p-phenylene vinylene) in a Helical Cavity of Amylose and Investigation of Its Stability
Student’s high school (prefecture)
and grade
Asahigaoka Senior High School (Aichi), 2nd grade
Okazaki Senior High School (Aichi), 2nd grade
Title of presentation
Designing Fluorescent Variant GFP
Student’s high school (prefecture)
and grade
Toyota-Nishi Senior High School (Aichi), 2nd grade
Koyo Senior High School (Aichi), 2nd grade

MEIDAI MIRAI GSC Global Science Campus