The best way to acquire real research power is to accumulate experience with promoting and accomplishing exciting high-quality research on your own initiative.
Our new graduate program, GTR (Graduate Program of Transformative Chem-Bio Research), aims to train scholars who will pioneer interdisciplinary frontiers in the areas of chemistry and life science. In order to achieve sustainable development of society, many challenges must be overcome, including environmental and energy problems, stable food production, the development of materials leading to industrial and technological innovations, and life science research that contributes to health. To address these issues faced by science and society, the roles of chemistry and life science research are becoming increasingly important. To break through these issues, both advances in research in each field and promotion of interdisciplinary research are necessary.
To bridge the gaps between traditional disciplines, we need outstanding "research power to break through," which consists of two elements: "the power to overcome" and "the power to connect." The former is based on experience, confidence, and solid practical knowledge and skills that can be fostered through promoting and accomplishing high-quality research on important topics. On the other hand, the latter leads to the creation of innovative ideas through free and vigorous discussions across research fields.
The GTR program provides a practical course for acquiring these important research capabilities through challenge to exciting interdisciplinary research in diverse research environments in which each student benefits from the guidance of two mentors.
GTR's Mixed Lab Concept to Cultivate Research Power to Achieve Breakthroughs
GTR promotes the development of research power to achieve breakthroughs by implementing the following four plans:
- Proposal for interdisciplinary research
- Proposing an interdisciplinary research project to tackle outstanding problems confronting science and society (Implemented as the QE [Qualifying Examination]) at the completion of M1.
- Conducting research in environments of different disciplines
- To conduct interdisciplinary research, students are enrolled in a mixed lab or multiple laboratories to research.
- Visiting foreign research institutes or companies over the mid- or long-term
- Students may conduct their research at a foreign collaborating institution or a company as part of the interdisciplinary research. For international joint research, students are encouraged to stay at a foreign institution for at least 6 months.
- Receiving instruction from two mentors
- Students benefit from the guidance of two mentors while writing their interdisciplinary thesis.
Institute of Transformative Bio-Molecules (ITbM), Nagoya University, has set up mixed labs to be shared by researchers and students from different disciplines. Interdisciplinary research has been conducted in a lively atmosphere ever since its inception, producing numerous world-class results. GTR offers a curriculum incorporating the concept of a mixed lab.
Educational Research that Connects with the Society
The GTR focuses on studying important problems and endeavors to finding solutions. From this standpoint, GTR promotes interdisciplinary research that contributes to the creation of industries and technological innovation; energy issues; food issues; life sciences, which promote health; and environmental issues. All of these are defined as United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The GTR also collaborates with the three core companies Kaneka, Konica Minolta, and JT Plant Innovation Center, ITbM Consortium, which consists of 17 companies as of 2018, as well as GTR supporter companies, in order to develop researchers who will be able to bring solutions to societal issues based on fundamental research.
We believe that communicating with industry-leading researchers will help students develop their career paths.
Message from industry-leading researchers
Cultivating Women Leaders and Promoting Diversity
The GTR implements a program for female students aimed at cultivating top female leaders. The GTR also provides diversity promotion seminars, including awareness-raising seminars, to focus on the "unconscious bias" of all students and teachers. Thus, we intend to bring about a society where both men and women can express their true strengths.
Providing Attractive Lectures to Develop the Capability to Identify Problems
To help understand the multidisciplinary problems that confront society and science and cultivate the ability to find solutions, the GTR provides serial lectures in an omnibus format that promote thinking about multidisciplinary problems, as well as a series lectures on industrial perspectives.
GTR students broaden their views by attending this lecture series in areas different from their specialties. The lectures are also open to undergraduate students.