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Autumn Issue (Jul. 2013)

NEWS REPORT

Further improvement of education and research

Waseda programs selected for MEXT projects

Promotion Project for Strengthening of University Research

This project supports the strengthening of research ability in order to increase the number of universities which conduct outstanding research activities on a world-class level. Waseda University was selected as one of the 22 universities/institutions for the project. Our university will receive a yearly grant of 300 million yen for a period of 10 years.

Based on “Waseda Vision 150”, our university seeks to form research groups which can compete globally and to promote practical education which benefits society. To achieve these goals, we are working to strengthen our research system and accelerate the development/reform of our research environment, thus establishing our position as an international research university.

Amount of Grant Name of Institution/University
400 million yen University of Tokyo, Kyoto University, Tohoku University, Nagoya University
300 million yen Waseda University, University of Tsukuba, Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Tokyo Institute of Technology, the University of Electro-Communications, Osaka University, Hiroshima University, Kyushu University, Nara Institute of Science and Technology, National Institutes of Natural Sciences, High Energy Accelerator Research Organization, the Institute of Administrative Information Systems
200 million yen Keio University, Hokkaido University, Toyohashi University of Technology, Kobe University, Okayama University, Kumamoto University
Project to Support the Formation of Foundation for Strategic Research at Private Universities

A research project entitled “Establishing a base for disaster research to internationally expand disaster mitigation research” led by Professor Tomoya Shibayama (Faculty of Science and Engineering) was selected for the MEXT project listed in the title. Disaster-preparedness researchers from Canada, England, Iran, Indonesia, Thailand, Tanzania, Bhutan, Chile, Vietnam and other countries throughout the world gathered at Waseda University to form an international research center which conducts complex disaster research on tsunami, storm surges, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Utilizing the academic resources of Japan, an advanced nation in disaster research, and the tradition of disaster research within the Waseda University Faculty of Science and Engineering, research will be conducted from two perspectives: 1) disaster mitigation technology for structural damage due to tsunami and earthquakes, and 2) clarification for the mechanism of complex disasters and related disaster mitigation.

Program for Leading Graduate Schools

A program which is entitled “Graduate Program for Embodiment Informatics” and is led by the Graduate School of Fundamental Science and Engineering and the Graduate School of Creative Science and Engineering was selected for the program listed in the title above.

The program aims to create composite value from the computing benefit (calculation benefit) of information technology, the network benefit (benefit of sharing resources) of telecommunication technology, and the body benefit (benefit of actual existence and power) of mechanical technology, while establishing “embodiment informatics” as an academic field combining the “embodiment” and “information” which produce the application benefit (direct value of problem-solving) in important fields such as medicine and environmental energy. The program aims to produce “system next” leaders that possess the abilities of foresight, conception and problem-solving, who will lead innovation in this new academic field.

*D1, D2…etc. within the figure represent the academic year within graduate programs.