Home / Education / Education at the Graduate School / Educational Policy(Doctoral course)

Educational Policy(Doctoral course)

Diploma Conferral Policies of Graduate School of Engineering

   The Graduate School of Engineering is committed to the development of science and technology with an emphasis on disciplinary fundamentals and basic principles while harmonizing the natural environment.  At the same time we aim to assist students in their pursuit of rich education with specialized knowledge, as well as the ability for its creative application, while nurturing high ethical standards and sense of responsibility.  Through research oriented education and training, the doctoral course program aims to educate  students to be best and brightest professional engineers and researchers who can cultivate new research fields and demonstrate as the global leader in the fields.

   Under the above objectives of educating students, a doctoral degree in engineering will be awarded to students who complete the following requirements. 

   Eligibility for the doctoral degree in engineering requires that candidates be enrolled for a designated number of years, complete doctoral course program coursework established in accordance with the objectives of the Graduate School of Engineering, acquire a minimum of 10 credit hours of coursework, and pass a doctoral dissertation review and examination.

   The completion of doctoral course program  is acknowledged  based on the doctoral thesis   submitted by the doctoral degree candidate with  the academic significance, novelty, creativity, and applied value in the field of engineering and  whether the doctoral degree candidates have the ability to plan and implement research as well as explain their research findings in theoretical terms, while possessing advanced broad specialist knowledge in their research fields,  high ethical standards and sense of responsibility  in their academic field.

  Candidates that demonstrate exceptional progress in their studies and research will be eligible to complete the doctoral program during a shortened period of enrollment.

Education Policies of the Graduate School of Engineering

   In order to achieve the objectives of diploma conferral policies, The Graduate School of Engineering performs its education in accordance with the following policies.

1. Provide students with advanced and broad-based specialist knowledge in their chosen research fields, and use research-oriented education and training to foster researchers with the ability to plan and implement research and explain their research findings and results logically, demonstrate strong ethical integrity in the arena of academic research, organize innovative research teams, and demonstrate leadership at the international level in new research fields.

2. Equip students with the ability to position and organize their own research from a broad-based perspective, which is free from the pitfalls of overspecialization, and lay a groundwork that enables students to harness their spirit of initiative and pioneer new research domains in unknown fields.

3. Enable students to intensify their levels of research, and cultivate their ability to reflect on their research with a strong sense of responsibility and ethical integrity, and adopt a critical attitude that continually questions whether that research is consistent with the goal of harmonious coexistence of humanity and nature.

   In order to implement these education policies,  the Graduate School of Engineering offers a coordinated master’s and doctoral degree program (the Integrated Master’s-Doctoral Course Program) with the aim of cultivating engineers and researchers equipped with doctoral degrees. 3 year course of Doctoral course, 5 year course and 4 year course of the Integrated Master’s –Doctoral Course Program (transfer from Master’s course program 2nd year) are offered in this program. 

   As a course subject, he Integrated Master’s-Doctoral Course Program  is designed to deepen and advance academic knowledge in fields of the specialty (core courses/major courses), courses in areas other than the specialization offered with the aim of imparting broad-ranging knowledge (minor courses), and courses designed to foster practical abilities (on-the-research training, internships). International internships and classes conducted in an English language medium are also offered in order to foster international outlooks. 

   As for the education policies, the Graduate School of Engineering clarifies its systematics and structure using study handbook, course model and course tree, and the contents of each class subject and evaluation methods of study achievement are indicated in study plan of each subject (syllabus).

   Students are assigned to a laboratory in their field of specialization and work on a specific research project under the guidance of faculty members. They compile the findings and results of their research into a  doctoral dissertation, as well as completing a tailor-made curriculum that matches their abilities and career paths and is constructed by selecting from among the courses offered in their curricular program in consultation with their supervisors. Through these activities, students are able to develop the knowledge and skills envisaged by the education policies stated above.

   On a basis of the above education policies, in accordance with the diploma conferral policies, the doctoral thesis is evaluated through the preliminary review committee, evaluation committee, and oral examination at the doctoral thesis defense, together with the candidate’s activities while undergoing research guidance (publication of articles to relevant academic societies and journals, presentation at domestic and international conference, laboratory seminars, on-the-research training, internships, etc.)

   Some departments have established their own rules concerning matters such as screenings for progression in research guidance and interim reporting and review in relation to submission of theses.

Related Content