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Project objectives and student capabilities to be developed

It is an ever-lasting, inevitable issue for human beings to secure energy and conserve the environment on the earth. Each country should share an understanding of the importance of global energy and environmental issues and also needs to work together in partnership to tackle the issues and work on education, research, and technological development in Energy and Environmental Science and Technology (EEST).
When it comes to a graduate school which aims to cultivate professionals with highly specialized expertise, indeed its mission is to lead the development of globally-competent human resources in EEST. Especially for Asia where rapid economic growth and rapid increase in energy consumption have brought such a negative effect as environmental pollution and its aftermath, it is imperative to deal with energy and environmental issues, and also extremely significant to show what Asia has been trying to tackle such issues to the world.
Based on the aforementioned background and motivation, the South Korea-China-Japan triangle consortium of Pusan National University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Kyushu University proposed a project entitled “Cooperational Graduate Education Program for the Development of Global Human Resources in Energy and Environmental Science and Technology aiming at double degree” and the project was approved. The main target of the previous project was to cultivate and to develop globally-competent human resources in EEST who possess:
(1) highly specialized expertise and research development skill based on the expertise,
(2) understanding of current energy and environmental issues and progressive investigation skill,
(3) globally-competent English language skill,
(4) professional ethics required for researchers and engineers in the globalized era as well as understanding of different cultures/races/societies.

Framework of inter-university exchange programs with quality assurance

Compact Japan-China-South Korea triangular consortium

In recent years, Kyushu University has established a close partnership with Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China and Pusan National University in South Korea, under its “Asia-oriented strategy.” Taking advantage of the solid relationships with these two universities, we have established a compact consortium under triangular cooperation between Japan, China and South Korea, so that more substantial cooperation and exchanges in education and research can be promoted.

Collaborative Master’s degree program

The discipline concerned in this project is science and technology related with interlocking energy and environmental issues, namely Energy and Environmental Science and Technology (EEST). And the main aims of the program are to cultivate and to develop globally-competent human resources in EEST. To realize the aim, a double degrees (DD) program as a pilot program was successfully established in the first stage. The program consists of three parts as (i) Specialized education curriculum, (ii) EEST curriculum, and (iii) Research for Master’s thesis, all of which are designed, based on the concept that expertise in EEST and capability of its global application are to be fostered.
(1) Specialized education curriculum with quality assurance
The curriculum is based on the already established one in each university with effective utilization of quality-assured credit transfer system. In addition, joint lectures and teaching materials are developed in order to standardize teaching method/level/quality.
(2) EEST curriculum
EEST course curriculum, which three universities jointly developed incorporating each university’s existing curriculum, consists of a "three in one" module, namely combining the semester exchange, summer school and international seminars together. Some of the short course programs, such like summer schools, are open for students in the three consortium universities and other universities to enhance/encourage student exchange and cultivate more global human resources in EEST field.
(3) Research for Master’s thesis
System and procedure that jointly evaluate and approve the achievement of the Master course thesis research is implemented. The possible means include mid-term thesis presentation to be held during the summer school, submission of one common thesis written in English and the establishment of an approval system where faculty members from the consortium universities are allowed to join a final thesis examination/approval meeting.

After 3 years of operation of the double degree program in the first stage Campus Asia EEST program, 72 students were awarded DD until March 2017.

Implementation of unified grading policies and degree conferment quality

A Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) leader committee is set up in the J-C-K university consortium and a PDCA committee at each university. These committees facilitate continuous and unified reviewing for planning, implementation, evaluation, and improvement processes of this program, as well as the joint assessment of grading policies and degree conferment.

Concept and structure of collaborative Ms degree program

Dissemination of the program and its achievements

Information dissemination by utilizing websites

To make this program widely known to the public with improved transparency, an independent website exclusively for this program will be launched (in English and Japanese) within the website of the Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Engineering Sciences, Kyushu University. The program website will also be linked to the websites of the Kyushu University International Affairs Department and other related organizations.

Information release and dissemination via debriefing sessions and symposia

By taking full advantage of international symposia sponsored by this consortium and participated by students and educators, as well as industry-government-academia exchange programs, such as Fukuoka-Busan Forum, information on this program is actively disseminated to university officials, students and industry circles.

Deployment, diffusion of this program and prospect

This CAMPUS Asia program is expected to be further developed, deployed and diffused to other consortiums, first by making summer school programs open to other universities in and outside Japan. Then, based on experiences and achievements accumulated through this program, the establishment of an international Cooperational Graduate Education that is operated under a joint degree system can be envisioned.

Student mobility through exchange programs

This CAMPUS Asia program facilitates student mobility and exchanges among the three universities by offering a “study abroad program” for Master’s course students, a “summer school program,” which is a joint project by the three universities and is offered by each university in rotation. For Doctoral course students, a “research exchange student program” is prepared to intensify their mobility.

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Study abroad program

Kyushu University (KU), Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), and Pusan National University (PNU) send and accept five Master’s course students each at the beginning of the autumn semester every year. The credits acquired on the study abroad program are authorized in accordance with a credit transfer system.

Summer school

The three universities jointly offer an “EEST curriculum” as a 10-14 days’ summer school in the latter half of August. The summer school is run by the three universities in rotation (FY2012 program by PNU, FY2013 by KU, FY2014 by SJTU, FY2015 by KU, and FY2016 by PNU). From FY2014 onward, the summer school will be made open to other universities in and outside Japan.

Research exchange program for Doctoral course students

The research exchange program provides Doctoral course students with joint research and guidance opportunities doing research in EEST for doctoral dissertation.

Student mobility through exchange programs

Annually, around 20-30 master’s course students will graduate awarding DD from two universities among the three consortium universities. Most of the first and the second batch of DD alumni and alumnae in the previous program are now employed in large or important companies and some go on doctoral courses in EEST field. In addition, nearly 100 students learn in two times of Summer School concentrated to the EEST filed and experience international communications with foreign students staying in the same residents. Their participation and presence shall have also strong impacts after their graduation. In this respect, the opening of the summer school here-proposed seems quite important.

Cooperation of the three consortium universities is also significant. As appeared in trial construction of a DD/JD pilot program in doctoral courses, not only the co-education system established in the previous program but also cooperation in researches are required for awarding DD/JD in the doctoral courses. Establishment of the DD/JD program in the doctoral courses inevitably lead to many scientific publications co-authored internationally. All these enhance globalization of the consortium universities.