An industry-academia project, ChubuSat is being carried out in collaboration with industry in the Chubu Region. Taking advantage of the ChubuSat project, a joint industry-academia microsatellite project led by Nagoya University, students propose satellite instruments for development and carry out simulations, design, fabrication, environmental tests, preparation of installation, operation, and data analysis, experiencing every step from conception to completion. Unlike laboratory experiments with predetermined procedures, teams of 5–9 students from different fields work together to execute their projects through friendly competition and overcoming failures. Through cross-disciplinary interactions, students develop not only abilities that are useful in space-related industry, but also those that will be useful to them as leaders in the development of a wide range of industries, such as planning, project management and problem-solving skills.
To develop the abilities needed by leaders through diverse experiences outside the university, students are required to complete an internship at one or more of our affiliated institutions including companies in Japan and other countries and international research institutions. In corporate internships, students acquire execution and problem-solving skills through experiences in practical environments that will help guide their career paths. In addition to aerospace, the companies that accept interns span a wide range of fields from general companies to mass media. This is an invaluable opportunity for students to get a feel for the type of people needed by companies, and at the same time for companies to experience the value of our doctoral candidates. In internships at research institutions outside Japan, students acquire international communication skills while experiencing global research environments. These international internships are planned by students themselves.
Leaders in various fields are invited to relate their own experiences and a global leadership training course helps students to gain the knowledge needed to become international leaders through interactive practices. Through these opportunities students can envisage styles of leadership suited to their own abilities and acquire real-world knowledge. Further opportunities are provided for students to think deeply about what is needed in a leader, and to put this into practice by preparing seminar topics and materials,
planning and holding sessions to discuss and exchange opinions on various issues with faculty members, and various student-organized activities. Faculty members constantly monitor the activities organized by students, and assess student achievements, which cannot be measured by grades only, based on their leadership abilities and levels of contribution.
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Selected for FY2012
All Graduate Schools (All Departments)
[Partner Universities] 8 universities
University of Oxford; Ohio State University; University of California, Berkeley; University of Colorado; Seoul National University; University of Michigan; Michigan State University; University of Leicester
[Partner Companies] 6 companies
Aerospace Division, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.; Mitsubishi Electric Advanced Technology R&D Center; NEC Space Systems, Ltd.; Boeing Company; Toyota Motor Corporation; Hamamatsu Photonics