In the first and second years of the WISE Program, students engage in group work to acquire problem-solving skills. Also implemented is training abroad at an overseas partner institution, intended to enhance English language skills and provide overseas experience. There are also lectures by businesspersons from cooperation companies as well as project-based practical education through the Consortium for the Creation of New Industries, which consists of private companies and public research institutions. Industry and academia work as one to nurture human resources.
From the third year of the Program, students also engage in practical activities – including issue-proposal-type (problem-based) joint industry-academia research and international collaborative research at overseas partner institutions – to acquire useful skills for working in the industrial world. Guidance is also provided by foreign researchers and research and development personnel from the industrial circle. If students so desire, they engage in medium- to long-term overseas study abroad or internships in collaboration with private companies.
In addition to completing one’s major, a condition for completing the Program will be to select and study the distinctive subjects provided by the WISE Program and pass the Qualifying Examination (QE). The QEs are given two times – in the latter half of the second year of the Master’s program (QE1), and in the third year of the Doctoral program (QE2).