Jul. 09, 2021
Meanwhile, we at the School of Science and Technology are aiming to establish a world-class research institute for state-of-the-art science and technology in the field of research and education. The main thrust of our efforts is the Meiji Institute of Advanced Science and Technology (I-MAST) concept, which we are working hard to make it a reality.
As we envisage it, I-MAST will offer a consistent course of education over six years covering undergraduate and post-graduate study. The aims of I-MAST are to nurture students into young researchers with an indomitable frontier spirit and engineers with a high degree of expertise and technical capabilities. We have established the following targets to put us on the right track to achieving those goals, and steady progress is being made in most areas.
- Establish a specific-topic research institute, a post-doctorate research structure, a framework for visiting research fellows and a system of cooperation with other post-graduate institutes, all to be covered by a university-wide research administration and support structure. Progress has already been made in this area with the establishment of new graduate programs and new undergraduate departments, as illustrated by the opening of the Programs in Frontier Science and Innovation in 2008.
- Establish data processing and foreign language courses tailored to better equip students for the new age of computerization, and promote healthy values and ethics by having the faculty of the General & Cultural Studies play a part in post-graduate education.
- Develop education programs that comply with the standards stipulated by the Japan Accreditation Board for Engineering Education; expand and strengthen the range of internships available for students as a means of increasing motivation to learn and developing a work ethic; provide a range of pre-admission learning for students who enroll in the university through a variety of test formats; and strengthen learning support offices to help reinforce basic scholastic ability.
- Play a more proactive role in spreading information beyond campus boundaries, such as by conducting joint ventures with public institutions and private-sector companies, open courses for local residents, and mock university lectures for high school students. Doing so can help raise community respect for the Meiji University School of Science and Technology as an academic institution for the new millennium, and we hope that these measures will serve as a stepping stone to broader cooperation with various institutions throughout the international community so that we may continue to spread news and information on science and technology.