Student Support Efforts by the Student Support Team
Fumio Hanaoka, Gakushuin University
The main efforts in this area are activities related to corporate training, job placement support, and exchange student assistance, carried out with the cooperation of companies and research institutes. Details of such activities are presented below.
1. Corporate Training
Internships and special extramural training are conducted primarily during the summer holidays, and credits can be acquired through the completion of designated courses listed in the common syllabus of the Tokyo Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Consortium.
Internships: Students work for a designated period of time as a trainee at a corporation, research institute, or other facility. The system provides real-world working experience in areas of interest to students for a possible career path. Since 2010, internships have been completed at six companies for periods from two days to about one month.
Special extramural training: This program offers the chance to learn by working in a company. Since 2010, advance training for one day and on-the-job training for three days has been provided for three years running at the same company.
Over a three-year period starting in 2010, a total of 101 students have participated in this corporate training, and many positive reactions were received, such as, “I became aware of many things that I could not have learned in university life alone” and “I felt how important it is to pursue work cooperatively in an organization.” We will continue arranging such opportunities in response to graduate students’ expressed desire to expand the number of companies accepting trainees for the benefit of up-and-coming students.
2. Job Placement
To assist graduate students in the doctoral program with job placements, we invite people from corporate personnel divisions to speak at briefing sessions held jointly by the four universities. These sessions are aimed directly at and restricted to graduate students majoring in the life sciences and are always well received by both the companies and the students themselves. Students doing experiments at the university that hosts the job placement briefing tell us that they are grateful to be able to attend sessions offered by companies they are interested in during breaks in their research. Because the sessions are held in a university classroom, the number of participants for each session is limited, but this allows questions to be asked and personal advice to be given.
In the three years since 2010, 19 companies have cooperated in these efforts in such areas as drug manufacturing, clinical testing, healthcare, medical equipment, cosmetics, food, publishing, IT, and public and private laboratory research. We will continue to host joint briefing sessions by enterprises that offer graduate students who are busy doing experiments the chance to have meaningful interactions with companies.
3. Exchange Student Support
To support students from other countries studying in Japan, we offer a Japanese-language study program and lectures in English.
Japanese-language study program: Ochanomizu University’s Japanese Studies program is listed in the Tokyo Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Consortium’s common syllabus. This program offers Japanese language study at various levels with varying content to help international students better cope in their daily lives in Japan, understand lectures in Japanese, present oral reports, create written reports, and write their thesis in Japanese.
Lectures in English: Classes taught in English (12 in 2012) are listed in the common syllabus and are open to exchange students from all four universities.
Additional support through effective plans will be offered as we find out the requirements of exchange students at each university.