In recent years, the term "good practice" (GP) has become widely used by international organizations in reports and other materials.
With GP as a keyword, this initiative supports educational projects at the university that seek to enhance the quality of student learning through projects that improve instructional methods and educational programs (e.g., curriculum), address the issues that reflect society's pressing needs, etc.
The program includes Distinctive GP (Support Program for Distinctive University Education) and Contemporary GP (Support Program for Contemporary Educational Needs).
Program for Promoting University Education and Student Support Theme A: Program for Promoting University Education Reform
The Program for Promoting University Education Reform considers projects at individual universities that ensure student competency and strengthen instruction and selects those whose benefits have clear achievement goals, while disseminating information to society at large and providing targeted financial support in order to strengthen quality assurance in higher education in Japan.
Program Selected in 2009 (Summary, Etc.)
"Systemically Aligning Outcome-based Bachelor's Degree Programs"
Program for Promoting High-Quality University Education (Educational GP)
Support Program for Distinctive University Education (Distinctive GP)
Support Program for Contemporary Educational Needs (Contemporary GP)
Science and Mathematics Student Support Project
To develop the human resources in science and technology needed for the future, the Science and Math Student Support Project supports programs that aim to further strengthen the motivation and ability of highly motivated students in science and mathematics at universities with science faculties (excluding two-year colleges and graduate schools) through projects related to 1) development/implementation of admission selection methods, 2) development/implementation of educational programs, and 3) approaches to strengthening student motivation and ability.
Program Selected in 2009 (Summary, Etc.)
"Step-up Special Program for Engineering and Science Students, in Collaboration with High Schools and Graduate School"
Program for Enhancing Systematic Education in Graduate Schools
Program for Promoting High-Quality Faculty Development (Faculty Development GP)
Initiative for Attractive Educational Programs in Graduate Schools
Program for Promoting Professional Education in Graduate School Graduate Law Programs
The Program for Promoting Professional Education in Graduate School Graduate Law Programs provides targeted support for outstanding educational projects selected on the basis of third-party evaluations in a competitive public and private environment. Projects seek to develop and strengthen the educational content and methods in graduate law schools, which will be the core institutions in the new legal training system, and in business administration, accounting and the various other kinds of professional graduate schools. The program aims to contribute to the strengthening and improvement of Japan's international competitiveness while encouraging projects that actively strengthen educational content at the different kinds of professional graduate schools and promoting the training of high-level professionals.
Program Selected in 2004 (Individual) (Summary, Etc.)
"Cyber Clinic System Construction"
Program Selected in 2004 (Joint)
"Kyushu Three University Partnership for Training Legal Professionals"
Program Selected in 2004 (Joint)
"Project for Professional Skills Instruction Materials"
Program to Support Strategic University Collaboration
This program promotes active collaboration between universities (public and private) and the effective use of each university's educational and research resources in their roles as local centers of knowledge in order to raise educational and research standards even higher, make their uniqueness and distinctiveness clearer, and strengthen the foundations of university administration.
Program Selected in 2008 (Joint)
"Developing Innovative PhD Human Resources through Wide-ranging Collaboration between Industry, Academia, and Government"
University Hospital Collaboration-based Program to Promote Training of High-level Medical Professionals
Program to Promote Internationalization in University Education (Advanced Overseas Educational Field Research Support)
To promote greater reform in higher education, the Advanced Overseas Educational Field Research Support program sends faculty from Japanese universities and other institutions to overseas educational and research institutions with the goal of strengthening the international currency and compatibility of Japanese higher education. Likewise, it also selects and funds outstanding projects that seek to strengthen the international currency and compatibility of Japanese higher education.
Program Selected in 2005 (Summary, Etc.)
"Operation and Practice of Expert Sharing for International Joint Education"
Program Selected in 2006 (Summary, Etc.) [PDF 245KB]
"Reform of English Education to Foster Learner Autonomy"
Program to Promote Internationalization in University Education (Long-Term Overseas Study Support)
To further promote both the development of human resources capable of contributing to international society as well as the reform of university education to strengthen the international competitiveness of Japanese universities, the Long-Term Overseas Study Support program sends students to overseas graduate schools long-term through overseas study programs run by universities to obtain degrees and engage in research in their fields of expertise.
Program Selected in 2007 (Summary, Etc.)
"Kumamoto University Long-Term Study Abroad Program"
Cancer Professional Training Plan
To promote both the revitalization of university education as well as the training of medical providers for the future treatment of cancer, the Cancer Professional Training Plan provides financial support to outstanding programs submitted by public and private universities that train high-quality cancer doctors and other specialists.
Program Selected in 2007 (Joint) (Summary, Etc.)
"Human Resource Development Plan for Cancer in Kyushu"
Program to Promote Advanced IT Specialist Training
Software technology has become a basic element of the social infrastructure supporting the everyday life of citizens in Japan today, from home appliances to basic social and industrial systems such as airline control systems and financial management systems.
It is therefore a great concern directly related to Japan's international competitiveness that Japan is said to lack sufficient human resources in the software field in terms of both their quality and quantity.
Accordingly, the Program to Promote Advanced IT Specialist Training mobilizes inherent potential between universities and across industrial-academic barriers to strengthen educational content and systems in order to build centers of education that train human resources with both the specialized skills required of world class software engineers as well as the ability to take a leading role in corporations and other organizations by anticipating shifts in social conditions and responding to them flexibly.
Program Selected in 2006 (Joint) (Summary, Etc.)
"Program to Nurture ICT (Information Communication Technology) Architects to Lead the Next Generation Information Society"
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