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The Graduate University for Advanced Studies (SOKENDAI).
The Center for the Promotion of Integrated Sciences.
Address: Shonan Village, Hayama, Kanagawa 240-0193 Japan
TEL: 81-46-858-1657
FAX: 81-46-858-1632
e-mail : cpis-office(at)ml.soken.ac.jp

About the Center for the Promotion of Integrated Science

Overview

The Philosophy of the Establishment of the Center

The Center for the Promotion of Integrated Sciences (hereinafter referred to as “the Center”), serving as an inter-departmental joint education and research center in the Graduate University for Advanced Studies, aims to enhance open and free academic exchange across departments and schools and promote integrated sciences to create interdisciplinary and cutting-edge academic disciplines. The Center promotes the following four programs as its core.

The Center’s Programs

Programs for Multidisciplinary Coordination in Research

These programs organize and implement strategic research projects, research programs through call for proposals including interdisciplinary research, and other research-related activities to be promoted by the Center.

(1) Strategic research projects
(2) Interdisciplinary research programs within the University through call for proposals
(3) Programs to support young or female researchers
(4) Organizing and implementing programs to fund academic publication
(5) Matters related to organizing and implementing other research-related programs to be promoted by the Center

Programs for Multidisciplinary Coordination in Research

These programs organize and implement the promotion of inter-departmental education programs that provide “comprehensive vision for science and society”.

(1) Support for organizing and implementing comprehensive subjects (inter-departmental subjects)
(2) Promoting education programs concerning “Science and Society”
(3) Matters related to organizing and implementing other education-related programs to be promoted by the Center

Programs for Academic Exchange

These programs organize and implement enhancement of communication among faculty members and students across departments and schools, including inter-departmental joint education research projects.

(1) Organizing and implementing such programs as student seminars, academic exchange sessions, Sokendai joint forums, the “JSPS summer program” commissioned by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, and research for the President’s Award
(2) Organizing and implementing community support programs to be implemented by the Center
(3) Matters related to organizing and implementing other inter-departmental exchange programs to be particularly implemented by the Center

Programs for Infrastructure Development

These programs handle organization and implementation of collective infrastructural improvement relating to issues common to all the schools and departments of the University.

(1) Organizing and implementing programs concerning academic public relations, academic exchange networks and e-learning programs as well as supporting their implementation
(2) Matters related to investigating the possibility of an integrated virtual major
(3) Matters related to organizing and implementing other infrastructure-related programs to be promoted by the Center

Message from the Director of the Center

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Kohji Hirata,the Director of the Center

Professor, School of Advanced Science

Research Interests: History of Science

The Center for the Promotion of Integrated Sciences (the Center) was launched in April, 2010, when its predecessor, the Hayama Advanced Research Center was consolidated with the Office for Inter-departmental Activities both of them established in fiscal 2004). Our goal is literally “to promote integrated sciences”. In other words, we aim to create new research fields by utilizing huge amounts of intellectual assets through multidisciplinary collaboration among the departments and schools, and apply this approach to education in order to foster researchers with broad perspectives. We believe that this is precisely the core philosophy of Sokendai.

We have taken over the missions pursued by the Coordination Center for Research and Education (the Coordination Center), which was founded almost at the same time as the establishment of Sokendai. The Coordination Center initiated all the programs that have become our core programs, including student seminars, international symposiums, summer schools (currently unavailable), joint research programs (currently strategic research projects and others), the Shonan Lectures (currently the Sokendai Lectures) and the Short-Term Research Programs for Young Foreign Researchers (currently the JSPS Summer Program). The Hayama Advanced Research Center specialized in research while the Office for Inter-departmental Activities focused on education/exchange programs. The consolidation of the two facilities was needed because research and education/exchange programs should be carried out in an integrated manner. We should not implement a variety of programs individually but organize them organically in order to meet the purpose for which Sokendai was established: the promotion of integrated sciences.

The base for integrated sciences is that faculty members and students across departments and schools get to know each other and strengthen mutual communication. This is the most important function of the Center. For example, we expect students who meet in a student seminar to keep in touch and initiate research activities involving faculty members, eventually creating new academic fields. Mutual communication among facility members will also generate new research and education programs. The Center provides such opportunities to bring people together. To promote these exchanges, we would like to prepare new ideas, especially so that the Center for Promotion of Integrated Sciences building, completed last year, will serve as a base for such interaction.

This is just the first step, of course. We need appropriate measures to create joint research programs that will generate new academic fields as well as education programs that will enable students to cultivate broad perspectives. It is also our duty to organize and implement these programs and improve them by using our accumulated know-how.

We will make efforts to improve the Center with your cooperation and support while building upon the good results achieved by Dr. IKEUCHI, its first director.