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Training Project for Young Researchers
One of the cornerstones of the program is the education of promising researchers and we are committed to providing adequate training for them. Recruiting young talent and putting a satisfactory support system in place is an obvious first step. Regarding the training itself, we need to provide supervision by world-class researchers and assistance toward the planning and implementation of research proposals as well as the development of linguistic and communication skills. Specific details are described below. Many of the plans will also involve close cooperation with other programs described above, such as the Program for Strategic Research and Development in particular.
>For Training Outstanding Students
Creating the position of COE-Funded Researcher (\200M×20 places)
Guidance by more than one supervisor, including visiting professors from overseas
Support in the development of skills required for international research activities
>For Promising Young Researchers
Introduction of COE-Funded Postdoctoral Scheme (10 places)
Research grant for exploratory researches

Recruiting young Japanese researchers
Inviting young overseas researchers
Promoting outstanding postdoctoral researchers (Specially-designated assistant professors)
1) Recruit and support of outstanding students
For the purpose of employing and supporting talented students from inside Japan and overseas, a budget is allocated by the COE program according to the following schemes.
a) COE21 Scholarship Scheme for PhD Students
For students engaged in research relevant to the COE program, grants are provided to successful PhD candidates.
b) COE21 Scholarship Scheme for Overseas Students
For overseas students engaged in research relevant to the COE program, grants are provided to successful PhD candidates.
2) Supervision by World-Class Researchers
Lectures and seminars are to be given by overseas researchers who have been invited under the COE program. Also, NAIST-COE Seminars and NAIST-COE International Symposiums will provide students with opportunities to receive guidance from the world’s leading researchers. Furthermore, on-the-job training will be provided in the form of sharing work with visiting overseas researchers and project staff, for the purpose of improving the practical research skills of PhD students. Students of distinction may have the opportunity to be dispatched to an overseas partner institution.
3) Developing Skills to Devise and Implement Research Proposals
While the university’s policy remains to encourage students to decide their own research topics, those PhD students in the later stage of study whose work is relevant to projects under the COE program may participate in those projects. This allows for COE budget allocation, enabling the following plan to be in effect for the development of the ability to plan, as well as perform, related researches.
1) Research Promotion by Inviting Proposals
We will invite proposals of an exploratory nature which could nevertheless expand new horizons in relation to the Program for Strategic Research and Development. Selected candidates will be provided with research funding as well as the necessary facilities from the Budget for Exploratory Research.
4) Developing Language and Communication Skills
Speaking and writing Japanese as well as Japanese is now an essential ingredient of academic life, as it is required of any independent researcher to publish papers worldwide and to communicate with foreign partners. In order to improve the students’ Japanese skills, language training is provided and academic Japanese writing and presentation guidance is given throughout the PhD course. Complementing this, self-learning materials for Japanese conversation will be installed on the campus computing system so that students can learn Japanese on their own on demand. Furthermore, the following schemes are to be carried out to ensure that the students will be provided with practice opportunities and properly assessed for their skills.
1) On-Campus Japanese Certificate Examination
Our campus becomes an exam center for TOEIC etc., and students will be offered tuition subsidies.
2) Dispatching Young Researchers Overseas
Presentations in international conferences held overseas are actively promoted with travel expenses provided to participants. The COE program will also make provisions for dispatching researchers to overseas partner organizations.
In regards to Japanese communication skills, seminar discussions and presentations will provide the main opportunities for basic language skill improvement for students in the earlier stages of their MPhil/PhD studies. For those students in the later stages of a PhD program, a project team is formed so that guidance can be given to the group as a whole and the members can collectively discuss the way their research should be presented. They are also encouraged to make presentations outside the university.

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