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Globalization of Education

Nagoya Institute of Technology (NITech) has been promoting globalization of education through the Joint Degree Doctoral Program in Informatics, the Japanese-German graduate program “Cotutelle,” and the Double Degree Program, among other initiatives.

Joint Degree Doctoral Program in Informatics

NITech is teaming up with the University of Wollongong in Australia to develop a long-term joint education and research program in informatics, with a focus on AI and multi-agent systems. Taking advantage of the educational and research resources at both institutions, the Joint Degree Doctoral Program in Informatics has been established. (Joint degree program: A system that enables a student who completes a joint educational program provided by partnered Japanese and overseas universities to earn a joint degree from both institutions.) Under the Joint Degree Doctoral Program in Informatics, world-class lecturers from both institutions jointly provide education and guidance. The program is designed to produce practical researchers and engineers who can lead the world in the field of informatics and pioneer new research fields, and those who can serve as global leaders in IT-related and other companies with a global presence to launch new businesses.

Japanese-German Graduate Program “Cotutelle”

NITech has been offering the Japanese-German graduate program “Cotutelle” since October 2019 jointly with Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU) in Germany. Cotutelle is a co-tutoring program for students in doctoral courses engaged in research and doctoral thesis production, and adopted by many graduate schools in Europe.

In Japan, this program has been part of the Japanese-German Graduate Externship of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). NITech students are able to study at FAU with the support of JSPS. In Germany, this program by FAU has been part of the IRTG (International Research Training Group) of the German Research Foundation (DFG). FAU students are supported by DFG to take part in this program. This is a prospective program catching attention from both countries.

Through the Cotutelle program, NITech will foster doctoral students equipped with high adaptability and an international perspective, who are not afraid of taking risks.

Double Degree Program

Since 2012, in collaboration with partner universities in China, NITech has conducted the Double Degree Program (enabling a student to earn degrees from two institutions by credit transfer, etc.) as an international graduate school program to produce international-minded engineers and researchers who will be active in companies and research institutions worldwide.

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