Program for Leading Graduate Schools, Nagoya University
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Program for Leading Graduate Schools: PhD Professional: Gateway to Success in Frontier Asia, Raising Leaders to Explore New Horizons


PhD Professional: Gateway to Success in Frontier Asia is a five-year, doctoral program, designed to take students from admission through graduation. The Program is designed to provide additional competency training, while students receive regular education and research training at their respective Graduate Schools of their enrollment.

Core-and-Spoke Model

Nagoya University is recognized as providing its students with a world-class education, designed to nurture advanced specialization. The fact that the University’s alumni include no less than six Nobel Laureates is testament to this. Industry and government, however, have not necessarily been entirely welcoming to our highly specialized and educated graduates. The issue has never been a lack of expertise, but rather a lack of associated competencies required to be able to apply that expertise to real-life environments.

To rectify this, the Program adopts a ‘core and spoke’ approach. The advanced specialization and research competencies required of a graduate with Ph.D. are considered ‘core’ competencies, and are developed through study based on the curricula in place at students’ graduate studies. At the same time, ‘spoke’ competencies, those required to be able to apply core competencies in international and practical contexts, are developed through this Program.

Structure of Core-and-Spoke Model

Core = Advanced Research Ability

The research capabilities of students must be recognized first and foremost by their respective Graduate Schools and they are expected to undertake the necessary education and training required by their Schools of their enrollment.

Spoke = Ability to Utilize Speciality

Competencies such as addressing proposals and solving problems independently, being able to debate and to express opinions with eloquence, having communication and management skills, displaying abilities to understand the approach and content of different fields, and understanding international contexts and cultural differences. ‘Spoke’ competencies in these five areas will be developed through educational courses offered by this Program. The achievement will be awarded by original diploma, issued through the examination board chaired by the University president.