Just like the “checkerboard” formed by Kyoto’s grid of streets and alleys, L-INSIGHT intersects vertical axes — the exceptional creativity and advanced expertise of its LINSIGHT Fellows — with numerous horizontal axes, such as an international outlook, interdisciplinarity, and perspectives from industry. In doing so, it will produce innovative personnel with a profound “Global Insight,” who can drive cutting-edge research on an international scale, explore new frontiers and new areas of research, and bring new breakthroughs to industry.
L-INSIGHT defines “Global Insight” as the ability to span various boundaries — such as time, geography, academic disciplines, sectors, and cultural spheres with broad overviews, astute perceptions, and foresight. It will work to foster, strengthen, and stimulate “Global Insight Competencies” as skill sets and mindsets that can serve as a source of competitiveness and excellence for the next generation of top researchers. The program adopts a semi-customized approach that allows L-INSIGHT Fellows to take courses from a Core Program (Building Fundamentals) and a Practical Program (International Collaboration or Industry-Academia Collaboration) on a selective basis in accordance with their needs. It offers systematic support for L-INSIGHT Fellows to achieve goals that they themselves set, such as by providing opportunities to collaborate with researchers in companies and overseas partner institutions, or to interact with top-class international researchers. We will strive to develop and improve L-INSIGHT through dialogue with the fellows and experts, aiming to create an integrated and systematized program and to expand it across a wide area.
The HIRAKU-Global Program offers young researchers a suitable environment, various forms of assistance, and opportunities to develop their competence through international collaborations. The Program assists young researchers from universities in the Chugoku and Shikoku Regions (Hiroshima University, Yamaguchi University, Tokushima University, and Ehime University) to become innovative, influential, and impactful, in other words, to have a distinctive presence and influence in the global community, and to make an impact on it.
The HIRAKU-Global Program is a researcher development program targeted at young, tenure-track researchers. They will be given proper support and evaluations so that they can envision their goals for five and ten years from the start of the Program. The Program will offer an environment in which young researchers can build their networks, learn about various cross-disciplinary fields, inspire each other, and further enhance their abilities. It will also create a platform which enables them to play the role of leading and managing this project and mentoring other young researchers in the future. Through the Program, the young researchers are expected to increase their visibility in the global community, establish a virtuous cycle in their career paths, enhance the quality of their global network, and become more active in international collaborations. This will contribute to strengthening the international presence of HIRAKU-Global’s Member Organizations, as well as of the whole region.
TI-FRIS’s vision of a world-class researcher is one who, while leading the world in their field of expertise, has the ability to conduct interdisciplinary research with researchers in different fields (interdisciplinarity), the ability to promote research through friendly competition with researchers around the world (internationality), and the ability to collaborate with the public to implement research outcomes in society (sociality). TI-FRIS trains researchers to become leaders in the interdisciplinary research community, leading international collaborative research projects and projects to implement the outcomes of their research in society.
With Tohoku University, which has been working to foster researchers grounded in interdisciplinary research, as its flagship organization, TI-FRIS will form a consortium with other institutions in the Tohoku region: Hirosaki University, Iwate University, Akita University, Yamagata University, Fukushima University, Miyagi University of Education, and Mitsubishi Research Institute, Inc. The consortium will develop a program that draws on the research specialties and signature initiatives that each institution possesses. With the cooperation of partner companies and research institutes in Japan and abroad, it will also offer programs on interdisciplinary researcher exchange and international collaborative research, and those implementing research in society, as well as programs for acquiring the transferable skills that will serve as a foundation. These programs will allow us to provide flexible handling and support for researchers’ self-driven development, building a space for challenging creativity with an emphasis on diversity.