Message

University President

Akio Yuki

University President
Akio Yuki

Above all, Yamagata University has placed the interests of the students first, and has worked to create a university that places primary importance on education. Currently the university is striving to enrich the education of students through the idea of "co-existence between mankind and nature".
The training and securing of superior young instructors to bear the burden of education and research, the core of the Yamagata University instructor organization, is an important issue to consider as we move forward. For this reason, the university has endeavored to support education through efforts such as the use of the university president's discretionary expense account to establish research expense accounts for young researchers.
Fortunately, in 2009 Yamagata University was selected to receive Ministry of Education Special Coordination Funds for Promoting Science and Technology, as a part of the "Promotion of environmental improvement for independence of young researchs" We intend to use these funds to their fullest, to provide young researchers with the opportunity to be independent and active, and to prepare a vital research environment that will fully display those abilities.
The title of the selected program is "Fostering of distinguished young researchers having social intelligence". This program does not simply aim to promote excellent research abilities, but also aims to train young researchers with Social Intelligence quotient, called SQ. In doing this the university aims to train young researchers with educational and management abilities that will in the future become the core instructors in the instructor organizations of each Faculty.
In concrete terms, the Graduate School of Science and Engineering of this university is to be designated the "Tenure Track Promotion Area" and various measures will be taken; using the results of those measures as a base, it is hoped that the system will be developed campus-wide. Furthermore, female and foreign researchers will be proactively hired as tenure candidates.
Yamagata University is a national university located in a rural area. In order for the efforts made by Yamagata University to be made into a model project the university will use all of the resources available to it. We ask for the assistance and cooperation of all related parties.

Dean

Yoshihiro Ohba

Dean
Yoshihiro Ohba

This program is a part of the 2009 Special Coordination Funds for Promoting Science and Technology's Young Researcher Independent Research Environment Preparation Promotion Project. As the responsible party-in-charge of this division I will now explain the purposes and effects of this program.

To begin, the following three points are listed as the ideal type of young leader this program seeks to train:
1) Researchers that possess a "frontier spirit", pioneering new areas and look towards the future
2) Researchers that encourage unison between fellow researchers and staff
3) Researchers that possess changed minds (A guiding way of thought that pulls the organization and continues reforms)
I will first provide some background information and explain the importance of this program. In 2004 Yamagata University was corporatized along with all other national universities, and under a new legal structure made a fresh start as a distinctive regional national university corporation. As a result, the traditional way of thinking that assumed the state would always care for the university like a ship in a convoy became invalid. Yamagata University, a national university corporation, must achieve distinguishing and excellent results in every index of education, research, societal contribution and internationalization, and additionally has a new responsibility to provide explanations to taxpayers. To state this in reverse, those corporations that do not do these things will see their operational grants reduced, which in turn will cause difficulties for operations. The most important thing for achieving excellent results is the securing of excellent human resources. It can be said that of great importance is the continual hiring of independent, brilliant young human resources who will together with the excellent educational researchers already affiliated with the university produce results and conduct the kind of distinctive research and education that can only be performed at that particular university. We are convinced that the excellent young researchers that will be hired through this program will become independent and superior researchers with Social Intelligence quotient through their participation in this program, and will work to support Yamagata University in the future.
The special characteristic of the Education of Excellent Young Researchers with Social Intelligence quotient program is the Social Intelligence quotient component. This makes it a rare type of program even nationwide, and is likely to set new precedents in the area of university instructor education. It is my hope that the effects of this program do not end within the engineering fields of the Graduate School of Science and Engineering, but rather spread throughout other Faculties and Graduate Schools to serve as a source of vitality for all of Yamagata University. Additionally it is my desire that in the future excellent young researchers spread throughout other universities as well, raising the educational and research abilities of Japan's universities and allowing Japan to prosper as a science and technology-oriented country.

SQ Training Coaches

Takashi Okada

SQ Training Coaches
Takashi Okada

Social Intelligence quotient is Put to the Test During Troubled Times

Japanese society is currently facing an age of great danger and change. Traditional values have been snubbed, and the era in which people simply believed that the future is an extension of today is over. We have entered into an age in which ways to survive must be sought. The same holds true for universities, as well. Even if a university has flourished for the past hundred years, there is no guarantee for tomorrow. On the contrary, chances to leap forward come to those who are not held captive to established values, but instead are able to use new ideas to start in a new direction. In these troubled times, it is in Social Intelligence quotient that holds the key to survival.
Recent research on primates has indicated that human intelligence is not the result of instrumental intelligence as was previously thought, but it instead in fact the product of the evolution of societal knowledge that accompanies the enlargement of the size of the group. Being able to discern a person's true intentions from his/her expression, and being able to attract the interest and influence the feelings of a customer are also examples of Social Intelligence quotient. The size of society has maximized to a global scale, and in order to survive such a society and accumulate successes high-level Social Intelligence quotient is required. In reality, however, instrumental intelligence is developing rapidly, and Social Intelligence quotient tends to be abandoned. The gap between these two causes problems from failures at the individual level all the way to deficiencies in organizational functionality.
The kinds of human resources that will become leaders and cut through these troubled times will not only be required to be successful as researchers; they will also need the Social Intelligence quotient to promote their positions to the surrounding environment, to draw society into their positions, and to create new trends. This project is a novel and brave experiment in training human resources that also excel in Social Intelligence quotient, and I am truly looking forward to being a part of it.

Program Officers

Tokio Niikuni

Program Officers
Tokio Niikuni

In the midst of intensifying international competition, Japan must further establish itself as a science and technology-oriented nation. In order to do this, the training of young researchers, educators, and other human resources to lead in the next era is a necessary and pressing topic. Cognizant of this, the Young Researcher Education Program was established with Special Coordination Funds for Promoting Science and Technology. The university submitted the "Education of Excellent Young Researchers with Social Intelligence quotient" program (the Yamagata University tenure track instructor training program), the program was selected, and has now begun its activities. I am quite happy to know that as the Senior Mentor I will play a connecting role between Program Officers (PO), Mentor Instructors, and all of the Tenure Track Instructors.
Fascinating young researchers that have overcome dozens of challenges have taken their posts and have already begun their research activities. It is our hope that all of these individuals will become world-class researchers and educators, but in my experience I have found that those who lead on the global level are able to explain themselves well, and are filled with the can-do spirit and confidence to meet the challenge. It is my desire to play a role in fostering such knowledge. Fortunately, there are world-class leaders at our university in the area of organic electronics research, a good target field for young researchers. With the strong assistance and cooperation of those both inside and outside of the university, it is hoped that world-class leaders will be trained in succession and that Yamagata University will become one of the world's core universities.

Mentor Instructors and the Senior Mentor

Hachiro Nakanishi

The Senior Mentor
Hachiro Nakanishi

Education of Excellent Young Researchers with Social Intelligence quotient: This is Yamagata University's challenge for survival. Today the world is in the midst of great political, economic and technological changes. In such an environment it is not possible for universities to be the only type of organization to continue in the same manner as in the past. It is hoped that this will be a time in which the university forms itself into a grouping of diverse knowledge that goes beyond that of the past, and incorporates both outside knowledge and a global outlook. Changes are demanded in many areas including operational methods and the human resources system. It goes without saying that the quality of researchers is an issue as well.
Japan is now witnessing remarkable development, economic growth, and technological improvements among its neighboring countries. Japan is now facing a situation in which the current level of affluence is becoming difficult to maintain as it moves from developing and producing physical products to receiving income from intangible products such as systems and software. It is imperative to continually remain in the world's top class of scientific and technological innovators, and as such it can be said that human resources training is a pressing issue. We are aiming to train researchers with more diverse viewpoints than before, that are able to extend across academic areas, regions, and race, and that are able to produce superlative, barrier-breaking results. For young researchers in their early 30s with unique research topics we will provide independent research rooms, and will train them to lead the research group as they accumulate experience under their own strong goal-oriented consciousness.
While the Yamagata University Graduate School of Science and Technology concentration areas of organic devices, robotics, and biotechnology may seem at first glance to be independent and unrelated fields, it is my hope that through the mutual operations performed by this program's researchers a new research area will be born, one that will create a research group that will attract worldwide attention.
Social Intelligence quotient is the fundamental ability for survival everywhere and at all times. The first step is to become adept at listening. The SQ Test focuses on issues including reading others, being sympathetic, and commoditizing in a manner in which goals are clear. We will look up to the direct guidance of the author of this test, Professor Takashi Okada, as we polish our own skills in this area. Following the end of this program we will endeavor to produce impossible to overwhelm, robust instructors that take leading international roles, as well as strive to establish this unique Tenure Track System at Yamagata University.