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Winners Selected for the 2016 Grand Prix for Development of Fundamental Competencies for Working Persons!

On February 22, 2016, at Takushoku University, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) held the 2016 Grand Prix for Development of Fundamental Competencies for Working Persons, where student teams made presentations on their progress in the development of the "fundamental competencies for working persons" through university classes. Their progress was evaluated on the basis of their presentations, and METI has selected one university for the Grand Prix and two universities for the Semi-Grand Prix.

1. Award-winning universities

(See Appendix(PDF:1,608KB) PDF File for detailed information on efforts made (in Japanese))

Grand Prix (METI Minister's award)

Osaka Institute of Technology’s Faculty of Engineering, representing the Kinki Region, for the presentation entitled, "A student team vies with others from around the world in the development of energy systems for the future ― towards a development team that can serve society."

Outline of efforts made:

A team of students from the laboratories of the university competed in an international development competition organized by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. Participants had to meet multi-faceted target specifications that were on the same level as those for development conducted by companies at the contest, and the team experienced technology development as the members put the technical knowledge that they had acquired at the university into practice during the design and production of a high-quality prototype. Through such experiences, the members acquired the competencies required for working persons and achieved significant growth.
The topic “High-efficiency Wireless Charging Systems for Electric Vehicles and Other Applications” was assigned to the team, which subsequently discussed and deliberated together at great length, employing a strategy by which they would outperform other teams by making use of their own procedure for producing smaller and lighter products at lower costs.
The team reached the final round of competition, ultimately winning third place, while leveraging its diversity, proactively obtaining cooperation from external entities, and experiencing the professional demands of completing work within a limited period of time.

Decisive factors in winning the award:

The students proactively worked on the solutions to various issues, obtaining cooperation from the professors in charge as well as companies, and such attitudes and processes were highly regarded factors in winning the award. The students put what they had learned in class into practice by actually producing a prototype and by presenting it at the contest, and such efforts greatly contributed to their development of the fundamental competencies of working persons.

Semi-Grand Prix

Soka University’s Faculty of Economics, representing the Kanto Region with the presentation entitled, “The Happiness Sharing Project – Put awareness, mottainai, into practice, aiming to reduce the huge amount of food waste.”

Tama University’s School of Management and Information Sciences, representing the Kanto Region with the presentation entitled, “The We Love Japan Project.”

2. What are "fundamental competencies for working persons"?

Changes occurring in the environments surrounding businesses and the growth of young people require today's working people to have basic abilities that are commonly required in all types of jobs, such as the "ability to find problems for the creation of new value," the "ability to effectively work toward solutions to problems," and the "ability to use teamwork to unite different cultures." METI defines such abilities as "fundamental competencies for working persons" and is working to develop and propagate these abilities.

*Website related to fundamental competencies for working persons
Fundamental Competencies for Working Persons page on the METI website
http://www.meti.go.jp/policy/kisoryoku/index.html (in Japanese)

Release date

February 23, 2016

Division in Charge

Human Resources Policy Office, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau

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Human Resources for Industry
Last updated:2016-02-29
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