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Joint Press Release with the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Action Plan for Collaborative Industry-Academia-Government Initiatives on Human Resources Development in Science and Technology Compiled

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) jointly established an Industry-Academia-Government Collaborative Roundtable on Human Resources Development in Science and Technology (hereinafter referred to as “the roundtable”). METI hereby announces that the roundtable compiled the results of the discussion into a report titled “Action Plan for Industry-Academia-Government Collaborative Initiatives on Human Resources Development in Science and Technology” (hereinafter referred to as “the action plan”).

1. Background and other information

In recent years, the demand for human resources in the fields of science and technology has been growing particularly in industrial circles, and such resources are considered essential for the creation of innovation in Japan. To address this situation, METI and MEXT jointly established the roundtable in May 2015 to discuss measures for the strategic development of human resources in these fields who will take leading roles in industry. The roundtable has held nine meetings to date.

At the meetings, the roundtable discussed issues related to three main subjects of focus: [i] measures for matching the needs for human resources in the industrial world with the higher education curriculum, and improving professional education; [ii] measures for promoting the empowerment of postdoctoral personnel in industry; and [iii] expanding the future basis for human resources in the fields of science and technology will be fostered, and enhancing the curriculum of elementary and secondary education. The roundtable compiled the initiatives that Japan should place an emphasis on launching from FY2016 into the action plan.

2. Content of the action plan

  1. Initiatives for matching industry’s need for human resources with the higher education curriculum, and improving professional education
    1. Matching the supply with the demand for human resources based on the results of the survey on the needs for such resources in industry
    2. List of necessary skills for the fields of science and technology as determined by industry and methods of evaluation of level of mastery of those skills for human resources during recruitment
    3. Providing an educational curriculum which addresses the needs of industry
  2. Measures for promoting the empowerment of postdoctoral personnel in industry
    1. Enhancing the fostering of postdoctoral personnel through industry-academia collaboration
      1. Promoting the development of human resources through industry-academia joint research
      2. Popularizing mid- to long-term research internship programs
      3. Promoting the “Program for Leading Graduate Schools”
      4. Encouraging postdoctoral personnel in cultivating new fields
    2. Developing human resources through R&D projects and other programs
  3. Expanding the future basis human resources in the fields of science and technology will be fostered, and enhancing the curriculum of elementary and secondary education
    1. Increasing interest in and thereby encouraging students in elementary and secondary education to learn about the fields of science and technology through experiments or scientific experiences
    2. Focusing the interest or attention of students towards scientific occupations or careers by helping them imagine possible career paths and through other efforts

3. Future actions

METI and MEXT will raise awareness of stakeholders by enhancing the effectiveness of the action plan at every possible opportunity. In addition, they will review and amend the action plan every fiscal year to draw public attention to the progress of the initiatives in the plan, monitor progress during the roundtable meetings and revise the plan if necessary based on those observations. In addition, aiming to further enhance the effectiveness of the plan, they will discuss and endeavor to carry out measures to promote initiatives for developing human resources in the fields of science and technology through setting ambitioustarget and other industry-academia-government collaborative efforts.

Release date

August 2, 2016

Division in Charge

Industry-University Collaboration Office, Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry1-3-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8901, Japan Tel: +81-(0)3-3501-1511
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