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Intensive Courses for International Standardization (Rule Making) to be Held Government-industry-academia joint project for human resource development as an effort for forecasting the future of Japan

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) will collaborate with industry represenatives and five universities in the Tama area of, Tokyo, i.e., University of Electro-Communications/Tokyo University of Foreign Studies/Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Tokyo Gakugei University, and Hitotsubashi University to launch educational courses at these universities for promoting the development of human resources who can play a leading role at a global level in international standardization efforts. As part of this effort, top leaders of global enterprises will deliver lectures before students from June to July 2017, and practitioners in the field of rule making will hold intensive courses in September.

1. Purpose

The term “standardization” refers to efforts advanced for the purpose of establishing standards as universal rules that contribute to the dissemination of technologies and businesses, or to the expanding the scales of existing markets. In recent years, international standardization initiatives per se have served as the basis for countries to conduct dynamic negotiations and coordinate in making international rules. Japan has not always been sufficiently engaged in such international standardization and rule making efforts. Against this backdrop, it was difficult for Japan to succeed in securing competitive advantages and competitiveness internationally, despite any domestic technological and business development success.

Based on this experience, the Public-Private Strategic Council for Standardization at METI established a Working Group for Studying the Development of Human Resources Responsible for Standardization in January 2017 under government-industry-academia collaboration (Chair: Mr. Haruo Takeda, Corporate Chief Engineer, Research and Development Group, Hitachi, Ltd.). The working group formulated a collection of action plans titled “Three Action Plans for the Development of Human Resources Responsible for Standardization,” aiming to encourage companies’ personnel in charge of rulemaking for international standardization to further engage in related activities. As a new approach, these action plans aim to raise awareness of the importance for companies to make international rules to secure competitive advantages for their technologies in global markets among corporate leaders, as an effort to be undertaken in parallel with the development of such technologies. These plans also aim to foster young human resources who understand international standardization and can play a leading role in the global economy as expert operatives in this field.

As a specific effort for this project, METI will collaborate with industry experts and five universities in the Tama area including  the University of Electro-Communications, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies and Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, which are known as big three universities in the Western Tokyo area, and Tokyo Gakugei University and Hitotsubashi University,  to hold educational courses at these universities to promote the development of human resources who can play a leading role at a global level in international standardization efforts. As part of this effort, top leaders of global enterprises will deliver lectures before students concerning rule-making strategies from June to July 2017, while practitioners in the field of rule making will hold intensive courses in September.

2. Details of the courses

  1. Targets: These courses target undergraduate, graduate and other students, focusing on freshmen, regardless of their chosen majors.
  2. Structure: Lectures by industry experts at each university and an intensive course organized by host universities
  3. Details

(Lectures)

  • From June to July 2017, the University of Electro-Communications, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Tokyo Gakugei University, and Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology will each hold a lecture (90 minutes consisting of a lecture and Q&A session).*
  • At the presentations, top leaders of global enterprises will introduce case studies of leading companies engaging in international standardization efforts to improve their business prospects and also explain the importance of such efforts.
  • The number of participants is expected to be approximately one to several hundred.

*Schedule of the presentations

  • June 21 (Wed.): Tokyo University of Foreign Studies
    Speaker: Dr. Tamotsu Nomakuchi, Executive Corporate Advisor, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
  • July 18 (Tue.): Tokyo Gakugei University
    Speaker: Ms. Rieko Komiyama, Director, Recruit Institute for Next Generation Education
  • July 25 (Tue.): Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology
    Speaker: Mr. Hiroshi Tomono, Advisor, Nippon Steel and Sumitomo Metal Corporation
  • July 31 (Mon.): University of Electro-Communications
    Speaker: Mr. Hiroaki Nakanishi, Chairman of the Board and Representative Executive Officer, Hitachi, Ltd.

(Intensive course)

  • From September 11 (Mon.) to 15 (Fri.) at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (FY2017 host university)
  • Three 90 minute-classes per day
  • Expected lecturers: Dr. Manabu Eto, Professor of Hitotsubashi University, representatives from industrial associations (field-based standardization), officials from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (education) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (international negotiations)

Note: Students who take this course are able to gain credits under the credit transfer system.

Reference:

For more information, visit the following website for the notice of the presentations and course:

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Release date

June 14, 2017

Division in Charge

Technical Regulations, Standards and Conformity Assessment Policy Division, Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau

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