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Memorandum Concludes Industry-Academia Collaborative Framework on Human Resources for Robotics

"Consortium of Human Education for Future Robot System Integration" ("CHERSI")

December 16, 2019

Under the Plan for Promoting Social Change Taking Advantage of Robots, compiled and released by the government in July 2019, six industrial robot manufacturers, the FA & Robot System Integrator Association, the National Institute of Technology and other organizations decided to collaboratively conclude a Memorandum for Establishment of the Consortium of Human Education for Future Robot System Integration, a body aiming to develop human resources committed to the development of robots.

1. Background

  1. In July 2019, the Cabinet Office, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW), and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) jointly launched the Council for Promoting Social Change Taking Advantage of Robots (chair: Dr. Sato Tomomasa, Emeritus Professor, the University of Tokyo). Since then, the council compiled its discussion results into the Plan for Promoting Social Change Taking Advantage of Robots . One of its policies plans to uphold the establishment of a framework for human resource development under collaboration between industry and academia to develop future human resources in robotics. Such an examples of collaboration could be between industrial players and technological institutes or other schools.

  2. Moreover, in cooperation with MEXT, METI conducted interviews with representatives of national institutes of technology and industrial high schools and found that many face challenges in: improving teachers’ knowledge in skills and techniques that students will be required to have when working on manufacturing floors amid the advancement of the fourth industrial revolution; and out-of-date machinery as practical learning tools for students in classrooms.

  3. In some regions, companies running businesses in the regions and national institutes of technology or industrial high schools there have jointly been advancing efforts for the development of human resources, such as teachers, students and pupils. Against this backdrop, in addition to Items (1) and (2), it is indispensable for Japan to expand these efforts in a horizontal manner and tackle them under the framework of the All-Japan initiatives, bearing in mind the fact that more than ever, not only robot manufacturers and system integrators but users also need to acquire robot literacy.

  4. To address this situation, in July 2019, METI inaugurated a Study Group on Establishing an Industry-Academia Collaborative Framework for Human Resource Development and, since then, the study group has been holding repeated discussions on establishment of a system for human resource development under collaboration between industry and academia. The study group has brought together representatives of Japan’s largest educators and industrial players in the field (i.e., Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd., Denso Corporation, FANUC Corporation, Nachi-Fujikoshi Corp., Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Yasukawa Electric Corporation, and the FA & Robot System Integrator Association), the National Institute of Technology, Tochigi Prefectural Ashikaga Industrial High School and other organizations.

2. Outline of the Consortium of Human Education for Future Robot System Integration

  1. The study group decided to conclude a memorandum for advancing the establishment of a new council. This council will focus on matching schools and institutes of learning with industrial players in the robotics field. It is hoped that such matching can introduce students and teachers to internship programs and even promote the dispatch of robotics engineers from companies into schools and facilitate the development of future human resources in the robotics field. The new council will be called, “the Consortium of Human Education for Future Robot System Integration.” (“CHERSI”).

  2. The secretariat of CHERSI will be established under the Robot Revolution Initiative of Japan, commonly known as the “RRI,” a council established in accordance with the New Robot Strategy decided by the Headquarters for Japan’s Economic Revitalization on February 10, 2015. CHERSI will aim to start its full-fledged activities from FY2020 as part of the RRI’s efforts. Before its start, members of the study group will hold discussions on specific measures to be conducted for CHERSI’s activities and will continue to advance coordination in order to increase the number of companies and organizations as participants in these efforts.

  3. A signing ceremony of the memorandum for establishing CHERSI, as below, will be held as part of the International Robot Exhibition 2019 held by the Japan Robot Association (JARA) and the Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun from December 18 (Wed.) to 21 (Sat.), 2019.

Notice

Seminar: Outline of future directions of developing human resources expertized in robots (part of the International Robot Exhibition 2019)

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