Six University Human Assets Promotion Program for Innovative Education and Research

6-University Human Assets Promotion Program for Innovative Education and Research (6U-HAPPIER)

Messsage from the Chair

The Schools of Engineering at Nagoya University, Osaka University, and Tokyo Institute of Technology initiated an exchange of personnel in 2005 with the aim of jointly and effectively developing our human assets. This program is targeted at younger members of our teaching staffs— those in other words who are expected to become future leaders. Our other goals include knowledge sharing and a more streamlined cooperation and co-evolution across the component universities.
Faculty members are to spend three years in another university before returning to work at their home university. The overall intention is to expand and broaden research interests, to build human networks, and promote exchange among different university cultures.
Our consortium has recently grown with the addition of Hokkaido University in 2014 and both Tohoku University and Kyushu University in 2015. Moreover, since last year we have provided, in addition to outright exchange, a program of joint faculty development, so that more younger faculty are supported in various ways to mature as future research leaders within the academy.
Going forward we hope this evolving exchange program will also enhance faculty mobility, which heretofore has been lacking in Japanese universities across the board, while joint FD (Faculty Development) programs are further expected to spur research and to activate effective education in member universities.

Nobuyuki Iwatsuki
Dean of Engineering, Tokyo Tech, and Chair of 6U-HAPPIER
October 2016
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