Tsukuba Honors Graduate Program

PhD students at Japan’s University of Tsukuba can now spend a semester studying nanotechnology at the MINATEC campus, thanks to a program set up in 2011 between the University of Tsukuba, Grenoble Institute of Technology, and the CEA.

Participating PhD students come to MINATEC in late August for a four- to six-month stay. Once settled in—with the help of Grenoble Institute of Technology’s International Relations Department—the students take university courses and perform research at MINATEC labs. They also attend talks at the prestigious European School On Nanosciences & Nanotechnologies, led by Dr. Hervé Courtois from Institut Néel.

Under the program agreement, students take two to three courses in the Functionalized Advanced Materials and Engineering (FAME) Erasmus Mundus Master’s program at Phelma engineering school, which is coordinated by Dr. Eirini Sarigiannidou. The courses are given entirely in English; students passing the courses’ final exam receive credits for these courses at their home school, University of Tsukuba. Japanese PhD students participating in the program also complete a research project at one of the campus’ labs. Institut Néel, IMEP, and CEA-Leti hosted the research part of the program in 2012.

The Tsukuba Honors Graduate Program gives PhD students an opportunity to become experts in nanoelectronics and hone their international research skills, in association with businesses and universities from around the world. It is part of the University-Industry Collaboration introduced by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in 2010 and headed by Professor Kouichi Murakami at the University of Tsukuba.

The University of Tsukuba is a founding member of the Tsukuba Innovation Arena for Nanotechnology (TIA-nano); other members include Japan’s National Institute for Materials Science and National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology.



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