Productive Leader Program

PLP Practice

On-site training during which students perform actual research and development at companies, etc. is counted as a Productive Leader Program (PLP) practice that is eligible for credit. Students can earn course credit(s) by doing a minimum of two weeks of practical research training at an overseas or domestic company, etc. (1, 2, or 4 credits depending on the content). The IIDP will pay a subsidy to defray the cost of training to the student's department, etc. While international students can receive credit(s) for participating in training in their home country (or any country in which they have citizenship), they cannot receive the subsidy. Students are also not permitted to take this course at the same time as other courses that offer credits. Please refer to the application guide below for details.

Submit your application to:

IIDP Office (Ookayama Campus, South Bldg. 6, Rm 406)


Mailbox: S6-1

Recurrent Program Advanced Practice

This course allows working adults* in doctoral studies to earn the required credits by proving that they have acquired the graduate attributes (GAs) Tokyo Tech expects through their business activities at their workplace(s).

The maximum number of credits students can earn through Recurrent Program Advanced Practice courses is four. For example, they can earn four credits through the combination of Recurrent Program Advanced Practice courses 1 and 3, four credits for the combination of Recurrent Program Advanced Practice courses 2-1 and 2-2, or four credits for Recurrent Program Advanced Practice course 4.

*Working adults does not necessarily refer to those currently working at a company or other organization/entity, but refers more importantly to those who have already acquired abilities equivalent to the GAs in their former careers through standard career development education. Students who register for the course are expected to demonstrate their abilities based on their previous business activities, experience, and achievements for the course assessment.

Students who wish to participate in this practice are asked to show evidence of their accomplishments that correspond to the relevant GA(s) set for this practice. The student's academic supervisor then uses this evidence to evaluate their performance. Here are some examples of activities and achievements considered equivalent to GAs:

  • A research plan summarizing your thoughts on your career design
  • Presentations at academic conferences, international conferences, etc.
  • Experience as guest speaker/lecturer at academic conferences, in-house industry workshops at a company, etc.
  • Experience of coaching/training younger colleagues as part of business and/or laboratory research activities

The above is not an exhaustive list. It is possible to set assignment(s) for evaluation after you and your academic supervisor agree on the content and methods to assess your achievements. Please note that if a student earns the GA(s)/credit(s) set for this practice by taking courses offered by their department or the Department of Innovation Science, or IIDP Career Courses, the accomplishments in terms of the GAs will not be taken into account in evaluation of this practice.

Course Registration and How You Earn Credits

  1. 1.The student and his/her academic supervisor should reach agreement in advance on the content of the assignments for this course as well as the evaluation methods to be used.
  2. 2.The student will submit evidence of his/her completion of assignments, achievements, etc. to his/her academic supervisor. The academic supervisor then evaluates the student's performance based on that evidence.
  3. 3.The student registers for the course.
  4. 4.After authorization by the department, the academic supervisor will submit a credit recognition form to the IIDP to request that credit(s) from Recurrent Program Advanced Practice courses be awarded to the student.
  5. 5.The IIDP reports grades to the student.
  6. 6.The student receives course credits.

Examples of Assignments

  • Presentations at academic conferences (domestic/overseas)*
  • Publication in journals*
  • Writing of reviews, commentaries, and other articles*
  • Acquisition of patents*
  • Engagement in standardization activities*
  • Membership of academic organizations, serving in an organizing/administrative role for international conferences, etc.
  • Management of corporate events, activities, etc. that are open to the public
  • Documented evidence of providing coaching and training to colleagues, etc. in an organization

*Please note that achievements counted toward the completion requirements of a doctoral degree program must be excluded.

Please use the following form when requesting recognition for credits (accreditation approval) for the course:

For inquiries, please contact:

Innovator and Inventor Development Platform (IIDP)