Leading Graduate Schools

Tokyo Institute of Technology, in response to societal demands as well as those from industry, government and academia, created four highly competitive programs or academies to cultivate skills in graduate students that will prepare them to become world leaders: Academy for Global Leadership, Academy for Co-creative Education of Environment and Energy Science, Education Academy of Computational Life Sciences, and Academy for Global Nuclear Safety and Security Agent.

These programs were supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) and run under its Program for Leading Graduate Schools.

With the end of the MEXT funding period, three of the programs ended in AY 2017, and the fourth program, the Academy for Global Leadership, in AY 2018. However, their curricula continue to be offered as degree programs at the Institute.

MEXT Program for Leading Graduate Schools

MEXT Program for Leading Graduate Schools

MEXT's Program for Leading Graduate Schools supports graduate schools that strive to create potential leaders who are capable of and disposed to take action on the global stage across a spectrum of platforms in industry, government, and academia by developing the creativity of their best and brightest students and instilling in them the ability to approach issues from various perspectives. This program aims to build and develop degree programs with an interdisciplinary, integrated master's and doctoral degree that are quality assured and globally recognized. Outstanding leaders in industry, government, and academia have joined in these efforts to bring together first-rate faculty and students from inside and outside Japan.

In selecting graduate schools to support, MEXT sought graduate programs that foster the growth of the following three strengths in potential future leaders:

  • (1)
    The strength to courageously engage in global action based on a solid foundation of values while working cooperatively with others
  • (2)
    The strength to discern issues independently, build hypotheses, and employ one's knowledge to address issues with originality
  • (3)
    The strength to take a distanced perspective and see through to the essence of matters on the basis of highly developed professionalism and internationalism as well as breadth of knowledge

Degree programs are classified as one of three types according to the human resources they are intended to develop and the kinds of issues they will address. The three types are the all-around type (for cultivating leaders who will tackle global issues by applying their all-around knowledge and skills), the interdisciplinary type (for cultivating leaders who will create novel innovations in interdisciplinary fields), and the unique type (for cultivating leaders who will address issues in a field in which the university has particularly strong educational resources).

Measures Taken at Tokyo Institute of Technology

Measures Taken at Tokyo Institute of Technology

Tokyo Institute of Technology, building on its excellence in science and engineering, is taking measures to develop outstanding leaders who possess the above strengths in its four academies. For specific details on each program, including applications, screening, curriculum requirements and more, please click on the following links.

All-around type

Academy for Global Leadership

Interdisciplinary type

Unique type

Academy for Global Nuclear Safety and Security Agent


Doctoral Education Group