Nagoya University
Graduate program for real-world data circulation leaders

Admission Requirements

Past admission requirements are found here.

Graduate Program for Real-World Data Circulation Leaders
Application for 2018 (Frontier Students Screening)

Admission requirements

Applicants must be accepted for admission or currently enrolled in one of the graduate schools of Nagoya University to start in April 2018. Students must also be willing to participate in the Real-World Data Circulation Leaders Program for 5 years.

Key dates for the selection process

  1. Acceptance of applications: from March 19 (Mon) to 17:00 on March 22 (Thu), 2018
  2. Announcement of the document screening: not later than March 30 (Fri), 2018
  3. Interview: Afternoon of April 5 (Thu), 2018
  4. Announcement of the result: April 9 (Mon), 2018
    All the results will be sent via e-mail and announced on our website.

Application procedures

Send the completed application to: . Applicants must submit items 1 and 2. Items 3 is mandatory except native English speakers. Item 4 is optional.

  1. Application form (No. 1 & No. 2):application form No. 1 & No. 2 (PDF),
    application form No. 1 (Excel), application form No. 2 (Word). Please attach a photograph.
  2. Transcript: To be prepared by your undergraduate university and scanned.
  3. Copy of the applicant's score sheet of external English exams of TOEFL or TOEIC: Either the copy that an applicant submitted at the entrance examination of the graduate school or a copy of the score of an examination that the applicant took within six months.
  4. Letter of recommendation (optional): To be prepared by your current thesis supervisor or equivalent.

There is no application fee.

Notification of the results

The selection results will be sent via e-mail and announced on our website on Monday, April 9, 2018.


Funding for the scholarship or financial assistance for any activities under the government's Grants for Creating Research and Education Bases (Leading Programs in Doctoral Education) system will NOT be provided to the program students who enrolled through this screening.

Privacy policy

Personal information submitted as part of the application, including your name, address, and other information, is used solely for document screening, interviews, notification of results, and other businesses related to this graduate program. Personal information used for selection is used for statistical analysis and research about the selection method, and part of such work may be contracted out.


Courses required acquiring fundamental knowledge in Real-World Data Circulation

Introduction to Data Tools:
This is an introductory course on data processing, which is offered prior to program commencement to guarantee that new students have a minimum level of knowledge on this subject.

Real-World Data Acquisition Courses:
Engineering: Image Signal Processing Human System Engineering, Biomechanics
Social Sciences: Advanced Econometrics Microeconomics, Social System Informatics, Social System Design
Humanities: Molecular Neuroscience, Medical Informatics, Human Information Processing, Human-assisted Media Processing

Selected Topics in Real-World Data Analysis:
Database, Signal Processing, Machine Learning, Pattern Processing, Causal Inference, Omics Analysis, Text Processing, 3D Computer Vision

Selected Topics in Real-World Data Circulation Systems I:
Smart Grids, Genomic Medicine, Intelligent Robotics, Regional Medical Information Systems, Market Design

Selected Topics in Real-World Data Circulation Systems II:
Case Studies from Our Industry Partners

Fundamental Courses in a Specialty Area:
Dynamic Systems, Selected Topics in Media Science, Econometrics, Biochemistry, Physiology, Morphology

Leadership Seminars:
The program includes lectures and seminars on practical skills required to become business leaders and managers.

[Real-world Work: Innovation Circulation]
This program lets students experience circulation between development research and fundamental research while working on their thesis. Students will engage in project-oriented group works and internships in conjunction with our industry partners.

Industry-Academia-Government Project:
Students will participate in a six-month project that matches our Master's seminar projects based on industry needs.

Research Internship:
Students will participate in joint research internships provided by the Graduate School of Engineering, the Graduate School of Informatics, or our industry partners.

[Real-world Work: Global Circulation]
Students will experience global circulation of industry and international cooperation through international experiences, which have a preset duration.

Global Challenge I:
Students will join summer schools under the Nagoya University Summer Intensive Program (NUSIP) at major overseas production centers of Japanese corporations.
Location: Hanoi or Istanbul (to be confirmed)
Duration: About two weeks (during the first semester of the M2 year)

Global Challenge II:
Students will do research at overseas research institutes.
Location: Carnegie Mellon University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Queensland University, University of Southern Denmark, Istanbul Technical University, or Hanoi University of Science and Technology, etc.
Duration: About three months (during D1 to D2)

Follow-up Visit:
Students will revisit the research institute as a group with students from other disciplines.
Duration: One to two weeks (during D2 to D3)

[Theses work: Master's thesis, Ph.D. thesis planning, and Ph.D. thesis]
To encourage independent research that encompasses multiple disciplines, students will choose their own supervisor for their intermediate and Ph.D. thesis projects. If desired, they can also choose an external supervisor.

Master's thesis work:
Under the supervision of a faculty member in the appropriate specialty at the time of program enrollment, students will conduct their Master's thesis work on a topic of their choice within the context of "acquisition, analysis, and implementation of Real-World Data Circulation."

Ph.D. thesis planning (intermediate supervision):
Under the guidance of an intermediate thesis supervisor, students will prepare a Ph.D. thesis proposal and present their research plan during the D1 year. The research plan should aim to resolve a specific issue based on the circulation of real-world data.

Ph.D. thesis work:
With the approval of a Ph.D. supervisor, students will conduct and write a Ph.D. thesis based on their research plan. An internal Ph.D. supervisor should be accompanied by an external sub-supervisor.

Contact us

Administrative Office for the Leading Graduate School, Graduate School of Informatics


Objectives and admission policies

Nagoya University has established a five-year graduate program on data circulation to produce global leaders in the industry, academia, and government, who can incorporate the desires of users into new products, services, and social values.

Amidst the ever-competitive environment due in part to globalization, the competitive edge of Japanese industries must be strengthened by producing leaders capable of creating new social values in which people using products and services share fundamental values of convenience, joy, health, and affluence. These values are created through a dynamic process involving users and designers rather than through a unilateral conveyance from designers to users. Because fundamental values change as society changes, data circulation, which involves continuously understanding the desires of the users to create new products and services, is truly the process of creating social values.

We believe that a new academic field is necessary to create data circulation for the following two reasons. First, creating new social values requires methodologies in fields that handle more fundamental values, including convenience (engineering), joy (information science), health (medicine), and affluence (economics). Second, generating a circulation between desires of users and innovative products and services, requires that three functions be integrated: acquisition, analysis, and implementation. The acquisition function gathers the input of users as digital data through observations of various real-world phenomena. The analysis function evaluates this digital data using information science, while the implementation function develops the analysis results into new products and services.

We call this new academic field Real-World Data Circulation. This program will produce leaders in this field who can create new social values. Program participants will have a Ph.D. level of knowledge in their area of expertise and the ability to lead teams in generating Real-World Data Circulation to enhance the social values of their research.