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Data Sciences Program (DSP)

Development of Human Resource Creating Social, Life, and Environmental Foundations
Limited Recruiting for 2015, 2016, 2017 October Entrance

About DSP

Introduction

@The Data Sciences Program (DSP) started on October 2015 as one of the gInternational Priority Graduate Programs (PGP) - Advanced Graduate Courses for International Students - h supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, and Technology (MEXT).
@Our main purpose of this program is to develop highly-specialized global human resource of data sciences contributing to construction of social, life, and environmental foundations. The program is designed to acquire not only basic knowledge and skills of data sciences based on computer sciences, fundamental mathematics, and engineering, but also practical skills for discovery and solving the real world problems in life sciences, social sciences, economics, and others. Graduate School of Information Sciences (GSIS) conducts this program in collaboration with graduate schools of Life Sciences, Economics and Management, and Engineering in Tohoku University. The courses will mainly be given in English except for some optional subjects to learn Japanese language and culture.

Program

@DSP consists of a 5-year graduate program combining 2-year master's and 3-year doctor's courses. Students should be affiliated with one of the four graduate schools: Graduate Schools of Information Sciences (GSIS), Life Sciences, Economics and Management, and Engineering. Primary and sub mentors are assigned to every student participating DSP for supervising their learning and research, where the primary mentor is the professor/associate professor accepting the student in her/his affiliated department of the graduate school, and the sub mentor belongs to GSIS. The course curriculum is constructed as follows:

Master's course

(1) Lectures
i. Specialized subjects provided by the affiliated graduate school of the student.
ii. Fundamental subjects to learn information law and ethics for the treatment of big data.
iii. Interdisciplinary subjects designated to data sciences: sensing, storage, computation/ analysis, data mining/ discovery and solving the real world problems
(2) Practical training and internship
i. Training ecampf to develop computational ability of big data
ii. Internship in industries
(3) Writing a master thesis supervised by the mentors

Doctor's course

(1) Big data challenge: Project-based learning based on knowledge and skills of data science
(2) Advanced seminars: Data science-related meetings, symposia, and conferences assigned by DSP
(3) Writing doctor thesis supervised by the mentors

Eligibility for DSP 2017

♦ Applicants must be an excellent student newly coming from abroad to study as a graduate-level foreign student.
♦ Applicants must have earned over 2.3 evaluation point average of their latest two-yearfs academic grade based on the calculation (see note 1) and keep their high academic level after the entrance.
♦ Applicant must be able to leave for and arrive in Japan by the beginning of October, 2017.
♦ Applicants for DSP need to satisfy ONE of the following conditions:

For 5 years Master's and Doctor's Courses Applicants
i) Those who have graduated, or will graduate, from a university (see note 2) by September 30, 2017.
ii) Those who have completed, or are expected to complete, total of 15 years of school education (see note 3) by September 30, 2017 and have been recognized by the prospective graduate school of DSP to have performed well in classes related to the field of data sciences studies.
iii) Those who have reached 22 years of age by September 30, 2017 and have been recognized by the prospective graduate school of DSP, through individual qualification examinations, to have a scholastic ability equivalent or superior to those who have graduated from a university.

For 3 years Doctor's Course Applicants
i) Those who have earned, or will earn, master's degree by September 30, 2017.
ii) Those who have engaged in research activities for at least 2 years at an educational or research institution after graduation from a university and have been recognized by the prospective graduate school of DSP on the basis of their research performance to have a scholastic ability equivalent or superior to those who have earned master's degree.
iii) Those who have reached 24 years of age by September 30, 2017 and have been recognized by each prospective graduate school of DSP through individual qualification examinations to have scholastic ability equivalent or superior to those who have earned master's degree.

Notes:
[1] The calculation procedure of the evaluate point average

Scale Grade
4-scale evaluation A B C D
100-80 79-70 69-60 59-
5-scale evaluation S A B C D
A B C D F
100-90 89-80 79-70 69-60 59-
Evaluation Point 3 3 2 1 0
Number of your total credit N4 N3 N2 N1 N0


Evaluation Point=((N4+N3)~3+N2~2+N1~1)/(N4+N3+N2+N1)

[2] The term ggraduated from a universityh means a total of 16 years of educational programs, which consists of 12 years of school education and a 4 years undergraduate (bachelor) program. @dsp [3] The term gcomplete a total of 15 years of educational programsh means completion of a 3-year undergraduate (bachelor) program, or finishing the 3rd year of an undergraduate program, in addition to 12 years of school education. @@

Financial Support

Japanese government (MEXT) scholarship will be available for excellent students who intend to actively engage in the DSP program and contribute to its objectives. A monthly stipend is available; details of this and other information are listed below. Awardees of the scholarship will be selected from the candidates who are successful in the DSP examination process. The MEXT scholarship scheme applies only to those who live outside of Japan at the time of application and were born on or after April 2, 1982.

(a) Exemption from Application, Admission and Tuition fees
(b) Monthly stipend: 146,000 JPY for a master's course student and 147,000 JPY for a doctor's course student
(c) Flight tickets between the applicant's country of nationality and Japan

# Self-supporting international students are highly encouraged to participate in DSP.


For master's and Doctor's courses: 5 years
Number of Recipient: 7 students
Term of the Scholarship: total 5 years (2 years for the master + 3 years for the doctor). If a student fails to maintain a certain evaluation point average during the master's course, the Ministry may cancel the 3-year doctor's scholarship.

For doctor's: 3 years
Number of Recipient: 3 students
Term of the Scholarship: 3 years

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