Global Scientists and Engineers Course (GSEC) -Skills to be developed
The Global Scientists and Engineers Course (GSEC) provides a systematic curriculum that enables bachelor’s and master’s degree students to develop the necessary competencies to excel in the global arena. Through a step-by-step approach, students will be able to gain the following global competencies; (a) a global mindset, (b) practical skills to work in a global environment, and (c) skills necessary for international collaboration. GSEC aims to foster scientists and engineers to thrive in a global society and have the expertise to contribute innovative solutions to unknown global issues. Through GSEC, it is hoped that students will develop an identity based on their field of expertise, knowledge, and technical skills as well as a global mindset to respect ethical values and diversity.
（Global Scientists and Engineers Course (GSEC) Web page：http://www.ghrd.titech.ac.jp/en/）
GSEC aims to provide education, including study abroad programs, that enables students to develop the following:
Global Awareness Program
The ability to explain what a multicultural society is, comparing one’s own society with different societies and giving specific examples of where they differ.
２）Comprehensive view (expertise and action)
・The ability to explain the relationship between society and one’s area of specialization, giving three examples.
・The ability to explain the impact that one’s actions have on global problems, giving three or more examples.
The ability to explain the causes of and solutions to problems in other countries based on socioeconomic circumstances, and provide historical context and one’s own country’s general perspective.
４）Ambition for working globally
Knowledge on the international trends related to one’s field of interest including one’s own country’s course of action thereof; Concrete goal for how one wants to work in that field; and I am taking ongoing action to acquire the necessary competencies.
English and Communication Program
１）English-language listening proficiency
The ability to understand what is said in classes conducted in English, including technical language used in one’s area of specialization.
２）English-language reading proficiency
The ability to understand English-language research papers, including technical content related to one’s area of specialization.
３）English-language speaking proficiency
On topics about which one is knowledgeable, the ability to use a variety of expressions to present one’s thoughts, and ask and answer questions.
４）English-language writing proficiency
Using a rich vocabulary, the ability to write clear and coherent passages in English with few grammatical errors.
The ability to enjoy discussing things naturally in English after becoming familiar with the other person’s cultural context and views, even if it is on a subject one does not know well.
International Cooperation Practice Grounded in Science and Technology Program
The ability to understand and accept the differences and commonalities between oneself and other individuals and organizations, and the ability to empathize with them.
２）Cross-cultural teamwork ability
The ability to understand one’s role, take initiative, show regard for others, and propose means of working together in situations involving group work and collective activities with individuals from different backgrounds.
３）Problem identification ability
From multiple sources that include personal experience, the ability to acquire and analyze qualitative and quantitative information, identify problems, and clearly ascertain their causes and substance.
After considering various effects of social problems based on one’s own expertise,the ability to propose rational solutions and evaluate their feasibility.
Study Abroad or International Internship Program
１）Ability to learn through the program
The ability to actively participate in overseas training with clear goals tied to one’s plans, and the ability to take ongoing action in line with one’s plans after returning home.
２）Deepening one’s learning
The ability to give an overview and talk about the history, culture, etc., of the country one wants to visit, to work independently toward deepening one’s knowledge of the country, and to draw on that knowledge to help with subsequent overseas study or career pursuits.
３）Risk management competency
・The ability to always implement means of staying healthy and avoiding risk when traveling.
・Knowing who to contact (healthcare provider, embassy, police, etc.) should one fall ill or be involved in an accident or incident, and the ability to resolve such situations on one’s own.