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Science is deeply embedded in society at large. Our life in contemporary society, which is often called the “knowledge-based society,” is unthinkable without the support of various high-level expertise, especially those in science and technology. Conversely, today’s scientific research at universities and other research institutions is infeasible without social infrastructures such as funding systems and understanding from local communities. Contemporary research education should, therefore, cultivate not only specialized research skills, but also the capacity to understand both the social impact of science and the social infrastructure of scientific research.
To realize this education, SOKENDAI (The Graduate University for Advanced Studies) launched a research and education project for nurturing scientists and professionals with both outstanding expertise and broad perspectives.
The project was supported by the special grant of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) “Fostering the graduate education program towards the Integration of Science Knowledge,” which initiated in 2010 and closed in 2015.