The Unit for Energy and Nanomaterials played a key role to conclude the departmental agreement for PhD student co-supervision program between Graduate School of Advanced Science and Engineering Waseda University and College of Science, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) last December.
This is the fifth following the program with Monash University, Australia, University of Bonn, German, Korea University, South Korea and Uppsala University, Sweden.
2017 fall Virginia Tech and our unit had a joint workshop for matching both faculty members and graduate students. Followed by the first workshop, a Virginia Tech professor, who serves as Director of Macromolecules and Interfaces Institute, stayed at Waseda as a Joint Appointment faculty.
Then 2018 fall the second workshop was held in Virginia Tech. Such interaction triggered expansion of the collaborations and lead to the launch of the Joint Supervision Program.
The third matching workshop will be hold at Waseda this coming summer.
The Joint Supervision Program
The Joint Supervision Program is intended for doctoral students to take supervision from two supervisors at both the home and host institutions. The students in the Program will spend some time at their host university for face-to-face research guidance, and supervision is carried out under mutual cooperation and consultation between the two supervisors. In addition, because this Program was designed with the purpose of implementing a joint doctoral degree program in the future, the students are required to take courses with their supervisor at the host university. Upon program completion, a certificate will be granted under the name of both university presidents.