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Lab mission statement 

Transdisciplinary education is a powerful means to change the world by creating new knowledge thru research and apply it in order to improve people's lives and the environment. Prof. Cross created the lab in 2016 in order to conduct research, mentor students and pass on his knowledge based upon his 25 years of industry R&D/academia work experience in Japan while also conducting research to improve university education. International students will learn how to work in a Japan based lab as if they are working for a Japanese Professor. Below is the Cross-lab mission statement.

 

The lab operates using the lab-based education model* and follows Japanese business-related best practices. Furthermore, the lab develops degree-seeking students’ research abilities, skills and knowledge by providing a framework where they

  • define, manage and conduct their research projects independently,

  • plan their research project,

  • learn by conducting research through reflection (experiential learning) and planning,

  • write and publish research papers in peer-reviewed journals,

  • make technical presentations at domestic and international conferences,

  • communicate technical information on their research effectively (in English) in weekly lab seminars

  • develop critical thinking skills,

  • analyze published research articles,

  • write research proposals and apply for research funding,

  • write and orally defend a thesis/dissertation,

  • learn from and teach other students in the lab,

  • participate in teamwork activities and develop leadership abilities,

  • conduct research collaborations with industry and governmental organizations

 

The lab also serves as a co-creative space where students have the opportunity to communicate with leaders working in industry and government as well as participate in international research exchanges and meet international exchange students. In particular, Japanese students can learn what it is like to do international research in the laboratory while living in Tokyo. 

 

References:

1. *Lab based education, JICA, https://www.jica.go.jp/english/publications/brochures/c8h0vm0000avs7w2-att/japan_brand_06.pdf

2. Life in the Lab at Tokyo Tech, https://www.titech.ac.jp/english/graduate_school/international/life.html