Message to StudentsGo beyond your comfort zone!

ABE Manabu
Executive Vice President,
Hiroshima University

 There is no better way to grow as a person than to experience the sense of fulfillment that comes from being absorbed in making new discoveries and achieving unattained goals. If possible, I would like you to have as many of these experiences as possible while you are young, and I hope that you will become autonomous individuals and researchers who embrace their dreams and produce new creations. Hiroshima University strongly supports you as you take on new challenges.
 For this reason, Hiroshima University is focusing on creating an environment where students can feel less insecure financially to engage in research activities and can receive guidance on their career paths.

 In order to enable our students to devote themselves to their research, we have had the Excellent Student Scholarship (ESS), Teaching Assistant (TA), and Research Assistant (RA) programs for years. In addition, we have now established the “Hiroshima University Fellowship for Female Graduate Students in Science and Technology (STEM Female Research Fellowship)”, the “Hiroshima University Graduate School Research Fellowship (Research Fellowship)”, and the “Program for Developing and Supporting the Next-Generation of Innovative Researchers at Hiroshima University (Next-Generation Fellowship)”. All these programs proactively provide financial and research support for students.

 In the STEM Female Research Fellowship, we affirmatively foster the development of female scientists in cooperation with Micron Memory Japan. In the Research Fellowship, with support from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), we promote research that will lead to innovation in science and technology in Japan. In the Next-Generation Fellowship, with support from the Japan Science and Technology Foundation (JST), we contribute to the further development of Japanese society by encouraging students to try to get involved in the “convergence of knowledge” generated through collaboration with researchers in different fields and domains, while firmly engaging in research within their own specialized fields.

 At the same time, Hiroshima University provides programs (e.g., career counseling, career-related lectures, long-term internships at companies) to nurture researchers who can play an active role in various scenes of the society. In order to develop careers with an international perspective, we also plan to use the “Phoenix International Center MIRAI CREA”, which opened on the Higashi-Hiroshima Campus in October 2021, to encourage exchanges with the students (both domestic and international) of an Arizona State University program, which has been launched on the Hiroshima Campus. By facilitating the use of MIRAI CREA, we also aim to support students’ own initiatives to invite corporate researchers and world-renowned researchers for discussions. Furthermore, we have set up the “Ph.D. Society” (tentative name), a place for co-creation that fosters the convergence of knowledge by connecting graduate students across disciplines. We will also support the students’ efforts to contribute to the resolution of global social issues through the “Town & Gown” concept with the City of Higashi-Hiroshima and the “Hiroshima University 100 Thesis”. Through these student support projects, we will provide strong support for those engaged in new challenges. By doing so, Hiroshima University, a comprehensive research university located in a local region, aspires to have Hiroshima lead the way in revitalizing Japan, and contribute to the development of a sustainable society as well as to the building of a peaceful world.