Institute of Physical and Chemical Research（RIKEN）RIKEN (president: Hiroshi Matsumoto) was established in 1917 as an incorporated foundation. After World War II, the Institute became the National Institute of Science and then an government-affiliated corporation under the Science and Technology Agency. In October 2003, the Institute was re-established as the incorporated administrative agency Institute of Physical and Chemical Research under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. In April 2015, the Institute became the national research and development agency Institute of Physical and Chemical Research, celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2017. As Japan’s only comprehensive research institute for natural science, RIKEN is conducting research at research centers at home and abroad in a wide range of fields, including physics, engineering, chemistry, computational science, biology, medical science, and interdisciplinary fields. RIKEN is one of the Japanese largest research institutions. At the Wako Research Center (headquarters), RIKEN has research centers for neuroscience, environmental resource science, emergent properties science, optical quantum engineering, Nishina Center for Accelerator-Based Science, and others. A total of 32 collaborating teachers from RIKEN are working at the Graduate School of Science and Technology, Saitama University.
Center for Environmental Science in SaitamaThe Center for Environmental Science in Saitama (president: Mitsuo Uematsu) was established in 2000. The Center is a comprehensive core institution of environmental science with multilateral functions, such as testing and research to deal with the environmental problems the prefecture faces, international cooperation in environmental fields, and support for people who are tackling environmental issues in Saitama Prefecture. With the basic principle of “Sharing Environmental Science,” a research laboratory responsible for testing and research is working to realize a sustainable society with low environmental impact. A total of three collaborating teachers from the Center for Environmental Science in Saitama are working at the Graduate School of Science and Technology, Saitama University.
National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)As a national research and development corporation, AIST is conducting fundamental research to applied research in a variety of fields, promoting world-class research and programs. At the same time, AIST is working hard as a “bridge” in feeding back its technical results to society. To this end, AIST is actively pursuing joint research with universities and private companies and strengthening its marketing activities to find ways for the practical use and commercialization of technical results. The success and growth in joint research and collaborative activities hinge on human resource development and personnel exchanges. For example, AIST provides research guidance at research institutes and send appropriate researchers to universities so that AIST can support the development of young researchers and graduate students.
- · As a measure to reduce the financial burden on students, AIST is supporting students in the acquisition of degrees through the payment of travel expenses necessary for receiving technical training and employment under the research assistant scheme.
- · A list of visiting teachers from collaborating graduate schools is posted on the AIST website.