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In response to the call by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology for applications for the fiscal 2010 “Improvement of Research Environment for Young Researchers” program supported by the Special Coordination Funds for Promoting Science and Technology, Tokai University proposed and was selected for its project, “the training of mentor researchers who can nurture international researchers.” Tokai University was subsequently selected to be part of the Young Researcher Training Program based on a tenure track system in fiscal 2014, and to participate in the Leading Initiative For Excellent Young Researchers from fiscal 2016. Since then, it has developed the University’s own tenure track system.

*Special Coordination Funds for Promoting Science and Technology: Policy-led competitive funds are operated by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in line with the policy of the General Council on Science and Technology. In addition to nurturing of young researchers and reinforcing science and technology diplomacy, programs are aimed at realizing major policy issues and objectives such as the reform of science and technology systems, as stated in the 5th Science and Technology Basic Plan.

*Leading Initiative For Excellent Young Researchers: A program that aims to create an environment where young researchers taking on new areas of research can proceed with their research in a stable environment and can pursue it independently through collaboration between industry, academia and government. It also aims to present new career paths where young researchers can play an active role. (From Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology documents)

For the tenure track system at this University, a “Tenure Track Steering Committee” and a “Tenure Track Faculty Selection Committee” were established within the University Administration Headquarters. These committees are responsible for the operation, examination and verification of the University-wide tenure track system.
In addition, the University Administration Headquarters, the Research Promotion Division, and the faculties, laboratories and centers all work together to promote its activities. The laboratory or center to which the faculty member belongs, as well as the Research Promotion Division provide support for research and operations during the tenure process.