This course will comprise a series of seminars and workshops designed to prepare OIST graduates to function effectively and responsibly in their scientific career. Beyond the initial focus of research, a responsible scientist should be able to communicate their research to the informed public, to make the most effective use of the public and private funds entrusted to them, and to understand the place of their science in its social and ethical context.
Academic technical English is a specialized area with particular requirements for clarity in the communication of difficult concepts. Research students for whom English is not their primary language may need to develop their English language proficiency to enable more effective communication in the areas of science and technology.
Research students from countries other than Japan may have limited ability in the Japanese language. While the teaching and research language used at OIST is English, the availability of English outside the OIST campus is limited. Essential Japanese for Foreign Researchers is an optional course for students from Non-Japanese-speaking countries.
Students will be placed in a laboratory appropriate to their specific needs in terms of language and location. They will participate in laboratory life on a full-time basis to learn the skills and techniques of that laboratory, to become familiar with laboratory behavior, and to receive training in scientific practice and routine.