Fostering and securing human resources in science and technology are important challenges that Japan faces to promote STI policy. Given this, NISTEP endeavors to ascertain actual conditions surrounding the cultivation of S&T human resources in universities, graduate schools, and other institutions as well as available career paths, including international mobility of researchers. It also elucidates and analyzes various problems affecting human resources that help promote and develop S&T in Japan.
As the science and technology that support our daily living and society become more sophisticated and complex, roles and opportunities of S&T resources are becoming more important than ever. If Japan is to continuously produce S&T-spawned achievements and innovation and be an international leader as a nation based on creativity of science and technology, it must meet the important challenges of pouring even more effort into fostering S&T human resources capable of leading Japan and the world in various fields such as universities, public research institutions and private enterprises, and of development environments that allow such human resources to fully demonstrate their abilities.

On the other hand, cultivating and encouraging the success of S&T human resources expected to shine in the future will require more than simply shedding light on actual conditions surrounding human resources development and career paths. It will also require work to accurately identify problems and issues at sites for human resources development and career-building and to find hints for resolving them. Understanding the challenges that this situation presents, NISTEP seeks to illuminate the realities surrounding S&T human resources development particularly from the university and graduate school levels as well as international mobility of researchers and other aspects of career-building. It also strives to discover, elucidate, and analyze various problems affecting human resources that help promote and develop S&T in Japan.

Surveys and research

Surveys and research on developing human resources in science and technology

Japan’s universities and graduate schools are beginning to start numerous distinctive initiatives. These initiatives are aiming at developing human resources through high-quality education and research and reinforcing (substantiating) their organizational approaches to education.
NISTEP’s surveys and research here are intended to identify the realities of human resources development and clarify challenges for the future. They do this by examining education, research, and human resources development in Japan’s graduate schools (particularly at the doctoral course level) and comparing initiatives by overseas universities with circumstances in Japan.

Surveys and research on career-building by S&T human resources

Japan’s PhDs and post-doctoral researchers are developing their careers as young researchers and playing active roles in universities and public research institutions. However, opportunities for them to work in private enterprises have been growing in recent years, and thus their career options and available career paths are expanding and diversifying in ways never seen before.

NISTEP’s surveys and research here seek to shed light on the post-doctoral career options PhDs and post-doctoral researchers have as well as their activities and mobility in various venues after they choose their career paths.

Surveys and research on the diversification and mobility of S&T human resources

If Japan’s S&T human resources are to engage in first-rate research, it will be important to raise researcher mobility through organizational migrations and to create settings where researchers can learn from each other. Moreover, there are expectations that outstanding results can be generated from the diversification of human resources by, for example, utilizing female or foreign researchers.
NISTEP’s surveys and research here gather objective evaluation indicators and quantitative data and then conduct data analyses on the mobility and diversification of S&T human resources.

Other surveys and research connected with S&T human resources

As it identifies and analyzes the various problems that affect human resources involved in promoting and developing S&T in Japan, NISTEP conducts studies and research on working environments that are conducive to S&T activity as well as on research hours, pay, and other relevant matters.

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