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 The University of Tsukuba has promoted“Tsukuba Style” and the “Focused Support Style” tenure tracking system as an important pillar of young human resources development, aiming at improving the independent research environment for young researchers maximizing the use of their ability.

The past efforts are introduced here.



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  The Tsukuba Advanced Research Alliance (TARA) Center at the University of Tsukuba introduced a fixed-term employment system in 1994 for the first time in Japan. Subsequently, the Institute of Basic Medical Sciences applied it in 2002 and the Institute of Biological Sciences introduced the tenure track system in 2005 for the first time in Japan. Based on the actual achievements, the University of Tsukuba adapted the tenure track system (Tsukuba Style) in 2007 under which each department independently supported financial resources for newly employed assistant professors (other position could be applicable by department decision) targeting all departments. The "Tsukuba Style" program has welcomed 187 faculty members to 10 faculties, as of March 31, 2012, which comprise 11.46% of total faculty members. There is no other university in Japan like the University of Tsukuba in which so many tenure track faculty members are employed targeting all departments.

 

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  In parallel with the "Tsukuba Style", the University of Tsukuba had developed a project called “the Initiative to Train Young Researchers Who Will Lead the Next Generation”, funded by the MEXT special coordination funds for promoting science and technology “Program for the Promotion to Improve Independent Research Environment for Young Scientists” (2007-2011).
The "Young Scientists Initiative" program was ranked with a top category “S” by our "Organization for the Support and Development of Strategic Initiative" and provided 15 young faculty members employed through international recruitment with one research assistant, four-million yen for a start-up fund, three-million yen annually for research expense, and an independent space of 100 square meters, in addition to focused support by mentors and an administrative assistance of the specialized office.
From the fiscal year of 2012 in which the funds by the special coordination funds for promoting science and technology came to an end, the“Focused Support Style” program will be implemented as a follow-up program of the "Young Scientists Initiative" by the university own resources. In this program, up to 15 outstanding researchers (3 members every year), targeting newly employed under the "Tsukuba Style Tenure Track System " selected by international recruitment will receive Pl research environmental arrangement including a maximum six-million yen for the start-up and research fund for the first year, and a maximum three-million yen for research between the second and the fifth year consecutively.