A laboratory is a place where faculty members and students meet and grow together. Therefore, it is important to have a teacher who is a supervisor and a student who is a student.Familiarize students with meI believe that there is a certain amount of value in Therefore, here is a list ofMy commitment and message to youI would like to write about the following in a rambling manner. This will be a bit long, so please pick up and read the parts that interest you.

Professor Tanabe's Attitude Toward Education

The "san" suffix is a commitment to

The students in the lab had meI call him "Mr. Tanabe" with a "san" suffix. This is one of my particular preferences. It is typical of Keio that the only "Sensei" is Mr. Yukichi Fukuzawa. However, there is a deeper reason for my insistence on the "san" suffix.

Foster an academic atmosphere and truly creative workIn order to do so, it is necessary toNeed to build a flat relationship lab.I believe that the "teacher" is a good person. Certainly, a resolute "teacher" is reliable and can raise the level of competence of all students. The minimum guarantee of the students' ability is given, and they are able to do their research more efficiently. On the other hand, in a laboratory where there is no daily scolding, there is a risk that students who slack off will slack off, and a gap in student ability will develop.

There are advantages and disadvantages, but in order to accomplish something truly innovativePursuit of idealsWe must do so. Fortunately, unlike corporations, universities are allowed to pursue their ideals, and I believe it is our mission to take advantage of this privilege. The three aspects that I consider are explained below.

Even with just an idea and a mandate from a faculty member, research can develop continuously if progress is strictly managed. However, to accomplish something truly innovative, it is necessary to have a discontinuity that creates 1 from 0. Teachers who are too outspoken may prevent students from speaking freely. Students are allowed to say crazy things. There may be hidden treasures in seemingly silly ideas. An environment in which students can freely express their opinions isAcademic and competitive research environmentIt is important to create a

I amStudents who can make their own decisions."I would like to nurture the ability to make decisions. I want to nurture the ability to make decisions, which is required of the leaders of organizations, from the time they are students.

Basically, students are empowered to select the necessary equipment for their experiments. For example, if you make a wrong choice, you may think, "Oh no! You may think, "Oh no!
You don't want to be scolded every time you make a small mistake in selection, do you? If that is the case, the next time you make a decision, you will choose to "ask the doctor" instead of making the decision yourself. This is the right decision for the organization, but it will not exhaust your ability to make decisions on your own.
What about when a major selection error is made? When a teacher scolds a student, it means that the responsibility for the mistake leaves the student at the moment the scolding is over, and the teacher takes over the responsibility. However, if the experiment does not proceed as a result of a mistake in selection, the student should feel the responsibility for the result firsthand. That is the lesson of making decisions on one's own.

This flat research environment, in which we are free to do various things, is fun, free from unpleasant feelings, and rewarding because we feel in charge, but it also has a very demanding aspect.

As mentioned in the Q&A, there are no core hours, but attendance at the Weekly Meeting is required.Some students may have wondered, "Why do we have such a high frequency of research meetings in a free laboratory?" Some students may have wondered, "Why do we have research meetings so often?

However, the free expression of ideas and the phase in which research is directed toward those ideas need to be approached with different attitudes. The Japanese mindset is to "hide ideas because they are valuable. On the other hand, a good researcher in the U.S. thinks: "If it is a really great idea, other researchers will think of it at the same time. If it is really a great idea, other researchers will come up with it at the same time. The idea itself is worthless.Some may be surprised by this idea, but it's actually what you hear. This is the heart of open innovation.

So if "the idea itself has no value," then what does? Their answer is: "The method and the plan to realize the idea have value. The method and plan to realize the idea is valuable. In other words, they place the greatest value on how to bring the idea to fruition faster than others.In fact, when I talk with researchers at top research institutions in the U.S., they are generous in sharing their new ideas and plans with me at the discussion table. I sense their unshakable confidence.

In other words, once the idea and goals are defined, the competition begins. To learn how to make it concrete, we need the experience and knowledge of the faculty. That is why we have in-depth weekly discussions. That is why we create an open discussion forum.

About Research at Tanabe Lab.

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