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Performance and results

Table 7.1 lists each year’s applications and projects selected. The average success rate over the entire period is just under 20%. Table 7.2 shows the total budget for each year, and has declined rapidly since FY 2010.

Table 7.1. Numbers of GCOEs by field and fiscal year

FY2007

FY2008

FY2009

Total

Applications

All fields

281

315

145

741

Selections

All fields

63

68

9

140

Interdisciplinary, combined fields, new disciplines

12

12

9

33

Life sciences

13

13

Chemistry, material sciences

13

" 13

Information sciences, electrical and electronic sciences

13

13

Humanities

12

12

Medical sciences

14

14

Mathematics, physics, Earth sciences

" 14

" 14

Mechanical, civil engineering, architectural and other fields of engineering

14

14

Social sciences

14

14

Source: Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science & Technology.

Table 7.2. Total GCOE funding by fiscal year

FY2007

FY2008

FY2009

FY2010

FY2011

FY2012

Number of GCOEs (A)

63

131

140

140

140

77

Original budget (JPY billion) (B)

15.8

34.0

34.2

26.5

23.7

13.1

Average budget (JPY million) (B/A)

251

260

244

189

169

170

Source: Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science & Technology.

The GCOE Programme rapidly bore fruit. The interim evaluations compiled changes in indicators between the period just prior to implementation and two years after implementation at 140 selected centres. Table 7.3 illustrates the rise of all indicators in selected centres. The programme has clearly led to enhanced education, particularly for students in doctoral programmes, and to superior research outputs.

Table 7.3. Changes in indicators before/after GCOE programme

GCOE research indicators

Before

implementation

Two years after implementation

Increase

Number

%

Number of joint research projects

16 589

21 141

+4 552

+27.4%

Joint research with foreign institutions

3 304

4 355

+1 051

+31.8%

Number of keynote and/or invited speeches of programme participants

4 205

5 060

+855

+20.3%

Number of reviewed papers published by programme participants

16 724

17 513

+789

+4.7%

GCOE educational indicators

Before

implementation

Two years after implementation

Increase

Number

%

Employment rate of new graduates from GCOE programmes

81.8%

84.4%

-

+2.6%

Number of students with research assistantship in doctoral programmes

2 205

3 484

+1 279

+58.0%

Number of international conference papers published by students in GCOE programmes

4 020

5 328

+1 308

+32.5%

Number of reviewed papers published by students in GCOE programmes

5 203

6 236

+1 033

+19.9%

Source: Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science & Technology.

 
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