System Design School


This program is an educational program that teaches the theory and practice of planning and reviewing the transformation of technological systems and businesses.




社会人受講生が東京大学の博士課程の学生が、ともにシステムデザインの手法を学び、共にプロジェクトに取り組み、実務において有益な洞察を発見し、質の高い学術論文としてまとめるというユニークなフラッグシッププログラムであるインテンシブコースを2017年度から継続してきました。 今後日本語での教育プログラムの運営にも力を入れて進めます。

System Design School plans and operates an educational program for working professionals to learn the theory and practice of planning and examining technological systems and business transformations using system design methods.

PhD students at the University of Tokyo, a unique flagship program in which working adult participants learn system design methods together, work on a project together, discover insights useful in practice, and summarize them in a high-quality academic paper, the We have continued the Intensive Course since FY2017. We will continue to focus on running educational programs in Japanese.

Learning Objectives

・東京大学の学生との協業を通じた国際性 (異分野の考え方の理解、英語能力・コミュニケーション能力)の涵養

・Acquire the fundamentals of systems thinking and systems approach and how to apply them to real industries through lectures and exercises
・Cultivate internationality (understanding of different fields of thinking, English language skills and communication skills) through collaboration with students from the University of Tokyo
・Acquire project experience and learn collaboration methods using digital tools in an interdisciplinary and inter-industry collaborative environment, which cannot be obtained in ordinary work.

Types of Courses

1. and  2. for organizational human resource development by companies, etc. and 3. for individual self-development by graduate students.

Summer Course (for general public, in Japanese)



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Participants will conduct problem-solving project planning on the theme of their work or awareness of the problems of their organizations.

This program will help mid-career to senior employees to clarify the knowledge they have accumulated in their professional and social experiences through the method of model-based systems thinking, and also to tackle new challenges in their companies and society as lifelong learners.

  Intensive Course (for engineers, English)







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Through activities including a 3-month internship at MIT, participants will plan a problem-solving project on the theme of their work or awareness of their organization's problems.

The one-year period from October to September of the following year includes a short-term stay at MIT (about 10 weeks).

You will work on this project in collaboration with graduate students who have been publicly recruited.

A typical course requires about 1 day/week of time between October-February and a stay in the U.S. from March-May. The official activity time is: lectures (2 hours * 20 lectures) in October-January, exercises (4 hours * 10 exercises) in October-December, team exercises (8 hours * 6 exercises) in January-February, a visit to MIT in January (about 1 week), and a short stay in MIT from March to May. In addition, about 8 hours/times are required to prepare for the team exercises in advance.

Applicants must have a minimum of an undergraduate degree in science or engineering, a total of eight years of research or technical work experience at a graduate school of science or engineering or at a company, and English proficiency to the extent that they can give technical explanations about their work (TOEIC 800 or higher as a general guideline).

The participation format will be a hybrid of online and face-to-face.

        Related courses (Graduate School Credited Auditors System)


In addition to organized human resource development by companies, etc., through the Graduate Credited Auditors System, individual members of society can enroll in lectures only for their own study. Please see the Related Courses page.

For Graduate Students



Students can take related courses including team work with working graduate credited students.

For doctoral students, a 3-month MIT Outbounds Program will be offered. Details will be announced on the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences ML and web page by the beginning of the A1A2 semester.


sds-grp [at] edu.k.u-tokyo.ac.jp