Fostering people who can setup new challenging issues and solve them by applying data-oriented, quantitative skills have become essential to enhance industrial innovation in Japan in future. In knowledge-based society, it is shared understanding throughout the world that "Statistical Thinking" and "Competency of Statistical Analysis" is a substantial skill for detecting and solving new issues.Thus, building an educational system which aims to foster these abilities is internationally proceeding. Obviously, reinforcing statistical education is one of the most pressing issues for universities.
In this project, we have newly organized "Japanese Inter-university Network for Statistical Education (JINSE) ".The first aim of JINSE is to develop Standard Curriculum and Teaching methodologyfor fostering human resources capable of coping with new issues, and eventually, to establish Quality Assurance system for statistical education by introducing Evaluation Committee consisting of members from academic statistical societies and other educational/economic organizations.
We will foster college graduates with problem solving capability needed by the society. For this purpose, we first establish standard curriculum system for statistical education at the higher level, and implement standard performance measurement for assurance of statistical education. Second, we will introduce credit transfer system based on assessment by JINSE.
Some of the participating universities will start "Sub program" or "Minor program" for Statistics both at undergraduate and graduate level, by utilizing teaching materials provided by JINSE.
By the time when our project will be over in 2017, we will have accumulated resources of teaching material and assessment method in JINSE. We can offer them for all universities in Japan, which will enable us to perform statistical education to fill the needs from our society.