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Below you'll find information about events that are particularly aimed at OU alumni. We look forward to welcoming you to these in the future.

12th Osaka University Homecoming Day -- Sunday, April 30, 2017

Osaka University Homecoming Day is an event for alumni and staff from Osaka University and Osaka University of Foreign Studies to come together and deepen friendships as an "OU Family." This year, Homecoming Day was held on the Toyonaka campus on Sunday, April 30th. For the third year in a row, this event has seen record-breaking numbers for attendance, with some 520 individuals at event. The day was filled with all sorts of fun programs, including interviews with OU students who are giving it their all, a manzai comedy show, and even a live a cappella concert by INSPi, a group started right here at OU.

The concert was rocking even into the social gathering, with a raffle event in which winners took home the newest INSPi CD and various Osaka University merchandise, ending Homecoming Day on a high note.

This year also saw a large number of attendees utilize the childcare services at the event.

For a more detailed look at the day's events, click here.

The Homecoming 2017 webpage can be found here. (link in Japanese)

For a look at Homecoming Day 2016, click here.

Osaka University Leaders Forum (February 14, 2017)

On Tuesday, February 14, the Osaka University Leaders Forum was held at Gakushi-Kaikan in Tokyo with more than 150 individuals in attendance. This forum is held each year in order for graduates of Osaka University and Osaka University of Foreign Studies currently active on the front lines of their respective fields, as well as current faculty and students of Osaka University, to strengthen relationships with one another. This year, the forum, now in its 5th year, was held in Tokyo for the first time.

For a look at the venue on the day of the event, click here.

Osaka University Alumni Reunion in Tokyo held (Saturday, December 3, 2016)

Graduates and related individuals of Osaka University and Osaka University of Foreign Studies came together at the Gakushi-kaikan in Kanda, Tokyo for the "Osaka University Alumni Reunion in Tokyo" on December 3. This year's reunion saw a record 560 attendees, and the event was filled with an energy that only the "OU Family" can provide.

For a look at the venue on the day of the event, click here.

The 3rd Inheritance Seminar held (Sunday, November 13, 2016)

On November 13, the 3rd Inheritance Seminar was held at Osaka University Nakanoshima Center to answer concerns over inheritance of alumni of Osaka University and Osaka University of Foreign Studies. This seminar also included individual consultations, responding to various individual needs.

For a look at the venue on the day of the event, click here. (link in Japanese)

Osaka University Alumni Reunion in Okayama

On August 20, the "Osaka University Alumni Reunion," an event for alumni and staff from Osaka University and Osaka University of Foreign Studies to come together as an "OU Family," was held in Okayama for the very first time.

Some 170 individuals gathered at the Okayama Convention Center, primarily consisting of OU alumni from the Chugoku and Shikoku regions, to spend a pleasant afternoon deepening relationships with other members of the OU family.

We'd like to give a big thank you to everyone who attended this alumni reunion. We plan on regularly holding more alumni reunions outside of the Osaka and Tokyo areas. We look forward to seeing you there.

For a full report and some photos from the reunion, click here.

You can also find a report of the reunion in the Alumni Mail Magazine. (link in Japanese)

11th Osaka University Homecoming Day -- Sunday, May 1, 2016

Osaka University Homecoming Day is an event for alumni and staff from Osaka University and Osaka University of Foreign Studies to come together and deepen friendships as an "OU Family." This year, Homecoming Day was held on the Toyonaka campus on Sunday, May 1. Some 500 individuals attended the event, the most in Homecoming Day history, and the day was filled with all sorts of fun programs, including a rakugo show and a talk session.

After having a ton of laughs at the rakugo show and talk session, attendees were treated to a tasting session of "hajime," sake created by a student group at OU, as well as a raffle event to win literary works written by the speakers.

This year also saw a large number of attendees utilize the childcare services at the event.

For a more detailed look at the day's events, click here.

The Homecoming 2016 webpage can be found here. (link in Japanese)

For a look at Homecoming Day 2015, click here.

Osaka University Leaders Forum 2015-2016 -- Tuesday, February 16, 2016

On Tuesday, February 16, the 4th Osaka University Leaders Forum was held at Osaka University Hall on the Toyonaka Campus, with some 120 individuals in attendance. Participants included those who were active in the front lines of society after graduation from Osaka University and Osaka University of Foreign Studies.
Osaka University Hall, formerly called E Go Kan, was renovated in commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the founding of Osaka University. Individuals from companies involved in the renovation also participated in this forum. President Nishio talked about the awards that OU received for the renovation of the hall in line with energy conservation principles.
Executive Vice President YOSHIKAWA Hideki (Industry-University Collaboration and Hospital Management) gave a speech on "Learning Risk Management from Medical Accidents." Hearing his speech, many participants said, "He provided us with useful information in developing our business."
In the social gathering following their speeches, participants enjoyed friendly conversation. Members of a student team that made short presentations also expressed their appreciation for meeting many people.
For more information about this event, click here.

 

Osaka University Alumni Reunion in Tokyo --  Saturday, December 5, 2015

The Osaka University Alumni Reunion in Tokyo, which has become something of a December tradition, was held on December 5 at the Gakushikaikan in Tokyo. 550 individuals attended the events, a record for an alumni gathering, and all in attendance listened intently to a lecture by Distinguished Professor Hiroshi ISHIGURO of the Graduate School of Engineering Science.

At the social gathering that followed, attendees enjoyed friendly conversation while reminiscing on what seemed like an endless supply of happy memories. There was a positive reaction from those in attendance, with some mentioning that "the reunion was a lot of fun. I'd definitely like to come again next year."

For a more detailed look at the day's events, click here.


The 2nd Inheritance Seminar -- Sunday, November 15, 2015

The 2nd Inheritance Seminar was held at Osaka University's Nakanoshima Center on Sunday, November 15, 2015.

This seminar was started last year for graduates of Osaka University and Osaka University of Foreign Studies in response to the rising interest in the problems involved with "inheritance," which are reflected in the progression of the current aging society.

Due to the positive response to the 1st Inheritance Seminar held last year, in addition to graduates and related individuals of OU and OUFS, this seminar was also open to the general public, drawing 80 attendees.

UEDA Ken (Lawyer) and TANAKA Toshio (Tax Lawyer), both graduates of Osaka University, served as lecturers for this seminar, providing enthusiastic attendees with deep and detailed lectures over the span of a total of 3 hours.

Osaka University plans to hold more lectures and seminars in the future on various topics aimed at OU graduates.

3rd Seven Universities Junior Association Lecture -- Saturday, August 8, 2015

On Saturday, August 8, 2015, the Seven Universities Junior Association, an alumni association aimed at graduates of the seven original national universities at Japan aged 45 or younger, held a lecture at Osaka University's Nakanoshima Center in Kita-ku, Osaka. 54 attendees consisting mainly of residents of the Kansai area deepened exchange between the universities.

After a general explanation from Seven Universities Junior Association Chair Jico Hui, Osaka University Distinguished Professor ISHIGURO Hiroshi delivered a lecture on "Understanding People Through Robotics Research."The attendees listened to the lecture with bated breath as the lecture went over the scheduled time. The group discussion and questions that followed did little to cool the excitement, leading to a heated Q&A session.

At the social gathering following the lecture, the alumni broke into teams to answer original quiz questions based on the Seven Universities. Professor ISHIGURO's book was awarded to the winning team, which quickly turned into an autograph book.

The next Seven Universities Junior Association Lecture will be held on November 7 in Tokyo.

The official website for the Seven Universities Junior Association can be found here.

10th Osaka University Homecoming Day -- Saturday, May 2, 2015

"Osaka University Homecoming Day," the annual event welcoming OU graduates back to campus, was held at Osaka University's Toyonaka Campus on Saturday, May 2, 2015.

On this 10th OU Homecoming Day, 490 attendees, the largest number ever, gathered as one "OU Family" for this event. Of an especially large number were those celebrating the 10th anniversary of their graduation, or those within a year of that number, with around 100 attendees, many of the reunions among whom were the first in nearly 10 years.

The first part of the event was the ceremony and lecture held at Osaka University Hall. This year's Alumni Lecture was given by Mainichi Broadcasting System announcer NISHI Yasushi, a 1994 graduate of Osaka University School of Law and known for his roles on such programs as "Chichin Puipui" and "Voice." We were completely drawn in as Mr. NISHI recounted stories at the Icho Festival, as well as his experiences "reconnecting" with the University.

As a special arrangement, Mr. NISHI and Kansai Television announcer SEKI Junko, a 1988 graduate of the School of Human Sciences at OU, held a talk session about their experiences, giving those in attendance valuable insight into the world of television and radio while sharing a few laughs in the process.

An even bigger surprise was when ITODANI Tetsuro, a professional shogi player who recently achieved the rank of Ryu-oh, came up on stage from his seat in the crowd for a mini-interview. From questions such as his favorite food to his superstitions, his responses contained a wit that excited the audience.

Following the ceremony and lecture, there was a social gathering held at the largest dining hall on the Toyonaka Campus, "SORA." After a toast from TSUDA Kazuaki, former vice president of Suntory and 1957 graduate of the School of Law, there was a raffle for five attendees to win a bottle of Osaka University Original Whiskey "MIBUKI." Since MIBUKI had already sold out since it's release in early April of this year, those who were lucky enough to win a bottle could hardly contain their excitement.

The 10th Homecoming Day was one full of smiles, but also one which marks a significant milestone for Osaka University. We plan to bring you even more to look forward at next year's Homecoming Day, when Osaka University enters a brand new stage. We hope to see you then!

Osaka University Leaders Forum 2015 held (Tuesday, February 3, 2015)

A business forum for graduates of Osaka University and Osaka University of Foreign Studies currently active in the front lines of their respective fields was held at Osaka University Hall of Osaka University's Toyonaka campus on Tuesday, February 3rd.

Some 130 persons participated in this third forum. Following the talk by President Hirano about the the current situation at the university, a graduate, TANIGUCHI Hiroaki (Representative Director & President, NTT Smile Energy) and a current faculty member, KONDO Shigeru (Professor, Graduate School of Frontier Biosciences) delivered special speeches. In the subsequent social hour, participants exchanged business cards and enjoyed lively conversations, promoting networking across Handai (Osaka University) family.

Osaka University expresses its sincere appreciation to alumni and friends for their participation in this forum. Osaka University plans to hold forums in the future. Alumni are cordially invited to the next forum.

To view what it looked like go here.

Event to Commemorate the Completion of Osaka University Whiskey -- Thursday, March 19

On March 19,  in cooperation with Suntory Liquors Limited, Osaka University held an event to commemorate the completion of Osaka University Whiskey at Osaka University Nakanoshima Center with some 200 people in attendance. Osaka University has proceeded with the student-initiative "Whiskey Development Project" since last year, through full coordination with Suntory Liquors Limited.

In Part 1 of this event, a mini-lecture and talk was held. MATSUNAGA Kazuhiro, Specially Appointed Lecturer, Museum of Osaka University, introduced the fact that the three of the four called "Legends of Japanese Whiskey" were OU graduates. SHIMATANI Yukio, former Director, Suntory Holding Limited (the class of 1956, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University) talked about interesting episodes regarding the legends' achievement and involvement in whiskey production.

In Part 2, the students on the project team and NAKATANI Takaaki from Suntory Liquors Limited, who had served as a coordinator, looked back at the project. When the background to a blend of 11 different whiskeys representing the 11 departments at Osaka University was explained, the audience gasped in astonishment.

Part 3 was a whiskey tasting session. After hearing some tips on tasting from Mr. NAKATANI, participants enjoyed the wonder of the blend.

Osaka University would like to extend its appreciation to the alumni in attendance as well. MIBUKI limited edition will be available in front of  the Coop on the Suita campus of Osaka University from April 13.

For more information about this project and MIBUKI, go here.

 


Alumni Section, Liaison Office for Osaka University Funds, Osaka University
1-1 Yamadaoka, Suita, Osaka 565-0871
Tel: 06-6879-7196 Fax: 06-6105-5982
Email:
[For inquiries] alumni-info[at]ml.office.osaka-u.ac.jp
[To apply] alumni-app[at]ml.office.osaka-u.ac.jp
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