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URA Symposium -- "The university and the role of an URA in an era of great change"

2013-8-28 (Wed) 1:00 p.m. -

Date & Time: Wednesday, August 28, 2013, 13:00 ~ 17:20
Registration starts at 12:30.
Venue: Hall, 3rd floor, Icho Hall, Osaka University, 2-2 Yamadaoka, Suita,
Osaka 565-0871

Getting to Icho Hall
• From Osaka Monorail Handai-Byoin-Mae: It's 10-minutes on foot
• From Senri-Chuo: Take Hankyu bus bound for Handai-honbu-mae or Ibaraki-Mihogaoka
• From Hankyu Ibaraki-shi or JR Ibaraki: Take Kintetsu bus bound for Handai-honbu-mae
• From Kita-Senri, Hankyu Senri Line: It's 20-minutes on foot

Overview
In Japan, fund raising and the management of work related to such gets more and more complicated. Consequently, there has been progress in putting University Research Administrators (URA) in place. URA are responsible for drafting research strategies and managing research at universities.

In June 2012, Osaka University was selected to participate in the "Development of Systems for Training and Maintaining Research Administrators" project sponsored by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. Thus, Osaka University set up a URA team in the Support Office for Large-Scale Education and Research Projects. In cooperation with faculty and staff members in charge of research administration in the Administration Bureau, education and research organizations, and projects, Osaka University is preparing an Osaka University version of the URA system.
With universities under pressure to reform, what role will URA be able to play? Based on topics presented from people involved in research administration both at universities and elsewhere, we will engage in deep discussion about further improving research support.
This symposium will focus on examples of research administration at Osaka University. Faculty and staff members involved in the management of research activities at Osaka University are cordially invited to this symposium. Those involved in management of research activities and support at universities or research institutes as well as journalists interested in national university reform as well as national science and technology policies are also welcome.

We look forward to seeing many in this symposium.

Program

1:00 -- Greetings from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
1:20 -- Keynote Speech "The university and the role of an URA in an era of great change", ANZAI Yuichiro, Director, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
2:30 -- Topic presentations:

• "Efforts by the URA team in the Support Office for Large-Scale Education and Research Projects, Osaka University," KAWAHITO Yoshie, URA team, Support Office for Large-Scale Education and Research Projects, Osaka University
• "Analyzing the strength of Osaka University," KIKUTA Takashi, URA team, Support Office for Large-Scale Education and Research Projects, Osaka University
• "Support for International Researchers in Forming International Research Environments," TAKAGI Akihiko, Planning Office, Immunology Frontier Research Center, Osaka University
• "Efforts in Promoting Research at the Graduate School of Letters," KATOU Yousuke, Research Promotion Room, Graduate School of Letters, Osaka University
• "Research Administrators and Office Workers -- Examples of Strengthening Research Management at Riken," FURUYA Teruo, Trustee, Riken

4:10 -- Panel Discussion "Adjusting the URA system in order to get through this era of great change"

• FURUYA Teruo, Trustee, Riken
TAKAGI Akihiko, Planning Office,Immunology Frontier Research Center, Osaka University
KATOU Yousuke, Reserach Promotion Room, Graduate School of Letters, Osaka University
HIRAI Kei, URA team, Support Office for Large-Scale Education and Research Projects, Osaka University
Moderator: FUKUSHIMA Kyouko, URA team, Support Office for Large-Scale Education and Research Projects, Osaka University

5:30 -- Closing remarks, "Information Exchange" event

Participation fee: 2,000 yen
Registration:
Online registration is required. Go here to register.
Space is limited to 200.
Applicants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Application deadline is Monday, August 19, 2013, but applications will be accepted until all seats are filled.
Free on-site day care service will be provided. Individuals wanting to use this service, please check the box on the application form.
For more information, contact:
Support Office for Large-Scale Education and Research Projects, Osaka University
Email: info-ura@lserp.osaka-u.ac.jp
Tel: 06-6879-4817
Extension number: 4817

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