Unique Aspects

Promoting Ability to see beneath the Surface, beneath the Appearance, and to Ascertain the true Essence

The program for promoting the improvement of research universities
Osaka University will further promote the globalization of research, the development of young researchers and increase diversity, a source of development of scholarship, by employing more female faculty and international faculty members. Furthermore, under the leadership of the president, the university will create a research environment where researchers from all over the world will gather and further improve the university's excellence in research. The university support scientists financially and intellectually, by allocating increased budgets for research and employment of faculty members and providing researchers with advice from research administrators (RAs) and more.
CLIC-ON -- A Program for training Young Researchers in inspired Innovation
Osaka University's mid-term plan includes CLIC-ON (Cooperation toward Leadership in Innovative Creation -- Open-innovation Network), a program, under the leadership of the president, for nurturing researchers. It is hoped that this program will become a national model.
The "We can't dispose of that!" Project and the Renovation Center of Instruments for Science Education and Technology
In 2007, the Renovation Center of Instruments for Science Education and Technology started the Project to Extend the Life of Infrastructure for Education and Research. This project renovates and upgrades expensive laboratory equipment, equipment that may no longer be the latest, most advanced model, however, equipment that is still quite capable of providing valuable research results. Upgraded and renovated, this equipment is then made available to a greatly expanded number of users throughout the university.
Exciting Leading-Edge Research Projects and HISHO 30
Osaka University actively promotes researchers, their research, and university-industry collaboration.

Unique Education

Advanced Education in the Liberal Arts -- Intellectual Gymnastics
Advanced Education in the Liberal Arts refers to a curriculum for students who have attained a certain level of specialized professional knowledge, students who will soon be entering the real world where understanding and abilities are needed in addition to their specialized professional knowledge.
Graduate Minor Program & Graduate Program for Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies
The Graduate Minor Program denotes interdisciplinary education programs for graduate school, aimed at helping graduate students acquire a broad education and the ability to see things from more than one viewpoint while attaining advanced special knowledge in new fields.
Basic Seminars
"Basic Seminars" were established as a feature of the advanced liberal arts curriculum at Osaka University in the 2010-2011 academic year. In less than a year, Basic Seminars established themselves as the most popular subject, one in which a limited number of students learn through roundtable-type discussions with a teacher. These seminars take many forms: experiment-focused, practice-focused, debate-style, and seminars focused on fieldwork and/or career development as well as seminars integrating literature and science. There are also "discovery seminars" in which participants jointly "discover" an issue to examine. Since the 2010-2011 academic year, high school students have been able to participate in advanced liberal arts seminars targeted at first year university students. Moreover, from 2011-2012, the President plans to recommend topics and vehicles to further promote Basic Seminars.

Designing an Educational Environment for Students

Learning Commons, Global Commons, and Student Commons
Learning Commons are areas in which students can discuss, seek knowledge, and think together. The Toyonaka campus Global Commons is a space for enhancing chances for international student and Japanese student exchange. The Student Commons has areas for events such as presentations and extracurricular activities.
Improving University Libraries
Based on the belief that excellent universities have excellent libraries, Osaka University continually strives to improve and strengthen the functioning of its libraries as a foundation of academic information. In addition to the Main Library (with the second largest floor space of any library in Japan), the university has 3 libraries -- the Life Sciences Library, the Science and Engineering Library, and the International Studies Library.
Comprehensive Software Contract
The Microsoft Enterprise Agreement concluded by Osaka University enables all computers managed by the university to be upgraded to the latest Windows OS and run the latest version of MS Office.
Access to primary sources -- "Campus Members"
Osaka University considers exposure to primary sources very important and provides faculty, staff, and students with opportunities to be exposed to culture, art, science, and history. The university has, therefore, joined group contracts with various facilities housing primary source materials in the Kansai region. Consequently, persons from Osaka University can enter a large number of such facilities without charge.

Industry on Campus

Establishment of the Joint Research Chairs & Research Alliance Laboratories
The Joint Research Chairs are designed to enhance the achievement of outstanding research results through support for joint research by university faculty and researchers from the business world. Osaka University was the first university to introduce this system.
Lab Space for lease in Techno-Alliance Building
Through the Joint Research Lecture Program, the "Industry on Campus" program brings a business atmosphere to our campuses. Osaka University actively supports university-industry cooperation.

Promoting Society and University Cooperation

Kaitokudo for the 21st Century
The origins of Osaka University can be traced back to Kaitokudo, a gakumonjo ("place of learning") in the 18th century, and Tekijuku, a gakumonjo started by a prominent doctor in the 19th century. Both of these early institutes possessed a free and forward-looking academic culture and a close relationship with the local community. Inheriting this spirit and philosophy, Osaka University established Kaitokudo for the 21st Century as a place of learning for citizens and members of the university. Kaitokudo for the 21st Century takes the initiative in promoting university-industry activities in cooperation with citizens.
University-Community Collaboration Activities at Art Area B1
The Lab Café, the major program at the Art Area B1, was designed and is implemented by the Center for the Study of Communication-Design. The Lab Café is an interactive program in which participants freely discuss various topics.
Ebisu Otoko @ Handai Slope
Ebisu-Otoko @ Handai Slope is an event for choosing "Ebisu Otoko" ["Lucky Men"] and "Ebisu Musume" [Lucky Women]. It consists of a race held on January 10th each year. OU students and members of local communities participate in the race. Participants run up the steep slope -- the "Handai Slope" -- linking Osaka University's Toyonaka Campus to the Ishibashi district. This event was started for the purpose of giving local people a sense of familiarity with and connection to the Handai Slope and to publicize the slope as a "bridge" from their community to Osaka University.
Electricity Consumption Visualization System
The Electricity Consumption Visualization System is a tool for displaying when, where, and how much electricity is being used on Osaka University's campuses and, thereby, contribute to energy conservation and a reduced carbon footprint.

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