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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. This program establishes a joint hands-on system between the university and industries. Through this program, young researchers who will likely play central roles in innovation, are nurtured in developing their international viewpoints and abilities. In the long run, this will lead to innovative results answering society's needs.

CLIC-ON is a program and community for inspiring young researchers with regard to innovation. The Osaka University Office for University-Industry Collaboration mainly manages CLIC-ON under the guidance of three committees, a trustee committee, a dean committee, and an instructor committee. CLIC-ON also informs companies of this program through various channels in seeking their cooperation.

Specifically, this program centers on setting up internships of approximately three months. Students actively work on pre-determined themes in a rich environment with a sense of purpose and in an atmosphere different from that of a university. Furthermore, students are encouraged to not limit themselves to their own specialties, but to challenge themselves with peripheral fields and thereby widen the scope of their knowledge. Companies frequently give students a theme to research, but in some cases the young researchers make proposals.

Along with CLIC internships, students are required to participate in career design programs and an open curriculum in order to make their internships more productive. Additionally, CLIC operates a virtual community, the "Open-innovation Network," called CLIC-ON which aims to facilitate "transmission, exchange, and innovation" through a dynamic database.

Osaka University is considering integrating this program into educational systems at graduate schools in order to substantially enhance the education for nurturing young researchers who can understand the needs of the industrial world and creatively attain such.

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