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Campus Design Division

In order to achieve the objectives of the Sustainable Campus Office, the Campus Design Division carries out: (a) planning for the effective use of campus buildings, facilities, structures, and land on campus, (b) planning for the Campus Master Plan and other related policies, and (c) coordinating facility development planning.

Its unique activities can be found below.


Osaka University Campus Master Plan


Osaka University's campuses act as the stage for research and educational activity at the university in accordance with the Academic Plan. Thus, the Campus Design Division institutes the Campus Master Plan with the aim of securing a high quality environment suitable for this activity on campus.

The Campus Master Plan, revised in 2016, details sustainability of the university, the relationship with the university's management strategy, long-term measures against aging facilities, improving durability of facilities, and vision for renewal of plans. This plan is revised with a perspective of improving the campus while using. The division will revise the plan as necessary.

Framework Plan for Greenery Design and Maintenance


In 2011, the division created The Framework Plan for Greenery Design and Maintenance to outline policies regarding maintenance of trees, plants, and wooded areas on campus.

In 2018, the division revised this Framework Plan  focusing on (1) improvements in landscape and crime prevention and safety measures, (2) supporting student activities while using the campus, and (3) making the campus into one that is loved by students, faculty, staff, alumni, and members of the surrounding community.
*The Framework Plan for Greenery Design and Maintenance is scheduled to be published on this page during the 2018-2019 academic year.

Framework Plan for Greenery Design and Maintenance

Framework Plan for Barrier-free Design and Sign System


Osaka University strives to make the campuses accessible to all people so that the elderly, children, people with special needs, and individuals not able to read or speak Japanese can easily find their way whether in a wheelchair, walking, riding on a bicycle or riding in a car. The Framework Plan for Barrier-free Design and Sign System outlines guidelines in order to promote these efforts.

Reviewing the use of real estate

In light of revisions to national university corporation law, the Campus Design Division established a system to effectively utilize land and buildings on campus. Incorporating opinions from individuals within the university, the division has already begun studying the university's direction in the future, including inviting private corporations to campus in order to develop education and research activities.

Coordination of building plans

Regarding improvement plans for individual buildings, from the stage of developing ideas to the stage of designing plans, the Campus Design Division checks if these plans are consistent with the Campus Master Plan.

Current projects can be found below.

• Education Building - new Minoh Campus

(Building area - 4,500㎡ / Total floor area - 25,000㎡ / 10 floors / steel framed structure)

The division drafts a plan for constructing the new Minoh Campus in conformity with the principle of Osaka University in consideration of “building design, town planning, and surrounding environment.”

The division makes plans for invigorating education and research at OU and realizing a new form of co-creation of wisdom through the acquisition of the most widely used green building rating system in the world: LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) and LEED-NC (LEED for New Construction and Major Renovation) and the establishment of the brand as a global environment campus.

• Animal Resource Center for Infectious Diseases Bldg. A

(Building area - 700㎡ / Total floor area - 2,000㎡ / 4 floors / reinforced concrete)
As with the other state-of-the-art facilities at Osaka University, the Animal Resource Center for Infectious Diseases Bldg. A aims to be a modern animal experimental facility that embodies science and a future-oriented mindset.

As part of the world-leading Research Institute for Microbial Diseases, the Animal Resource Center for Infectious Diseases is designed for "dignity and innovation," "united landscape," and "usability as an experimental research facility."

In addition, by incorporating energy-saving devices, the building has become environmentally-friendly.


Campus Image Survey

Campus Image Surveys are held regularly for each of the 3 campuses in order to gather information from members of the university about its image and the effects of its development. Analysis of the results of this survey will serve as documents for reviewing the effects of endeavors at the university while also serving as comparable basic data for follow-up surveys in the future.

Other activity

Bamboo Forest Thinning (Take no Kai)

Local citizens and university members come together 5 times a year to perform bamboo forest thinning around the Toyonaka Campus.

The bamboo collected from this forest thinning are used in the region and the bamboo forest is used for fieldwork for education and research.


Nagashi-somen @ Handai Slope

This is an event hosted by study groups in the School of Economics with the cooperation of the Ishibashi Shopping Street. The bamboo collected in the Bamboo Forest Thinning is used to hold a nagashi-somen (flowing noodles) event on Handai Slope on the Toyonaka Campus.

The university, which welcomes new students to lectures and seminars every year, holds this event in collaboration with residents' associations and shopping streets deeply rooted in the region.

Urban Planning in Collaboration with Organizations Outside the University

As for the move to the new Minoh Campus, individuals living in the Minoh Semba area, especially the "Minoh Semba Urban Development Committee" derived from a joint residents’ association in the area, expect much from the move, including the influence on city planning in the area.

Currently, the Campus Design Division is in the process of improving the system to make full use of the university and promote collaboration between the university and the local community from the perspective of society-university co-creation.

>>Osaka University Community-University Co-Creation Cluster (Minoh Semba Urban Development and Area Management Project)

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