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Campus Design Division

In order to achieve the objectives of the Campus Sustainability 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


The Osaka University Campus Master Plan, which emphasizes the importance of a common space for multiple purposes of architectures on campus, was established in 2005 not as an annual plan, but rather as a flexible framework plan.

Revised in 2016, the Campus Master Plan details sustainability of the university, the relationship with the university's management strategy, long-term measures against aging facilities, improving durability of facilities, and a vision for renewal of plans. This plan was revised from the perspective of improving the campus while using it and will be revised 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.


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 was formulated in 2011 in order to promote these efforts. This plan is to be revised in the not-so-distant future.

2016-2017 Report regarding overall objective for welfare and facilities

The Campus Design Division participated in a working group under the Student Life Committee, performing surveys and holding workshops regarding welfare and extracurricular activities in fall 2016, and compiling them into the overall concept for facilities in spring 2017. The main concepts can be found in the Osaka University Campus Plan posted above.

Reviewing the use of real estate

In light of revisions to national university corporation law, the Campus Design Division aims to effectively and fully utilize land and buildings on campus in order to develop education and research activities. The division will proceed with this task, including the idea to invite private corporations to campus, while incorporating opinions from individuals within the university. The division has already worked on a detailed study while organizing a system for that purpose.

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.

Foreign Studies Research and Lecture Building - New Minoh Campus

The new Minoh Campus (School of Foreign Studies)(Building area - 4,500㎡ / Total floor area - 25,000㎡ / 10 floors / steel framed structure, to be completed in 2021 spring)

In collaboration with Minoh City, the Campus Design Division proceeds with a relocation & construction plan for the new Minoh Campus while discussing with citizen groups and landowners of the surrounding areas from the perspective of town planning, with construction beginning in January 2019.

leednd.jpgThe Campus Design Division devised the plan while considering 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). As of July 2019, the building has been pre-certified through the design completion phase, which will make it the first college campus in Japan to acquire LEED-ND certification.

A student dormitory will also be located next to the Foreign Studies Research and Lecture Building.

In addition, the library in the Minoh City cultural facility located across the plaza will act as both a municipal library and a foreign studies library, serving as a lifelong learning facility managed and operated by Osaka University.

About LEED

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a green building rating system developed and managed by the non-profit organization U. S. Green Building Council (USGBC). This well-known system is used in more than 140 countries in the world. In addition to the U.S., Canada, and nations in South America and Europe, the number of authentications is also increasing in China, India, and nations in East Asia and the Middle East. LEED plays the role of a world standard for assessing buildings’ environmental performance.

Green Building Japan

• Animal Resource Center for Infectious Diseases Bldg. A

(Building area - 700㎡ / Total floor area - 2,000㎡ / 4 floors / reinforced concrete, to be completed in winter 2019)
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.

Example of maintenance based on the Campus Master Plan

New expansion of the walking path between the Senri and West Gates makes walking safer

kakufuku.jpgOsaka University students and local residents use the walking path along the Osaka Prefectural Road Yamadakami-Onohara Route, which stretches from the Senri Gate to the West Gate of Osaka University's Suita Campus, on a daily basis, but pedestrians and bicyclists had a hard time passing each other due to the narrowness of the path, and the gutter lids presented a slipping hazard for those passing through.

By providing university property for use as a walking path, the university has taken the initiative to widen the path and ensure that those using the path can travel safely. (Completion date: June 2019)

New expansion of the walking path between the Senri and West Gates completed!

Surveys, Research, and Activities

Osaka University Bathroom Study Group and Facilities Division receive Sustainable Campus Encouragement Award!

On Saturday, November 23, Osaka University received the Sustainable Campus Awards 2019 Encouragement Prize in the Campus Sustainability-Considered Student Activity Division at the 2019 Campus Sustainability Network in Japan (CAS-Net Japan) Conference held at Nagoya University. The installation of a bathroom and powder room at the Center for Education in Liberal Arts and Sciences through a cooperative workshop with the student organization “Osaka University Bathroom Study Group” was highly evaluated in Osaka University’s selection to receive this prize.


Established in March 2014, CAS-Net JAPAN aims to contribute to the formation of a sustainable, eco-friendly society in Japan. Particularly outstanding examples of this are recognized through an award system in 3 categories concerning campus stability: Buildings and facilities, university management and regional collaboration, and student activity.

Activity in the Architectural Institute of Japan and The Campus Sustainability Network in Japan (CAS-Net JAPAN)

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.

  • Campus Image Survey (2010-2011)
  • Campus Image Survey (2012-2013)
  • Campus Image Survey (2014-2015)
  • Campus Image Survey (2016-2017) Digest
  • Campus Image Survey (2018-2019)
  • Questionnaires about traffic safety (2010-2011)

Other activity

Bamboo Forest Thinning (Take no Kai)

Since 2011, local citizens and university members have come together 5 times a year to perform bamboo forest thinning and cleaning around the Toyonaka Campus. As many as 150 people join in harvesting bamboo shoots in spring. The bamboo collected from this forest thinning are used in the region and the bamboo forest is used for fieldwork for education and research.


Bamboo forest thinning leaflet

Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019
Venue: Toyonaka Campus

Take no Kai members cut bamboo trees for traditional decorations of the new year for elementary and junior high schools in the community and enjoyed group planting of flowers to celebrate the new year with local people.



Date: Saturday, November 9, 2019
Venue: Toyonaka Campus

About 60 people joined in bamboo thinning, cutting out 20 bamboos to be used in the cultural festival at the community centers from bamboo grooves in the back of the athletic ground and the Student Commons.

Date: Saturday, June 9, 2019
Venue: Toyonaka Campus

99 people joined in bamboo groove maintenance and thinning in the back of the athletic ground and the Student Commons.




Nagashi-somen @ Handai Slope

Using bamboo collected in the Bamboo Forest Thinning, students from the School of Economics hold a Nagashi-somen (flowing somen noodles) event on Handai Slope on the Toyonaka Campus in cooperation with the Ishibashi Shopping Street. In Nagashi-somen, somen noodles are put in water flowing along a long bamboo gutter. Individuals catch the noodles with chopsticks to eat. 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.

Collaboration with Minoh Semba Urban Development Committee (updated July 1, 2019)


Local people in the Minoh Semba area, especially the "Minoh Semba Urban Development Committee" derived from a joint residents’ association in the area, in addition to anticipation of the influence on city planning in the area, place more expectations on the relocation of the new campus. 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.

The May 1st pamphlets(Japanese only) (above) describing the 5th Forum of the Minoh Semba Urban Development Committee (held in March 2019) and its particulars were distributed to some 5,500 local households.

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

Activity in the Architectural Institute of Japan and The Campus Sustainability Network in Japan (CAS-Net JAPAN) (updated: July 1, 2019)


The Campus Design Office participates in a campus-related research group “Campus Living Laboratory Subcommittee” under the Urban Planning Committee of the Architectural Institute of Japan.

The Campus Design Office shares the writing of a book named “Design for Campus Revitalization – Building a Campus like a Town and Utilizing the Town like a Campus.” This is the project by the research group “Campus Living Laboratory Subcommittee” and the book will be published by the end of 2019.

In addition, around September every year, this group holds the “Information Exchange Symposium” for the group on the day before the Architectural Institute of Japan General Meeting. In September 2019, the group held the symposium entitled “University Campus Relocation and Urban Strategies” in Kanazawa. The Campus Design Office also actively participates in the CAS-Net JAPAN (Main Office: Kyoto University) to gather and propagate information.

International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN) 2018 Participation Report (updated July 1, 2019)

The Campus Design Office compiled the ISCN 2018 Participation Report to describe the ISCN annual meeting held in June 2018 and recent trends of university campus sustainability.

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